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Author Archives: Jeff Price

The TSA and the 13-year-old at DFW

Here’s the deal: TSA is correct in everything they posted about the pat-down that has gone viral. It looked like all procedures were followed – it still sucks they have to do it, but I understand the threat. It looked like the pat-down was even a bit more thorough than normal (I’ve had several too),… Continue Reading

Laptop Travel Ban

Early on Tuesday, March 21st, the TSA posted an emergency amendment to its carry-on policy prohibiting electronics larger than a cell phone in the cabin on flights from a number of airports. The UK announced a similar ban later the same day. This type of restriction has been implemented before, usually when there is real… Continue Reading

Get Out!: Airport Evacuations, Protecting Lives and Reputations During Unplanned Events

(This article, written by myself and Lori Beckman, originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of Aviation Security International Magazine, and is reprinted here with permission. To view the article in its original format, click HERE.) How do we differentiate between an evacuation and an escape? Airports have long had evacuation plans for a variety of… Continue Reading

Security breach at JFK

Unfortunately, incidents like the one that occurred earlier this week at JFK are not a terribly rare occurrence. The vast majority of these types of breaches are relatively harmless but they do reveal a gap in the system: people. As long as there are people in the system, there will always be a chance for error, but… Continue Reading

Protecting the Airport’s Public Areas

By Jeffrey C. Price “The Airport Writer” In the wake of the Ft. Lauderdale active shooter attack, three ‘solutions’ are beginning to emerge. Unfortunately, many of these solutions will provide the public a sense of safety, and politicians will appear to be doing “something”, but the measures could cost a lot of money and the… Continue Reading

Airport security needs a 9/11 style upgrade

Airport security needs a 9/11 style upgrade

By Jeffrey C. Price (Originally published on CNN 1/8/17) The recent attack at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport calls into question of how well our airports are protecting the public areas. In the history of aviation, there have been well over 1,000 attacks on airplanes, mostly using bombs, sabotage and hijackings. However, there have only been… Continue Reading

The Greatest Disconnect is also our Greatest Vulnerability

(Part 4 in a series that takes a look at whether aviation security is safer than it was in 2001)   The greatest thing we can do to improve air security isn’t about processes and technologies, it’s about understanding – understanding our enemy, understanding our capabilities and understanding each other. The late Dr. Stephen Covey,… Continue Reading

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