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Delta cuts back how far you can recline your seat – CNN Travel – April 12, 2019 – “Being a frequent business flier, my productivity just dies when the person in front of me drops their seat into my lap,” aviation security consultant Jeff Price said.”
The Truth Is Up There – The Real Story Behind 5 Behind DIAs Most Famous Myths – RED MSUDenver – March 27, 2019 – “DIA officials viewed the perpetuation of these myths as an annoyance, according to Jeff Price, an aviation professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.”
Frontier Makes Peace With Flight Attendants After Awful Quality Report – Westword March 22, 2019 – “Metropolitan University of Denver’s Jeffrey Price, a professor in the Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science, goes further.”
Frontier Airlines Finishes Last in Another Airline Quality Report – Westword – March 19, 2019 – “Metro State University of Denver’s Jeffrey Price, a professor in the Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science, places much of the blame for the poor performance on Frontier’s embrace of what’s known in the industry as the ultra-low-cost model… “
American Airlines Cancels Passenger’s Return Ticket, Has No Record of Him Boarding Outbound Flight – The Points Guy – February 25, 2019 – How Can An Airline Lose Track of a Passenger? …Price noted that it’s not entirely uncommon. “Believe it or not it’s happened to me…”
Mile High-Flying Vision – Insider MSU Denver – February 18, 2019 – “You could say that Jeff Price, aviation professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and a trained pilot, knows a thing or two about planes. So it should be no surprise to hear that he and Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science Chair and Professor Jeffrey Forrest, Ph.D. have just published “Images of Aviation: Denver Airports From Stapleton to DIA,” which traces the fascinating story of the Mile High City’s airports.”
Hidden city ticketing: The travel hack airlines don’t want you to use – CNN Travel – February 12, 2019 – Jeffrey C. Price, owner of Leading Edge Strategies and an aviation professor at Metropolitan State University Denver shares why airlines price differently based on demand.
The Transportation Factor – The Peneberg Post – February 10, 2019 – Jeff commented during an interview about a news story involving a pilot who had been drinking prior to flying the plane. “Intoxicated airline pilots are a rarity in the industry these days, compared to the 1960s and 1970s, when this issue wasn’t taken nearly as seriously,” said Jeff Price, a professor at Metropolitan State University.”
TSA Discovered a Record Number of Guns in 2018 – Conde Naste Traveler – February 8, 2019 – “As Jeffrey Price, an aviation safety expert who teaches at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, told NBC News, the most common reason passengers give for having a gun in a carry-on is, ‘I forgot it was in there.’ “
Nix TSA in Next Shutdown? Not So Fast, Lawmakers, Industry Say – Bloomberg Government – February 1, 2019 – ““Airports and airlines are spending a lot of money trying to keep TSA agents fed, and they’re going to get tired of that after a while,” Price said.”
TSA workers might not return to work after shutdown, experts worry – Roll Call – January 25, 2019 – “”There’s a perspective that this agency is really not respected,” said security expert Jeffrey Price, a former assistant security director at Denver International Airport.”
1 in 10 Airport Screeners Are Calling in Sick. Experts Are Worried — But Some Have Solutions – TIME Magazine – January 22, 2019 – “I think there is a real security risk at 10% call off,” says Jeff Price, a professor of aviation management at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
TSA says absences rise because airport screeners can’t afford to work unpaid – CNBC – January 17, 2019 – “It is illegal for these and other workers like air traffic controllers…to strike. But disruptions could come in subtler forms of protest…” Comments from Jeffrey Price, a professor of aviation security at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
‘Blue flu’: TSA agents stay home amid shutdown because they ‘cannot afford to work for free’ – Yahoo Finance – January 17, 2019 – “While the TSA maintains that security check standards are still upheld, “The reality of that is completely different,” Metropolitan State University Denver Dept. of Aviation and Aerospace’s Jeffrey C. Price, who trains airport management staff and has previously worked with TSA agents, told Yahoo Finance.”
US aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown – AP Press – January 14, 2019 – “As the lines slow down and the crowds grow larger, it puts more and more passengers at risk from an attack,” Price said.”
Government Shutdown Impacts TSA, Air Traffic Controls and Airline Safety – Knowledge@Wharton – January 11, 2019 – “Don’t pretend that terrorists are ignoring the government shut down. Striking while the enemy is weak is a fundamental military tactic.” Comment made by Jeff Price, Professor of Aviation and Aerospace Science at Metropolitan State University of Denver
New flight paths coming to Colo. next year as a part of FAA’s ‘NextGen’ program – Denver Channel 7 (KMGH NBC 7) – December 10, 2018 – “If we want to improve the aviation system, changes have to be made to the system,” said Jeff Price, an aviation expert and professor at Metro State University in Denver.”
Man accused of stealing vehicle arrested after leading authorities on chase at MSP – Channel 5 ABC Minneapolis, MN. – December 5, 2018 – ““To go into the concourse area through an access control door really doesn’t happen that often,” said Jeff Price, an aviation expert and professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.”
The evolution of Denver’s Airports as Colorado continues to grow – The Denver Channel (KMGH NBC 7) – November 24, 2018 – “Aviation in this state is extraordinary,” said aviation expert Jeff Price. “It just continues to expand.”
It’s Time For an Airport Security Tech Upgrade – Singularity Hub – November 21, 2018 – “When asked whether the immediacy of national security ever causes tech to be rolled out prematurely, White said yes. So did Jeffrey C. Price, M.A., an aviation and aerospace science professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the author of aviation security textbooks.”
Security expert calls for review of air marshal program in wake of CNN investigation – The Denver Channel/Scripps Media Inc. – November 20,2018 – “…there’s underlying problems there that need to be addressed,” commented Jeff Price is this interview.
In Your Face: Is Biometric Technology Making the Right Judgement? – Apex ( Airline Passenger Experience Association) – November 19, 2018 – “Until the technology can be accurate enough to identify the target audience, it should not roll out on a wide scale,” – Jeffrey Price, Metropolitan State University of Denver.
When Disaster Hits At An Airport. – RED MSUDenver – September 30, 2018 – “MSU Denver Professor of Aviation and Aerospace Science Jeffrey Price, co-author of “Practical Airport Operations, Safety and Emergency Management,” said first responders have started to coordinate with one another more since 9/11 but that nationwide, the ability to work together efficiently is still not good enough.”
Airport Screeners Often Take Off Shortly After Arrival (Corrected) – Bloomberg News – September, 19, 2018 – “Part of the problem is it can be a mind-numbingly boring job,” Jeff Price, professor of aviation and aerospace at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, said.
Fence Jumper Vex LAX Security – The Argonaut – September 5, 2018 – “Metropolitan State University of Denver Professor Jeff Price, a leading airport security expert, said airport perimeters should be monitored by security cameras, but not all of them are.”
Taking Stock of the ‘Insider Threat’ – Aviation Week Network – August 17, 2018 – “It will never be entirely solved by airlines, simply because there are gaps in our system that have to exist,” says Jeffrey Price, an aviation security specialist and the owner of Leading Edge Strategies, an airport management training company.
TSA’s ‘Quiet Skies’ program raises privacy, civil rights violations concerns – Denver Channel 7 ABC – “Jeff Price, an aviation security expert with Metro State University of Denver, said behavior detection programs can work, but only if done correctly…”
Questions raised over how airline employee was able to steal and crash plane – NBC Nightly News – August 11, 2018 – Aviation security expert Jeff Price said that it is routine for ramp workers to have access to aircraft and that access is “part of their job.” But he believes the worker who stole the plane must have had some level of training….
Secret TSA Spying Program Tracks American Travelers – NBC Nightly News – July 27,2018 – Jeff Price, aviation security professional, comments at 1:26 in video below.
My @NBCNightlyNews story on the secret government surveillance program called "Quiet Skies," which tracks dozens of American travelers on any given day — even those who are not on any terror watch list. pic.twitter.com/jVJayVPOXO— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) July 29, 2018
Removing liquids from luggage could end as new CT scanners arrive in airports – July 27, 2018 – Australian Financial Review – Jeffrey Price, a professor of Aviation and Aerospace Science at Metropolitan State University in Denver, is quoted from 2016 interview. “The machines have to be adaptable to new threats to the extent possible. Every time there is a new type of threat we can’t be putting another box of technology into the footprint of a checkpoint.”
Liquid restrictions could eventually be lifted at UK airports thanks to new scanners – July 26, 2018 – Inews UK – Jeffrey Price is quoted from 2016 interview on the liquid ban for air travel.
Westminster man walked through TSA checkpoint at BWI with knife, no boarding pass – July 20, 2018 – The Baltimore Sun – “The incident was a double failure on the TSA’s part, said Jeffrey Price, an aviation security expert and professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.”
What happens when someone dies on an airplane in mid-flight? – June 28, 2018 – Houston Chronicle – “The procedures vary from airline to airline but overall the crew attempts to treat the deceased with dignity and respect, while also keeping other passengers as comfortable with the situation as possible,” said Professor Jeffrey C. Price, with the Department of Aviation and Aerospace at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Flying into turbulence. – May 29, 2018 – Insider News from MSU Denver – Faced with more passengers, red tape and security concerns, airports are buckling. Aviation Professor Jeffrey Price discusses how they can stay a step ahead.
The Reality of In-Flight Theft. – May 18, 2018 – Conde Naste Traveler – “It’s an easy crime to get away with, because no one is paying attention,” says Jeff Price, a professor at Metropolitan State
On Southwest flight, League City man’s military training helped avert disaster – April 19, 2018 – Houston Chronicle – Jeff Price, an aviation professor with the Metropolitan State University of Denver, said the engine explosion presented extraordinary challenges for Shults and Ellisor…
How well-screened are ground packages March 20, 2018, New York Post – “Cargo on passenger planes must be screened, usually by computed-tomography scanners although explosive-trace detection and dogs are also used, said Jeffrey Price, an aviation-security expert at Metropolitan State University in Denver.”
The TSA confiscated a record number of guns in passenger carry-on bags in 2017 – February 4, 2018 – CNBC – “When you look at the top 10 airports with the highest seizures, a lot are in states where concealed carry is common,” said aviation security expert Jeff Price.
Airport gun seizures hit record high as concealed carry spreads – February 2, 2018 – Bloomberg – Jeff Price, a professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said, “…where there’s more firearms typically carried, there’s just more of a chance you’ll have it at the checkpoint.”
‘Serial stowaway’: how does a 66-year-old woman keep sneaking on to flights? – January 25, 2018 – The Guardian – “On that note, for those worrying about what a 66-year-old woman’s ability to elude the system says about our terror readiness, Price has one word for you: don’t.”
Security Briefs: Why don’t we just do what they do in Israel? – January 17, 2018 — AAAE Digicast (Subscription access only) – In this Security Brief, Jeff Price, C.M., of Leading Edge Strategies, compares Israel’s aviation security procedures to those in the United States. He also reviews vehicle inspections, personnel screening, security questioning, behavior profiling, undercover personnel and security mindset.
Air Disasters: Deadly Silence – Season Ten, January 2018 – The Smithsonian Channel – Jeff Price appears with renowned terrorism expert Brian Jenkins on this episode of Air Disasters.
Beyond travel insurance policy: How to be safe in 2018? – January 10, 2018 – Born To Invest- “Most travelers will not experience significant events…” states Jeff Price.
Loaded Guns, Inert Grenades, Throw Star Among Top Confiscated Items at Airports in 2017 – January 8, 2017 – Tickle the Wire – Jeff Price comments on the unusual items confiscated during airport screenings.
TSA Releases Annual List of Top Banned Items – January 5, 2018 – CNBC – Jeff Price, an aviation expert and professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, discusses why people nay travel with unusual items.
Before careers can soar, pilots must pay their dues – January 3, 2018 – Castle Rock News-Press – Pay for pilots depends on what they are flying and for whom, said Jeff Price, an author and professor in the Department of Aviation and Aerospace at Metro.
LA-Tokyo U-turn: How can you fly without a ticket? – December 28, 2017 – BBC News – Aviation security expert Jeff Price explained to the BBC that boarding pass scanners typically tell airline staff a passenger’s seat assignment at the gates as they board.
Tokyo-bound flight with Chrissy Teigen forced to return to Los Angeles – NBC Nightly News – December 27,2018 – Jeff Price, aviation security professional, comments at 0:43 in video below.
‘An engineering solution to weakness’: A look at changes coming to DIA – December 26, 2017 – 9News Denver – Price is a professor at Metropolitan State University who says the construction beginning in the new year will take away a security vulnerability…
How to stay safe in your 2018 travels – December 24, 2017 – USA Today – “Most travelers will not experience significant events, like a Las Vegas- or Paris-style active shooter situation in 2018,” says Jeffrey Price, a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
TSA Is Testing Technology to Detect Bombs in Crowded Subways – December 14, 2017 – Travel + Leisure – Jeffrey Price, an expert in aviation security at Metropolitan State University of Denver, spoke to Travel + Leisure about new technologies TSA is considering for public safety.
Houston police patrolling busy local airports with AR-15s – November 20, 2017 – Houston Chronicle – “It’s a staple of airport security throughout the world, and I’m surprised it took this long,” said Jeff Price, professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
The Hassle of Flying in an Age of Permanxiety – October 30, 2017 – Skift – (Un) Welcome security issues can lead to additional passenger fear and discomfort. “…many passengers fear they could receive a random — and invasive — pat-down, said Jeff Price, an expert on airport security and professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
New Screenings Start for All U.S.-Bound Airline Passengers – October 26, 2017 – NBC News – “The part of the new measures I don’t like is that airline personnel are being put back into the security – process,” said Jeffrey Price, an aviation-security expert at Metropolitan State University of Denver. “
Secrets in the sky – September 24, 2017 – The Boston Globe, “Spotlight” section, part 1 of 2 – Jeff served as a source for background and expert aviation industry knowledge to the writers during their research and production of this two-part feature.
Flight plan for Failure – September 25, 2017 – The Boston Globe, “Spotlight” section, part 2 of 2 – Jeff served as a source for background and expert aviation industry knowledge to the writers during their research and production of this two-part feature.
