Quincy Meade

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Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

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Stephen P. Chambal, PhD


The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, carried out via aircraft hijackings, clearly demonstrated the massive destruction potential when vulnerabilities in the aviation system are exploited. Airport security measures have since been strengthened and new measures have been set in place. With the passage of the Aviation Transportation and Security Act (ATSA) of 2001 the checked baggage systems at U.S. Airports are now required to screen all checked bags with explosive detection devices. This is a significant increase from the small percentage of bags that were previously screened. The original 2009 deadline was changed to 31 December 2002 and this change forced airports to implement interim screening systems. These systems can impact the efficient processing of passengers and baggage. A long term solution is needed for a 100 percent checked baggage system that provides the required security while minimizing negative impacts to aviation stakeholders including the airport operators, airlines, passengers, and the Transportation Security Administration. This thesis, focusing on the Dayton International Airport, uses a Value Focused Thinking methodology to build a value model for evaluating potential long term solutions for 100 percent checked baggage system alternatives.

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