MALAYSIA: AAPA cautions against security knee jerk
On the heels of the latest aviation security scare involving the attempted bombing of a US airliner over Detroit at Christmas, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has urged governments to remain calm. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is human nature that each new security incident prompts a desire to introduce yet more security measures,Ã¢â‚¬Â AAPA said in […]
February 1, 2010
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is human nature that each new security incident prompts a desire to introduce yet more security measures,Ã¢â‚¬Â AAPA said in a statement. Ã¢â‚¬Å“There is always political pressure to react, but this often smacks of the need to be seen to be doing something rather than thinking through the appropriate action to take.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It takes real political maturity to remain calm, and not fall into the trap of knee jerk reactions, such as the imposition of new security measures of unproven effectiveness,Ã¢â‚¬Â AAPA said adding that new security measures can only be justified when it can be demonstrated that the benefits outweigh the additional burdens they impose on society.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Treating each of the six million passengers who fly every day as potential terrorists and subjecting them to virtual strip searches and pat-downs already borders on the absurd, particularly when compared to our approach to public security in other aspects of our daily lives. Doing so comes at a cost, already measured in tens of billions of dollars annually.Ã¢â‚¬Â