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    TSA Security Training - Which Employees Are Required to Participate?

    Posted by Brandon Bernard on Sun, Oct 31, 2021



    When most of us think of TSA security training, we tend to think of all the headaches it causes. Knowing who needs to take it, what the requirements are and keeping on top of all the changes, record keeping and management of the program can be a pain for even the most experienced individuals. Over the next few months, in this blog, we will talk about ways to make this a bit easier and more manageable. We’ll start by helping you with who exactly needs training and who else should take security training courses.
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    Understanding the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP)

    Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Sun, Oct 31, 2021



    With all the regulations out there in the aviation industry, it can be hard to understand the fine print. You know you need to comply with the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP), but you might not understand exactly what it is. So, let’s break it down.

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    Ways to Make Your Aviation Security Training Program More Efficient

    Posted by Brandon Bernard on Wed, Oct 27, 2021



    In the last couple months we have spent some time talking about aviation security training. We have talked about who needs to take training and who is commonly forgotten. This month we focus on more of the economic consequences of training  and what can be done to minimize those.

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    Aviation: A Transportation Method for Human Trafficking

    Posted by Joe Dalton on Fri, Apr 30, 2021



    Written by: Claudia Culmone

    Human trafficking is a modern term applied to an age-old system that exploits people of all ages and backgrounds for profit or personal gratification.

    The trafficking of humans can be traced back thousands of years to civilizations that include the Romans, Egyptians, Mayans, Aztecs and Chinese. During these periods, transportation of victims was primarily achieved by marching them over land on foot. In the 17th century, traffickers used ships, transforming the institution into a global business. The dawn of aviation provided a new transportation option for traffickers – one that is still heavily used today.

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    U.S. Supports Venezuelan Passport Extension

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Mon, Dec 23, 2019



    In June of 2019, the U.S. State Department expressed support of the National Assembly of Venezuela’s decree, extending printed expiration dates on Venezuelan passports for an additional five years. The move comes in the midst of a crisis that has been building for years within Venezuela’s borders and has now expanded into the global arena.

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    Marijuana and Safety-Sensitive Functions Don’t Mix

    Posted by Whitney Sigafoose on Thu, Sep 26, 2019



    With the rise of legalized marijuana, it’s no surprise that its use is also on the rise. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse state that marijuana is the “most commonly used illicit drug in the United States." According to a 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 22.2 million people have used marijuana in the past month. With multiple states approving marijuana for recreational use and many more legalizing it for medicinal use, the laws can be very confusing for employees. The below map, posted by DISA Global Solutions, depicts how each state ranges from fully illegal to fully legal.

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    General Aviation Security Guidelines for Airport Operators and Users

    Posted by Joe Dalton on Tue, Jul 02, 2019



    Do you know in 2004 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airport Operators and Users? The guidelines provided general aviation (GA) operators a quick resource on topics that had only been communicated to commercial operators. In 2017, the security guidelines document was updated by the TSA’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) to reflect current practices.

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    Real ID and the Reality of Not Having It

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Thu, Jun 27, 2019



    Since January 22, 2018, travelers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is not REAL ID-compliant are required to present an alternative form of identification before boarding a commercial aircraft. Luckily, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website shows all states and territories are compliant or have been granted an extension. As of October 1, 2020, however, anyone planning to travel on a federally-regulated aircraft will be required to present a REAL ID or other acceptable form of ID.

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    Singapore Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS) To Implement New Alcohol Testing Program For Pilots

    Posted by Joe Dalton on Fri, Apr 05, 2019



    Did you know that under the European Union (EU) Ramp Inspection Program, both private and commercial aircraft are subject to inspection when operating into/out of any of the 48 participating country states? The inspection covers 53 items and is expected to take 60 minutes, if all items are checked. Recently, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) added to their list of standard inspection items.  

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    Mark your calendar, folks. Phase 4 of REAL ID is here!

    Posted by Bailey Wong on Fri, Mar 29, 2019



    National Security is a top priority for the United States, and the forms with which we identify ourselves are being upgraded to meet the minimum-security standards established in the REAL ID Act. The REAL ID Act was passed in 2005 as an effort to boost the security features of identification cards and therefore, circumvent tampering and counterfeiting. The Act also establishes stricter document requirements in the application process as an added measure to prevent unauthorized individuals from obtaining a REAL ID.

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