Airport Security


Federal Indictments in Airport Assault Case are an Important Step for Worker Safety 

Federal Indictments in Airport Assault Case are an Important Step for Worker Safety 

Last week’s announcement that three Delta Air Lines passengers face federal charges for allegedly assaulting an airline security officer and gate agent is welcome news to airport workers who have faced increased physical and verbal abuse while on the job.

FAA-Fined Unruly Passengers to Lose TSA PreCheck

Unruly airline passengers may face additional consequences for bad behavior under a new partnership between the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Near Pre-pandemic Travel Volumes Expected to Continue Through December Holidays

Near Pre-pandemic Travel Volumes Expected to Continue Through December Holidays

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened just under 21 million travelers during the 10-day Thanksgiving holiday. The agency expects high travel volumes into the December holidays and encourages passengers planning to travel this holiday season to sign up for TSA PreCheck® to provide more convenience and save time at the airport.

Security Breached at 38,000 Feet

During the week of Halloween, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines were the latest to have to deal with “domestic terrorism” at 38,000 feet. Where does this behavior come from?

TSA Prepared for a Busy Holiday Travel Season

TSA Prepared for a Busy Holiday Travel Season

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is anticipating that security checkpoints locally and nationwide will be busy during the upcoming holiday travel season.

TSA Employee Spotlight: Christina Marks

In a year when the number of unruly passengers and gun catches have broken all records and upended civility, Austin-Bergstrom (Texas) International Airport TSA Officer Christina Marks is doing her job exceedingly well. Credited with discovering five firearms in carry-on bags since January, the eagle-eyed officer takes her X-ray and customer service duties seriously.

You Can’t Fly with Guns

You Can’t Fly with Guns

It is hard to imagine there are still people who feel they can pack a handgun in their carry-on luggage, board a plane to wherever; guns are not welcome.

TSA Reminds Passengers to Remain Calm and Respectful at Security Checkpoints

TSA Reminds Passengers to Remain Calm and Respectful at Security Checkpoints

As America continues to recover from the pandemic and vaccination rates rise, the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are excited to welcome the traveling public back to the nation’s transportation systems.



TSA Surpasses 2 Million Daily Travelers Screened

TSA Surpasses 2 Million Daily Travelers Screened

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) surpassed the 2 million threshold for travelers screened in one day on June 11, when 2,028,961 people were screened at airport security checkpoints.

DHS Announces New Efforts to Support the TSA Workforce

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced new efforts to support the Transportation Security Administration (

Low Altitude, High Risk

Low Altitude, High Risk

Drones present a significant risk to aircraft during takeoffs and landings – low altitude maneuvering – according to an October study from the Canada National Research Council’s Aerospace Research Center.

Devastating Impact

Devastating Impact

The COVID-19 outbreak has hit airports hard, and the devastating impact will be felt for years to come. The situation is worrisome not only for the sake of the industry itself but also because airports and air transportation services are critical to the economic stability and growth of cities, regions and countries.

An Uptick in Travel Brings Demand for Integrated Security

An Uptick in Travel Brings Demand for Integrated Security

A predicted boom in U.S. travel this summer will lead to increased demand for integrated video, access, and systems in hospitality and leisure settings, so says IDIS America.

The New Age

The New Age

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, commercial passenger air travel in the United States dropped by more than 90%.

Airport Firearm Detection more than Doubles in 2020

Airport Firearm Detection more than Doubles in 2020

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers detected twice as many firearms per million passengers screened at airport security checkpoints nationwide in 2020 compared to 2019, and at a significantly higher rate than any other year since the agency’s inception.

TSA Closes 2020 with Dramatic Changes in Checkpoint Operations

TSA Closes 2020 with Dramatic Changes in Checkpoint Operations

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported the final daily figure of estimated travel volume for calendar year 2020, closing a year that tested the agency’s ability to innovate and quickly implement modifications across more than 440 federalized airports nationwide to address the pandemic.

TSA team at Philadelphia International Airport collected 12 boxes and bags of gifts for the Toys for Tots program

TSA team at Philadelphia International Airport collected 12 boxes and bags of gifts for the Toys for Tots program

The TSA team at Philadelphia International Airport recognized that the holiday season was likely to be rough on children whose families were struggling during the pandemic

Akron-Canton Airport selected as TSA’s 2020 Airport of the Year

TSA recognizes the agency’s highest performers and the most effective teams of 2020.

TSA officers in Guam Share Talents to Create TSA Holiday Nutcrackers

TSA officers in Guam Share Talents to Create TSA Holiday Nutcrackers

Two officers with the Transportation Security Administration at A. B. Won Pat Guam International Airport are spreading a little extra holiday cheer this year among the TSA workforce and traveling public.

TSA Inspector Ensures Security for Air Cargo Carriers

TSA Inspector Ensures Security for Air Cargo Carriers

Before becoming a transportation security inspector for TSA, Brittaney Rupert did a little bit of everything at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). As an airline employee, Rupert worked behind the ticket counter and at boarding gates, the ramp and operations.

TSA Using credential authentication technology to improve identification verification capabilities

TSA Using credential authentication technology to improve identification verification capabilities

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Billings International Airport (BIL) is now using new technology in the security checkpoint that confirms the validity of a traveler’s identification and confirms their flight information in near real time.

TSA Honors PRTC with “Gold Standard Award” for Transit Safety and Security Efforts

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) presented its prestigious Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE) Gold Standard Award to the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) for its ongoing efforts to provide a safe transit experience for its riders throughout the system.