Al Qaeda urges rail attacks to terrorize passengers, cause economic harm – August 22, 2017 – USA Today – “The reason for concern about potential rail attacks is that the new al-Qaeda and ISIS playbook focuses on these low level sorts of attacks that kill a few people, temporarily disrupt a system and incite more fear and uncertainty into the population,” said Jeffrey Price, a security expert and professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver.
Airport workers not properly trained for Fort Lauderdale shooting, union says – August 9, 2017 – Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel – Jeffrey Price, former director at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport and lead author of “Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats,” said it’s difficult for airports to provide all workers with emergency training, given the costs, the high turnover and the limits of their control over contractors. “The best airports can do right now is put something into their security ID badge training programs encouraging employees to assist if there’s an active shooter by hiding people in their facilities if appropriate, or directing them to exits and opening access doors for them,” he said.
Game Changer? What ISIS’s Plan to Gas an Australian Plane Means for Aviation Security – August 3, 2017 – Newsweek – “I’m not familiar with [a past plot like this], and I’m pretty well-versed on quite a few,” says Jeffrey Price, professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and one of the world’s top aviation security experts. “Tear gas or mace, something like that. Sure, we’ve seen that before.”
PaxEx FAQ: How Do Airport Security and Screening Methods Work? – July 27, 2017 – Apex – “The dogs are sniffing passengers and their belongings for potential explosive devices,” says Price. “Many started out in air cargo, but are now an additional layer of security.”
TSA: Screen All Electronics Bigger Than a Cell Phone – July 26, 2017 – NBC News – “I think passengers can expect longer wait times. There’s really just no way that you can start dumping more items out of a bag and somehow keep the lines going the same speed.”
Tablets X-Rayed Separately in New U.S. Airport Screening – July 26, 2017 – Bloomberg – “Just watch. You can’t just take more things out of bags and not back up a line,” said Jeffrey Price, a professor an aviation professor specializing in security at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Feds Won’t Ban Laptops, Will Make Airport Security Awful – June 28, 2017 – WIRED – “This is a better risk-based approach, without the draconian measure of taking away the most important business tool that people have today,” says Jeffrey Price, an aviation management and security expert at Metropolitan State University of Denver, who wrote Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats.
Summer air travel survival guide 2017 – June 20, 2017 – MSU Denver Insider – As everyone gears up for summer travel, MSU Denver Professor of Aviation and Aerospace Science Jeff Price provides the latest tips on how to survive the airport security shuffle.
Denver, Atlanta airports test efficiency of fingerprint screening – June 20, 2017 – CGTN America – Airport security expert Jeff Price applauded the new test, which is voluntary for passengers, but he thinks security checkpoints should be more of a priority. “I think it’s a good idea but it’s really only strengthening one of the lesser layers of security,” Price said. “I’d much rather see more deployment of more effective screening technology so we’re not having to take laptops out and unpack our bags…Because that’s truly a critical layer in our system.”
TSA Tries Using Checked-Luggage Scanner for Carry-Ons – June 16, 2017 – Skift – CT scanners use better technology that screens bags faster and reduces the number of bags that must be searched by hand, said Jeffrey Price, an aviation security professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. But they are more expensive.“I think TSA thought if they can just upgrade the X-rays that they had already, they would be fine,” Price said.
TSA Tests Better Bomb-Detecting Scanners for Carry-Ons – June 15, 2017 – US News & World Report – CT scanners use better technology that screens bags faster and reduces the number of bags that must be searched by hand, said Jeffrey Price, an aviation security professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. But they are more expensive. “The reason we’re looking at the whole laptop ban is because the X-ray equipment throughout the world can’t necessarily find the existing threat.”
Fears Grow As DHS Officials Consider Expanding Airline Laptop Ban – June 3, 2017 – NPR – Jeff Price is an expert in aviation security at Metropolitan State University in Denver. He says more countries need to employ better screening techniques. “If you can’t find the explosive device or the prohibited item with the existing technology, then get better technology. And this is technology that’s been around for a long time.”
How rogue passengers are still evading airport security – June 1, 2017 – The New York Post – Metropolitan State University aerospace professor Jeffrey Price told Bloomberg: “There’s been, for about four years now, an articulated threat that people will try to smuggle bombs in laptops.”
Laptop ban: U.S., Europe differ over aviation security – June 1, 2017 – USA Today – “What’s under the hood could be completely different,” said Jeffrey Price, a professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver who is security expert and author. “Are they using the latest and greatest upgrades, using the latest algorithms and mathematical modeling, or are they using what they got on the cheap?”
Laptop ban not expanded to flights from Europe, but option ‘still on the table’ – May 30, 2017 – WJLA – Jeff Price, an airport security consultant and professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State University of Denver, dismissed the prospect of a blanket ban on all large electronics on international flights as “a little bit of overkill,” but he added that some foreign airports might not be able to prevent the kind of attack terrorists were reportedly planning using explosives hidden in computers. “What it really comes down to is, can an x-ray machine detect a bomb inside a laptop,” he said.
Authorities Investigate Man Who Drove Through BWI Security Fence – May 30, 2017 – CBS Baltimore – “The answer as to why it’s not being vigorously addressed, nothing bad’s happened, yet,” said aviation security expert Jeff Price.
TSA Tightening Security Amid Potential Terror Attacks Involving Electronics – May 24, 2017 – CBS Baltimore – “Once you’re packing crowds of people together you’re creating another target,” says aviation expert Jeff Price.
Experts: Vigilance can’t end when curtain falls – May 24, 2017 – The Boston Herald – “Nobody’s checking bags as people leave a facility because nobody cares, they’re leaving … It’s not really something that security personnel are really thinking about,” said Jeff Price, lead airport security coordinator for the American Association of Airport Executives.
Experts: Lack of communication before plane disturbance – May 23, 2017 – The Washington Post – Jeffrey Price, an aviation security professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said the recent spate of online videos showing airlines mistreating customers may have played a role, making airline employees less likely to confront a passenger or eject Uskanli from the plane. “There is probably some hesitancy, a little more tolerance even, of passenger behavior,” he said. “Nobody wants to be the next YouTube star.”
‘Economic tsunami’ may result from Europe-U.S. laptop ban on flights – May 17, 2017 – USA Today – Checked baggage poses less of a threat because a bomb would need a sophisticated timer, says Jeffrey Price, who writes about aviation security as a professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver. Additionally, cargo luggage generally faces more stringent security checks than carry-ons, and a bomb in cargo would need to be more powerful than a bomb in the cabin, experts say.
Race to prevent airline terror turns to laptops, thin bombs – May 16, 2017 – The Houston Chronicle – New restrictions on electronics, if they happen, would be the latest escalation in the cat-and-mouse game of security forces defending against increasingly sophisticated terrorists, said Jeffrey Price an aerospace professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver who specializes in aviation security. It’s the culmination of years of growing signs that groups including Islamic State and al-Qaida are becoming more adept at building and concealing explosives, Price said. “There’s been, for about four years now, an articulated threat that people will try to smuggle bombs in laptops,” he said.
U.S. looking to expand ban; Laptops and tablets would need to be checked on flights from Europe – May 15, 2017 – The Denver Post – Jeffrey Price, an aviation-security expert at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said the original ban focused on certain countries because their equipment to screen carry-on bags is not as effective as machines in the U.S.
Delta meldete: “Europa-Electronics-Ban” ab 20. Mai – May 13, 2017 – DMM Der Mobilitätsmanager – Jeffrey Price, ein Luftfahrtsicherheitsexperte an der Metropolitan State Universität von Denver (Colorado) verwies auf die Richtigkeit des Banns betreffend die Nahost-Carrier und die in Afrika, weil an den dortigen Airports das Screening des Handgepäck weit weniger effektiv funktioniere als etwa an den US-amerikanischen Flughäfen.
US Could Ban Many Devices On Board Europe-To-US Flights – May 12, 2017 – NBC News – “What we might see is this ban go for quite a while until either the threat goes away – which I don’t see that happening anytime soon – or, [until] all these countries start upgrading their screening technology.”
The Laptop Ban On Flights Explained – May 11, 2017 – Ubergizmo – Also, if a timer or a remote detonator is required, there are more chances that it would fail due to error, damages (luggage can be treated very roughly), jamming, etc. It is simply easier for the attacker if he/she has the device on hand. Jeffrey Price from the Denver Metropolitan State University said as much in prior interviews.
How the Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting Spun Out of Control – April 29, 2017 – US News & World Report – “We’d all like to think it’s going to be some orderly evacuation like we all learned in elementary school when the fire alarm went off,” said Jeffrey Price, a former director at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport and lead author of “Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats.”
Airline Industry Experts Approve of United’s Policy Changes – April 27, 2017 – NBC News – “Perhaps airlines are seeing it’s time to fix their problems before they end up with lawmakers trying to fix them in ways that hamper their ability to safely, securely and efficiently get passengers to their destinations, while still making enough of a profit to continue to provide air service,” said aviation security expert Jeff Price.
Trump Considers Banning Laptops On Flights From The UK – April 25, 2017 – Esquire UK – “There would be a huge disadvantage to having everyone put their electronics in checked baggage,” said Jeffrey Price, a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He said thefts from baggage would increase and warned that some laptops have batteries that can catch fire – an event which is easier to detect in the cabin than in the hold.
What went wrong: How the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting spun out of control – April 23, 2017 – Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel – “We’d all like to think it’s going to be some orderly evacuation like we all learned in elementary school when the fire alarm went off,” said Jeffrey Price, a former director at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport and lead author of “Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats.” “It’s hard to direct a bunch of people who are running for their lives and give them evacuation orders when they’re trampling over you and through any exit door they can find.”
RFT 080: AVIATION SECURITY EXPERT JEFF PRICE – April 27, 2017 – Ready For Takeoff Podcast – An interview with Jeff Price on the current state of the aviation industry and guidance for those seeking to work in the industry.
Airlines change passenger bumping policy following United incident – April 18, 2017 – CGTN America – “We’re seeing a lot of pent-up… anger and frustration from airline passengers who are tired of not feeling like they have any sort of control, being told what to do, losing all sorts of customer service types of benefits that they used to have.”
In the Air, That Uneasy Feeling of Us vs. Them – April 12, 2017 – The New York Times – “It’s important to follow the directions of flight crew members, but when they don’t seem to make a lot of sense, it hurts aviation security as a whole,” said Jeffrey C. Price, professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
United Airlines CEO apologizes for passenger being dragged off plane – April 11, 2017 – CGTN America – Aviation expert Jeff Price said although United offered passengers $800 each to give up their seats, the airline badly mishandled the situation: “I think there’s got to be other ways than physically dragging a passenger off of a plane.”
Armed Air Marshals Train First New Recruits In Years – April 10, 2017 – Newsweek – Jeff Price, an aerospace science professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and owner of Leading Edge Strategies, an airport management training company, said the recent decision to take in new recruits may very likely have been based on intelligence that suggested a credible inflight threat. “They might be seeing more evidence that there could be a threat on the flight,” Price told Newsweek. “That seems to be the only rationale.”
U.S. says laptop ban may expand to more airports – April 6, 2017 – PCWorld – Critics have questioned why the ban only affects certain countries. However, security standards at airports can be inconsistent, said Jeffrey Price, a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, who studies aviation security. “I think what we’re seeing is which airports have effective X-ray machines and which are old school,” Price said in an email.
‘We need a new aviaton security system that will not infringe on our freedom’ – Jeffrey Price – April 3, 2017 – Radio Sputnik – “It’s an old twist on a relatively old threat – actually, pre-9/11. There was the thought to actually conceal a bomb in a laptop device, but it would take very sophisicated measures to be able to do that back [in the] pre-9/11 days. Post-9/11, it’s a lot easier, and it seems to be that there’s more intelligence… developing now that these types of bombs are out there and these types of bombs are able to be made, smuggled inside a laptop, within the battery area, and the laptop [will] still be able to function.”
Video of 13-Year-Old Boy’s ‘Excessive’ Pat Down At Dallas Airport Goes Viral – March 28, 2017 – NBC News – “It seemed like it was a little excessive. It seemed like it was a little bit more than it needed to be, based on just viewing the video and based on the appearance of the kid.”
You Want Me to Mail My Laptop? The Electronics Ban, Explained – March 23, 2017 – Condé Nast Traveler – And, as Jeffrey Price, a professor specializing in aviation security at the Metropolitan State University of Denver tells Condé Nast Traveler, “it’s the business traveler that fundamentally finances the airline industry.”
The new carry-on device ban is reportedly about al-Qaeda and ISIS bombs – March 22, 2017 – PRI – Jeffrey Price, an aviation security expert at the Metropolitan State University of Denver in Colorado, said that forcing a possible bomb into the hold also reduces the attacker’s chance of success. “It introduces more room for error to add a timing device [if the plane were delayed, the bomb would detonate on the ground], or a barometric trigger switch,” he told AFP in an email.
Electronics Travel Ban Irks Families, Enrages Business Travelers – March 22, 2017 – NBC News – “The ban means there is probably intelligence indicating a terrorist group or individual has been planning to detonate a device on board a commercial airplane, using an electronic to either hide an explosive, or as a triggering device for an explosive,” said aviation safety and security expert Jeff Price.
No Electronics on Some US-bound Jets from Mideast, Africa – March 21, 2017 – VOA – “There would be a huge disadvantage to having everyone put their electronics in checked baggage,” said Price, a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He said thefts from baggage would skyrocket, as when Britain tried a similar ban in 2006, and some laptops have batteries that can catch fire – an event easier to detect in the cabin than the hold.
Why the airline ‘electronics ban’ may not be discrimination – March 21, 2017 – The Christian Science Monitor – Jeffrey Price, professor of Aerospace Management at Metropolitan State University of Denver, tells the Monitor in an email that he was asked to turn his on before a recent flight out of Charlotte, N.C. “It happens from time to time when TSA either is doing random checks, or has received intelligence that someone may attempt to bomb an aircraft using an electronic device as a detonator.”
