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Safeguarding Against Hazardous Cargo Presents a Variety of Challenges 4 pages. [PDF 27K]
Passengers and shippers may be unaware of the dangers presented by materials they bring aboard aircraft in baggageor offer for transport. For example, cigarette lighters containingflammable liquid reservoirs and lighter fluid are forbidden. And proper warning labels are of little value in preventing dangerous incidents if the labeled packages are hidden from view within mailbags and other containers.
The FAA should purchase current off-the-shelf systems for use by U.S. air carriers at three or four non-U.S. airports, where the FAA believes the threat to aviation is greatest, according to an official U.S. report.
A survey of airline safety professionals, ground crews and aircrews from 16 countries suggests that engineering solutions are needed to prevent aircraft pushback accidents, and a review of accidents in the period 1964 through 1992 indicates that pushback accidents have been increasing.
Airport Plan to Meet Emergencies Influenced By Locale and Culture 4 pages. [PDF 24K]
Each airport must develop its own emergency response plan, which is made more complex by increased air traffic, crowded terminals and remote facilities. A well-defined and properly tested plan involves the local community served by the airport.
The latest figures released by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration indicate better conditions at airports.