Airport | Aviation Security
For nearly half a century, the Tampa International Airport (TPA) in Florida has grown to become one of the preeminent airports in the world. The airport is an award-winning facility averaging approximately 225 daily aircraft departures with a reputation for noticeable ease of travel functionality. To remain a leader in the aviation industry and to keep pace with the ever-changing security challenges and concerns, TPA is dedicated to improving upon and updating terminal and airside infrastructure.
GAO report: TSA not gathering operational data on 740 Advanced Imaging Technology machines in use at 160 airports
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines with Automated Target Recognition (ATR) software. As of March 2014, TSA has deployed approximately 740 machines at 160 airports across the nation. GAO estimates that over $3.5 billion will be spent in life cycle costs on current units and additional units TSA intends to procure in the future.
TSA PreCheck expands to include Air Canada, first international carrier to join expedited screening program
The DHS has announced the expansion of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) expedited screening program, TSA PreCheck, to include eligible customers of Air Canada, the first international carrier to participate. TSA is also working with additional international carriers to join the program.
TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear, and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes at U.S. domestic airports.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman will give a farewell address at the upcoming National Press Club Speakers breakfast on April 21 in Washington, D.C. She will step down from her position as NTSB Chairman to serve as CEO and President of the National Safety Council.
Her career at the NTSB began in 2004 when President Bush appointed her to serve as a board member. Hersman has served as the NTSB chairman since 2009 and held the position for three terms.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations at Detroit Metro Airport has announced the arrest of a man for alleged violation of immigration law. The United Kingdom citizen attempted to enter the United States as an imposter with an alleged borrowed document.
Speaking in front of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security last week, American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox shared his testimony regarding airport security screenings. And he emphasized why he thinks it’s important for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) members to arm themselves for protection.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has created a new documentary series entitled, “I Am AFGE.” The series will include 15 mini-documentary videos that will discuss the experiences of members of the AFGE that work in various positions. The goal of the campaign is to provide more awareness to the general public regarding the rewards and challenges that government employees encounter.
Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport selects Telos ID for employee and contractor background checks
Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport has chosen Ashburn, VA-based Telos Identity Management Solutions (Telos ID) to provide Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-approved Designated Aviation Channeling (DAC) services for processing aviation worker background checks.
Wilmington, MA-based Implant Sciences Corp., a supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, has announced that its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector (ETD) has received regulatory approval from the German Federal Ministry of the Interior for aviation security applications at German airports. The QS-B220 fulfills specifications set by the German Federal Police.
OSI Systems receives $7 million order for Real Time Tomography hold baggage screening systems at major European airport
Hawthorne, CA-based OSI Systems has announced that its security division, Rapiscan Systems, received an order worth approximately $7 million to provide Rapiscan Real Time Tomography (RTT) hold baggage screening systems and related maintenance services for Oslo Airport.