Almost five years after the World’s single most bloody act of terrorism – when hijacked aircraft were flown into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon building – aviation was again last month at the centre of another terrorism scare.
This time, UK security services foiled an alleged plot to bomb transatlantic airliners. 9/11 changed history, prompting the invasion of Afghanistan and the continuing US ‘War on Terror’ that led to the ousting of Iraq’s Saddam Hussain.
But what has the lasting legacy of the 2001 attacks been on aviation? The industry has recovered strongly after a two-year nadir, but US airlines are still feeling the effects. And what of aviation security? Are we ever going to be able to terror-proof air travel?
Mike Boyd has more:
This, we would submit is only the tip of a very obvious and well-known corrupt iceberg. Five years after 9/11, there are more holes in aviation security than an Arkansas stop sign during hunting season.
Truth Doesn’t Really Matter, Apparently. We covered it in detail last week (go there), so there’s no point in trying to review the range of really stupid news stories we’ll see today – the ones generally with the headlines that imply, “Security Much Improved Since 9/11″ or “Passengers Adjusting To New Security Measures” or a range of other examples of slapdash journalism.
As you’re regaled today by push-piece media stories, outlining the great “improvements” in aviation security, just ask yourself the following:
as does IAG along with Jeevan Vasagar.
Wall Street Journal:
Computer systems are notoriously finicky. They’ll hum along just fine and then unaccountably slow down, freeze up or stop working altogether. Finding the cause of some unexplained problem is difficult and time-consuming, especially with complicated systems in real-life settings.
Bryan Cantrill and a team of engineers at Sun Microsystems Inc. have devised a way to diagnose misbehaving software quickly and while it’s still doing its work. While traditional trouble-shooting programs can take several days of testing to locate a problem, the new technology, called DTrace, is able to track down problems quickly and relatively easily, even if the cause is buried deep in a complex computer system.
The DTrace trouble-shooting software from Sun was chosen as the Gold winner in The Wall Street Journal’s 2006 Technology Innovation Awards contest, the second time in three years that a Sun entry has won the top award. The panel of judges, representing industry as well as research and academic institutions, selected Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners and cited one technology for an Honorable Mention.
For the awards, now in their sixth year, judges considered novel technologies from around the world in several categories: medicine and medical devices, wireless, security, consumer electronics, semiconductors and others.
PDF summary of all the winners.