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Category Archives: Aviation Security

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

Man Forcibly Removed From Airline Due To Overbooking

The recent video of a passenger being pulled off an airplane in Chicago is disturbing, to say the least. While we don’t know all the sides to the story yet, there should never be a situation in which a non-violent individual gets to the point of having to be dragged off an airplane. Ultimately, while… Continue Reading

Banning Electronics, and What That Means For The Future of Flying

Recently, the US put several foreign airlines with routes to the United States on notice that electronics such as laptops must be banned from the cabin. If this issue spreads and is not addressed immediately it will be a crushing blow to aviation, courtesy of a system that has failed to keep up with the… Continue Reading

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