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Category Archives: Aviation Security

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

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

EgyptAir Flight MS181: Don’t take our eye off the ball, because there is a threat to worry about here.

By Jeff Price, Professor MSU Denver and lead author, Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats There have been a lot of stories in the media about this EgyptAir hijacking that “calls into question” airline and airport security in Egypt. But let’s not take our eye off the ball – let’s continue to stay… Continue Reading

How can I protect myself from suicide bombers at airports, like in Brussels?

The suspected attacks on the airport in Brussels raises questions about the safety of Americans traveling both in the US and abroad. What can passengers do to protect themselves from the same tragedy, and what should US airports and the TSA be doing in response? First, understand that there is no 100% safe solution. Terrorism… Continue Reading

It’s time to upgrade the airport access control and badging system – what questions should I ask?

By Jeffrey C. Price and Lori Beckman Airport security managers throughout the United States are responsible for the computerized physical access control systems (PACS), which allow thousands of workers into secure areas of the airport on a daily basis. Many of these systems were upgraded shortly after 9/11, but now time is coming for the… Continue Reading