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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) - Articles and news items

World’s first trial of new security screening system taking place at Shannon Airport

Airport news  •  12 September 2016  •  International Airport Review

Shannon Airport introduce new security screening concept that could halve the time taken to pass through security...

TSA and American Airlines to deploy next generation screening technology

Airport news  •  11 July 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and American Airlines are to jointly test next generation screening technology at American Airlines hubs across the U.S. this autumn.

Midway International Airport opens TSA PreCheck enrolment centre

Airport news  •  24 May 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review

Chicago’s Midway International Airport has announced the opening of its TSA PreCheck enrolment centre, designed to streamline the passenger pre-screen registration process.

Next generation queue design and model

Airport news  •  6 August 2014  •  InnoCentive

TSA Pre✓™ is an expedited screening program that allows low-risk travelers to experience expedited, more efficient security screening...

Risk based security: What is acceptable or tolerable?

Airport Extra  •  3 April 2014  •  Yves Duguay, President, HCiWorld

Aviation security expert, Yves Duguay, provides a fascinating insight into the reality and perception of managing the probability of an aviation security attack...

TSA announces new application process for TSA Pre✓™, More options to apply for expedited screening

Airport news  •  3 December 2013  •  

TSA plans more than 300 sites across the country...

McCarran utilizes latest tech to manage/control exit lane breaches

Airport news  •  13 November 2013  •  McCarran

McCarran International Airport has received TSA approval to fully utilize its automated exit lane corridors...

Shifting the paradigm of airport security

Issue 2 2013  •  4 April 2013  •  John S. Pistole, TSA Administrator

TSA Administrator, John S. Pistole, provides an insight into how the Transportation Security Administration is transforming airport security.The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continues its transformation from an organisation that screens every passenger in the same ‘one size fits all’ way, to a risk-based, intelligence-driven model. The TSA uses the latest technology, analyses and shares intelligence in real-time, and applies the principles of risk-mitigation and riskmanagement to carry out its mission to safeguard the free movement of people and commerce across all modes of transportation. It is an evolution we began in earnest in late- 2011, deploying several new initiatives and modifying some of our existing security screening protocols to more closely reflect this commitment to risk-based security. In large part, the operational changes I referenced can already be seen in many of the United States’ busiest airports. In the latter half of 2011, we began looking at additional information to help us determine if there were certain age-based decisions we could make. In other words, did current intelligence indicate the possibility of modifying our security screening protocols to expedite the movement of some passengers through the checkpoint based solely on their age?

Hong Kong: A land of air cargo opportunity

Issue 6 2012  •  7 December 2012  •  Lilian Chan, Executive Director, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd.

The role of Hong Kong as a country is multi-faceted; it is simultaneously a market and manufacturing base in its own right, a gateway to the world for Southern China’s top industrial region, and a cargo hub for the entire Asia region. Little wonder that it is now the world’s number one cargo airport, handling almost four million tonnes of cargo each year.Within Hong Kong’s air cargo community, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (Hactl)’s 80 per cent share of the commercial handling market makes it virtually synonymous with the airport. And looking at analyses of cargo flows through Hactl is like looking at the world in microcosm.Positive growth: The past four years have been interesting to say the least. 2008 and 2009 saw declines of 3.8 per cent and 8.3 per cent respectively, fuelled by the global recession (but these declines were nowhere near as bad as the 25 per cent dive in volumes experienced on many routes). 2010 marked a sharp rise of 24.8 per cent, creating the appearance of a strong recovery, but this was actually a peak caused by a widespread correction to the running down of global inventories. Normality finally returned in 2011 with a fall of 6.2 per cent year-on-year, although still Hactl’s second most successful year to date. And, despite the continuing economic woes in Europe and the USA, overall traffic in the first half of 2012 has shown signs of a return to a gentle underlying growth.

TSA sets cargo screening deadline for international inbound passenger aircraft

Airport news  •  16 May 2012  •  Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

100 percent screening will be required on December 3, 2012...

SITA to help improve passenger experience at US airport checkpoints

Airport news  •  11 April 2012  •  SITA

SITA’s sophisticated queue management system being adopted as part of $48M improvement program...

Securing the States

Issue 2 2012  •  29 March 2012  •  Chris McLaughlin, Assistant Administrator for Security Operations at the Transport Security Administration

Over the past year, the Transpor - tation Security Administration (TSA) has made great strides to implement smarter, intelligencedriven, and more efficient screening procedures at airport checkpoints around the country. The agency is moving away from a one-size-fits-all security model to an approach built on mitigating risk. These strategic enhancements to security protocols are helping transform the TSA into a more focused and high-performing counterterrorism agency. This reflects a fundamental shift that requires a determined, dedicated and co-ordinated workforce, as well as a clear vision for the future of aviation security. TSA possesses all of these ingredients and is in the midst of implementing several components of this risk based security concept at airports nationwide.Undertaking these efforts allows TSA to focus its resources to strengthen security and improve the passenger experience at security checkpoints by modifying, or finetuning, screening procedures and using the latest technologies.TSA’s risk based approach to security comprises several initiatives, including expanded behaviour detection techniques, refined screening of passengers aged 12 and under, and the passenger pre-screening initiative, TSA Pre✓™. Additionally, TSA continues to support the aviation industry’s efforts to expedite airline pilot screening through a known crew member initiative.

Aviation Security Advisory committee members select AAAE’s Carter Morris as Chair

Airport news  •  21 February 2012  •  AAAE

Carter Morris as chairman of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC)...

The role of imaging technology

Issue 2 2011  •  11 April 2011  •  Robin Kane, Chief Technology Officer and Assistant Administrator, Office of Security Technology at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is dedicated to protecting our Nation’s transportation systems and safeguarding the travelling public. We face an adaptive adversary who seeks vulnerabilities in our system and, as a result, TSA must employ new methods to stay ahead of evolving threats. Security technologies, such as Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT), are a critical part of this effort.Based upon the latest intelligence and after studying all available technologies, the TSA has concluded AIT is the most effective method to detect threat items concealed on passengers while maintaining efficient checkpoint screening operations.

A layered approach to security

Issue 3 2010  •  9 June 2010  •  Lee Kair, Assistant Administrator for Security Operations, TSA

On December 25, 2009, Umar Faruk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian citizen, allegedly attempted to detonate an improvised explosive device he smuggled on board Northwest Flight 253. The events of Christmas Day serve as a powerful reminder of the extremes to which terrorists will go to circumvent the enhanced security measures put in place since September 11, 2001. It also highlights that our adversary is adaptive and will engineer around static defenses. To stay ahead of this evolving threat landscape, TSA employs a layered approach to securing the Nation’s transportation systems. While our security checkpoints in airports are the most readily recognisable, we have many other critical layers of security in place to mitigate threats, including intelligence analysis, behaviour detection officers, canine teams, as well as other layers that may be visible and invisible to the public. Each layer alone is capable of stopping a terrorist attack but, in combination, their security value is multiplied, creating a strong, formidable system. A terrorist who has to overcome multiple security layers in order to carry out an attack is more likely to be pre-empted, deterred, or thwarted during – or even before – the attempt.


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