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Delta flight assault: Plane makes emergency landing after passenger assaults flight attendant and air marshal

Published by CNN 10 December 2021

Criminal charges have been filed against an air passenger after he was arrested. The passenger reportedly had been drinking and allegedly attacked an air marshal and flight attendant.

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Coast Guard MH-65 Crew Flies Dramatic Niagara Falls Rescue

Published by Aviation International News 9 December 2021

Authorities in the Niagara River, NY, area are still searching for answers after a deceased female was lifted from her vehicle recently. Treacherous weather conditions and the proximity of the automobile so close to the threshold of the American Falls made the attempted rescue even more challenging for the U. S. Coast Guard.  

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Homeland Secretary and Top Cybersecurity Officials Meet with Silicon Valley Leaders to Stress Cybersecurity Priorities

Published by U.S. Department of Homeland Security 7 December 2021

"SAN FRANCISCO – Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas, National Cyber Director Chris Inglis, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Jen Easterly, and DHS Under Secretary for Policy Rob Silvers met yesterday with industry leaders in technology, business, and cybersecurity to discuss how the federal government and the private sector can better and more proactively partner to tackle the most pressing cybersecurity challenges."

 
To read this press release, click here.
 

 

 

 

Strong Majority of Adults Back Variety of Public Health Measures in Light of Omicron Variant, Including Travel Restrictions

Published by Morning Consult 30 November 2021

"The American public largely backs a slew of measures to safeguard against the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, new Morning Consult polling shows, including travel restrictions that have come under fire from the World Health Organization and from the countries in southern Africa that are subject to the bans."

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Knightscope Launches Nationwide Robot Roadshow for Security Robot

Published by Transport Security International 29 November 2021

"Knightscope, Inc., a developer of advanced physical security technologies utilizing fully autonomous robots focused on enhancing U.S. security operations, today announced the launch of its first-ever Robot Roadshow."

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Airlines log busiest days since early 2020 over Thanksgiving but omicron poses new challenge

Published by CNBC 29 November 2021

"U.S. airlines over Thanksgiving week had some of their busiest days since before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic as travelers returned in droves to reunite with family after a subdued holiday last year."

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Man wanted after gun goes off at Atlanta airport has long history of crime

Published by WSB TV2 Atlanta 21 November 2021

Several travelers suffered injuries as well as panic trying to hide after a gun went off by accident at the Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport recently.

Law enforcement has issued several arrest warrants for the owner of the weapon, who is still at large. The gun went off when the owner grabbed for it during a secondary security search.

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Fake Emails Sent From FBI Server Linked to “Ethical Hacker”; Security Researcher Accuses Him of Secret Double Life as a “Black Hat” Criminal

Published by CPO Magazine 19 November 2021

"If one were to gain illicit access to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s email servers, there are countless more valuable possibilities than using it to make fun of a particular cybersecurity researcher. But that is exactly what appeared to happen last week, as a blast of thousands of fake emails from ic.fbi.gov named security professional and author Vinny Troia as a member of TheDarkOverlord hacking group and the perpetrator of a botnet attack."

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Pennsylvania woman stopped by TSA with loaded gun at the Pittsburgh International Airport checkpoint

Published by Transportation Security Administration 19 November 2021

"PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A Crawford County, Pa., woman was stopped with a loaded handgun by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) at the security checkpoint early this morning (Nov. 19). The small .22 caliber handgun was loaded with two bullets. It was the second consecutive day that an individual was caught with a loaded gun at the airport checkpoint.

"When the TSA officer spotted the gun in the checkpoint X-ray machine, the Allegheny County Police were alerted and confiscated the weapon. TSA forwarded the incident to be followed up with the issuance of a federal financial civil penalty."

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Flying for Thanksgiving? Expect packed planes, unruly passengers and cancellations

Published by National Public Radio 14 November 2021

Some airlines are pulling out all stops, including negotiating peak season pay increases for flight attendants, in preparation for the expected surge in Thanksgiving flight volume.

However, for those who plan to fly this holiday season, their airline travel may be impacted by a multitude of factors that airlines cannot control. 

To read this article, click here.
 

