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CRS: Homeland Security: Protecting Airliners from Terrorist Missiles

Authors: Christopher Bolkcom, and Bartholomew Elias
February 16, 2006

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This report from the Congressional Research Service, the public policy research arm of Congress , focuses on the threat that terrorists with shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), referred to as Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS), pose to commercial airliners. It discusses a range of options installing infrared (IR) countermeasures on aircraft; modifying flight operations and air traffic control procedures; improving airport and regional security; and strengthening missile non-proliferation efforts.

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