Here’s a piece from Erroll Southers about the similarities and differences between American and Israeli approaches to aviation security. Southers is Associate Director of the DHS National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and adjunct professor of homeland security and public policy at the University of Southern California.

America is not Israel, but… – Jerusalem Post

Recently, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano met with top Israeli officials to discuss ongoing partnerships between the United States and Israel, threats from terrorism facing both nations and DHS’ commitment to working with Israel to expand operational and technological cooperation on homeland security issues.

Israel’s world-renowned aviation security strategies are often mentioned in America. However, despite their successes, the secretary summarily stated, “Israeli-style security won’t work for the US.”

  • Selrom

    I am not amazed anymore that the cheif of chiefs of HLS, like many other “security dignitaries” still can't grasp the basic facts. It has become a habit to visit Israel, praise the Aviation security philosophy and add at the end, like Ms Napolitano just did “Israeli-style security won't work for the US”. This is not the place to elaborate, but the principles can be effectively applied within the micro cosmos of each airport as an independent unit, adaptation can be made and at the end, a much better, efficient and controllable aviation security system, can be put in place, providing a much higher degree of protection – of the perimeters, tarmac, auxiliaries, payload and passengers. Can Ms Napolitano argue that what's in place today works? And by the way, it's not “Israeli style” we're talking about, after all we're not at a fashion show; instead, it would make much m,ore sense to look at Israeli aviation security as a 40 plus years of successful field experience, with much less financial resources, but with a much deeper human resources and a deeper understanding of who your enemy is. And, I hope I'll be excused for using the “P” word in public, but effective profiling is simply put, very effective.