A Bomb Exploded on Board – Philippine Airlines, Flight 434, from Manila to Tokyo - Could Airports Use More Reliable Explosive Detectors System?

Posted: 24 Apr 2010

See all articles by Marcelo de Montalvão Cabral

Marcelo de Montalvão Cabral

Polytechnic School of Montreal; McGill University

Date Written: April 21, 2010

Abstract

This article analyzes the incident of a bomb explosion on a Philippine Airlines plane in 1994. The accident investigation was able to trace the bomb compounds. A digital watch to timer explosion, a 9 volts regular battery, nitroglycerin (NG) and wires were set together creating the explosive device. To prevent accidents such as this one to happen again a research made among available explosive detectors system on the market today is presented. Computed tomography (CT) system and Backscatter Image system are found to be the best technologies for luggage and passengers screening, respectively. The role of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is also discussed. A TSO, the officer how performs the security check in U.S. airports, receives a short time training and has no expectative of career growing. The benefits and impacts of the employment to these systems at airports are also discussed. Facts such as shoes removal, throughout rate, radioactivity, privacy, and error on detection were found. Further investments on the training and challenging opportunities of professional growing are necessary to guarantee a TSO high quality security service.

Keywords: Airport Security, Role of TSA, Explosive Detection System (EDS), Philippine Airlines, Bomb on board

Suggested Citation

Cabral, Marcelo Montalvão, A Bomb Exploded on Board – Philippine Airlines, Flight 434, from Manila to Tokyo - Could Airports Use More Reliable Explosive Detectors System? (April 21, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1594502 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1594502

Marcelo Montalvão Cabral (Contact Author)

Polytechnic School of Montreal ( email )

Montreal H3C 3A7, Quebec
Canada

McGill University ( email )

1001 Sherbrooke St. W
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5
Canada

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