Horizon Air Plane Theft, Crash Exposes Cracks in Airport Security

Horizon Air Plane Theft, Crash Exposes Cracks in Airport Security

Friday’s theft of a Horizon Air passenger plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport exposed the aviation vulnerabilities that persist even after efforts to enhance security following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Many questions about the incident—in which an airline employee took off with the plane and then crashed on a sparsely populated island in the Puget Sound—remain unanswered. But experts say it will prompt a rethink of how to secure aircraft at airports.

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