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Airport Security

- A bill (H.R. 1413) that would establish an airport security pilot program to screen airport workers with access to secure and  sterile areas of airports has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee. To proceed, the bill must now be taken up by the full House of Representatives.

Safer Skies over Russia

- Russia’s Transportation Ministry has ordered airlines to improve customer service or risk losing their operating licenses

Jargon Watch

- Jargon Watch

Secure Flight Encountering Turbulence

- Several government groups have raised concerns about the viability of the latest proposals for passenger prescreening.

Assessing Threats from Passengers

- Spotting suspicious conduct by air travelers, limiting sensitive exports, and speaking with California’s homeland security director.

Helicopter safety.

- A bill (H.R. 4765) introduced by Rep. Anthony D. Weiner (D-NY) would require the government to designate an area at high risk for a terrorist attack as a high-threat helicopter-flight area. The government would screen all passengers and property transported from a high-threat flight area to a standard passenger helicopter. The screening would be equivalent to that provided for passengers and property carried aboard a domestic passenger aircraft. The bill would also require that the government develop a plan to conduct the screening, including acquiring equipment and hiring and training personnel. H.R. 4765 has no cosponsors and has been referred to the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Aviation security

- A bill (H.R. 4439) that would overhaul the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to increase aviation security has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity. The bill must now be taken up by the full committee to proceed. The bill would require that the TSA reorganize to focus resources on areas that are at greatest risk of terrorist attack and would mandate that the TSA create a program to instantaneously prescreen all international passengers traveling to the United States. The bill would also allow state and local governments to compete with federal contractors to provide airport security. Under the bill, the TSA would be required to create new training standards to help those who check documents to recognize fraudulent identification. Under the measure, the government would create an independent agency within the TSA to focus on airline passenger and baggage screening.

Aircraft security

- A bill (H.R. 4353) introduced by Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) would require that all passengers flying on aircraft that is also carrying uninspected cargo be notified by DHS. The passengers would be told that the aircraft’s cargo has not been screened for explosives or other hazardous materials.

Suicide Bombers at the Gate

- Too much attention has been paid to assessing vulnerabilities and reacting to each new accident. We need to rethink risk mitigation in the light of the new threat paradigm.

Airports and the Inside Job

- The current methods of screening airport employees may fail to weed out terrorists. But what are the alternatives?

General Aviation Risks

- Find out what’s being done to address security risks that pertain to noncommercial flights, such as corporate jets and crop dusters.

Behaving Like a Terrorist

- The procedure involves asking passengers questions—such as the purpose for their visit, their mother’s maiden name, and birthplace—with the objective of detecting inconsistencies that may be a sign that the passenger isn’t who or what he or she claims to be.

Aviation security.

- A bill (H.R. 4439) introduced by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) would overhaul the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to increase aviation security.
 




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