Category - Security

Sacramento Int'l Lauds New Background Check Channeling Service

Until recently, airports had just one option for channeling their data for TSA-required employee background checks, a clearinghouse operated by the American Association of Airport Executives. It collected fingerprints and other pertinent information for every employee at every affected U.S. airport and submitted it to TSA.

LAX Beefs Up Security with Upgraded CCTV, Access Control & Badging Systems

Between capital improvements and operating expenses, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has invested more than $1.6 billion in safety and security since 9/11.

Security Training for Florida Airports Funded with License Plate Sales

"By making the program available to all public-use airports, we have made airport security a top priority - even for airports that previously could not afford to offer training to their staff," explains David Roberts, FDOT Aviation Operations administrator. The agency also extends training to onsite workers not employed by the airport, such as local police officers who respond to calls at the airport.

TSA Pilot Programs Aim to Speed Screening Without Compromising Security

A select group of travelers began whizzing through airport security checkpoints last fall at Miami International, Dallas/Fort Worth International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Detroit Metropolitan as TSA launched the TSA Prev(tm) pilot program. Some travelers didn't even need to remove their shoes and belts or take out their laptops, because they were deemed "low-risk" and had voluntarily provided more information than is usually checked at screening points before their trips.

Keeping Animals Out & Tenants Happy

Until late last year, Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) had a hodgepodge of perimeter fencing. Some areas had two- or four-strand barbed wire while other areas had woven wire fencing. Three different heights of chain link products protected still other portions of the two-runway commercial airport between Denver and Salt Lake City.

StandardAero Adds "Invisible Escort"

Like airports, many aircraft repair centers have boosted security measures since 9/11. The StandardAero facility at Augusta Regional Airport in Georgia added a "virtual escort" program to its security network.

Explosives Detection Goes to the Dogs

A dog's sense of smell is said to be 1,000 times more sensitive than that of humans. And Chief Steve Heim of the Nashville International Airport (BNA) Department of Public Safety has witnessed it in action.

Austin-Bergstrom Overhauls Security System

Roughly two years ago, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) went live with a complete overhaul of its security system. The $9.8 million system provided necessary upgrades and left room and capability for future growth.

In-House Police Retained & Reorganized at Jacksonville Int'l

After investigating the option of contracting out police services for Jacksonville International Airport, Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) recently decided to keep services in-house, but make some changes to the department.

DuPage Airport Secures Its Borders

Located just 30 miles from a major U.S. population and commerce center, Chicagoland's DuPage Airport (DPA) isn't focused on meeting minimum security standards. The bustling general aviation airport recently completed a $1.7 million perimeter security project more typical of commercial airports.

El Paso Int'l Renovates General Aviation Customs Facility

For five months, the general aviation arm of U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) at El Paso International Airport operated from a doublewide trailer. But those days are long forgotten, now that officers are settled back into their revamped, upgraded facilities.

Canada's Mobile Units Screen Olympic-Size Passenger Loads

When the world came to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in February, nine new mobile screening vehicles helped the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) handle the influx of visitors.

Airports Across the Nation Make Passenger Screening a Private Matter

From removing shoes and belts for metal detectors to privacy concerns about full-body scans, some airline passengers feel like they receive a virtual shakedown at airport security. Add understaffed checkpoints, overworked screeners and equipment glitches to the mix, and passenger screening quickly becomes a recipe for disaster. As customer complaints skyrocket, so does the risk of dangerous mistakes.

Non-Traditional Methods Increase Security at Miami Int'l

Technology reigns supreme in airport security - from increasingly fast baggage screening systems to puffer machines able to detect mere traces of explosives on passengers. But focusing solely on equipment is a mistake, say some security experts.

Mounted Patrol Augments Security at Houston Intercontinental

Don't mess with Texas - especially its largest airport. George Bush Intercontinental in Houston has a volunteer regiment of more than 600 horseback riders patrolling its 13,000 acres.

Small South Texas Airport Adds Big Technology for Access Control

Before adding a new access control system last year, Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport (BRO) was literally under lock and key. Its previous electronic access control system encountered so many problems the airport turned it off and resorted to key access for secure areas.

Florida Airport Acts as Own General Contractor for Inline Baggage System

Foregoing the use of a general contractor and managing a design/build process itself, Florida's Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) added inline baggage operations at half the cost of traditional engineered build methods.

New TSA Facility Provides Real-World Conditions for Equipment Testing

The Transportation Systems Integration Facility (TSIF) provides a full-scale operating environment to put prospective equipment through the paces before it is deployed in actual airports. It's also being used to further refine current selections and procedures.

Biometrics Add a Unique Layer of Security to Access Control

Once merely a fictional prop for sci-fi shows and spy movies, biometric devices that authenticate employees by their fingerprints or hand geometry are standard equipment at some U.S. airports.

Boulder City Municipal Beefs Up Security

As a small, predominantly general aviation airport, Boulder City Municipal (BVU) in Nevada had relatively small security issues: teenagers riding motorcycles on the runway at night; cars with no business at the airport driving through the hangar area; and people "procuring" gasoline for their boats afterhours.

Digital Upgrades at Sanford

Known as Central Florida's "Gateway to the Sun," Sanford International Airport (SFB) near Orlando is one of the busiest airports in the country. With the daunting responsibility of accommodating approximately two million travelers each year, SFB had good reason to step up its interest in the latest security technologies.

TSA Pilot Prompts a Hands-Off

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is constantly evaluating various technologies through pilot programs. One such effort, the Cambria pilot, is testing the use of computed tomography (CT) technology at airport checkpoints.

SFO Opts for Computer-Based Security Training

With more than 19,000 people to qualify in security awareness and clearances, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is using computer-based programs to fulfill training requirements.

Denver Keeps Lines in Check with TQM

Under a five-year contract with Denver International Airport, Hospital Shared Services, Inc. serves as the main point of contact for all processes and logistics related to queue management under the Total Queue Management program.

Austin Straubel Ditches Swabbing for High-Tech CT Scanners

Five scanners - CT-80s, by Reveal Imaging Technologies - have made the experience at Austin Straubel International Airport better for flyers, airlines and security providers.

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