Category Archives: Commercial Aviation Airport Security

Employee Screening and the Insider Threat

Aviation employee screening is an initiative that is gaining a lot of momentum so it’s time to fully address it. Throughout the history of aviation security, employees have been directly responsible or assisted in the facilitation of numerous attacks. Many of these incidents are catalogued and explained in my textbook, Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and… Continue Reading

Should Airport Police Report to TSA?

Although the article states that airport police are a “patchwork” that doesn’t report to the TSA, lets remember a few things. TSA does not report to the Department of Justice and although the air marshals and a few other TSA employees do have police powers they are inherently a security agency not a law enforcement… Continue Reading

Sky Marshalls – To be or not to be

I was getting ready to slam Adam Minter here about this article, then I read through it carefully. He has several good points and from what I can tell, this is a fairly well researched piece. First, it’s hard to measure deterrence. Can anyone tell me how often a criminal decided to steal another car… Continue Reading

The Airport ID Badge

It goes by many different names. Officially it is called the Access/ID Media, but there are various forms. There are badges that only identify the individual, then there are those that identify the individual and allow them to access doors and gates around the airport property. There have been some recent media reports about personnel… Continue Reading

Colorado Professor Appointed Board Member for Aviation Security with National Safe Skies Alliance

Jeff Price, aviation security specialist and owner of Leading Edge Strategies of Arvada, CO has been appointed as a Board Member for the Safe Skies Alliance. The National Safe Skies Alliance ( is an FAA-funded, non-profit, membership-based organization that serves aviation by providing impartial and effective testing and evaluation of safety and security for airports.… Continue Reading

Lawyers, Guns and Money: what will fix aviation security?

Aviation security issues have been getting a lot of attention in the media these past couple of weeks. The three big issues are: Tweeted bomb threats causing flight delays and other disruptions Weapons smuggling by airline employees Highest record of confiscated guns at screening checkpoints since 9/11 So what’s going on? First, let’s tackle the… Continue Reading

What can YOU do about the War on Terror?

I was recently on a panel on CNN discussing the latest al Qaeda threat to aviation. In their online publication, Inspire magazine al Qaeda outlined a strategy for how to make a bomb that would get past a screening checkpoint at an airport. In that same week, I fielded about another half dozen media calls… Continue Reading

Stowaway to Hawaii

The recent report of an individual stowing away aboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight from San Jose to Maui again brings forth the question of perimeter security at airports. A couple of years ago with the infamous jet skier at John F. Kennedy Airport along with a few other perimeter breaches that year raised concerns throughout… Continue Reading

Are we paying too much for Airport Security?

Are you paying too much for Airport Security measures? According to a recent study, yes. But, before you take a gigantic ax to your next years annual security budget, consider what the study assessed, and more importantly, what it didn’t. The study was published in the Journal of Air Transport Management looked at the “Cost-benefit… Continue Reading

What will 2013 bring us in aviation security?

12th Annual AAAE Annual Aviation Security Summit and looking towards the threats in 2013 Hyatt Regency Crystal City Alexandria, VA The annual aviation security summit brought out a good line of speakers this year, featuring decision makers and policy makers, not notetakers and staffers, which always makes for a beneficial conference. Gold stars for AAAE’s… Continue Reading