People Are Worried Their Laptops Will Be Stolen From Checked Bags – March 21, 2017 – BuzzFeed News – Jeff Price, a professor of aviation security at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, said the British government briefly introduced a similar electronics ban in 2006. “The bombers were going to use electronics to detonate the bombs and [officials] weren’t sure how many bombers were involved,” he wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. “The ban was lifted after a few weeks (and tens of thousands of dollars in bag theft later).”
A bomb in the cabin or cargo? Experts explain the electronics ban on planes – March 21, 2017 – “While a bomb in checked baggage can bring down a flight, the possibility of the detonation decreases as the bomb has to include either a timing system or a barometric pressure trigger — both of which add to the complexity of the device,” Price said. “When bomb and bomber are together and the device is command detonated by the bomber, there is less margin for error.”
US bans electronic devices on flights from eight majority-Muslim countries – March 21, 2017 – The Independent – Another aviation-security expert, Jeffrey Price, said there could be downsides to the policy. “There would be a huge disadvantage to having everyone put their electronics in checked baggage,” said Price, a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Here’s Why the U.S. Is Banning Larger Electronics on Some Overseas Flights – March 21, 2017 – TIME Magazine – Explosives are easier to spot in checked luggage because the screening process relies on explosive detection systems, which can be more thorough than the standard x-ray machine used at the carry-on security checkpoint, Jeffrey Price, an aviation security expert and aerospace professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said in an email.
Trump bans electronics on some flights from Middle East, Africa – March 20, 2017 – New York Post – An aviation security expert said the policy would raise other safety issues. “There would be a huge disadvantage to having everyone put their electronics in checked baggage,” said Jeffrey Price, a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Government to implement electronics ban on some U.S.-bound flights – March 20, 2017 – CBS News – “There would be a huge disadvantage to having everyone put their electronics in checked baggage,” said Jeffrey Price, a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He said thefts from baggage would skyrocket, as when England tried a similar ban in 2006, and “some laptops have batteries that can catch fire and it’s easier to detect it when it’s in the cabin rather than burning in the hold.”
10 Airports Will Ban Travelers From Carrying Most Electronics on U.S.-Bound Flights – March 20, 2017 – Newsweek – “We’ve seen it before and usually it’s in response to a potential threat that intelligence agencies have basically caught wind of, and it’s usually for a short period of time,” Price says. He adds that such bans tend to lead to more baggage and electronics theft by airport employees.
Ban aimed at electronics in cabins of some US-bound flights – March 20, 2017 – ABC News – Another aviation-security expert, professor Jeffrey Price of Metropolitan State University of Denver, said there were disadvantages to having everyone put their electronics in checked baggage. Thefts from baggage would skyrocket, as when Britain tried a similar ban in 2006, he said, and some laptops have batteries that can catch fire — an event easier to detect in the cabin than in the cargo hold.
When it comes to security, officials at JIA work to ‘harden the target’ – March 19, 2017 – The Florida Times-Union – Aviation-security expert and professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver Jeffrey Price said it’s typical of smaller commercial airports like Jacksonville to rely on outside agencies for support. “I think with Jacksonville, and every airport that size, I think a lot of them just do what they can,” Price said. “It comes down many times to how much time in the day is there. They have a lot of other things they have to manage.”
TSA changing pat-down policy after failing to detect weapons – March 6, 2017 – KXAN, Austin, TX – “From an operations perspective, it’s a little bit easier because everybody just has to learn one procedure, one technique. And they don’t have to try to make a judgment call as to which one to use,” said Jeff Price, security expert.
TSA Rolls Out New Pat-Down System – March 6, 2017 – NBC News – “The more invasive screening will be more thorough. The downside of that is how much more of our personal privacy are we willing to give up?”
After 6 weeks of training, freshly minted flight attendants soar – March 2, 2017 – Houston Chronicle – “It makes me feel better about the security of the aircraft,” said Jeff Price, professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State University of Denver, “to know that the airline industry has not forgotten what happened on 9/11 and has not forgotten that airplanes are still a target for terrorists.”
Security breach at Kennedy Airport unnerves some travelers – February 22, 2017 – WRAL – “Unfortunately, it’s not as rare as it sounds,” said Jeffrey Price, a professor of aerospace management at Metropolitan State University in Denver and author of the 2008 book, “Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats.” “The biggest thing I don’t understand is why would everybody just walk away? What went wrong that that last person figured they could just wander off and leave the checkpoint abandoned?” Price said. “I’m sure every TSA person there knows you just don’t walk off and leave an access point open.”
TSA AND AIRPORT EMPLOYEES ALLEGEDLY SMUGGLED 20 TONS OF COCAINE OVER 18 YEARS – February 13, 2017 – Newsweek – “Unfortunately, this stuff’s been going around for really as long as there’s been commercial aviation,” says Jeff Price, an aerospace science professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and owner of Leading Edge Strategies, an airport management training company. “As somebody who’s a criminal, you’re going to gravitate to a job that’s going to enable your criminal activity.”
Law enforcement eyes will be in sky over stadium area – February 2, 2017 – Houston Chronicle – Jeff Price, professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said such surveillance is critical if there were to be a shooting or explosion. “The quicker you can get people into the response site, the quicker you can start saving lives,” Price said.
When airports become political battlegrounds – January 30, 2017 – Quartz – Jeffrey Price, an aviation security expert and a professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, said the safety of the protesters must also be taken into account. “Large groups of people do make an attractive target,” he told Quartz.
Staffing cuts left area of Fort Lauderdale airport shooting unguarded – January 21, 2017 – USA Today – Jeffrey Price, a published researcher on airport security who teaches at Metropolitan State University in Denver, defended the deputies at the airport. “They engaged him very quickly,” Price said. But he also said the presence of armed guards in the baggage claim area might have deterred the gunman from opening fire in the area, where dozens of people were gathered close to one another. “Most people don’t want to engage someone who is armed and ready to shoot,” said Price, who has written two textbooks on airport safety.
Airport police chief: Vigilant oversight at MSP following Florida shootings – January 17, 2017 – Minneapolis Star-Tribune – “It’s a process people have been doing for decades, really, without problems,” said Jeff Price, an aviation security expert at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Santiago allegedly “took advantage of what is a perfectly legal process.”
Fort Lauderdale airport shooting reveals security flaws – January 15, 2017 – Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel – “It’s no more surprising than someone walking up to you on the street and shooting you,” said Jeff Price, an author, security trainer and professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Department of Aviation & Aerospace Science.
No quick fix to airport security – Security Info Watch – January 13, 2017 – “The protection of public spaces is one of the most difficult responsibilities for security and law enforcement personnel due to the inherent ability of anyone to enter the area. However, there are tactics that can be used and are used in other contexts, to increase the security of a particular public area, and to reduce the likelihood of an attack on the public. Just as most criminals don’t want to commit a crime with a police officer present; most attackers do not want to immediately engage with armed law enforcement. Most often, an attacker, whether an active shooter or bomber, desires to evade detection prior to the attack, and once the attack has begun, wants to attack as many people as possible until the police show up,” says Price.
The TSA Confiscated a Record Number of Loaded Guns Last Year – NBC News – January 12, 2017 – One influencing factor for why more people are bringing guns to airports might be that concealed and open carry appears to be up throughout the United States, said Jeff Price, author of “Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats.” “For those who do carry their guns a lot – particularly in a laptop bag, backpack or purse – it’s actually easy to forget you have it with you, ” Price said.
CNN Op-Ed – Airport security needs a 9/11 style upgrade – January 8, 2017 – CNN Opinion – Written by Jeff Price – The recent attack at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport calls into question of how well our airports are protecting the public areas. In the history of aviation, there have been well over 1,000 attacks on airplanes, mostly using bombs, sabotage and hijackings. However, there have only been a few dozen direct attacks on the airport.
This recent attack was not without precedent. A similar attack occurred in 1972 at what is now the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. Terrorists flew into the airport, proceeded to the baggage claim area where they retrieved the weapons from their checked bags and opened fire, killing 26 and injuring dozens more. The reforms in the aviation industry after the 9/11 attacks refocused the industry on protecting aircraft from bombs and hijackers, and increased requirements for those who receive airport credentials in order to counter the insider threat, but did little to… (click to read the full article)
After Fort Lauderdale Shooting, Examining Airport Safety (Featured on-air interview) – January 7, 2017 – NPR – “I definitely think it’s time for the airport side of the house to have really sort of the renovation that the airline side of the house had post-9/11. Post-9/11 we really focused more on protecting the aircraft, which has been the traditional target with the stand-up of the TSA, screening checkpoints being taken over by the TSA, personnel upgrading of all of that equipment. We did a tremendous amount to try and protect the aircraft even more.”
Airport Shooting Raises Questions About Guns in Baggage – January 7, 2017 – Bloomberg – This is not the first shooting using weapons in checked baggage. In 1972, three members of the Japanese Red Army terror group retrieved guns and grenades from their bags after landing in Tel Aviv, Israel, and killed 26 people. “This guy followed the script from 1972,” said Jeffrey Price, an aviation-security expert who teaches at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Florida Shooting Exposes Challenges to Safeguarding U.S. Airports – January 6, 2017 – The Wall Street Journal – Jeff Price, an aviation security expert and aviation-management professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said that baggage-claim areas weren’t typically watched as closely as other parts of airports, like ticketing counters. And that up until now, the main concern in baggage claim areas was theft, as opposed to shootings, he said… “I think we can expect to see more of what we’ve seen every time we have one of these incidents at an airport—better-armed, better-trained police and a surge in law-enforcement visibility,”
Police at DIA taking ‘necessary precautions’ after Florida rampage – January 6, 2017 – ABC7 News, Denver – Aviation security experts like Jeff Price said most airports will be on high alert throughout the day. “They are increasing their level of law enforcement patrols, security officers, they’re looking for stuff,” said Price. “Because what we don’t know at this point is, was this a single event-single shooter or is this a planned attack where five or six people on the internet said, ‘let’s all go do this at different airports at the same time.'”
Baggage claim one of ‘most vulnerable’ areas of airport, experts say – January 6, 2017 – ABC7 News, WJLA, Washington, D.C. – Jeff Price, a professor of aviation management at Metro State University of Denver, said existing airport security measures could do little to prevent the scenario described in the latest reports. “Really the only thing that could stop somebody from doing that would be law enforcement right there in the baggage area that sees the guy do it,” he said.
Korean Air Says Stun Gun Training, More Male Staff Will ‘Beef Up’ Security After Richard Marx Incident – December 27, 2016 – NBC News – Jeff Price, aviation safety expert and professor of aerospace management at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said that while he supported stun gun use on violent passengers and additional training, the idea of adding specifically male flight attendants was “ridiculous.” “I think the key point here is that we have trained person able to use the Taser to properly,” he said, adding “they shouldn’t be handing them out to any flight attendant that comes on board.”
TSA annual test for screeners leads to firings, stress, turnover – November 25, 2016 – Minneapolis StarTribune – Jeff Price, an aviation professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said that training is critical so that officers know how to do their jobs. “Training and recertification have to be as close to real life as possible,” Price said.
NBC 5 Investigates: Who’s Getting TSA PreCheck? – November 21, 2016 – NBC5 Dallas-Ft. Worth – “So if you’re going to put somebody through a metal detector, which is a lower level of scanning technology than the body imagers, are you need to be able to trust them a little bit more than you would the average member of the public?” said Price.
Airlines will now help at DIA to avoid another TSA checkpoint fiasco – October 26, 2016 – ABC 7 News, Denver – “A lot of this started down in Dallas and up in Seattle, where you had the air carrier industry and the airport industry hiring contractors to come in and do things screeners really don’t have to do,” said airport security expert Jeff Price, of Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Airport Managers Run the Show – Flying Magazine – October 3, 2016 – “We tell students: If the airport you like doesn’t have an internship program, go meet with them and let’s create one,” says Price.
FlightAware to help bring satellite technology to commercial air travel – Houston Chronicle – September 21, 2016 – “The FAA has been traditionally slow to adopt any new technologies,” said Jeff Price, professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Flight attendants patrolling for dangerous phones – KIRO7, Seattle – September 20, 2016 – “Right now it unfortunately falls on the flight attendants, who already have a lot more to do, to police this,” Price said.
More Dulles International Airport K-9 Teams Failed Certification Tests in 30 Months Than at Other Major Airports: TSA Records – NBC4 Washington – September 15, 2016 – “The less training that occurs, the more the failure rate is going to go up,” aviation security analyst Jeff Price said.
Bomb K9s Fail Dozens of Tests at 10 Large US Airports, Records Show – NBC Nightly News – September 15, 2016 – “Dogs have always been considered the gold standard in explosive detection, so when you’re considered the best, you better be the best.”
TSA bomb-sniffing dogs repeatedly failed important airport safety tests, NBC investigation finds – September 15, 2016 – TODAY Show – “You don’t get a do-over in real life,” aviation security expert Jeff Price told Scott Friedman, an investigative correspondent with NBC5, our station in Dallas. “If that team misses an explosive then that’s a device that can end up on an airplane.”
Flying with a Samsung phone? You’re on the honor system not to use it – USA Today – September 14, 2016 – Jeffrey Price, who wrote a book on aviation security, said flight attendants will have to patrol the aisles for scofflaws, and they might get help from people who turn in fellow passengers. “I think they are going to have a hard time enforcing this one,” he said.
Post-9/11 airport security evolves, as do the threats – Houston Chronicle – September 9, 2016 – “The system was completely full of holes, Swiss cheese,” said Jeff Price, professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Terrorism likely slowing passenger demand, IATA and experts say – August 12, 2016 – Runway Girl Network – “Right now, it’s probably too early to tell if there are long-term impacts, but terrorism could be responsible for the short-term effect,” says Price, a professor in aerospace science at Metropolitan State University Denver.
Airport Safety – July 17, 2016 – The Informed Traveler – “You can always do more [about security], it just depends on how much money you want to spend and how slow do you want the system to function. There’s always going to be a balance between functionality and security.”
