Aviation Security

Boarding Pass Safety

Over 32 million passengers will be traveling by air over this week’s Thanksgiving holidays, in the U.S.  This time of year is particularly heavy for travel but overall annual passenger numbers are growing exponentially, across the globe.  Four billion people flew in 2017, a 7.3% over 2016 and 4.5 billion people have flown so far…

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Sixteen Years of Predictive Profiling

Back in 2002, I was driving with a colleague to see a client in Palmdale, California, a couple hours’ drive outside of Los Angeles.  This was only a few months after 9/11 when the country and the world were looking for an understanding of and solutions to the specter of terrorism.  We were talking about…

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Threat is not Random

More often than not, security systems miss the mark when they skip a vital step in developing their security standards and procedures. They do not first clearly define the threat. But only once you understand the threat, can you understand what is suspicious and then have a road map for procedures. Take random checks as an…

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12 to Consider when Choosing a Security Consultant

The right security consultant can offer invaluable service and guidance to help make a protected environment safer and more secure.  But not all consultants are created equally.  What’s more, the conventional playbook is definitely not the most effective one.  To our mind, thinking outside the box is mandatory.  Here’s what to look for: 1       Holistic…

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DHS Reauthorization

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Reauthorization of the Department of Homeland Security Act, bill HR 2825.  The vote was 386 for and 41 against, with 32 democrats and 9 republicans in opposition. It’s next up to the U.S. Senate to deliberate and vote. “The threats we face have evolved in the past…

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Passports

                        A passport is a critical travel document without which you are literally grounded. We might nowadays associate passports mainly with train and aviation travel.  But there are biblical references to travel documents that survive til today.  In the Old Testament (Nehemiah 2:7-9), around…

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Laptop Bombs are Not New

Bringing an airliner down has been a big prize of terrorists since .. forever.  It is hardly a new goal.  The most recent U.S. security shift is a ban in airline cabins of all electronics larger than a cell phone on flights originating from Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Qatar, Kuwait and the United…

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The Controversy around the Real ID Act

The Real ID Act was first enacted back in 2005, in response to recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission to combat fake IDs, a critical terrorist tool. Starting in 2015, you needed a state-issued REAL ID to enter a federal facility or military base or, to fly.   Non-compliant states were given an extension by the…

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Can Biometrics Help?

Security solutions to criminal and terror threats are multifaceted.  The human element is a critical component but technology can play an important supporting role.  Biometrics to identify and track people on the move is one way to strengthen security.   The most common types of biometrics are fingerprint and iris scans.  Neither is new.  This kind of technology has…

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Notorious Shoes

Richard Reid, aka the Shoe Bomber, offers an example of how security questioning together with appropriate security procedures, can be an effective deterrent and identifier of threat.  Although there are hundreds of examples of how proper questioning has succeeded, this case is notorious.   On July 7th, 2001, Reid traveled to Israel on El Al…

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