Airport as a ‘Border Condition’ or Please Mind Your Bounding

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After 9/11, the regulation of global mobility witnessed substantial changes. Suspicion of movement intensified and the need to detect, classify, and eventually stop any threat from outside became the priority of state authorities. As a consequence, national and international airports progressively assumed the role of biopolitical infrastructures. In the restless search for the "anomalous" and "irregular", not only luggage and possessions are subject to intense scrutiny; identities, histories, and finances are also inspected. By implementing sophisticated surveillance technologies, the airports reproduce several homeland security strategies, such as the control of cross-border movements and migration management. From this perspective, airport surveillance practices, as border structures, dynamically redefine and construct the relation between bodies in motion and material boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFreeport
Subtitle of host publicationAnatomías de una caja negra
EditorsBani Brusadin
Place of PublicationMadrid
PublisherMatadero Critical Studies
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-18299-10-0
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Airport Security
  • air travel
  • airport policing


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