Security Lines May Get Shorter for American Airlines Passengers at LAX – July 11, 2016 – Bonham Journal – “Every time there is a new type of threat we can’t be putting another box of technology into the footprint of a checkpoint”, said Jeffrey Price, a professor of Aviation and Aerospace Science at Metropolitan State University in Denver.
New airport scanners may mean liquids and laptops can stay in your luggage – July 6, 2016 – The Telegraph – “The machines have to be adaptable to new threats to the extent possible. Every time there is a new type of threat we can’t be putting another box of technology into the footprint of a checkpoint,” said Jeffrey Price, a professor of Aviation and Aerospace Science at Metropolitan State University in Denver.
There’s a common security blind spot at airports—and terrorists keep exploiting it – July 1, 2016 – Quartz – “You just establish another choke point,” said Jeffrey Price, a former Denver airport security official who teaches at Metropolitan State University of Denver. “You don’t want to put all those people out on the curb because then you’re exposing them to a car bomb.”
Istanbul attack aftermath: Where are airports’ weakest links? – June 29, 2016 – CNN – Jeff Price, author of “Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats,” was cautious about the effectiveness of far-reaching barriers in preventing attacks. “If they move the check point from inside the building to closer to the curb, all that does is relocate the area where people can be attacked,” he said.
Istanbul attack highlights need for better airport security– June 29, 2016 – 9NEWS KUSA – MSU professor and airport security analyst Jeff Price says the long lines create “soft targets.” By streamlining the process, he says airports can reduce the attractiveness of checkpoints as targets, while also minimizing casualties in the event of an attack.
Experts: U.S. airports need more armed officers outside terminals – June 29, 2016 – 9NEWS KUSA – Any checkpoints should be behind bollards — short vertical posts that can halt a vehicle — to reduce the threat of car bombs, according to Jeff Price, an aviation-security professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver.
LAX Police ‘Remain Vigilant’ as Airports Consider Security in Wake of Istanbul Attack – June 28, 2016 – KTLA5 – Jeff Price, author of “Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats,” was cautious about the effectiveness of far-reaching barriers in preventing attacks. “If they move the check point from inside the building to closer to the curb, all that does is relocate the area where people can be attacked,” he said.
Experts: U.S. airports need more armed officers outside terminals – June 28, 2016 – USA Today – Any checkpoints should be behind bollards — short vertical posts that can halt a vehicle — to reduce the threat of car bombs, according to Jeff Price, an aviation-security professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver.
Urgent search narrows to find cause of EgyptAir crash – June 9, 2016 – USA Today – “That said, there is some speculation out there that it was caused by terrorist activity, but whichever organization caused it wants to keep their methods secret so that they can repeat it,” Price said. “That is a very scary notion and not completely without precedent.”
Something un-broke the TSA over Memorial Day – June 1, 2016 – 9NEWS KUSA – “It’s like they waved a magic wand and went from a three-hour wait to a 15-minute wait,” said Jeff Price, a TSA expert and professor at Metro State University.
Aviation Expert Explains What May Be Going On With The TSA – May 29, 2016 – CBS4 Denver – “TSA was counting on 25 million people signing up for pre-check when the numbers weren’t even up to 2.5 million at the time,” Price said.
Intruders breaching airport fences – May 26, 2016 – KABC Radio, Los Angeles – “The goal of airport security there [at the fence] is not about preventing somebody from getting over the fence; the fence is just a delaying measure so that we have the opportunity to possibly spot somebody coming over the fence as they’re trying to get to an aircraft. So as long as they’re not getting to a plane – which I know does happen occasionally – this is actually an example of the system working.”
AP: Intruders Breach US Airport Fences About Every 10 Days – May 26, 2016 – ABC News – “The straight-up honest answer as to why it’s not being vigorously addressed? Nothing bad’s happened. Yet,” Price said.
Airport ‘Happy Lane’ Not So Happy as PreCheck Lags Forecasts – May 26, 2016 – Bloomberg – “John Pistole was really the one who finally brought a trusted traveler program that TSA liked,” Price said. “After Pistole left, they had the big blowup over the screening failures, and Neffenger walked right into that buzzsaw.”
Cada diez días un intruso consigue burlar la seguridad en aeropuertos de EEUU – May 26, 2016 – Univision – “¿La respuesta más honesta a por qué no se están tomando medidas contundentes para abordarlo? Porque no ha pasado nada, todavía”, dijo Price.
5 Years, 1 Firing: TSA Shakeup Highlights How Rarely Its Execs Get Canned – May 25, 2016 – NBC News – “You can’t keep bleeding all of those personnel out the door and expect any sort of consistency.” Jeff Price, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Jet Searched As Precaution at LAX over “Non Credible” Threat – May 24, 2016 – Associated Press – “A lot of other airports wouldn’t have responded at that level unless they had additional information about the credibility of the threat,” Price said. “In this case, you’ve got them, you might as well use them. If it turns out to be nothing, great. If something bad happens, the question is going to be: ‘Why didn’t you do it?’ “
Analysis: a wave of terrorist attacks on African aviation is worrying experts – South China Morning Post – May 23, 2016 – “It is hard to get an explosive device through security, but it’s not that hard to get a job at the airport,” Price said.
EgyptAir crash: Why no terrorist groups have claimed responsibility – May 23, 2016 – CNBC – Jeffrey Price, lead author of the textbook “Practical Aviation Security” and a professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver, agreed that a terrorist organization could have carried out the attack and then decided to remain silent. But he pointed out that in the case of Al Qaeda and ISIS, at least, those groups typically try to grab up media attention. “It’s not typical of what they do,” he said.
Cabin crew and airport personnel: watching for our safety but who’s watching out for them? – May 23, 2016 – Daily News Egypt – “You can have the best security in the world and still get something onto a plane,” explained Jeff Price, a professor at MSU Denver and lead author of Practical Aviation Security, speaking to Daily News Egypt on Saturday.
Discretion trumps local law barring guns at Mitchell Airport – May 20, 2016 – TMJ4 News – “The risk is still out there. Some of these guns are a test of the system. People are still engaged in criminal and terrorist activity,” Price said.
EgyptAir crash comes at challenging time for airports – May 20, 2016 – CNBC – “It’s a natural response to increase security in the short term. It’s about moving fast enough to get through quickly but not fast enough that they miss things,” said Jeffrey Price, an aviation security expert and professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
CNN Op-Ed – U.S. needs airport security rethink – May 20, 2016 – CNN Opinion – Written by Jeff Price –The crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 early Thursday and the recovery of some wreckage Friday was a tragic end to a week that had begun with viral video of huge lines at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints in the United States. These two developments have understandably raised two related questions about aviation security: Are we doing the right things, and are we doing the right things right?
There is a common misconception that aviation security systems throughout the world are essentially the same. However, while commercial airports and airlines share commonalities in certain practices and procedures, there are huge differences in many important areas. And while the International Civil Aviation Organization establishes the standards and recommended practices for all areas of aviation, including airport and airline security, the standards are often overly generalized and can be broadly applied.
For example, the aviation organization requires that passengers, baggage and cargo be screened…(click to read the full article)
Wave of terror hits aviation in African nations facing unrest – May 20, 2016 – Chicago Tribune – “We’re all concerned about insider threats these days,” said Jeffrey Price, a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver who has written textbooks on aviation security. “It’s the most insidious threat. You’re attacked by someone who’s already on the inside.”
Airport security: Can attacks be prevented? – May 20, 2016 – CNN – “If we want to do (in the United States) what Israel does, the cost would be extraordinary,” Price says. “Budgets would be as least 10 times higher.”
EgyptAir crash focuses scrutiny on aviation security – May 19, 2016 – USA Today – “Egyptian aviation security has been under scrutiny for some time and I think had this departed from Cairo, a lot of people would have immediately jumped to terrorism as a cause,” said Jeff Price, an aviation professor who writes about security issues at Metropolitan State University in Denver.
‘Crisis mismanagement’: Conflicting info on EgyptAir flight criticized – May 19, 2016 – Al Arabiya – “Confusing is going to be part of the incident as you’ve got people on board who come from so many countries, departure and arrival airports and both those countries getting involved, and the international communities getting involved in search and rescue,” aviation professor and expert Jeff Price told Al Arabiya English.
What happens when a plane goes missing? – May 19, 2016 – The Telegraph – Following the disappearance of EgyptAir flight MS804, en route from Paris to Cairo, Jeffrey Price, a US professor with 30 years of experience in aviation safety and security, explains what happens behind the scenes when a plane goes missing.
MS804 d’EgyptAir: quelle faille à l’aéroport de Roissy pourrait rendre possible la présence d’une bombe à bord d’un avion? – May 19, 2016 – Le Huffington Post – L’Américain Jeff Price, expert en sécurité aéronautique, confirme au Figaro: “Il suffit de toutes petites quantités pour faire un grand boum, en raison de la pressurisation de l’avion”.
Vigilance Gone Awry: When Math Gets Mistaken for Terrorism – May 18, 2016 – New York Times – “The challenge is, just like policing’s Neighborhood Watch program, a certain percent of suspicious calls turn out to be nothing,” said Jeffrey C. Price, professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Lawmakers to Airlines: Drop Baggage Fees to Shorten TSA Lines – May 12, 2016 – NBC News – “I think this could be the TSA’s summer to really prove themselves,” said Jeff Price, an aviation security and safety expert and a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Airlines Launch Social Media Campaign Against Long TSA Lines – May 10, 2016 – NBC Nightly News – “They take a lot into consideration before they make decisions like this. This is huge; this will have ripples across our industry.”
Gunning for it: Record-breaking week for firearms at airports – April 25, 2016 – USA Today – “Guns in [carry-on] luggage do not help the matter,” said Jeff Price, a travel-security expert and associate professor at Metro State University in Denver.
D/FW Airport Leaders Defend Security Strategy After Records Show “Insufficient” Police Staffing – April 7, 2016 – NBC5 Dallas-Ft. Worth – “Security is not cheap but what’s really not cheap is if there’s an attack,” said airport security expert, Jeff Price.
NBC 5 Investigates: D/FW Airport Records Call Police Staffing “Insufficient” – April 7, 2016 – NBC5 Dallas-Ft. Worth – When asked if those staffing levels seemed sufficient to cover an airport the size of D/FW, security expert Jeff Price responded, “I don’t think so. For a large commercial service airport like D/FW is, they need more police officers.”
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport police staffing ‘insufficient,’ report says – April 6, 2016 – Dallas Morning News – When asked whether those staffing levels seemed sufficient to cover an airport the size of D/FW, security expert Jeff Price said, “I don’t think so. For a large commercial service airport like D/FW is, they need more police.”
Egypt Hijacking Shows Airport Security Can’t End With Luggage – 4/5/2016 – Newsweek – “There is a big debate over profiling of race and nationality” in screening, says security expert Jeff Price of the Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science at Denver’s Metropolitan State University.
Airport security is a constant battle – April 1, 2016 – NBC 9News – Professor Jeff Price says there’s never one solution to terror threats, especially in regards to aviation security.
Egyptair: The accident questions the effectiveness of the aviation security system – March 29, 2016 – Voice of Russia World Service – “I think everybody is taking a new look at Aviation Security around the world today… [This] is forcing everybody to look at whether the systems they have in place today are really effective.”
How a flight attendant was able to easily board a plane just hours after she ditched 70 pounds of cocaine – National Post – March 28, 2016 – The fact that Reynolds was able to fly so soon after her mad dash through the airport did not particularly surprise aviation expert Jeff Price because the system is designed to catch terrorists, not criminals.
Flight Attendant Cocaine Case Raises Security Issues – March 26, 2016, – New York Times – The involvement of the crew member badge “might cause the T.S.A. to look at this program a little more closely, to see if this is going to be a problem from a terrorist perspective,” Mr. Price said.
Travel advisories: What does ‘exercise vigilance’ mean? – March 24, 2016 – CNN – “Don’t be head-down in your cell phone, and try not to look like the confused tourist,” said security consultant Jeff Price of Leading Edge Strategies.
After Brussels, simply adding extra airport security won’t keep travelers safe – March 23, 2016 – Quartz – And as Jeff Price, a travel-security expert and associate professor at Metro State University in Denver, was quoted by USA Today recently: “The point of a suicide bombing is to detonate in an area where there are a lot of people, so relocating the place where people gather or wait … just relocates where the bomber will go.”
Airport security: How can terrorist attacks be prevented? – March 23, 2016 – CNN – “If we want to do (in the United States) what Israel does, the cost would be extraordinary,” says Price. “Budgets would be as least 10 times higher.”
Brussels Attacks Raise New Worries About Travel Security – March 22, 2016 – Wall Street Journal – “Obviously, we’ve had active shooters” at airports, said Jeffrey Price, an aviation management professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Much less frequent have been “terminal bombings in areas not considered a war zone,” he said.
Experts Say U.S. Airports Vulnerable to Brussels-Style Attack – March 22, 2016 – TIME Magazine – Jeff Price, an aviation professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, says while there have been hundreds of attempting hijackings, there have only been about 10 to 15 attacks on the airports themselves.
Brussels subway bombing highlights challenge of rail security in U.S. – March 22, 2016 – USA Today – Crowds of people waiting to get through a security back up at a crammed train station create another target for terrorists, said Jeff Price, a transportation-security expert and associate professor at Metro State University in Denver.
Could Brussels attack happen here? – March 22, 2016 – USA Today – Actually, said Jeff Price, a transportation-security expert and associate professor at Metro State University in Denver, such screening could also make rail systems more attractive terrorism targets.
Belgium Terror Attacks: No flight delays at Denver International Airport – March 22, 2016 – ABC 7 News, Denver – Aviation security expert Jeff Price said on Denver7 at 6 a.m. that everyone should continue on with travel because for now, this is a localized incident.
