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The High Cost of Security

Recently, an economics professor wrote a short piece for USA Today talking about how TSAs rituals do not make us any safer. While that was the headline, the article posited that we’re probably spending more money than we need to on security. In that respect, Art Carden (the assistant professor of economics at Samform), is… Continue Reading

Are you doing the right thing?

Many airport access control systems are coming up for an upgrade. Many are over 10 years old so it’s about time. Will you integrate biometrics into your next or upgraded access control system? While not presently required by TSA, biometrics provide a significant additional layer of security. Presently, if you do not have biometrics programmed… Continue Reading

Why Shouldn’t Airports Pay for Exit Lane Coverage?

TSA’s recent announcement that they are transferring the guarding of the exit lanes (from the sterile area) from their control to airport control, has caused a lot of heartache throughout the industry, both in terms of policy-making and policy-implemetation. The strategy represents a shift of how TSA has worked with industry since 9/11 and also… Continue Reading


It’s been a week since the shooting in Aurora and I thought it was about time to comment. Based on the phone calls I was receiving that day, it seems my commentary sometimes applies outside the world of aviation security. I’m not going to compare myself to Brian Jenkins, or any of the real experts… Continue Reading

Skywest pilot attempts to steal plane

The attempt by a Skywest pilot to steal an aircraft at the airport in St. George, UT raises several security questions. From early reports, it appears that Skywest had confiscated the employee’s airline and hopefully, his airport credentials, denying him his normal access through the screening checkpoints or airport access control system. Credentialing is one… Continue Reading