25 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 781 (2001-2002)
Re-Constructing Global Aviation in an Era of the Civil Aircraft as a Weapon of Destruction

handle is hein.journals/hjlpp25 and id is 809 raw text is: RE-CONSTRUCTING GLOBAL AVIATION IN
AN ERA OF THE CIVIL AIRCRAFT AS A
WEAPON OF DESTRUCTION
PHMLIP A. KARBER-
The attacks of September 11 have had both an immediate
and a long-term impact on global aviation. In the short term we
have been overwhelmed by the loss of life, the systemic
disruption of flying, and the international war on terrorism.
But there is also a delayed impact, like that of a Jurassic meteor
strike, in which the long-term impact was not a function of the
local devastation but a changed environment, one that slowly
starved out even the largest of species. We are witnessing a
second order effect: an industrial Armageddon,' with traffic
cut from 9 to 7.5 million passengers a week,2 airline revenue
* This Article is dedicated to the memory of Neal Levin, Director of the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey, who was lost in the attack on the World
Trade Center. With great insight into the future needs of global aviation and a
refreshing willingness to tackle them under conditions of duress, he should have
been the author of this Article and his leadership will be badly missed.
** Senior Fellow, Potomac Foundation; Chairman, JFK-IAT (the consortium
selected to rebuild and operate the International Air Terminal at New York's
Kennedy Airport). As former Director of the Center for Technology and Public
Policy of the BDM Corporation, he has participated in a variety of research
programs on terrorism over the last thirty years. In the early 1980s, Karber served
as Strategy Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff.
Several people provided invaluable assistance in the preparation of this
Article: Professor Anthony Clark Arend, Georgetown University; Sam Fairchild
and George Novak, from the Global Transportation Group, PA Consulting; Jim
Johnson, of Barbour, Griffith & Rogers; Robert S. Norris, Natural Resources
Defense Council; and Harro Ranter, responsible for the hijacking database at the
Aviation Safety Network. However, the author alone is responsible for content
and conclusions.
1. US Airlines Face Financial Armageddon, AIR TRANSPORT WORLD: NEWS &
COMMENTS, Sept. 17, 2001, at http://atw.atwonline.com/archives/news/archive
newssept1701.cfm.
2. Joe Sharkey, Business Travel, N.Y. TIMES, Nov. 28, 2001, at C6 (explaining that
for the month following the September 11 attacks, U.S. domestic airline traffic was
off by 22%, and the number of people flying internationally on domestic airlines
fell 31% in October).

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