Should airports extend their security perimeters? – USA Today – March 22, 2016 – “The best thing U.S. airports can do to deter this type of attack is deploy uniformed law enforcement who act as both deterrents and can identify suspicious behavior,” says Price,
High Flier? Airline Attendant Bolts LAX Without Cocaine, Gucci Shoes – March 21, 2016 – NBC News – “Today, it’s an employee smuggling drugs. Tomorrow, it could be an employee smuggling guns; the day after tomorrow it could be an employee smuggling a bomb.” – Jeff Price
NBC 5 Investigates: Abandoned Cars at D/FW Airport Pose Potential Security Threat – February 4, 2016 – NBC5 Dallas-Ft. Worth – “That may indicate that no one’s watching the shop,” said Jeff Price, aviation security expert and author of Practical Aviation Security, a leading textbook on airport security.
Unfriendly Skies: Can Jackson Save Its Airport? – Jackson Free Press – February 3, 2016 – Price said the FAA prefers to stay out of governance issues with its airports, and disputes with tenants or airlines are usually not worthy of a successful complaint. “The FAA does not want to come in and manage your airport or come in and clean up your mess,” he said. “They will do everything they can to stay away from it.”
Travelers are less certain about the airport screening experience than they’ve been in years – Washington Post – January 28, 2016 – “It gives the states that want to be compliant — and there are only a few that aren’t — time to either adopt or figure out an alternative before the deadline,” says Jeffrey Price, author of “Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats.”
Guns at checkpoints: Texas airports tops for TSA ‘catches’ – USA Today – January 27, 2016 – “That makes sense, because when you carry and are used to carrying you sometimes actually forget you have the weapon with you, particularly if it lives in your laptop bag or purse,” said Price.
What states have the most guns at checkpoints? – WZZM ABC – January 27, 2016 – That may be the case, but “in 2015 I think we really started to see some patterns,” said Jeffrey Price, an aviation security expert and a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
FAA issues with Inglewood stadium proposal evaporated – The Daily Breeze – January 17, 2016 – “For a while after 9/11, it was common to issue flight restrictions over stadiums, but that’s really gone away unless there’s a Super Bowl,” Price said.
Hoverboard safety jitters fester on land, and in the air – CNBC – December 26, 2015 – “Most of the issue is [with] the lithium batteries that are used to power them,” said aviation security expert Jeff Price. “Some manufacturers aren’t accurately reporting the power of the batteries, and airlines generally dislike lithium batteries anyway as they have a tendency to overheat and catch fire.”
500 flights canceled at Denver International Airport – Denver Post – December 15, 2015 – It could take about a day to clear out any snow-related backlog, said Jeff Price, an aviation security expert and professor of aviation at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. “The airlines, unfortunately, almost tend to overbook themselves constantly these days, so there’s not a lot of room,” he said.
Senate to Consider Bill to Increase Airport Security at Lindbergh Field, Other U.S. Airports – NBC 7 San Diego – December 9, 2015 – Aviation security expert Jeff Price told NBC 7 Investigates: “I think the challenge in aviation always has been that most of the employees that go into and out of those doors, out to the airfield where aircraft are parked and loaded, they largely go unchecked.”
Worldwide travel alert issued by US State Department due to increase in terrorist threats – ABC 7 News, Denver – November 23, 2015 – “The U.S. State Department does not issue these alerts lightly,” said aviation security consultant Jeff Price. Price says some parts of the world may be more vulnerable than others, but this is a global threat.
Industry experts: BWI, airports will react to terror threats – Capital Gazette – November 22, 2015 – Aviation security expert Jeffrey Price said airports may react to threats by deploying more patrols throughout the terminal and on the airfields, “getting more eyes out there.”
Aviation experts: Small explosives cause big damage in planes – USA Today – November 18, 2015 – Jeffrey Price, a professor of aviation and aerospace science at Metropolitan State University in Denver, said a bomb aboard a plane could create a lot of problems even without puncturing the fuselage by damaging fuel lines, hydraulic lines or electrical connections.
US evaluates airport security in wake of Sinai crash – CCTV – November 17, 2015 – “For a long time I’ve been saying the airport insider threat is the biggest threat.” Jeff Price of Metropolitan State University of Denver, says initial background checks of applicants for airport identification badges work well. “Once we give you that badge, that’s where the gaps start to become exposed. And those are the areas that need to be fixed.”
Security Concerns Have U.S. Aviation Officials on Heightened Alert – NBC Nightly News – November 15, 2015 – “It costs a lot of money to hire those security officers to be able to do those jobs, to buy all of that technology…” Jeff Price, Aviation Security Consultant
U.S. passengers bound for Paris in limbo – USA Today – November 13, 2015 – Jeffrey Price, a professor of aviation and aerospace science, says incidents like these are treated like massive weather delays. Aircraft already en route will be diverted to other airports, and flights that have not yet departed won’t take off. “Based on all of the information right now it sounds like France is doing what we did on 9/11,” Price says. “Shut everything down, stop everything to in effect ‘stop the bleeding,’ so they can start to figure things out.”
Denver International Airport will be 4th busiest this Thanksgiving, says Orbitz – The Denver Channel – November 11, 2015 – Jeff Price, a security consultant for airports nationwide, told Denver7 reporter Marc Stewart the long lines have a purpose. “The TSA administrator have been slowing down the lines intentionally. Because he wants them focusing more on looking for those prohibited items and not missing things, than he’s worried about the que lines becoming longer.”
TSA security lapses point to management, training failures, experts say – WJLA, ABC7 News – November 11, 2015 – According to Jeff Price, professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State University of Denver, the Miami incident demonstrates the need for better training for TSA officers and better communication with airport employees. “It shows the situation wasn’t handled in an ideal way,” he said.
Σενάρια και στο βάθος τζιχάντ με την πτώση του ρωσικού αεροπλάνου – VIMA newspaper, Athens, Greece – November 11, 2015 – “The biggest factor in most crashes where the airplane just breaks apart at altitude is usually poor maintenance,” says Professor Jeff Price, an expert on safety issues and founder of Leading Edge Strategies in Colorado, USA.
In wake of Russian Metrojet crash, officials review security at airports – Today show – November 10, 2015 – “When you give somebody an airport I.D. badge, it’s like giving someone the key to your house. You’ve entrusted them, now, to access your house, and get past all the locks and the alarm systems that you’ve put into place to keep everybody else out.”
U.S. urges security enhancements at foreign airports – USA Today – November 6, 2015 – “If this was really an insider attack, there will likely be things going on behind the scenes at U.S. airports to possibly increase employee security levels,” Price said. The threat is that if an airline or airport worker smuggled a bomb onto the plane, terrorists “will likely [spread] the word about how it was carried out in order to try to encourage others throughout the world to do the same thing.”
U.S. eases travel entry from United Kingdom – USA Today – November 3, 2015 – Jeff Price expresses pros and cons to allowing Global Entry programs to foreign nations.
Dear Admiral Neffenger: A Challenge to TSA’s New Administrator – Aviation Security International – October, 2015 – Published article by Jeff Price based off of his popular blog site,
Was the pilot right for delaying AirCanada flight to save dog from freezing? – BBC News – September 16, 2015. – Jeff Price comments on the cargo protocols and the decision for the AirCanda pilot to divert his flight to save a dog from plummeting temperatures.
FAA report: Close calls between planes, drones in Colorado airspace – ABC 7News, Denver – September 1, 2015 – “Basically you’re just throwing shrapnel into an engine and who knows where that’s going to go,” said Professor Jeff Price, Pilot and Aviation Security Expert at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Weapons allegedly used in JetBlue brawl shouldn’t have been on board – NJ.com – August 28, 2015 – Jeff Price, a Denver-based consultant and author of “Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats,” said TSA security standards, like safety standards imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration, are often stricter than the ICAO’s rules for overseas airports and carriers. And, Price added, even when U.S. and overseas rules are similar, as they are with prohibited items, “the application of these rules can be very different than they are inside the United States.”
Editorial: Loaded guns don’t belong at airports – The Herald-Dispatch – August 5, 2015 – “It becomes a natural extension like their phone or car keys or wallet, they literally don’t even think twice about it,” Jeff Price, an aviation security analyst in Colorado, told the Washington Times.
New TSA Chief Vows to Improve 96% Failure Rate on Weapons Detection – NBC News – July 30, 2015 – “If you go through screening, but you aren’t the right person, that’s a minor security sin,” said Price. “As long as you don’t have a prohibited item, and you’ve been screened, then you’re not really a major threat.”
TSA Making Changes After NBC 5 Investigates Report Found Hundreds of Missing Airport IDs – KXAS NBC – July 16, 2015 – “You’re giving people the keys to your house. So if I’m going to give an airport ID badge to someone, I’ve given them the keys to my house because an airport ID badge has the ability to bypass many of the layers of security that are in place to protect our system,” said Jeff Price, aviation security expert and author of Practical Aviation Security.
United Airlines system glitch results in lines, frustration at DIA – Denver Post – July 9, 2015 – “Obviously, it sends a ripple effect through the entire airspace system,” said Jeffrey Price, an aviation security expert and professor of aviation at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Tampa Family Surprised Airline Had No Record Of Trip – WFLA – July 7, 2015 – Aviation security expert Jeff Price said the issue may happen more than people realize – and that it once happened to him. Price, an aviation management professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver and owner of Leading Edge Stragegies, said he considers it a consumer issue first. “If you’re going to put me through all this inconvenience it does need to work, you need to fix those problems,” he said.
TSA Pays millions for bag claims – 9News Denver CO – July 2, 2015 – “Its not that much compared to what it could be…”, states Jeff Price during this interview about the TSA.
The Woman Who Smuggled Herself – San Francisco Magazine – June 25, 2015 – Jeffrey Price, a professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State University of Denver, offers a different reading, though: Hartman’s antics, he says, present “a very minor security issue.”
Air Canada Flight’s U-Turn After Security Breach Puzzles Experts – CBC News – June 20, 2015 – By the time the pilot received a directive to turn back, the aircraft had already been several hours en route to Sao Paulo. “That’s the most puzzling thing to me,” said Jeff Price, an associate professor of aviation at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. “Why did they fly all the way back? That’s unusual.”
Billions of dollars later, U.S. airport security is still failing – The Star – June 11, 2015 – “Another expert, Jeffrey Price, says the screening system needs an “overhaul” — including, notably, the use of threat-detecting dogs….They are very effective in numerous ways…”
Carry-On Baggage Screening Changes Underway after Report Exposes Flaws – KSTP – June 4, 2015 – “They are going to know the weaknesses of the system, that’s what folks can take a little bit of heart in that’s their job to pretend to be bad guys and exploit the weaknesses of the system,” said aviation expert Jeff Price. Jeff Price is an aviation consultant with Leading Edge Strategies and a professor of aviation at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Investigation Reveals Rampant Airport Security Failures – KQED Radio, NPR – June 4, 2015 – Host Michael Krasny interviews Jeff Price, aviation security expert at Metropolitan State University in Denver, former top security official at Denver International Airport and author of “Practical Aviation Security: Predicting Future Threats” regarding the recent TSA security screening failures. Listen:
TSA Head Reassigned After Investigation Reveals Procedural Failings – All Things Considered, NPR – June 2, 2015 – Big changes today at the Transportation Security Administration following a scathing report that found major security lapses in airport screening. Jeff Price is interviewed bu host Audie Cornish. Listen:
Germanwings crash prompts review of ground control – CCTV News – June 2, 2015 – “The crash prompted the head of German Air Traffic Control to call for a deeper look at systems which would allow people on the ground to take control of aircraft and potentially land them. Think again, says Aviation Management Professor Jeff Price.”
TSA Head Reassigned After Investigation Reveals Procedural Failings – NPR – June 2, 2015 – Jeff Price is a former top security official at Denver International Airport and now an aviation security expert at Metropolitan State University in Denver. “Moving forward, the true test is going to be what will they do about it? And I think we should evaluate that response more than the failures that we’ve seen thus far.”
Carry-On Baggage Screening Changes Underway after Report Exposes Flaws – KSTP – June 2, 2015 – “They are going to know the weaknesses of the system, that’s what folks can take a little bit of heart in that’s their job to pretend to be bad guys and exploit the weaknesses of the system,” said aviation expert Jeff Price.
TSA Security Failures Spark Concerns – KPRC – June 2, 2015 – “Frankly I’m glad they found this break today because I’d rather have the good guys find this than the bad guys figure it out,” said aviation security consultant Jeff Price.
Experts: Plane Hack Through Infotainment Box Seems Unlikely – USA Today – May 18, 2015 – Those systems are separate, said Jeffrey Price, an aviation security expert and aviation professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver. “From what all the aircraft manufacturers have been telling us, the in-flight entertainment system is a different system from the software that controls the avionics, flight controls and navigation systems of the plane,” he said.
What Passengers Need to Know About Airline Hackers – Yahoo Travel – April 22, 2015 – Jeff Price, aviation security expert and CEO of Leading Edge Strategies, comments on security issues related to passenger WI-FI.
TSA Intensifies Airport Worker Screening – USA Today – April 20, 2015 – Jeff Price, an aviation security expert and author who teaches at Metropolitan State University in Denver, said worker security has been a concern from incidents such as the Pan Am flight 103 bombing in 1988 involving an intelligence worker and the TWA flight 847 hijacking when weapons were smuggled on board perhaps by catering personnel.
United Bars Security Expert From Flying – Fox31 – April 20, 2015 – Jeff Price, an aviation expert and professor, said theoretically it might be possible to alter a plane’s system through its wifi. “Clearly he`s able to do something – enough that TSA took this seriously as a potential threat – to the point where they took him off the plane, Price said.
‘Gyrocopter’ probably too small for radar to detect – USA Today – April 16th, 2015 – Jeffrey Price, a professor of aviation and aerospace science at Metropolitan State University of Denver, chimes in why this aircraft may not have shown up on radar.
Aviation experts explain why Capitol gyrocopter wasn’t shot down (w/video) – Tampa Bay Times – April 15th, 2015 – “Even if the pilot is carrying explosives, he’s only going to be able to carry 50 or 60 pounds on his lap,” said Jeffrey Price, an aviation security expert and associate professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. “It’s a different risk assessment if it’s a Boeing or Airbus” heading in.
