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Category Archives: Current Affairs

TSA: Sleeping on the Job

A recent Government Accountability Office report (click here for the report) showed TSA personnel sleeping, showing up late to work, abusing leave time and other lesser infractions, but along with those they also found TSA personnel guilty of theft, and allowing friends and family to bypass the screening checkpoints. The GAO office identified more than… Continue Reading

PreCheck to open for more people, and probably get slower

The original intent of PreCheck, TSA’s risk-based security strategy to allow known travelers alternative screening, meaning they can keep their liquids and laptops in their bag, their jacket and belts on and their dignity and efficiency in place, is about to expand to the masses. PreCheck originally rolled out for airline frequent flyers (and it’s… 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

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