Airport security refers to the techniques and methods used in anattempt to protect passengers, staff and planes which use the airports fromaccidental/malicious harm, crime and other threats.
Aviation security is a combination of human and material resourcesto safeguard civil aviation against unlawful interference. Unlawfulinterference could be acts of terrorism, sabotage, threat to life and property,communication of false threat, bombing etc.
Large numbers of people pass through airports every day. Thispresents potential targets for terrorism and other forms of crime because ofthe number of people located in one place. Similarly, the high concentrationof people on large airliners, the potential high death rate with attacks onaircraft, and the ability to use a hijacked airplane as a lethal weapon mayprovide an alluring target for terrorism.
Airport security attempts to prevent any threats or potentiallydangerous situations from arising or entering the country. If airport securitydoes succeed then the chances of any dangerous situation, illegal items orthreats entering into an aircraft, country or airport are greatly reduced. Assuch, airport security serves several purposes: To protect the airport andcountry from any threatening events, to reassure the traveling public that theyare safe and to protect the country and their people.