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Aviation Security Summit General Session III

Aviation Security Summit General Session III Congressional Leadership Perspective Joel Bacon, VP Airport Legislative Alliance, AAAE Mike Rogers (R-AL) (written in real-time during the session – please forgive grammatical and structure errors – comments are paraphrased, unless enclosed in quotes “We are never going to be able to travel the way we used to, in… Continue Reading

Aviation Security Summit – General Session III

Aviation Security Summit – General Session III Risk Based Security Initiatives Mark Crosby, A.A.E. Chief of Public Safety and Security, Port of Portland Paul Leyh GM Commercial Aviation, TSNM, TSA Ken Sava, Director, Trusted Traveler, US CBP Phil Gilbert, Manager, Security Compliance, American Airlines Wendy Reiter, Director, Aviation Security and Emergency, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (written… Continue Reading

Aviation Security Summit – General Session II Q

Aviation Security Summit – General Session II Carter Morris; Moderator, Senior VP, Transportation Security Policy, AAAE Robin Kane, Asst., Admin & Chief of Technology, TSA John Sammon, Asst., Admin, Transportation Sector Management (TSNM), TSA Mark Dolan, Acting General Manager for Operational Performance and Screening Operations, TSA (written in real-time during the session – please forgive… Continue Reading

11th Annual AAAE/TSA/DHS Security Summit

Dateline: 11th Annual AAAE/TSA/DHS Security Summit, Washington DC Opening Session: Chip Barclay, President, AAAE, and TSA Administrator John Pistole (written in real-time during the session – please forgive grammatical and structure errors) In typical “FBI” format, Administrator Pistole gave a short, to-the-point briefing on where TSA will be in 2012. The presentation, which only lasted… Continue Reading

Airport crime statistics are questionable

USAToday (click for the story) reported that crime outside of airports is higher than other areas of many cities. However, I take issue with the listing that Denver International Airport received. Check out the list here. Denver International Airport received a ranking of 421, beating out San Diego and Los Angeles International Airport. I’ve spent… Continue Reading

No Golden Rule for the TSA

There is a lot of entertainment recently with the controversy over the Longmont, Colorado woman who allegedly groped a TSA screener. While this is a turnabout from what usually occurs, it’s not likely to change TSA’s procedures. Currently, under the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the TSA employee is conducting a lawful search, and  despite… Continue Reading

9th Annual Aviation Security Summit

So what do the industry leaders have to say about the future of aviation security?

Let me start out by saying that everyone wants to work cooperatively, to build partnerships on an intelligence-driven-risk-based-assessment approach to reduce the size of the haystack because at the end of the day it’s all about security.

If that sounds like a convoluted sentence, it is. But, those were the terms that we heard over and over again. I might also add that those are the same terms we hear just about every year. Other recurring themes, that recurred again this year, included the usual “let’s focus on bad people not bad things,” which in the real world ends up meaning – “throw more technology at everything.”

The Opening Session

There were a few patterns that may give us some clues about the shape of things to come… Continue Reading

What’s wrong with SPOT? No, not the dog

Recently, the NTSB released the report on Continental Airlines 1404 that went off the runway at Denver International Airport in December of 2008, due to crosswinds. The NTSB stated that the Captain did not hold proper crosswind correction on the rudder.

While this incident may seem not to have anything to do with aviation security it does relate to the issue of training — and training has everything to do with aviation security.

It’s an unfortunate given — when times are tough and budgets are being cut, training is one of the first things to go. Agencies and businesses will cut training that is not mandatory, and look for the cheapest solutions for training that is mandatory. When you cut training, there is usually no immediate impact. Kind of like missing a workout. You miss one workout, no big deal. No one will even notice it. Go ahead and miss two, three, five even 10 and your outward appearance will barely change if at all.

But, what happens when you miss 20 workouts? How about 30? There will definitely be a consequence. You’ll gain weight, not have as much energy and invite disease into your body. The same thing happens when training is cutback to the lowest common denominator. This is what has happened with the TSA’s Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) and Behavior Detection Officer (BDO) programs. Continue Reading

Don’t shuffle the deck chairs

As the new TSA Administrator is sworn in two events have occurred that may influence his appointment — but careful consideration should be given before any actions are taken. The first is a recent news report about comments made by Representative John Mica, blasting TSA for it’s ineffectiveness and top heavy bureaucracy. Click here. Second,… Continue Reading

Still blogging…

Just a quick note to the readers of this blog — yes, we’re still blogging. I just returned from a 10 day trip to Italy and have a few blog entries in the works to discuss some of the international security practices, and also some new domestic security practices and issues to address. Stay tuned,… Continue Reading