Author Archives: Jeff Price

Will X-Ray Technology Be Replaced In Checkpoint Screening

The TSA was all but was forced to admit in 2017 that their x-ray technology cannot see the latest iteration of bombs threatening aircraft, bombs concealed in large electronic devices or apparently buried under too much food in your carry-on bag. During the AAAE/TSA/DHS Annual Aviation Security Summit in Washington DC in December 2017, the rollout… Continue Reading

How Will Checkpoint Screening Continue to Evolve?

We have all heard the reports of checkpoint screening led by the TSA failing at rates as high as 90%. During the AAAE/TSA/DHS Annual Aviation Security Summit in Washington DC in December 2017, industry professionals continued to debate methodology to improve our commercial aviation security screening protocols. In 2018, we will continue to see changes… Continue Reading

Will A Threat to Commercial Aviation Continue?

The quick answer to the question of whether the threat to commercial aviation will continue is yes. At the AAAE/TSA/DHS Annual Aviation Security Summit in Washington DC in December 2017, Kevin K. McAleenan, Acting Commissioner, CBP, stated that commercial aviation security threats “…have been a constant since before 9/11. Our most consistent adversaries see aviation… Continue Reading

Miami security incident shows the system worked, in this case

The recent security incident at Miami International Airport begs the question whether this a failure or a success of airport security? From an airport security perspective this is a success because the individual was not able to either access an aircraft to place a prohibited item on board, nor cause any other act of unlawful interference. However, others will… Continue Reading

Enhanced security measures: Ahead of the threats or behind them? 

In the early days of aviation security, passengers had to have their belongings sorted through by a screener. X-ray machines were brought in so that passengers wouldn’t have to have their personal belongings dumped out for all to see, and to make the process faster and more efficient. With the TSA announcement of expansion of… Continue Reading

Two new rollouts for TSA this week.

By Jeffrey C. Price   TSA and the airlines have rolled out several new programs this week. First is the deployment of biometrics for boarding aircraft and at the screening checkpoints. Second is the deployment of CT machines into the screening checkpoint. What will these mean in terms of your security while flying? Passenger Biometrics… Continue Reading

Laptops in or out, make up your mind: New TSA procedures likely to slow down the lines and may expose critical vulnerabilities

By Jeffrey C. Price   TSA revealed a new pilot program that has passengers taking their laptops and more, out of their bags. In a statement released on May 24, 2017, TSA said: TSA Testing Adjusted Accessible Property Screening The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) informed ACI-NA that it is testing adjusted screening procedures for carry-on… Continue Reading

Revisiting the Electronics Ban

DHS may soon announce, or has already announced (depending on when you’re reading this), that the ban on personal electronic devices larger than a smartphone carried in an airline cabin will expand to the UK and throughout Europe. Previous discussions on this topic have focused on the necessity of the ban from only certain countries,… Continue Reading

The Maginot Line Revisited

(Part 5 in a 5 part series that takes a look at whether we are safer since 9/11) Much has happened since I started this short series in August 2016: We have a new President, there’s been an active shooter at another US airport and TSA has lost its Administrator and is now floating rudderless… Continue Reading