Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Max Flight, host of the Airplane Geeks podcast. Max Flight and the other Airplane Geeks hosts are pretty passionate about everything related to airplanes, airports and air travel, so their weekly broadcast topics run the full gamut. What many of us take for granted – namely, the ability to hop on a plane and be on another continent in mere hours – Max Flight and the other “airplane geeks” clearly don’t.
It’s easy to understand the fascination with airplanes and airports. The concept of flying is a real symbol of freedom. But there’s also a measure of vulnerability in flying, which we’re all reminded of, every time we pass through an airport security checkpoint, or read about another airport security breach. Air travel’s unique mix of freedom and vulnerability is what makes security so important.
If you really think about it, today’s airports can be likened to miniature cities. Tens of thousands of people can pass through a single airport on any given day. Dynamic and expansive, airports are anything but simple — and that makes securing them evermore complex. In my podcast interview with Max Flight, we talk about the various security threats and operational challenges that airports face, and new strategies for addressing those risks today. Have a listen.
About the author: As Product Marketing Manager for NICE Systems, Yohai consults with airports worldwide on best practices and strategies to mitigate safety, security and operational risks. Yohai joined NICE in 2010 with NICE’s acquisition of Orsus. During his 4 years at Orsus, he helped to shape the emerging PSIM/Situation Management market. A subject matter expert in Airport Security technologies, Yohai has presented at ACI and AAAE industry events. He can be reached at Yohai.West@nice.com.