Abstract: Remember when an unattended package was just that, an unattended package? Remember when the airport was a place that evoked magical possibilities, not the anxiety of a full-body scan? In the post-9/11 world, we have become focused on heightened security measures, but do you feel safer? Are you safer? Against Security explains how our anxieties about public safety have translated into command-and-control procedures that annoy, intimidate, and are often counterproductive. Taking readers through varied ambiguously dangerous sites, the prominent urbanist and leading sociologist of the everyday, Harvey Molotch, argues that we can use our existing social relationships to make life safer and more humane. He begins by addressing the misguided strategy of eliminating public restrooms, which deprives us all of a basic resource and denies human dignity to those with no place else to go. Subway security instills fear through programs like "See Something, Say Something" and intrusive searches that have yielded nothing of value. At the airport, the security gate causes crowding and confusion, exhausting the valuable focus of TSA staff. Finally, Molotch shows how defensive sentiments have translated into the vacuous Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site and massive error in New Orleans, both before and after Hurricane Katrina. Throughout, Molotch offers thoughtful ways of maintaining security that are not only strategic but improve the quality of life for everyone. Against Security argues that with changed policies and attitudes, redesigned equipment, and an increased reliance on our human capacity to help one another, we can be safer and maintain the pleasure and dignity of our daily lives.-- Publisher description. [JSTOR EBA]
Contents: Introduction: Airport assemblage / Mark B. Salter -- The global airport : managing space, speed, and security / Mark B. Salter -- Filtering flows, friends, and foes : global surveillance / David Lyon -- Unsafe at any altitude : the comparative politics of no-fly lists in the United States and Canada / Colin J. Bennett -- Mobility and border security : the U.S. aviation system, the state, and the rise of public-private partnerships / Gallya Lahav -- Airport surveillance between public and private interests : CCTV at Geneva International Airport / Francisco R. Klauser, Jean Ruegg, and Valérie November -- Travelers, borders, dangers : locating the political at the biometric border / Benjamin J. Muller -- Mobilities and modulations : the airport as a difference machine / Peter Adey -- Welcome to windows 2.1 : motion aesthetics at the airport / Gillian Fuller.
Abstract "Politics at the Airport brings together leading scholars to examine how airports both shape and are shaped by current political, social, and economic conditions. Focusing on the ways that airports have become securitized, the essays address a wide range of practices and technologies--from architecture, biometric identification, and CCTV systems to 'no-fly lists' and the privatization of border control--now being deployed to frame the social sorting of safe and potentially dangerous travelers. This provocative volume broadens our understanding of the connections among power, space, bureaucracy, and migration while establishing the airport as critical to the study of politics and global life"--Provided by publisher. [JSTOR EBA]
Looks at "the multiple ways in which we now see public intrusion into private lives (security cameras, electronic access to personal data, scanning and "wanding" at the airport) or private self-exposure in public forums (cell phones, web cams, confessional talk shows, voyeuristic "reality" TV). That matters so private could be treated as legitimate-in some cases even vital-for public discourse indicates how intertwined the realms of private and public have become in our era. Reverse examples exist as well. Around the world, public authorities look the other way while individual rights are abused--calling it a private matter--or officials appeal to sectarian morés to justify discrimination in public policies. The authors of The Private, the Public, and the Published feel that scholarship needs to explore and understand this phenomenon, and needs to address it in the college classroom. There are consequences of conflating public and private, they argue--consequences that have implications especially for what is known as the public good. The changing distinctions between "private" and "public," and the various practices of private and public expression, are explored in these essays with an eye toward what they teach us about those consequences and implications." [JSTOR EBA]
Contents: Introduction : rethinking asymmetrical transparency: risk management, the aesthetics of transparency, and the global politics of mobility -- The art of performing consumer and suspect : transparency chic as a model of privileged, securitized mobility -- Opacity effects : the performance and documentation of terrorist embodiment -- Transparency effects : the implementation of full-body and biometric scanners at US airports -- How to perform voluntary transparency more efficiently : airport security pedagogy in the post-9/11 era -- Performing involuntary transparency : the TSA's turn to behavior detection -- Conclusion. transparency beyond US airports : international airports, "flying" checkpoints, controlled-tone zones, and lateral behavior detection.
This book discusses the emerging field of industrial neuroscience, and reports on the authors' cutting-edge findings in the evaluation of mental states, including mental workload, cognitive control and training of personnel involved either in the piloting of aircraft and helicopters, or in managing air traffic. It encompasses neuroimaging and cognitive psychology techniques and shows how they have been successfully applied in the evaluation of human performance and human-machine interactions, and to guarantee a proper level of safety in such operational contexts. With an introduction to the most relevant concepts of neuroscience, neurophysiological techniques, simulators and case studies in aviation environments, it is a must-have for both students and scientists in the field of aeronautic and biomedical engineering, as well as for various professionals in the aviation world. This is the first book to intensively apply neurosciences to the evaluation of human factors and mental states in aviation.
Not as good as Global Airline Industry (below) in addressing Norwegian Air International, the book, nonetheless, gives a sense of the competition and feelings about the U.S. from a European perspective.
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Although European prices are give, the emphasis is on economic appraisal, or cost-benefit analysis, in order to determine the viability of projects not only for private investors (privatization) but for society as a whole.
ONLINE EBOOK. The Drone Debate offers a thorough investigation of the where, why, how, and when of the United States' use of UAVs. Beginning with a historical overview of the use of drones in warfare, it then addresses whether targeted killing operations are strategically wise, whether they are permissible under international law, and the related ethical issues. It also looks at the political factors behind the use of drones, including domestic and global attitudes toward their use and potential issues of proliferation and escalation. Finally, the use of drones by other countries, such as Israel and China,
Includes bibliographical references and index.