Date of Defense




First Advisor

Willem Homan, Aviation

Second Advisor

William Rantz, Aviation

Third Advisor

Lisa Whittaker, Aviation


The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 altered the lives of people and industries all over the world. The airline industry was hit the hardest by the attacks and is still in the process of recovering from them. Many new procedures came into effect. This research will analyze the new procedures and security measures that were implemented and reveal if the level of safety of aviation has increased or if we have just put a temporary fix on the situation. The paper provides a background on terrorist activity along with the specific details surrounding the attacks on September 11, 2001. Furthermore, the immediate security actions taken are discussed, including increased passenger and bagging screening, reinforced cockpit doors, and the development of surveillance systems. In addition, the financial losses and recovery plans are included in summary. Finally, security downfalls and unrealistic expectations are analyzed to determine the reliability of aviation security.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only