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Category Archives: Current Affairs

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

They are sniffing, but is anyone noticing?

A recent GAO report on TSA’s canine program revealed that while canines have been deployed in record numbers in the past three years TSA needs to do more analysis to ensure the teams are being effectively used. The report also showed that some canine teams were repeatedly not in compliance with TSA’s monthly training requirement, to… Continue Reading

12th Annual AAAE Annual Aviation Security Summit – U.S. Senator Landrieu

12th Annual AAAE Annual Aviation Security Summit
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Alexandria, VA Dec 11, 2012 General Session I Perspectives from Congressional Leadership Moderator: Joel Bacon, AAAE The Honorable Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Chair, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, US Senate Its post 9/11 and US U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-LA says that it’s time to stop… Continue Reading

12th Annual AAAE Aviation Security Summit – TSA Leadership Roundtable

12th Annual AAAE Aviation Security Summit (Blogging live – paraphrasing as necessary) December 10, 2012
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Alexandria, VA General Session I
TSA Leadership Roundtable
Carter Morris, AAAE, Moderator
John Sammon, Asst., Administrator, Security, Policy and Industry Engagement, TSA
Christopher McLaughlin, Asst., Administrator, Security Operations, TSA
Stephen Sadler, Asst., Administrator, Intelligence & Analysis, TSA
 The fiscal cliff continued to be… Continue Reading

12th Annual AAAE Aviation Security Summit – TSA Administrator John Pistole

12th Annual AAAE Aviation Security Summit (Blogging live – paraphrasing as necessary) December 10, 2012 Hyatt Regency Crystal City Alexandria, VA General Session I TSA Priorities and Perspectives Chip Barclay, A.A.E., CEO The Honorable John Pistole, Administrator, TSA As they have done every year since 9/11, leaders in the aviation security industry are gathered for… 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