As terrorism goes, what do you think is the most critical change we can make to improve our safety?

The UN wants countries to tighten up security to prevent further terrorist attacks.

Can you guess what?

Responding to increasing attacks on airports and aircraft, the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved its first-ever resolution to address extremist threats to civil aviation and urge beefed-up security.

The UN’s most powerful body called for stepped up screening and security checks at airports worldwide to “detect and deter terrorist attacks.”

It also called on all countries to tighten security at airport buildings, share information about possible threats, and provide advance passenger lists so governments are aware of their transit or attempted entry.

“The Security Council has delivered a resounding call to action for the international community,” said Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

“This is the first U.N. Security Council resolution ever to focus on the threats by terrorists to civil aviation and it demonstrates our joint resolve to protect our citizens from an escalating danger.”

The resolution reflected growing global anxiety following attacks on airplanes and airports from Ukraine, Egypt and Somalia to Brussels and Istanbul.

I bet you didn’t guess airports.  We have seen people walk into concerts, shops, train stations, a church, busses, trains, underground/metro, run over people with a truck, use pipe and pressure cooker bombs, knives, hatchets, guns, machetes and swords.

Fang Liu, Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization, told the council before the vote that there are currently over 100,000 daily flights carrying 10 million travelers, which adds up to 3.5 billion passengers per year plus “one-third of the world’s trade by value” carried by planes.

She stressed that “the worldwide air transport network will double its volume of flights and passengers by 2030” which makes the protection of civil aviation from “acts of unlawful interference” one of ICAO’s highest priorities.

100,000 daily flights, and nothing happens.

Making air travellers jump through even more hoops when they are clearly not being specifically targeted will introduce more delays and increases in travel costs.

Deadly suicide bombings this year at airports in Brussels and Istanbul are “a tragic reminder of the enormous challenges faces in security public areas, the inseparability of aviation security and national security, and of the significant socio-economic consequences of terrorism,” Liu said.

These were not air travel attacks.  They were attacks in the public part of an airport.  That’s no different from a shopping mall or a bus terminal.

Once again, the UN is solving a problem that doesn’t exist while ignoring the real one.


– Stuff


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