Airport | Aviation Security
TSA expects more than 21,000 travelers to seek ‘redress’ next year based on their security experiences
Based on its caseload during the past year, TSA is estimating that it will receive information from more than 21,000 travelers in the coming year who take advantage of the DHS “Traveler Redress Inquiry Program,” nicknamed TRIP.
TRIP is designed to receive information or complaints from travelers related to denied or delayed boarding; denied or delayed entry into or departure from the United States; selection for “secondary screening” at an airport, seaport, train station or land border.
As part of an expansion of promotional opportunities on its Web site, Government Security News has adopted a new policy of accepting paid corporate videos on the home page and the Web site’s 18 technology and market sector channels.
TSA intends to purchase almost 3.5 million rounds of .357 SIG caliber training ammunition, according to a solicitation issued by the agency on August 16.
“Each vendor will be allowed to submit up to two types of ammunition samples, representing two different part numbers,” the RFP explains.
Majority of Americans support unmanned aircraft for search-and-rescue and border patrol, but not issuing traffic tickets
A poll conducted by Monmouth University shows that a majority of Americans support the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for search and rescue and border patrol.
The poll found that 83 percent of Americans support UAS use for search and rescue and 62 percent support the use of the technology for patrolling our nation’s border.
“On the other hand, only 21% support using drones to issue speeding tickets,” said a news release about the poll results issued by Monmouth University.
TSA has awarded three different companies IDIQ contracts, each with a ceiling value of $5.5 million, to supply boarding pass scanners for use at U.S. airports.
According to separate award notices posted by the agency on August 15, TSA issued similar contracts to IER Inc., of Belton, TX; Desko LC, of Bayreuth Bayrem, Germany; and NCR Government Systems, LLC, of Germantown, MD.
President Barack Obama signed on August 9 the bipartisan, bicameral Helping Heroes Fly Act (H.R. 1344), which aims to improve airport security screening processes for wounded and severely disabled service members and veterans.
CBP’s Global Entry trusted traveler program, which currently is open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, Mexican nationals and some citizens of the Netherlands, has been opened up effective August 9 to certain citizens of South Korea, Germany, the UK and Qatar.
CBP’s Office of Air and Marine (OAM) marine interdiction agents and air interdiction agents coordinated an early morning operation on August 6 stopping a panga boat off the California coastline filled with bales of marijuana worth more than $4 million.
CBP air interdiction agents on board a Multi-role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) detected a vessel at about 12:45 a.m., several miles off the coast in the area of La Jolla, CA, traveling northbound at approximately 24 knots without displaying required navigational lights.
TSA expects to receive 25,000 completed customer satisfaction surveys from airline passengers this year
TSA is planning to continue its practice of intercepting passengers at U.S. airports after they have passed through checkpoint screening and inviting them to complete what it calls its Aviation Security Customer Satisfaction Performance Measurement Passenger Survey. The agency expects to obtain responses from 25,000 travelers during the coming year.
It looks as if TSA is planning to install an ionization source for what is called “direct analysis in real time,” or DART, for use at its William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ, to analyze samples placed into liquids.
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