Dr. Andrew R. Thomas, assistant professor of marketing and international business, is lending his extensive expertise to the renewed debate over aviation security which has resulted from the attempted destruction of a Northwest Airlines jet on Christmas Day.
Thomas is Founding-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Transportation Security and founder of AirRage.org. A bestselling writer, Thomas has authored, co-authored or edited more than 15 books including Aviation Security Management 3 volumes, Aviation Insecurity: The New Challenges of Air Travel and Air Rage: Crisis in the Skies. His research has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Business Horizons, and he is a regularly featured media analyst for CNBC, CNN, the BBC, and FOX NEWS.
Since the Christmas Day incident, Thomas has been quoted in several news stories and articles about aviation security including U.S. Struggles Anew to Ensure Safety as Gaps are Revealed, Terror threat generates restrictions for some airline passengers, Metal Detectors Useless in Finding Powerful Explosive PETN, What Has Happened to the Millions of Dollars Spent on Aviation Security?, Why more airport security doesn’t stop terrorist attacks, Information, not gadgets, seen as security solution, TSA turbulence grips Logan, nation,The Costs of Security Theater, and Training of Airport Screeners Varies Greatly Worldwide, Interview for KCBS-AM, as well as on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer”.
According to Thomas, the current aviation security strategy undertaken by governments around the world, including the U.S., requires a shift away from focusing on “bad things” and more towards human-driven security policies and processes, which enable a better focus on the people who want to harm the system. “
At the core, security is about creating and implementing processes which restrict access to the system of those who want to cause it damage. Of all the commentary on this most recent event, almost none mentions mundane, but highly effective security procedures like database integration; database analytics; knowledge management; and, ongoing training, testing, and assessment programs. While none of these are sexy and glamorous, they would have each contributed to substantially thwarting this most recent attack. And, when integrated with a dynamic security strategy, these kinds of processes will exponentially reduce the future risk posed to the overall system.”
In addition to aviation security, Thomas writes, consults and speaks extensively on a number of other business topics including supply chain security and global sales and distribution strategies. He is a successful entrepreneur who has conducted business in more than 120 countries on all seven continents.