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    Does the TSA Need to Update Security Procedures?

    Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    In September of this year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report criticizing the effectiveness of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and specifically its Secure Flight program. The report found that while procedures for screening were in place, some screeners did not follow these procedures, causing screening errors, and that the TSA had no system to evaluate the causes of these errors. 

    Without a review process in place, the risk of the same errors being made repeatedly is real and could cause security gaps and discriminatory practices, making some question the economic benefit of the TSA altogether. The GAO’s report may have shone a light on the TSA’s need to update its security procedures.
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    Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

    TSA PreCheck Is Now For Members Only

    Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Over the last year, many passengers have been enjoying the benefits of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck program. Recently, however the TSA has been spreading the word that the program will begin limiting its expedited service through airport security screening to paid members only. Let’s look at what the program is and why this change is happening now.

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    Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

    Training and Safety Still Not Meeting FAA Expectations

    Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    A recent rash of proposed civil penalties is showing that training and safety measures taken by operators is still not meeting the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) expectations or mandates. From allowing mechanics to operate without proper training to gaps in drug and alcohol programs, to improper repairs, aircraft operators have some work to do to in the eyes of the FAA.

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    Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

    Recent Security Breaches at Airports Reveal Need for Improvements

    Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    There have been several stories about security breaches at several national airports recently, from TSA impersonators to stowaways. With professional aviation security personnel working to prevent this from happening, it is surprising these incidents occur in the first place. Let’s take a look at three recent security breaches.

    Ticketless Passenger

    In early August, Marilyn Jean Hartman was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for flying without a ticket.According to spokesman for San Jose Airport Security, where the flight originated, Hartman was somehow able to sneak through security while a document checker was checking boarding passes for a family. It wasn’t until airline employees conducted a head count that the security breach was discovered.

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    Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

    FAA Allows Thousands of Planes to Operate With Dangerous Equipment

    Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Just because your plane was built in 2014 does not mean it complies with 2014 safety standards. And it is completely legal. The Federal Aviation Administration has been approving thousands of new planes with dangerous, outdated equipment through a loophole in safety regulations called, “grandfathering.”

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    Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

    4 Effective Training Tools for the Air Traffic Control Industry

    Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    With more than 14,500 air traffic controllers navigating the country’s 760,000 average monthly flights, keeping up with training can be difficult for any operator. Training is mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and internal leadership and development training increases an operator’s need to identify efficient and effective on-going education for their employees. So let’s look at four effective training tools for the air traffic control industry.

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    Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

    Making Small Airplanes Safer: The Small Airplane Revitalization Act

    Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Flying small planes is risky for several reasons: the pilots may be less experienced, the planes may be older than commercial fleets, and/or they may not have the same safety equipment as larger craft.

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    Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

    Missed Connections: Near Misses of Mid-Air Disasters

    Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Jul 03, 2014

    Mid-air collisions are rare these days, especially among large commercial aircraft. Yet there have been many near-miss mid-air collisions reported lately, with incidents in Newark and Hawaii in April alone. With advanced technology in the air and trained personnel on the ground, how do planes continue to find themselves on the path towards disaster?

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    Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

    Online or In-Person: Which Security Training is Right for Your Facility?

    Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Security is top priority in the aviation industry, so it’s no wonder there are specific and strict regulations around training airline operators and staff on proper security measures.

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    Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

    Navigating TSA, DOT, and FAA Security Requirements for Airline Operators

    Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Complying with the agencies that regulate the airline industry can be daunting and complicated. From the TSA to the DOT and FAA, airline operators must adhere to rules on security and training or face fines, suspension of operating licenses, or even face criminal charges. With so much at stake, let’s overview the TSA, DOT and FAA background and training requirements and how operators can comply.

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    Tags: Background Checks, Aviation Security and Safety

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