NEWS & ANALYSIS

RAND: Trusted Traveler Program Should Result in Security Benefits

Even if terrorists rush to apply for a trusted traveler program and some get accepted, commercial flights would still be more secure than if no trusted traveler program existed, concludes RAND.

Morning Security Brief: Lapses at Northern Airports, Blackwater Founder Starts Private Army, and How Poverty Relates to Guns

Drug traffickers are using northern airports to move contraband, Blackwater founder raises a private army on behalf of the United Arab Emirates, and a college grant leads to studies of poverty and gun violence.

Travel Association Launches Grassroots Campaign for a Trusted Traveler Program

The U.S. Travel Association is launching a national grassroots campaign to urge Congress to implement a trusted traveler program.

Study: Training, Group Dynamics Critical in Airport Security Decision-Making

Only a third of European airport staff report being trained to spot security threats, and only a quarter said they frequently alert authorities when they see suspicious activity, according to the first findings of a research project aimed at developing more effective security training programs.

Travel Group Says Enough of "One-Size-Fits-All" Airport Security Model

A blue-ribbon panel of experts has called on the federal government to reform its "reactionary" and "one-size-fits-all" approach to aviation security, according to a report issued by the U.S. Travel Association last week.

TSA Will Retest Backscatter Scanners As Hearing Delves Deeper Into Machines

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Friday that it will retest the amount of potentially harmful radiation emitted by full-body X-ray scanners at U.S. airports by the end of March.

Full Body Scanners Feature Prominently in DHS's 2012 Budget Request

Despite past outrage and lingering health concerns, the White House's 2012 budget proposal has requested $105.2 million to roll out an additional 275 full body scanners at U.S. airports.

TSA Will Not Expand Private Screener Program

The Transportation Security Administration has stopped approving applications from airports hoping to launch private screener programs.

Backscatter Full Body Scanners Can Be Defeated, Journal Article Finds

A recently published journal article finds that terrorists can defeat X-ray backscatter technology, one of two machines used by the TSA to screen air travelers.

Captain Sully Sullenberger Talks Aviation Safety and Security

In this month's podcast, Captain Sully Sullenberger explains why commercial aviation is so safe and why he fears that may not hold true for much longer in an exclusive interview with Security Management.
 




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