Oh, my God, as if we do not have enough troubles already, I have to wake up to the news that a Boeng 737 Airplane has been hijacked on Jamaican soil, and by a “mentally challenged” 20 year old.

As disturbing as the news is I am glad that no one was hurt and the perpetrator was subdued and quickly removed from the scene and is in the custody of the security forces.

My beef is with the group of people manning the Airport. How on earth can an individual pass through Airport security, get on board an Aircraft filled with passengers with a weapon, whether it be concealed or not.

Something just does not add up and it puts the whole security setup in a bad  light, someone has some serious questions to answer for this horrible situation.

These are my suggestions to eradicate such an event from ever happening again.

  1. Airport personnel are to be thoroughly trained in all forms of Anti-Terrorist strategies.
  2. Airport personnel are to be transferred to random locations without their knowledge of where they will be stationed. This is to be done at the discretion of the dispatchers.
  3. Special attention is to be given to identifying wrong-doers as opposed to harassing lawful visitors and returning residents.
  4. All out-of-bounds areas are to be clearly identified and a security officer placed at said locations. He/she is to give a written account of all activities of his station, listing names and times of access granted to individuals who have entered these restricted areas.
  5. No security officer should leave his/her post unless another security officer stands in his stead.
  6. If an individual is deemed to be behaving in a suspicious manner, whether through his/her body language, or is just being plain rude. Such a person should immediately be accosted, processed to establish the facts and removed from the premises if such an action is warranted.
  7. All security personnel are to be thoroughly trained in Airport security tactics.
  8. The security of the Airport and its adjoining facilities, is to be stressed during the training of Airport security personnel.
  9. Refresher courses are to be held quarterly during the year so that individuals are kept on top of their game.
  10. Airport security personnel are to be held accountable, and severely punished for violation of any of his/her mandated duties.

I welcome your comments.

Dean Wong.

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