Politics at the Airport by Mark B. Salter, Peter Adey, Colin J. Bennett, Gillian Fuller

By Mark B. Salter, Peter Adey, Colin J. Bennett, Gillian Fuller

Few websites are extra symbolic of either the possibilities and vulnerabilities of up to date globalization than the foreign airport.

Politics on the Airport brings jointly best students to ascertain how airports either form and are formed by means of present political, social, and monetary stipulations. concentrating on the ways in which airports became securitized, the essays handle a variety of practices and technologies—from structure, biometric id, and CCTV platforms to “no-fly lists” and the privatization of border control—now being deployed to border the social sorting of secure and probably harmful travelers.

This provocative quantity broadens our figuring out of the connections between energy, area, paperwork, and migration whereas developing the airport as serious to the learn of politics and worldwide life.

Contributors: Peter Adey, Colin J. Bennett, Gillian Fuller, Francisco R. Klauser, Gallya Lahav, David Lyon, Benjamin J. Muller, Valérie November, Jean Ruegg.

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This location has colonial overtones insofar as flights from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa are often timed to arrive at the beginning of the European/American business day. The structuring of aircraft movements around the “typical” business day, and the natural clash with shift scheduling at the airport itself, leads to chronic inefficiency at security screening, passenger and baggage handling, and facilities and retail. The overcrowding of air space has led to ATC delays for global airports.

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They merely enable it to happen. Certainly, the long-term trend toward using electronic technologies for surveillance purposes has to be borne in mind, and along with it the pressure from high-technology companies to deploy such systems on an increasingly large scale. The political commitment to adopting those techniques cannot be discounted either. There is a deep vein of belief in the efficacy of new technologies to solve social and political problems, especially in North America. But the globalization of personal data and the surveillance capacities that this represents have to do with much more than mere technology.

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