TSA agents fired for conspiracy to fondle passengers at DIA – 9News – April 14, 2015 – TSA expert and Metro State professor Jeff Price says many people may be afraid to speak up when they witness something inappropriate at a TSA checkpoint. “There is a fear. There’s a real fear out there that if I say something, are they going to put me on the no fly list?” Price said.
AP Investigation Details Perimeter Breaches at US Airports – Associated Press – April 9, 2015 – “This might be the next vulnerable area for terrorists as it becomes harder to get the bomb on the plane through the checkpoint,” said airport security expert Jeff Price.
Lightning bolt leaves hole in plane’s nose – New York Post – April 9, 2015 – Large aircraft are built to handle lightning strikes and are rarely damaged, Metropolitan State University of Denver aviation Professor Jeff Price told the Denver Post.
Airport Perimeter Breached 8 Times in 10 Years – 7NEWS – April 9, 2015 – When asked about the breaches, Jeffrey Price, the former Assistant Director of Security at DIA, said, “It’s really not as unusual as people think. Airports have a lot of ground to cover, especially DIA with that huge amount of acreage.”
Denver-bound Icelandair flight from Reykjavik hit by lightning – The Denver Post – The Denver Post (AP) – April 8, 2015 – Lightning strikes that damage the body of a large plane are rare, Metropolitan State University of Denver aviation professor Jeff Price said. “It could be one of those weird ‘acts of God’ where it hit at the right point. The important thing is the plane landed safely.”
FAA hit by cyber attack, finds no damage – Health and Wellness – USA Today- April 7, 2015 – Jeff Price, associate professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State University in Denver, said cyber threats so far have focused on airline reservation systems, which can disrupt flights for hours and cost millions.
Passing the CM on Your First Try with Jeff Price and Germanwings Incident Discussion – The Terminal, April 2, 2015 – In this episode Jeff Price, owner of Leading Edge Strategies and instructor at the Loretta Scott AAE Accreditation and Certification Academy and Jonathan Wilson discuss how to pass the Certified Member, or CM, test offered by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
Jeff Price joins Julie Rose of BYURadio to discuss the Germanwings plane crash – BYURadio/Top of Mind, March 31, 2015 – Jeff Price appears as a guest to discuss security threats in the digital age.
Germanwings crash shines spotlight on aviation security standards – Security InfoWatch, March 27, 2015 – “This is something that happens so rarely that it is really not something you address from a security professional’s perspective because it just almost never happens,” says Jeff Price, owner of aviation management training and consulting firm Leading Edge Strategies and author of the text book, “Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats.”
How the Germanwings Co-Pilot Was Able to Lock Himself In – Time Magazine, March 26th, 2015 – A potential solution may be to require a flight attendant to be inside the cockpit if one of the pilots is away. ““U.S. airlines have been doing this since 9/11,” Price says. “And if the pilot decides to commit mass murder, there’s somebody else up there to open a door or notify somebody or take some sort of action.”
The Germanwings Crash Raises Questions About Reinforced Cockpit Doors – Newsweek, March 26, 2015 – “The big question that comes up is how can you get back in the door if the pilot decides to lock you out,” Price says.
Downed plane’s autopilot set to fly at 96 feet before crash, reports say – UPI, March 26, 2015 – “The procedures put in place to prevent one bad thing from happening facilitated another bad thing happening,” Jeff Price, an aviation management professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said in a Time magazine report Thursday.
Hundreds of Security Badges Missing From Atlanta Airport – NBC News, March 10, 2015 – Jeff Price comments on the missing employee ID badges at our nations airports. “Every employee who receives a badge…is required to report if it is missing….it is then immediately deactivated,” states Price.
Denver International Airport celebrates 20 years – Denver Post, February 28, 2015 – Jeff Price comments on the chosen location for the airport.
If Passengers Have to Go Through Tight Security, Why Don’t Airport Employees? – Epoch Times, February 28, 2015 – Expense is the biggest factor. Jeff Price, professor at the department of aviation and aerospace science at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and author of “Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats,” doesn’t think 100 percent screening is the way to go either.
Man claims he can make weapons inside airport terminals: TSA not worried – Fox31 News Denver, February 23, 2015. – Metro State University Aviation Professor Jeff Price says he suspects the TSA and the FBI aren’t concerned because he’s confident they’ve already tested similar tactics.
Bomb Threats on Twitter – Rudy Maxa’s World Travel Series, January 31, 2015 – Rudy talks with aviation & aerospace science professor, speaker, and consultant Jeff Price on the recent bomb threats via Twitter.
Twitter threats against airlines are growing – WWLP Massachusetts News, January 29, 2015 – “It could be a small group of people it could just be one person with a few twitter accounts and a really dumb idea. No devices have been found but we can see how much it disrupts the system,” said aviation security expert, Jeff Price
50 online bomb threats in the last two weeks – CNN Tonight, January 28, 2015 (Transcript) – “For every ability to hide on the Internet, there is a counter ability to find the person on the Internet.” Jeff Price’s comment when asked if internet threats can be traced.
Twitter threats to planes require delicate decisions – USA Today, January 27, 2015 “Jeff Price, associate professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State University in Denver. “They take all threats seriously, but they have to decide whether they should respond and take it to another level,” such as diverting the flight.”
Closing an Airport Security Gap: Employee Screening: Miami, Orlando Are Only Airports That Routinely Check All Workers; But Can TSA Handle It? – Wall Street Journal, January 27, 2015″Jeff Price, who teaches aviation security and wrote the textbook “Practical Aviation Security,” said the cost of flying would increase if all airport employees at the largest airports were screened daily.“
Drone crash at White House reveals security risks – USA Today, January 26, 2015 “Jeff Price, an aviation security expert and associate professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver, said electronic jamming might be the best strategy…”
Packing Heat at the Airport? Oops – New York Times, January 17, 2015 – “Oops I forgot” is common. “Particularly if they are carrying something light, like a little .22, it becomes like their keys or their cellphone and they just forget they have it on them,” said Jeffrey C. Price, a professor of aerospace science at Metropolitan State University in Denver and the lead author of “Practical Aviation Security.”
Frontier outsources work, gives 1,160 Denver airport workers notice – Denver Post Business, January 16, 2015 – Jeff Price, a professor of aviation at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said Friday’s job cuts signal “more erosion of the whole hometown airline concept.”
US airlines eager to return to Cuba but is island nation ready for influx of tourists? – The Guardian, January 2015,
Are Airports Safe Right Now? – CNN, January 15,2015 – Jeff Price, author of Practical Aviation Security, joins a discussion related to the terrorist attacks in Paris. “Airports are much safer now than they were years ago….”
Flight Attendants Fight Firing Over Safety Concern – HuffPost Live, January 12, 2015 – “The point crew on board has the final say on making the decision….on whether the safety and security of the flight are at an acceptable level,” stated Jeff Price.
Guns seized at U.S. airports at record high – Washington Times, January 4, 2015
Mile-high flub: Local cops fly with guns, raise questions – Chicago Suntimes, December 28, 2014 – “Is it a security threat? Sure, because procedures were not followed and the system didn’t work. You are not supposed to be able to carry your gun when you’re going on vacation,” said Jeff Price, a professor of aviation at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. “It is a gap in the system, but it really doesn’t point out a significant security risk.” (also published on BetterGov.Org)
Editorial: Breach reinforces need for caution at airports – Aiken Standard, December 25th, 2014 – As Jeff Price, an aviation security expert told NBC News, such an effort would come at an exorbitant cost. “You’ll have to hire tens of thousands more TSA personnel. You’ll have to buy tons of equipment. You will have to redesign the flow of an airport just for that to happen.”
Arise America: Arrests in Airline Gun Smuggling Case – Arise America, December 24, 2014 – Suspects in an airline gun trafficking operation, including a baggage handler, were arrested by authorities. Jeff Price, an aviation security expert, joins Arise America to discuss the frequency of security breaches and procedures in place to prevent them.
Delta security breach raises questions about the state of airport security – Southern California Public Radio, AirTalk for December 24, 2014 – Guest: Jeff Price, Professor of Aviation, Metropolitan State University in Denver and aviation security expert.
Plot Uncovered to Smuggle Guns Onto Planes – Wall Street Journal, December 23, 2014 – These workers must pass criminal background checks and security threat assessments to get their badges, which given them free rein in airports when they are working and aren’t routinely screened as they go in and out, said Jeff Price, a security consultant and author of the textbook, “Practical Aviation Security.”
Ring Smuggling Guns on Planes Was “Devastating” Security Breach – NBC Nightly News, December 23,2014 – Jeff Price comments on the additional costs associated with imposing additional security.
Bets? How many firearms will TSA find at airports? – StuckAtTheAiport.com, December 21, 2014 – “I think the rate is increasing because more and more people are carrying [weapons] throughout the country. It can actually be difficult for people who carry all the time because the gun becomes an extension of them, just like their cell phone and wallet,” said Jeff Price, author of Practical Aviation Security.
Police arrest worker at Denver International Airport for theft of gift cards from luggage – Fox News 31, December 11, 2014 – “Metropolitan State University professor Jeff Price says your bag will go through several hands on its way to a plane…” says Jeff Price.
2014 in Aviation Security – ABCNews Australia (podcast), December 14, 2014 – “We need to get better at tracking our aircraft.” Jeff Price’s comment on the recent aviation disasters overseas.
Guns, bricks and skulls: TSA’s strangest finds – NBCNews, December, 2014 – “The vast majority of travelers that are bringing the stuff are not frequent fliers but people that might fly once a year at best. Either they just never understood the rules or thought the rules did not apply to those items,” said aviation security expert Jeff Price of Leading Edge Strategies.
ASI-1410-Aerotropolis – Aviation Security International, October 2014 – Jeffrey Price and Jeffrey Forrest examine the security implications and considerations.
“Rep. Tim Murphy says air ban on Israel offers precedent for Ebola travel policy” Politifact.com, October 21, 2014 – “U.S. citizens could still travel on international air carriers into and out of Israel during this time,” said Jeffrey C. Price, a professor of aviation and aerospace science at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
TSA pat-down horror stories prompt private-screener plan Record Eagle, October 13, 2014: No congressman wants to be held responsible for changes to security that backfire, said Jeff Price, an aviation consultant with Leading Edge Strategies in Denver, Colorado.
Surveys, Fever Checks Among Options for Ebola Screening at U.S. Airports The Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2014: To read temperatures, authorities likely would use hand-held devices with infrared sensors pointed at passengers, said Jeff Price, an aviation-security consultant. Authorities could give the devices to immigration officers to use during checks, he said.
Security Management Systems: The Less Talked About Cousin of SMS Airport Magazine, August/September 2014 (PDF download)
FAA Orders Security Review After Sabotage Draws Scrutiny Bloomberg, September 29, 2014: Another area sure to come under review is the FAA’s security, Jeff Price, an aviation security consultant in Arvada, Colorado, said in an interview.
Air-Traffic Vulnerabily Examined in Fire Halting Flights Bloomberg, September 28, 2014: “I do think this incident will be a call to action to review security at FAA facilities, because unfortunately now that one person has done this, others will get the idea,” Price said.
US officials are monitoring Khorasan terror group (Video) Today, September 24, 2014
Fliers not deterred by 9/11 anniversary USA Today, September 10, 2014: “We’re now paying more attention, whereas before we were asleep at the switch,” said Jeff Price, a security expert and author who teaches at Metro State University in Denver. “Far more airport and airline employees are paying attention to security issues and suspicious people and activities than ever before.”
Flight Risk: What Does Serial Stowaway Marilyn Hartman’s Spree Reveal? San Francisco Weekly, September 9, 2014: “It’s a very minor security issue,” says Jeff Price, a professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State University in Denver. “On the airline revenue side, someone took a flight for free! They should be upset about that.”
Reclining seat beef with Colorado flier exposes soaring discontent The Denver Post, September 7, 2014: “I have more personal space on a New York City subway car than I have on a commercial plane,” said Jeff Price, an aviation and aerospace science professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. “You’re going to spend the whole flight touching the person next to you. The whole concept of personal space is gone.”
Reports of missing Libyan planes raise 9/11 terror fears USA Today, September 4, 2014: “Any stolen aircraft from Libya would unlikely penetrate post-9/11 U.S. air defense and security measures, but they could pose a threat to targets that are much closer, said Jeffrey Price, author of Practical Aviation Security and professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver.”
Plane With Sony Executive on Board Diverted After Potential Threat on Social Media (Video) ABCNews, August 25, 2014
Expert: Ticketless passenger incident at San Jose airport a ‘minor breach’ of security Security Info Watch, August 15, 2014: ” According to Jeff Price, owner of aviation management training and consulting firm Leading Edge Strategies and author of the text book, “Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats,” the fact that she still went through the screening checkpoint is paramount.”
San Jose airport, facing another security breach, downplays threat of unticketed passenger – San Jose Mercury News – August 6, 2014 – “It’s like blaming the offense for the defense allowing a touchdown,” said Price, an aviation security author and professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver. “It’s just unfortunate for San Jose that both of those incidents happened to happen at their airport.”
In Wake of Disasters, an Air Travel F.A.Q. The New York Times Blog, July 25, 2014: ““Flight bag” digital applications, as Jeff Price, an aviation management and security consultant in Denver called them, may also be helpful. ForeFlight, an aviation application for pilots, and Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck Pro, a similar app, are both available with a subscription, which costs about $100 a year, Mr. Price said.”
Major Airlines Halt Flights To Israel CKNW News-Talk AM 980 with Simi Sara
US, European airlines suspend flights to Israel CNN, July 22, 2014: “But aviation security consultant Jeff Price called the decision by airlines to halt flights to Tel Aviv’s airport for the moment “a prudent measure” that was likely influenced by the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner over Ukraine.”
