In a recent speech to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, Transportation Security Administrator John S. Pistole discussed the need for aviation security to be “curbside to cockpit.”
Unfortunately, today’s attack at the Domodedovo Airport on the outskirts of Moscow (the busiest airport in Eastern Europe), demonstrates the importance of a comprehensive approach to aviation security. The attack today killed 29 people in a waiting area for arriving passengers, just outside the Customs area. Another 50 were hospitalized, including 35 who were listed in critical condition. As in most airports, the area struck was outside the security zone.