Author Archives: Jeff Price

America, We are Living in a Different World, Part III

(Part III of a series that takes a look at the status of the US aviation security system)   Aviation security is still not working – we’re still not winning – and here’s how I know. Shortly after 9/11, we adopted the term, the new normal. The New Normal described what life in America would… Continue Reading

America, it is time to answer the call once again, because we are at war (Part 1 in a series of 5)

As I sit here watching a rerun of the movie Saving Private Ryan, I am reminded of the history lessons I learned growing up and all of the books about World War II that I used to read. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the Nazis rolled through Europe, every American citizen was expected to… Continue Reading

What should you do if you’re caught in a mass-casualty incident?

The details surrounding the attack centering on Munich’s Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping mall are still being ascertained, but one thing remains certain: The headlines announcing tragic events such as these are becoming all too common. Whether the perpetrators of these events are involved in a terrorist organization or self-radicalized, whether the weapons used are firearms, bombs,… Continue Reading

Why more TSA checkpoints are a bad idea

Seems TSA is considering putting MORE checkpoints but outside of terminal buildings. Let me count the several different ways this is a bad idea. 1. Wherever you create a checkpoint, you create a line and, you create a CHOKEpoint – huge amounts of people standing around – which is a natural place to attack. Plus,… Continue Reading

The solution to situations like Istanbul isn’t more screening, it’s Customer Service.

The suicide attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport highlights the necessity of keeping airport security lines short and moving fast. A line of hundreds of people waiting for thorough security screening may lead to greater safety once past the screening point, but the line itself becomes itself a vulnerable target for terrorists. Reacting to long wait times… Continue Reading

How safe are U.S. airports?

The crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 early last Thursday and the recovery of some wreckage Friday was a tragic end to a week that had begun with viral video of huge lines at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints in the United States. These two developments have understandably raised two related questions about aviation security: Are we… Continue Reading

How do you fire the TSA?

By Professor Jeffrey C. Price, lead author, Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats   As waiting times at TSA checkpoints continue to increase, with even longer lines and longer waits predicted for the summer travel season, many airports are starting to consider their options. Last month, it was the Atlanta/Hartsfield International Airport director,… Continue Reading

Forget Walt Disney, TSA needs Dr. Phil

By Jeffrey C. Price, Professor, MSU Denver Lead Author, Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats   In the early days of TSA, when screening lines were wrapping around terminal buildings and passengers were waiting 3+ hours to get through checkpoints, the agency brought in consultants from Walt Disney World to help them understand… Continue Reading

Top 5 ways to determine if your local airport has done the right things to prevent another Brussels style attack (and 5 things YOU can do).

By Jeff Price, Professor, MSU Denver, and lead author, Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats As the Brussels airport reopens after the devastating suicide bombing attacks last week we are all wondering what we should be doing, and how can we protect ourselves from another such attack. The first thing we can all… Continue Reading