Electronics scrutiny not lengthening airport lines much USA Today, July 9, 2014: Jeffrey Price, a security expert as an author and associate professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver, called it a mixed bag, with more passengers given second screenings such as hand-swabbing for explosives residue. But he said travelers aren’t noticing significantly longer lines.
What will be the legacy of Asiana Airlines Flight 214? CNN, July 7, 2014: Improvement is needed in coordination and communications, said Jeff Price, professor of aviation at aerospace at Metropolitan State University of Denver. “I kind of relate it to putting a lot of all-stars on the field, but not have a common game plan.”
TSA Changes: Cell Phones, Tablets Must Be Powered Up For Incoming Flights CBS, July 7, 2014: “This has been something that’s been talked about for well over a year,” aviation security consultant Jeff Price told CBS. “Taking the simple point of just turning it on at a check point is really a big deterrent. These types of procedures don’t win wars, what they do is win battles and delay things and hopefully we can catch people down the road.”
Some U.S.-Bound Air Travelers Must Turn On Phones CBS, July 7,2014: Jeff Price, an aviation security consultant, says intelligence suggests that terrorist organizations may be turning to these electronics as triggering devices.
New airport security measures: What they mean for passengers CNN, July 7, 2014: “I think it’s going to be a more of random selection,” aviation security consultant Jeff Price told CNN. ” I don’t think everyone’s going to be required to walk up there with their cellphone in their hand.”
Jeff Price concerned about the use of undetectable bombs; calls for enhanced security checks at airports The Economic Times India, July 4, 2014: The United States has called for tighter security checks at airports. Aviation expert Jeff Price discussed with AFP a new generation of bombs that Washington fears getting aboard planes.
Airport security ramped up over US bomb fears Australia Yahoo News, July 4, 2014: “unfortunately in aviation, it doesn’t take a big amount (of explosives) to make a boom,” said US airplane security expert Jeff Price.
West boosts security over fears of Mideast ‘radicals’ Middle East Eye, July 4, 2014: Aviation expert Jeff Price told AFP that the “usual suspects are AQAP down in Yemen and certain areas in Afghanistan. You got Iraq, you got Syria which is gigantically variable.”
Homeland Security to TSA: Beef up some overseas airport screenings Denver Post, July 2, 2014: “For the past year or so, there’s been rumors that the bad guys have essentially been building a better type of liquid-based explosives that is a bit more idiot-proof than what the underwear bomber first tried using,” Price told the Denver Post. “So it’s not surprising that we need to take a closer look at what’s going through the screening checkpoints.”
Air Canada flight’s U-turn after security breach puzzles experts CBC News, Canada, June 20, 2014: “That’s the most puzzling thing to me,” said Jeff Price, an associate professor of aviation at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. “Why did they fly all the way back? That’s unusual.”
Marijuana at airports: Colo., Wash., adjust to new laws USA Today, June 18, 2014: “As Washington State gets ready for its first licensed recreational pot shops to open, “the best lesson it can take from Colorado is that while it is illegal to transport marijuana out of the state, people are still going to inadvertently show up with it at the airport,” said Jeff Price an aviation and security expert and an a professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.”
TSA says its finding more prohibited items in disguise at nation’s airports 7News Denver, June 2, 2014: “I guess I’m not too surprised by anything someone tries to pass through the checkpoint. Unless it’s something like a chain saw,” said Jeff Price, an aerospace science professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.”
Airport security scrutinized after stowaway incident USAToday, April 23, 2014: Jeffrey Price, an aviation-security expert and associate professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver, said the security threat from airport intrusions hasn’t reached the level where more expensive surveillance is worth the cost.
“There is no requirement that those fences be electrified. There is no requirement that they be monitored,” Price said. “The reason there is none yet is there hasn’t been a high enough threat level of people coming through the perimeter in the United States.”
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Stowaway Teen Survives Flight New Day CNN Transcripts, April 22, 2014: “JEFF PRICE, AVIATION SECURITY EXPERT: Well, you’ve got two issues. The first issue is, how did he get over the fence and into the aircraft? That’s a separate security issue. But the real extraordinary story here is that, if he really was in the wheel well, which seems to be the case, is, how did he live?”
How to survive a five-hour plane flight in a wheel well Vox Conversations, April 22, 2014: “But aviation security expert Jeffrey Price says: “Right now the threat level isn’t at the point where it justifies the cost” of increased security.”
Teen jet stowaway was probably unconscious for much of flight Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2014: “He must have had the four-leaf clover in his hand or something,” said Jeff Price, an aviation security expert at Metropolitan State University in Denver.
California Stowaway Survives Flight to Hawaii in Plane’s Wheel Well The Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2014: “Jeff Price, an aviation-security professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said the industry has long recognized stowaways as a security threat, however remote, but no terrorist is known to have attempted to exploit the gap. “It’s one of those weird situations that until it happens, no one’s going to do a lot about it,” he said.”
Teen jet stowaway managed to breach airport security measures Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2014: “Jeff Price, an aviation security expert who teaches at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said the incident served as a warning to airports about the importance of perimeter security. Price said typical security tactics — fences, closed-circuit television and requiring airport personnel to stop anyone without a badge in a restricted area — usually prevent such intrusions.”
Teen survives 5-hour flight in jet’s wheel well USA Today, April 21, 2014: Jeffrey Price, an aviation-security expert and associate professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver, said the security threat from airport intrusions hasn’t reached a level demanding electrified fences or 24-hour surveillance of miles of perimeter.
“It’s a cost-benefit analysis,” Price said. “Right now the threat level isn’t at the point where it justifies the cost.”
Teen Stowaway on Jet Raises Airport Security Concerns The Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2014: “Jeff Price, an aviation-security professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said the industry has long recognized stowaways as a security threat, however remote, but no terrorist is known to have attempted to exploit the gap. “It’s one of those weird situations that until it happens, no one’s going to do a lot about it,” he said.”
What if searchers never find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? Western Massachusetts Breaking News, April 2, 2014: “Whatever brought down that flight, whether it was fire, hijack, pilot suicide, explosive decompression, a bomb – whatever…it’s important to find that out so that we can fix it so it doesn’t happen again.” Aviation Safety Expert Jeff Price told CNN.”
What If They Never Find The Plane? Global Airline Group Forming Task Force; The Lead With Jake Tapper CNN Transcripts, April 1, 2014: “JEFF PRICE, AVIATION SAFETY EXPERT: Whatever brought down that flight, whether it was fire, hijack, pilot suicide, explosive decompression, a bomb, whatever, it’s important to find that out so we can fix it so it doesn’t happen again.”
The Mystery of Flight 370; Has Flight 370 Investigation Been Mismanaged? The Situation Room CNN Transcripts, April 1, 2014: “JEFF PRICE, AVIATION SAFETY EXPERT: Whatever brought down that flight, whether it was fire, hijack, pilot suicide, explosive decompression, a bomb, whatever, it’s important to find that out so we can fix it, so it doesn’t happen again.”
TSA Calls For More Police At Airport Checkpoints Aviation Pros, March 27, 2014: “Jeff Price, an aviation security expert who teaches at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said it made sense to not only increase the presence of airport police officers, but also keep them on the move.”
Union renews call for arming TSA officers after LAX shooting Los Angeles Times, March 26, 2014: “Jeff Price, an aviation security expert who teaches at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said allowing TSA officers to carry guns would be redundant when police were already in the airport.”
Sólo objetos flotantes no identificados LA RAZÓN, Madrid, Spain; March 23, 2014: PDF Download
Aviation Security Expert Holds Reddit AMA for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Elsevier, March 21, 2014: “Jeff Price, author of Practical Aviation Security and renowned aviation security expert answers your questions on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Ask Jeff questions on scenarios, possible outcomes and research on what may have happened to Flight 370.”
Live Chat: The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Associated Press o.canada.com, March 21, 2014: “On our panel: Jeff Price is a leading expert on aviation security and is an associate professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science. He is also the owner of Leading Edge Strategies, a top aviation management training and consulting company and the author of Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats;”
The Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Elsevier, March 11, 2014
Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 317, Interview; Real News, March 10, 2014
Stolen Passports Used On Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 Inside Edition, March 10, 2014: “Aviation security expert Jeff Price told INSIDE EDITION, “I have been to some countries where they barely even glance at your passport, just to see if you have one, much less, if its actually yours.”
Strip-search complaint raises new questions over stringent Israeli airport security measures Associated Press o.canada.com, March 10, 2014: “Once you understand how people respond to ‘normal’ questions that they should know the answers to and have no reason to lie about, you’ll be able to spot the lie when asked other questions.”
Stern Israeli airport security measures questioned The Washington Post, March 8, 2014: “Jeff Price, an aviation security expert, said there is some logic to ethnic profiling in a place with a long history of conflict with the Arab world, and that odd and random questions are part of a strategy…”
Privacy concerns swirl around TSA Pre-check program USA Today, February 24, 2014: “With the Pre-check program opening up to everyone, it will cease to become a perk for the frequent flier and will become the standard screening for most everyone.”
Bomb-sniffing dogs at airports a reliable tool but not perfect The Morning Journal, February 17, 2014: “Jeff Price, the former assistant security director at Denver International Airport and now a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said dogs can be a useful tool for airport law enforcement.”
News 5 Guardians: Some bypass airport security checkpoints while you wait in line KOAA, January 14, 2014: “If they wanted to do harm, they could do it whether they went through a checkpoint or not.”
TSA finding more guns each year at checkpoints USA Today, January 13, 2014 “Travelers have become more relaxed as the terrorist hijackings Sept. 11, 2001, recede into history.”
Denver airport has tougher pot policies than its national peers The Denver Post, January 2, 2014: “Airports were set up to be locally owned and operated, but they are federally regulated. … I think we are set up over the next few years to try to figure this out.”
DIA first Denver facility to ban marijuana possession The Denver Post, December 30, 2013: “At the end of the day, the airport is usually going to err on the side of the federal government.”
Big Security Breaches at Two Airports (video) CNN, December 27, 2013
‘Inebriated’ man, cross-dressed man jump airport fences in Newark, Phoenix CNN, December 27, 2013: “There are no fixed standards for the systems because the federal Transportation Security Administration doesn’t require them”
Man Climbs Fence at Phoenix Airport, Runs to Plane ABC News, December 26, 2013: “There’s no such thing as airtight security”
Rep. Maxine Waters wants police stationed at LAX, other airport security checkpoints San Jose Mercury News, December 24, 2013: “If a shooter knows where the cop is, that’s the first person they take out.”
Glass exit portals: Security to leave the airport aviationpros.com, December 3, 2013: “It doesn’t do anything to you. There’s no privacy intrusion. All it does is prevent a backflow of people.”
LAX staffers did their jobs in gunman’s attack (by Jeff Price) The Denver Post, November 9, 2013: “Would arming TSA screeners help prevent these shootings? I don’t think so.”
TSA plan to stop staffing exit lanes causes clash with airports NBC News, November 8, 2013: “Public areas near airport checkpoints ‘are nearly as vulnerable as any other public place,’ said Jeff Price.”
Should TSA Agents Have Broader Law Enforcement Powers? (audio with transcript) National Public Radio, November 8, 2013 : “There was a real feeling initially in 2001 and 2002 that TSA was bringing all these people in and they were the new sheriff in town, and they were going to fix security, whereas those of us that were in the industry prior to 9/11 had just failed, and that really created a lot of bad blood early on.”
Los Angeles airport shooting reignites calls to arm TSA RT, November 6, 2013: “Arming screeners would be an ‘overkill’ move that could cost billions.”
What can airports do to prevent another LAX shooting? The Verge, November 5, 2013: “Screening and law enforcement are two separate functions and should be treated as such.”
Union urges arming TSA officers after LAX shooting Los Angeles Times, November 4, 2013: “There are other ways that you can provide the level of protection that the TSA screeners deserve without giving them all guns.”
TSA Checkpoints Not Designed to Prevent Shootings, Experts Say Wall Street Journal, November 1, 2013 (available only with subscription).
LA Shooting Interview with “The Blaze” internet TV network (available only with subscription) http://www.theblaze.com/tv/
While you wait, thousands bypass security checkpoints at Houston airports KHou.com, November 4, 2013: “But aviation security expert Jeff Price says, when it comes to airport safety, the loophole that allows workers to avoid screenings should be closed.”
LAX attack: union wants personnel armed Brisbane Times, November 3, 2013: “The only way I would be encouraged in arming people is if they were fully trained law enforcement officers, you don’t just hand a screener a gun.”
Police Presence Boosted After L.A. Airport Shooting Bloomberg, November 3, 2013: “’The first thing we have to look at is, did we do everything that could have been done?’ Price said. ‘There’s a certain level of this you can’t prevent.'”
Security analysts: Nearly impossible to harden ‘soft belly’ of airports The Morning Journal, November 4, 2013: “the risks of giving TSA screeners guns — even if just some of them receive them — probably outweigh the potential rewards.”
Shooting Renews Debate on Armed Officers The Wall Street Journal, November 3, 2013: “The LAX shooting ‘will cause a bit of a re-evaluation’ of the policy, Mr. Price said.”
Security analysts: Nearly impossible to harden ‘soft belly’ of airports – The Daily Breeze – November 2, 2013 – Price said one concern with arming officers is the confined and chaotic area in which they work. “How easy would it be for someone to grab my weapon in a very crowded environment?” he said.
Flights delayed, canceled between Denver International Airport and LAX TheDenverChannel.com, November 1, 2013: “‘I think you’re going to see more police officers at checkpoints for a short period of time,’ said airport security consultant Jeff Price.”
Pro calls for better screening at airports CNBC, November 1, 2013: (VIDEO) “Jeff Price, former deputy of security at Denver International Airport, and Gary Oliver, BSG LLC CEO, provide prospective on how the LAX shooter might have entered the airport with weapons.”
FAA OKs passengers using gadgets on planes 9News.com, October 31, 2013: VIDEO
New Security program at US airports is needed because of ‘what has been occurring since 9\11’ – expert Voice of Russia, October 26, 2013: “The Voice of Russia spoke with Jeffrey Price – Associate Professor at the Department of Aviation & Aerospace Science of Metropolitan State University of Denver.”
