Airport | Aviation Security
The Federal Aviation Administration is concerned that the design of the Airbus Model A350-900 Series airplane might allow for too much connectivity between the aircraft control domain and other electronic systems onboard the aircraft, which could result in the “intentional or unintentional destruction, disruption, degradation or exploitation of data, systems, and networks critical to the safety and maintenance of the airplane.”
In order to give itself enough time to resolve a bid protest, TSA has decided to award a contract extension on a sole source basis to InfoZen, of Bethesda, MD, to continue providing the operations and maintenance support that TSA needs to keep its data centers functioning in Arlington, VA; Colorado Springs, CO; and Annapolis Junction, MD.
TSA has issued a solicitation for what it calls “Credential Authentication Technology,” or CAT, which can ensure that only legitimate airport personnel, airline crews, non-traveling passengers using a gate pass, law enforcement officers and Federal Air Marshals can gain access to sterile airport areas.
TSA has picked a new date, January 10, 2014, on which it will host an “industry day” in support of the Screening Partnership Program, under which commercial companies offer screening services at security checkpoints at certain selected U.S. airports.
Government Security News is pleased to announce the winners of its GSN 2013 Homeland Security Awards program, which were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by leading vendors of IT and physical security products and federal, state, county and municipal government agencies, highlighting their most noteworthy programs and projects.
The 2013 awards program was made possible by generous sponsorships from BRS Laboratories, Cardinal Point Strategies, Objectivity, Vanguard Integrity Professionals and Wave Systems.
It’s harvest time, but this foreign plant is a no-no in the United States.
CBP officers seized three international air parcels on November 26 that contained a combined 112 pounds of khat, a green, leafy plant typically grown in the Arabian Peninsula and chewed for its stimulant effect.
All three parcels arrived at an express mail facility near Philadelphia International Airport on a flight from Austria. Two parcels, one about 54 pounds and the other about 30 pounds, were destined for Connecticut. The third parcel weighed about 28 pounds and was destined for Illinois.
TSA announced on December 4 that it will charge a fee of $85 per individual to participate for five years in the Pre[check] trusted traveler program, which will enable cleared passengers to move through airport security on an expedited basis.
“Successful applicants will be eligible to receive expedited screening at participating U.S. airport security checkpoints, including use of a dedicated screening lane and more limited physical screening,” says a TSA notice published in the Federal Register.
TSA’s blogger, Bob Burns, offered a few travel tips on November 26 for passengers moving around the country during the holiday season, particularly those who are counting on expedited screening procedures because they have enrolled in TSA’s “Pre” trusted traveler program.
“For all of you using TSA Pre, it’s very important you enter the correct info when booking your flight or you may not get selected for expedited screening,” explained Blogger Bob.
More than 640 million domestic air passengers hoped for a timely departure in 2012, and yet few ever considered a key part of the security process that makes timely departures possible: screening of baggage that goes into the “hold” of an airplane (more commonly known in the U.S. as “checked” baggage.)
CBP has issued a Request For Information (RFI) to commercial baggage screening companies for information about their capabilities to supply small, medium, large and pallet X-ray systems that could be used in international airport terminals, mail processing facilities, warehouses and other sites.