Albany International Airport gets New State-of-the-art 3-D checkpoint Scanner to Improve Explosives Detection

Albany International Airport gets New State-of-the-art 3-D checkpoint Scanner to Improve Explosives Detection

A new state-of-the-art advanced technology computed tomography checkpoint scanner (CT) that provides 3-D imaging has been installed and is in use at the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at the Boise ID Airport and the Albany NY International Airport.

TSA team at JFK International Airport Kept Suspicious Item off a Flight

TSA team at JFK International Airport Kept Suspicious Item off a Flight

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport identified an unusual suspicious item inside a traveler’s carry-on bag that could have resulted in a tragic outcome had the item been carried onto an aircraft.

Passengers Left More Than $900,000 Behind at TSA Security Checkpoints

Passengers Left More Than $900,000 Behind at TSA Security Checkpoints

The Transportation Security Administration collected $926,030.44 in unclaimed money that passengers left behind at airport security checkpoints during fiscal 2019, including $18,899.09 in foreign currency.

Interagency Issues Advisory on Use of Technology to Detect and Mitigate Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Advisory has been issued at a time when the commercial demand for UAS detection and mitigation is high, but the authority to use those capabilities is far from clear.

Air Force One Nearly Hit by Drone

Air Force One Nearly Hit by Drone

As Air Force One was descending to an air base near Washington, D.C. recently, it nearly collided with a small drone, according to several people on board the aircraft. President Trump was aboard the modified Boeing Co. 757 aircraft.

Acrylic Barriers Installed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Acrylic Barriers Installed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

TSA security checkpoints to help protect workforce and passengers from COVID-19

TSA at BWI and Tampa airports gets new Credential Authentication Technology

TSA at BWI and Tampa airports get new Credential Authentication Technology

Transportation Security Administration officers at Baltimore/Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport and Tampa International Airport are now using new technology that confirms the validity of a traveler’s identification (ID) and confirms their flight information in near real time.

Texas' First TSA Passenger Screening Canine Evan Crosses Rainbow Bridge

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) suffered the loss of the first-ever passenger screening canine in the state of Texas. Evan, a black Labrador retriever, who retired in August 2017, passed away earlier this month. He was 10 years old.

Countless People Banned From Flying Over Face Mask Refusal

Countless People Banned From Flying Over Face Mask Refusal

Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian is reporting that dozens of passengers have been banned from flying with the airline for refusal to comply with the airline industry’s mask policy.

Regulators Airport Operators Join Forces to Promote Airport Security Open Architecture

Regulators and airport operators from across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East have joined forces to promote the introduction of open architecture in airport security systems.

TSA at JFK and LaGuardia Airports are Using New Credential Authentication Technology to Improve Checkpoint Screening Capabilities

TSA at JFK and LaGuardia Airports are Using New Credential Authentication Technology to Improve Checkpoint Screening Capabilities

Transportation Security Administration officers at John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia Airports are using new technology at checkpoints that validates a traveler’s identification and confirms their flight information in near real time.

Active TWIC® and HME Holders Can Use Their Credentials to Obtain TSA PreCheck™

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is expanding its TSA PreCheck™ eligibility to all active Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®) and Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) holders who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or lawful permanent residents.

A Custom Design for Screening

Allied Universal® Technology Services experts are working with customers to design and implement the screening solutions that best fit their company's environment, requirements and existing security operations.

LAX Just Installed Thermal Cameras

LAX Just Installed Thermal Cameras

Passengers at Los Angeles International Airport may notice something new watching them — thermal cameras.

Using Facial Recognition

Using Facial Recognition

Airports are unique places. They are accessed by thousands of people every day. Few other facilities in the world have to screen so many individuals for personal and environmental safety while providing a positive experience.

Don’t Fly With Your Gun

Don’t Fly With Your Gun

It is a well-known fact, and has been for several years, you don’t take a handgun on an airplane. Yet, people continue to pack a weapon in their carry-on luggage as though it is perfectly fine. You don’t even have to reach the fine print. Handguns now allowed on airplanes.

Park Assist Chosen to Provide High-End Parking Experience at Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport

Park Assist has been awarded the Parking Guidance System (PGS) contract for Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF). Just 10 minutes from downtown, the International Airport supports over 4 million travelers per year with a high-volume of both passenger and cargo traffic.

Brazil Added to COVID-19 Travel List

Brazil Added to COVID-19 Travel List

Based on a recommendation by DHS and its intergovernmental partners, such as the Centers for Disease Control, President Trump has signed a proclamation on May 24 and amended on May 25 suspending the entry into the United States of any foreign nationals who were present in Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.

  • Understanding Access Control Understanding Access Control

    In this episode, Jason Bohrer, the executive director of the Secure Technology Alliance, discusses the access control vertical and technology from the Alliance’s point of view. The Secure Technology Alliance is the digital security industry’s premier association. It exists as a neutral forum that brings together leading providers and adopters of end-to-end security solutions designed to protect privacy and digital assets in a variety of vertical markets. Now, with new areas such as IoT, the Alliance uses its proven processes to provide technology providers and adopters with the insights they need to build security in at the point of development and implementation.

Digital Edition

  • Security Today Magazine - November December 2021

    November / December 2021

    Featuring:

    • Navigating System Integration
    • Protecting Premises and People
    • Cashing in Your VMS System
    • Encryption and Compliance
    • Security Breach at 38,000 Feet

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