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Screeners No Longer Isolated

- TSA screening operators will no longer have to be isolated from passengers when using automated target recognition software due to increased privacy controls on the machines, reports Government Security News.

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.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Aviation Security

- A bill (H.R. 685) introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) would make it illegal to record or distribute images obtained from security screening technology used in an airport or government building. Exceptions would be made for images being used in a criminal investigation or prosecution.

Screening's Red Herrings

- The limits of human perception make it difficult for airport screeners to spot threats. Researchers aim to test those limits and find ways to improve performance.

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.

Backscatter Safety Questions Persist

- Public criticism of new airport screening technology has often put the focus on privacy, but health risks are also being raised as a concern.

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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