“Personally, I think that the terrorism threat is the main threat these days dealing with civilian transportation,” former El Al President and CEO Elyezer Shkedy says in a promotional video for the Sky Shield system.
Missile countermeasures are widely used by military planes and several times the U.S. government and American airlines have looked into adding their own countermeasures to civilian flights, but declined due to the high cost and comparatively low risk of a MANPAD attack in the homeland. Recent events in Israel and in Ukraine, however, have renewed interest in the defense systems.
Sen. Mark Kirk told The Washington Post he was petitioning the FAA to rethink security measures.
“I think they should actively look into mounting active defenses on civil aircraft that are carrying hundreds of people,” Kirk said.