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Pilots Key Factor in Aviation Security

The Airport Watch program is a new program designed to make the skies a safer place which has been developed by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Transportation Security Administration. Aviation is big business in the U.S. and that’s why keeping the skies safe is more important than ever.

One such program aimed to do that is the Airport Watch program, developed by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The program uses pilots as eyes and ears for observing and reporting suspicious activity.

Recently, Daniel Benny, the Aviation Security Program Chair at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, researched the program to test just how successful it was in deterring crime against people, property and aircraft. His studies showed that in the 67 airports surveyed, there was a significant reduction in incidents at airports that had adopted the program.

Learn more about aviation security from Dr. Benny by listening to the playback of a recent free webinar. You will receive access to the webinar after submitting your email address. Presentation slides from the webinar are available on SlideShare.



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