Category - Security

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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