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Metro State professors publish landmark textbook on aviation security

Contact: Angelia McGowan, 303-556-5133 or Jeffrey Price, 303-912-0917

Posted: November 21, 2008

DENVER - On Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists used aviation to commit the largest terrorist attack ever against the United States. At the time, there existed no comprehensive textbook or any undergraduate courses that addressed aviation security practices. Now the first comprehensive textbook on the subject is available.

Co-authored by two aviation professors at Metropolitan State College of Denver, “Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats” (Butterworth-Heinemann, an Imprint of Elsevier, addresses the wide range of aviation security issues starting with key historical attacks and the formation of subsequent aviation policy. The book also outlines the role of state, local and federal government agencies.

“A few attempts were made to publish such a text after 9/11 by various authors, but none that focused on the practical application of international and domestic aviation security policies and procedures,” says Jeffrey S. Forrest, associate professor and chair of the Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science.

The textbook explains the layered aviation security system and addresses topics such as: commercial service and general aviation airport security, access control and credentialing, security screening, airline and air cargo security, airport policing, terrorism and methods of handling existing and future threats to aviation.

Assistant Professor of Aviation and Aerospace Science Jeffrey C. Price traveled extensively to conduct research for the textbook. “I traveled to Israel, Great Britain, Canada and Ireland to study aviation security practices and how other countries deal with threats to aviation,” says Price, who has nearly 20 years of experience in aviation security and airport management and has been a full-time professor at the College since 2003.

To speak with the professors, contact Angelia McGowan at 303-556-5133 or to learn more about the Metro State aviation program, visit



About Metropolitan State College of Denver

With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. Starting in the fall of 2010, the College is offering master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, with plans to offer a master’s in social work in fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 67,500 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.