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Category Archives: Passenger and Baggage Screening

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

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

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