Millions of people fly every day. The vast majority of them are law-abiding folks who have no intention of harming anyone. But there is always the possibility that a terrorist or a criminal is hidden among the masses. Also, many people with no intent to cause harm may accidentally carry a hazardous material onto the plane. To avoid these problems, airport security is an important part of any airport.
Imagine a terrorist trying to blow up or hijack a plane. What are all of the different techniques that the terrorist might use to get a bomb into position? A terrorist could:
Airport security tries to cut off all of these different routes.
In this edition of HowStuffWorks, you'll learn about the metal detectors and X-ray systems used by airport-security personnel. You will also find out what you definitely can't carry on a plane.
- plant a bomb in an unsuspecting passenger's luggage.
- smuggle a bomb in his luggage
- strap a bomb or gun onto his body
- walk onto the tarmak by hopping a fence and approach a plane from the ground