Events in the past clearly show that the field of aviation is indeed a significant and strategic target for terrorism. There have been numerous attempts worldwide, both successful and unsuccessful, to use aircrafts as missiles to conduct acts of terrorism. The ease of flying different kinds of planes, particularly microlights, makes such forms of terrorism possible and plausible. This provides very compelling reasons for terrorists to utilise this particular avenue to conduct acts of terrorism.
It is also significant to note that over the years, numerous security breaches have taken place in airports. While in most cases there were no elements of terrorism involved, it is pertinent to note that such security breaches can be exploited by terrorists. It is a chilling but necessary reminder to note that terrorist organisations often times research their targets to look for vulnerabilities. Hence, it is a logical deduction that these past events which have occurred in airports and surrounding areas can arouse the attention of terrorists worldwide.
Past incidents have also demonstrated that there is no single security vetting procedure that is infallible. Hence, what is proposed is a layered security approach which is varied and diverse with the aim of involving players in the aviation field which goes beyond traditional security forces. These simple, practical and sustainable measures can be put in place and can, to a certain extent, minimise the possibility of terrorists utilising a country as a target or conduit for aviation terrorism.
It is also important to note that there are no steps which are completely foolproof. The measures recommended are to make it harder and tougher for terrorists to operate and succeed. While there is bound to be complications in the initial stages, it must also be pointed out that strategies which are broad-based and multi-layered stand a better chance to be effective and sustainable in the long run. However, these steps need to be attended to with a sense of urgency and importance or they risk being rendered impotent by bureaucracy and a sense of complacency.