U.S. Airports React to Downed EgyptAir Flight

U.S. Airports React to Downed EgyptAir Flight

Spectators from around the world tuned into the news at on Thursday, May 19, as officials told the story of EgyptAir flight MS804. The plane, from Paris to Cairo, never made it to its destination, officials believing it had crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.

While there has not been an official account of what happened aboard flight MS804, security professionals are not ruling anything out yet, including a terrorist attack. This showed evident in the quickly changing security landscape at airports around the United States on Thursday.

From Los Angeles to Charlotte, North Carolina, airport security was beefed up in an effort to stay vigilant while officials overseas determined the cause of the tragic event overseas.

At Los Angeles International Airport there was a noticeable police presence in the central terminal area, as a precautionary effort in the wake of MS804’s disappearance. Travelers at the airport would see extra police patrols near the terminals, and motorists entering the airport at subject to random checks along the roadway. These entrance checks have been implemented before, usually after major terrorist attacks.

Airport officials said there wasn’t any specific threat towards the airport, but the move was a direct result of updated intelligence assessments of the sprawling hub, which straddles Santa Monica Bay and is the country’s busiest airport in terms of final destination for travelers.

In Charlotte, TSA leaders said they were on high alert, as always. TSA K-9s were visible as they sniffed every traveler passing through the security checkpoints. Because of the long lines at TSA checkpoints already, the airport tried not to change the security measures dramatically in an effort to keep traffic moving through the checkpoints.

Some airport security officials believe that the EgyptAir flight could have been downed by a device brought on to the plane by an airline employee. These employees usually do not have to pass through the same kind of security that passengers do, resulting in prohibited items being brought on board. Professionals believe this approach to employee security will soon be changed to strengthen security around the country and the world.

As American travelers are becoming more and more frustrated with the long lines at airports TSA agents are caught between thoroughly checking passengers’ belongs and trying to move people through the lines quickly. The balance between efficiency and customer service as well as security has proven difficult in the wake of the events involving the EgyptAir crash.

About the Author

Sydny Shepard is the Executive Editor of Campus Security & Life Safety.

Featured

  • ASIS International and SIA Release “Complexities in the Global Security Market: 2024 Through 2026”

    ASIS International and the Security Industry Association (SIA) – the leading security associations for the security industry – have released ”Complexities in the Global Security Market: 2024 Through 2026”, a new research report that provides insights into the equipment, technologies, and employment of the global security industry, including regional market breakouts. SIA and ASIS partnered with global analytics and advisory firm Omdia to complete the research. Read Now

  • President Biden Issues Executive Order to Bolster U.S Port Cybersecurity

    On Wednesday, President Biden issued an Executive Order to bolster the security of the nation’s ports, alongside a series of additional actions that will strengthen maritime cybersecurity and more Read Now

  • Report: 15 Percent of All Emails Sent in 2023 Were Malicious

    VIPRE Security Group recently released its report titled “Email Security in 2024: An Expert Look at Email-Based Threats”. The 2024 predictions for email security in this report are based on an analysis of over 7 billion emails processed by VIPRE worldwide during 2023. This equates to almost one email for everyone on the planet. Of those, roughly 1 billion (or 15%) were malicious. Read Now

  • ASIS Announces ANSI-Approved Cannabis Security Standard

    ASIS International, a leading authority in security standards and guidelines, proudly announces the release of a pioneering American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved standard dedicated to cannabis security. This best-in-class standard, meticulously developed by industry experts, sets a new benchmark by providing comprehensive requirements and guidance for the design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and maintenance of a cannabis security program. Read Now

Featured Cybersecurity

Whitepapers

New Products

  • Compact IP Video Intercom

    Viking’s X-205 Series of intercoms provide HD IP video and two-way voice communication - all wrapped up in an attractive compact chassis. 3

  • ResponderLink

    ResponderLink

    Shooter Detection Systems (SDS), an Alarm.com company and a global leader in gunshot detection solutions, has introduced ResponderLink, a groundbreaking new 911 notification service for gunshot events. ResponderLink completes the circle from detection to 911 notification to first responder awareness, giving law enforcement enhanced situational intelligence they urgently need to save lives. Integrating SDS’s proven gunshot detection system with Noonlight’s SendPolice platform, ResponderLink is the first solution to automatically deliver real-time gunshot detection data to 911 call centers and first responders. When shots are detected, the 911 dispatching center, also known as the Public Safety Answering Point or PSAP, is contacted based on the gunfire location, enabling faster initiation of life-saving emergency protocols. 3

  • A8V MIND

    A8V MIND

    Hexagon’s Geosystems presents a portable version of its Accur8vision detection system. A rugged all-in-one solution, the A8V MIND (Mobile Intrusion Detection) is designed to provide flexible protection of critical outdoor infrastructure and objects. Hexagon’s Accur8vision is a volumetric detection system that employs LiDAR technology to safeguard entire areas. Whenever it detects movement in a specified zone, it automatically differentiates a threat from a nonthreat, and immediately notifies security staff if necessary. Person detection is carried out within a radius of 80 meters from this device. Connected remotely via a portable computer device, it enables remote surveillance and does not depend on security staff patrolling the area. 3