Following Passengers/Locating Access. On Recent Attempts to Disrupt Terrorist Travel (by Air)

Network Safety and Security
By Jörg Potthast

Following the attacks of 9/11, a number of actions were taken to disrupt terrorists travels at airports. These responses have received a lot of attention, in the media and elsewhere. The aim of this paper is to draw a broader picture. Do these actions, often considered in isolation, add up to a control revolution? Reviewing attempts to disrupt terrorists travels both at the level of departures and arrivals, the layout of airports turns out to be a key to the question. It allows for contrasting changes that have occurred at both levels of access control. Insight is therefore gained into how technical networks relate to territories and whether this relationship has been profoundly affected by a control revolution.

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