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. “It is human nature that each new security incident prompts a desire to introduce yet more security measures,” AAPA said in […]


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.

“It is human nature that each new security incident prompts a desire to introduce yet more security measures,” AAPA said in a statement. “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.”

“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,” 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.

“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.”