Meeting the Aircraft Security Challenge: Report of the Secretary's Rapid Response Team on Aircraft Security [open pdf - 78KB]
The threat to aviation safety has changed, and so must our response. The events of September 11 changed forever our concepts of appropriate aviation safety. The use of a hijacked aircraft as a weapon requires a new strategy to ensure that the crew always retains control of the aircraft. To combat the new threat and restore public confidence in commercial aviation, this report documents considerations of changes to aircraft design and operation. It addresses the security issues that arise at aircrafts in connection with travel on commercial airlines. A detailed discussion of specific action follows.