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Category Archives: Passenger and Baggage Screening

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

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

15th Annual AAAE/DHS/TSA Aviation Security Summit, Part II

Although the airport security industry missed out on meeting TSA Administrator Neffenger, the annual security summit did provide some updates on other programs: ● Status of Rapback: Rapback is a criminal vetting process that automatically resubmits aviation worker fingerprints to determine if an individual who already has an airport identification badge, has subsequently been arrested… Continue Reading

DHS Exposes Weaknesses in TSA Security

The latest report about DHS red team personnel able to get prohibited items through screening checkpoints without being detected, an average of 95% of the time, is extraordinary. Even more extraordinary though is why the items were not being detected. According to the inspectors, the failures were “caused by human and technology-based failures,” John Roth,… Continue Reading

It’s Not “Profiling”, It’s “Behavior Detection”… And It Does Work

Recently, information came to light about part of a program implemented and used by the TSA since 2007 as a way to identify potential terrorists and subject them to closer inspection. The program has been criticized as being based on flawed scientific principles, and because none of the passengers detained were subsequently arrested for terrorist activities.… 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

The Education of John Pistole

The TSA announced they are reversing their earlier policy that would have allowed small pocket knives, hockey sticks and a few other items back in the cabin of the aircraft. Regardless of the right or wrong’ness of this step, it seems Pistole is learning that TSA is not like the FBI. Industry participation in policy… Continue Reading

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or of the one

The TSA is relaxing the restrictions on pocketknives and some sporting equipment. The flight attendants association is not happy. Unfortunately, it is not about the safety of individuals it is about the safety of the entire flight and allowing small items, actually increases aviation security. Shortly after 9/11, a documentary on airline security featured a… Continue Reading

Racial Profiling at Boston Logan?

The recent accusations of racial profiling being used by the TSA’s Behavior Detection Officers may hurt what is an otherwise effective security measure – the security questioning and behavior detection process. Opponents of the program have been waiting for just such accusations and now, unfortunately, they may have gotten their wish. As I’ve written about… Continue Reading

TSA’s Strategic Plan for Risk Based Security

Blogging live from the Colorado Airport Operators Association, Annual Conference, 2012, Vail, Colorado (paraphrasing as necessary) Douglas Hoffsass – Assoc. Administrator, Office of the Administrator, TSA The Right Reverend Hoffsass continues his nationwide tour to preach Administrator Pistole’s risk based security programs, most notably, PreCheck and Global Entry. I, Deacon Jeff, will attempt to pass… Continue Reading