Volume 95, Issue 35

Friday, November 2, 2001
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Hellyer: U.S. will swallow Canada

The world at war

P/Ters want full-time respect

Pass the lentils: free lunch at Lakehead

Airline expert: security requires loss of privacy

UWO takes anthrax precautions

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Airline expert: security requires loss of privacy

By Uroos Rizvi
Gazette Staff

With the international airline industry in flux, Western's Commercial Aviation Management program hosted a panel discussion on the issues affecting the Canadian aviation industry following the events of Sept. 11.

Panelist Victor Ujimoto, an adjunct professor of the CAM program and a leading Canadian authority on airline safety issues, said increased airport security may come at the expense of personal privacy.

Ujimoto said Canada has one of the safest aviation systems, however, there is always room for improvement. He said researchers at Western are working on new initiatives to strengthen flight safety systems.

The Canadian government announced a wide range of new measures that would be taking place to enhance airport security, he said, adding tools will be introduced to identify, prosecute, convict and punish terrorists.

An explosive detection system, consisting of several components such as x-ray machines and trace detection machines, should be placed in major airports, he said.

Capt. Brian Morris, flight standard co-ordinator of the CAM program and former vice-president of flight operations for Air Ontario, spoke about the future of airline operations in Canada.

After detailing his own safe experience while flying on Sept. 11, he explained the major improvements that have been made in relation to baggage and passenger screening at airport checkpoints and how the locking of cockpits have unfortunately become an unfriendly precaution.

"Business is running as usual – we're learning as we go," said Paul McKnight, who teaches the economics of air transportation at Western.

The service outage, loss of four aircraft and lingering anxiety of passenger and crew safety caused by the events Sept. 11 greatly affected the industry, he explained. A drop in international travel, increased insurance rates and other costs to downsize airline operation will also indirectly affect airlines.

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