Politics at the Airport:
Edited by Mark Salter
HE9797.4 .S4 P65 2008
New Book Island, 2nd floor
The semester ends in fifteen days – not that anyone is counting. For many, that means it’s travel time. For some lucky individuals, that also means spending some quality time at the airport. Travelers enjoy having all of the amenities of modern-day travel, with restaurants and shops galore. On the other hand, they may dread going through the TSA circus and worrying whether or not they’ve correctly followed the 3-1-1 rule for their liquids, all in the name of national security. This week’s featured title addresses the dark side, the controversies, facing today’s high-flying society.
“Few sites are more iconographic of both the opportunities and the vulnerabilities of contemporary globalization than the international airport.”
Salter, political science professor at the University of Ottawa, begins his introduction with the previous statement, which sets the tone for the rest of the volume. As editor, he has compiled chapters from leading scholars on topics ranging from no-fly lists to closed-circuit TV surveillance by airport police. This scholarly work includes tons of references for further research and provides an excellent beginning for researching airport security issues.