For Employees, LAX airport security is built on trust Los Angeles Daily News, October 19, 2013: “Jeff Price said in an email that layered security makes airports safer than they were before 2001. And he said the dry ice incidents do not mean there is a security gap at LAX.”
Boy Flying Ticketless Sparks Airport Security Probe (WSJ Subscription required) The Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2013: “Jeff Price, an airport-security consultant and aviation-security professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said the matter spurs worry over the safety of unaccompanied minors in airports, not airport security. ‘The fact that he still was screened shows the multilayered system at least worked from a security perspective,’ he said.”
Auditor: DIA needs to keep doors locked, monitor access to computers Denver Post, September 19, 2013: “”To me, this is good news that you’ve got an outside agency saying, ‘You guys have some vulnerabilities,’ ” Price said.”
Could Better Tech Have Helped Prevent the Washington Navy Yard Shooting? TMCnet Feature, September 17, 2013: “There are systems such as metal detectors and body imagers, similar to what’s in use at the airports, but the question is – does the risk demand that level of response?”
TSA under fire for misconduct CNN Video, July 31, 2013
TSA Misconduct Highlighted in Report Citing Naps, Security Breaches ABC News, July 31, 2013: “”I get worried about this because in the history of air terrorism, employee security has been the one gap that has been the hardest gap to cover,” aviation security expert Jeff Price.”
TSA tests dogs as new airport screening method MSN News, July 2, 2013: “”The canine program has been around since the early ’70s. There is a lot of research over the course of the past five decades that the dogs are accurate,” said Jeff Price a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and the author of a textbook on aviation security. “They’re the gold standard right now.””
TSA Mission Left Muddy After Backtrack on Pocket Knives Bloomberg, June 12, 2013: “By picking an item associated with the Sept. 11 attacks, Pistole may have “picked the wrong fight,” said Jeff Price, an aviation security consultant and instructor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.”
With new tool, fewer planes forced to circle airports NBC News, May 16, 2013: “Those go-arounds are really wasteful,” said Jeff Price, an associate professor in aviation & aerospace science at Metropolitan State University-Denver. “They can add anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes or more to a flight, cause schedule delays down the line and, depending on the type of plane, burn a couple of hundred pounds of fuel.”
Can you hijack a plane with an app? CNN Video, April 12, 2013
TSA to allow small knives, bats in carry-on luggage on flights ABCLocal, March 5, 2013: “”We’re not pre-9/11, we’re post 9/11. We know that these small, little items are unlikely to be used again to try and hijack an aircraft,” said Jeff Price, a professor at Metro State University of Denver. “Frankly, with sequestration, we need to keep the screening lines moving.”
Sequestration will have huge impact on air travel 7 News, Feb 23, 2013: “The air traffic control system is going to slow down,” said Jeff Price, a professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver. “They’re not going to put more planes in the sky than they can reasonably handle,” said Price.
Report Casts Doubt on Effectiveness of Bomb-Sniffing Dogs ABC News, Feb 1, 2013: “They want to do the right thing,” aviation expert Jeff Price told ABC News, “but the homework hasn’t been done. A lot of money gets spent before they know something works.”
Most annoying airport security checkpoints NBC News, Nov 21, 2012: “Early on, TSA had some real challenges that they really didn’t understand, but I think they’re doing a lot more right these days that people just don’t see,” counters Jeffrey Price, a professor of aerospace science at Denver’s Metropolitan State University.
Is it really safe to use a cellphone on a plane? 9News, Nov 20, 2012: “The FAA kind of picked up on that and said, ‘Well, we’re not sure what the effect … all of these electronics would have on the avionics,” Jeff Price, an aviation expert based out of Denver, said.
Mother: Sky Harbor Woman Has Mental Health Issues ABC News, Nov 17, 2012: Such incidents are troublesome because a vehicle that crashed into a jetliner landing or taking off could cause a catastrophe, whether it was an intoxicated driver behind the wheel or a terrorist, said Jeff Price
Hurricane Sandy grounds some DIA flights – The Denver Channel 7News, Oct 29, 2012: Aviation experts tell 7NEWS it could take until several days after the storm for … get back to normal,” said Jeff Price of Leading Edge Strategies.
WSMV-NAS (NBC) – Nashville, TN; Channel 4 News @ 10 WSMV, Oct 25, 2012: “…and there is a bad operator they can clearly get something there regardless.”
Shocking Airport Security Breach ABC News Video, Oct 24, 2012
Rep. Mike Rogers Vows to Resist Plans to Scrap TSA NewsMax, Sept 27, 2012: No congressman wants to be held responsible for changes to security that backfire, said Jeff Price, an aviation consultant with Leading Edge Strategies in Denver, Colo. “If you’re the one who successfully made the switch, and there’s another terrorist attack, not only are lives lost, but you can kiss your career goodbye,” Price said.
Massport eyes traffic safety system to spy underside of vehicles Boston Herald, Sept 19, 2012: Logan’s security upgrade goes along with its theory of “never again,” said Jeff Price, an aviation security expert at Leading Edge Strategies in Arvada, Colo. “We are seeing more airport perimeter intrusions. Most … so far have been inadvertent or they’ve been relatively harmless, but the bad guys watch the news, too.”
How secure is the Dayton airport? Dayton Daily News, Ohio, Sept 11, 2012: “Perimeter security is worth an investigation by the General Accounting Office, said airport security expert Jeff Price…”
SFO bag checkers flying blind San Francisco Examiner, August 30, 2012: Jeff was a contributor for this 5 part series addressing security concerns at SFO.
Company neglects safety, SFO baggage screeners say San Francisco Examiner, Aug 26, 2012: “Whatever the case, the allegations could impact the national debate over airport security, according to Jeff Price, associate professor of aviation management at Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Unruly Airline Passenger Incidents Growing Denver Channel 7, August 22, 2012: Alcohol often fuels these incidents. “A flight attendant can realize when somebody’s had too much to drink (during a flight). But what they don’t know is how much did they have to drink before they even got on the plane,” said Jeff Price of Metro State’s aviation department.
Airport Security? Wolf Blitzer, Situation Room Interview, CNN, August 13, 2012: “It’s definitely time to take a look at perimeter security. It’s definitely time to see if there are possible threats that can come in from the perimeter where somebody can access an aircraft.”
Official: Colo murder suspect tries to steal plane SFGate, July 19, 2012: “It should have been locked and secured if it wasn’t in use,” Price said. “Maybe we need to implement some more levels of perimeter security because any type of security incident like this is a lesson to both the good guys and the bad guys. They read the papers just as much as we do.”
Airport Security Scrutinized After Utah Airport Breach Huffington Post, July 18th, 2012: “Maybe we need to implement some more levels of perimeter security because any type of security incident like this is a lesson to both the good guys and the bad guys. They read the papers just as much as we do,” said Jeff Price, an aviation security expert and aviation professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Airport Security Scrutinized After Breach By Colorado Pilot CBS Denver, July 18th, 2012
Murder suspect Brian Hedglin’s security breach at Utah airport to steal plane raises safety concerns CBSNews, July 18th, 2012
Pilot found dead in stolen aircraft News24, July 18, 2012
Airport security scrutinized after Utah breach AP Press, July18, 2012
Is the TSA out of control? The Washington Times, July 9, 2012: “The recent arrests of TSA agents on everything from theft to drug smuggling is part of a problem in any large corporation,” said Jeff Price, an associate professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver and an aviation security author. “TSA has some 60,000 employees, and any 60,000-employee organization is going to have problems with employee pilferage and various types of illegal activity.”
Airport Police May Prove Unprepared For Terrorism In The Terminal Huffington Post, June 6, 2012: “Many airport police forces…are not well equipped nor adequately trained to handle a multi-force active shooter attack.” Additional comments on this subject can also be seen at on my blog.
Mica’s ties to private airport security company questioned; Dumping the TSA? WFTV.com, May 31, 2012: “The whole thing doesn’t pass the smell test, and it kind of muddles the issues, the greater issues as in whether you should go to privatized screening or not. That one doesn’t look good,” said aviation consultant Jeff Price.” Jeff’s stand on this topic is for the privatization of airport screening.
MSP to install high-definition surveillance cameras Star Tribune, May 13, 2012: The $20 million project aims to let the airport keep a better eye on flight operations, improve security and reduce delays. “Price said he believes the incident could have been prevented with better surveillance equipment….(regarding the security incident at Denver International Airport in 2002.)”
London prepares for security threats as Olympics near Denver 9 News, May 9, 2012: “We are just getting exposed to a whole new set of threats – so that will definitely play into the Olympic Games…”
Officials: Al-Qaida bomber was CIA informant Video Interview Denver 9 News via The AP Press, May 8, 2012: “The best prevention is to stop terrorists before they hit the airport…”
More Private Screeners to Be Allowed at Airports Under Bill Bloomberg Business Week, February 8, 2012: ““They’ve been trying to force the door open for several years,” Jeff Price, a Denver-based consultant who has written a textbook on aviation security, said of U.S. lawmakers. “It reverses the burden of proof. It is definitely trying to checkmate the TSA.”
Passenger Misses Flight After TSA Doesn’t Have Female Screeners Channel 7 News, January 9, 2012: “If you’re at the airport and your flight is delayed, the golden rule is don’t leave the boarding area,” said Jeff Price, an aviation security expert with Metro State University of Denver. “Just as easy as a flight can be delayed, it can be back on time or less delayed.”
More Private Screeners to Be Allowed at U.S. Airports Under Bill Bloomberg News, Feb 5, 2012: ““They’ve been trying to force the door open for several years,” Jeff Price, a Denver-based consultant who has written a textbook on aviation security, said of U.S. lawmakers. “It reverses the burden of proof. It is definitely trying to checkmate the TSA.”
Qantas gives cash payouts to passengers hurt on flight Overhead Bin, MSNBC, December 30, 2011: “A payout like this is not unusual,” said Jeff Price
TSA Doesn’t Mean ‘Thousands Standing Around,’ Chief Says in Quest for Jobs Bloomberg, December 7, 2011: “Mission creep” may result as fewer TSA employees are needed at checkpoints, Jeffrey Price, an aviation security consultant based in Denver, said in an interview.
Hangars take flight after accusing GJ Airport of fencing off business NBC Channel 11 News, Grand Junction CO, October 14, 2011: The airport hired a third party security expert Jeff Price, from Denver, to examine possible alternate routesfor security, besides the fence. Price suggested leaving the gates open during business hours, but that plan was rejected by the TSA. “They disapproved formally in writing. So it didn’t leave many options after that,” says Price.
Local experts respond after passenger strip searched Denver 9 News, September 14, 2011: Visual targeting for airport security is around to stay.
Colorado Airports Take Heed Of Small Plane Warning CBS Denver Channel 4, September 6, 2011: “The small aircraft with even a small amount of explosives on board, or even no explosives on board, crashing into a stadium, an open-air stadium like we have here at Mile High; that’s going to cause some casualties,” Price said.
Vance Brand Airport open house draws a steady crowd: Dozens of Longmonters showed up for details of potential runway expansion Longmont Times Call Sept 29, 2011: Aviation consultant Jeff Price…discuss(es) what type of aircraft Amgen and Seagate executives use.
The 9/11 Commission Report: Aviation Security This Week @Metro Spet 8, 2011: It’s three years later and “The 9/11 Commission Report” is out. Are we any safer? Have we learned anything? Will we do anything different to prevent the next 9/11?” – Report by Jeff Price
9/11 10 years on: Airport security still not as good as it could be Flight International Sept 6, 2011: “For airport security pre-9/11, the technology was 1970s. Post-9/11, it is 1990s, but it is not yet in the 21st century,” says Jeff Price, founder of consultancy Leading Edge Strategies and author of Practical Aviation Security. But he makes the point that “you can’t protect against every single thing unless you want no freedom”.
Arizonans Continue to Lose Faith in the Economy MyFoxPhoenix.com Aug 5, 2011: “Congress they know how to manage a budget, but when they get together, they can’t do it collectively. Too much partisan politics involved,” says college professor Jeff Price.
Airport businesses say security fence isn’t going to fly KKCO-TV Grand Junction CO Jul 22, 2011, : ““The disadvantage the tenants have, is that they only have the ability to look at public regulations for airport security. They don’t have the ability to look at the sensitive security information,” says Jeff Price, of Leading Edge Strategies.”
Building a bomb-proof bag MSNBC July 12, 2011: “…the argument against their use is weight.”
TSA: Bombs may be implanted in humans by terrorists 9 News Denver July 7, 2011
Tech Talk With Craig Peterson May 29, 2011, Radio Interview with Jeff Price
Deregulating Airports: Some Say the Time Has Arrived CNBC May 18, 2011 “There’s no need for deregulation,” says Jeff Price, an associate professor at the Department of Aviation & Aerospace Science at The Metropolitan State …
After bin Laden’s death, travelers asked to be vigilant Denver 9 News -In response to the news of Osama bin Laden’s death: Price says to remember the goal of terrorism, like the name implies, is to instill terror. He says it’s incredibly important that citizens stay cautious without acting paranoid.
DIA Video Shows Concourse Where Assault Reported Denver Channel April 19, 2011 – “(That) doesn’t make the situation any less tragic. What it means is that’s probably not the right solution,” said Jeff Price. “And I can tell you right now, at every airport across the country, they’re addressing this issue. It opens up the aviation security spectrum to include crime.”
Reported DIA Sex Assault Captured On Security Cameras Denver Channel April 14, 2011
Indiana seeks to become player in cargo flights The Associated Press March 28, 2011
Terrorists look to unprotected parts of airports USA Today January 26, 2011
Scanners and pat-downs upset airline passengers The Associated Press November 16, 2010
United Airlines Merger Could Impact Denver KMGH Denver May 3, 2010
Damage of volcanic ash could be felt deep in economy 9News April 17, 2010
Foiled attack heightens airport security scrutiny BusinessInsurance.com
Volcanic cloud casts long shadow over U.S. travel Associated Press, 9News April 16, 2010