Unattended baggage is watched over by the passenger support officers and they also take care of passenger mis-board to ensure they get to their correct flights. Security inspectors are in charge of taking care of the restricted items. The airport’s security operations officers working together with the intelligence services take charge in case of a bomb threat or any hijacking of the aircraft. Traffic operations officers are in charge of the parking and ensure there is easy flow of vehicles in and out of the airport. Ground handling officers check the passenger and staff ID’s before allowing them access to the airport or into an aircraft. Inappropriate answers to officers are handled by the supervisor in charge.
Maintaining aviation security is largely dependent on implementing current systems and procedure. This is because, the airport is quite a large space and it is not easy for a few selected persons to control the entire space. As such they need to constantly communicate with one another from one point to the other. The best way to do so is via computers and updating the systems for everyone to see. This way in case of a security breach in one area, all relevant authorities is able to access this information through the system. Also, it is through these current systems that one can monitor all that goes on in the airport at one specific time thus be able to act fast in case of any emergencies. A scenario where current system procedures were not implemented was in Manchester whereby several passengers accessed an aircraft with no passport checks. This could be potentially dangerous for any airport as in case of any hijacking, bombing or theft they would not know the specific persons of interest.
One of the importance of implementing the current systems and procedures to maintain airport security is because terrorists believe that the aviation industry is a legitimate target 2. It is crucial that as aviation threats evolve, also the screening