 

 

 

Military veterans train with HSI to become ‘HEROs’ in battle against child predators

Published by U.S. Department of Homeland Security 12 November 2021

"WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) today announced that twenty-three military veterans have graduated from the eleventh class of the HERO Corps internship program. The program recruits, trains, and hires wounded, ill, or injured transitioning active-duty service members and military veterans for employment as computer forensic analysts."

 
To read this press release, click here.
 

 

 

 

EKU investigating theft of aircraft equipment

Published by Richmond Register 12 November 2021

All flight activity was halted recently at a Kentucky airport. The cause? An unknown person or persons had stolen electronic equipment in several aircraft belonging to Eastern Kentucky University.
 
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Hundreds of airplanes hit with lasers in Indiana this year, federal records show

Published by Yahoo News 8 November 2021

"WRTV Investigates has uncovered a dangerous and concerning trend when it comes to the skies you fly, whether it’s for vacation or for work. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received 7,186 laser strike reports so far this year, exceeding the 2020 total of 6,852."

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CLEAR Launches Airport Reservation Lane with Orlando International Airport

Published by Cision PR Newswire 21 October 2021

"NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, CLEAR (NYSE: YOU), the secure identity company, announced the launch of its newest service offering, "Reservation Lane powered by CLEAR" at Orlando International Airport (MCO). This new, free travel experience powered by CLEAR will allow travelers at MCO to plan ahead and reserve a dedicated security lane time slot for their party - giving travelers more control over their time and more predictability in their travel experience. MCO will be the first airport to pilot "Reservation Lane powered by CLEAR," and MCO was the first airport to feature CLEAR Plus lanes in 2010."

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Former Boeing Pilot Indicted for Fraud in 737 Max Case

Published by The United States Department of Justice 14 October 2021

"A federal grand jury in the Northern District of Texas returned an indictment today charging a former Chief Technical Pilot for The Boeing Company (Boeing) with deceiving the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aircraft Evaluation Group (FAA AEG) in connection with the FAA AEG’s evaluation of Boeing’s 737 MAX airplane, and scheming to defraud Boeing’s U.S.‑based airline customers to obtain tens of millions of dollars for Boeing."

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Southwest Airlines will keep workers on the jobs who apply for vaccination exemptions

Published by National Public Radio 19 October 2021

Southwest Airlines has changed its stance from the initial notification regarding vaccine mandates.
 
If employees request a vaccine exemption, the airline will not put them on unpaid leave in early December. "While we intend to grant all valid requests for accommodations, in the event a request is not granted, the company will provide adequate time for an employee to become fully vaccinated while continuing to work and adhering to safety protocols..."
 
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DHS S&T Awards Funding to Design Passenger Self-Screening Hardware System

Published by U.S. Department of Homeland Security 13 October 2021

"WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Screening at Speed Program announced the award of $387,415 in technology maturation funding to Voxel Radar, based in San Francisco, California, and headquartered in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, to develop a passenger self-screening hardware subsystem for airport checkpoints. Funding was awarded under the Screening at Speed Broad Agency Announcement, which accelerates Screening at Speed’s and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Innovation Task Force’s efforts to explore the use of a self-screening experience at TSA airport security checkpoints."

To read this press release, click here.
 
 

 

 

TSA checkpoint at Flint Bishop International Airport gets new credential authentication technology unit

Published by Transportation Security Administration 7 October 2021

"FLINT, Michigan —  A credential authentication technology (CAT) unit has been installed and is in use at the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Flint Bishop International Airport (FNT)."

To read this press release, click here.

 

 

 

United Airlines Posts Its Largest Domestic Schedule Since COVID

Published by Simple Flying 7 October 2021

"Today, United Airlines announced its most extensive domestic schedule since COVID-19 gripped the US in March 2020. The airline is relying on the ongoing increase in leisure travel boosted by the upcoming holidays to add flights to popular vacation destinations."

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TSA, law enforcement officials express alarm about frequency of guns carried to Pittsburgh International Airport security checkpoints

Published by Transportation Security Administration 6 October 2021

"PITTSBURGH, Pa. --Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and local law enforcement officials are highly concerned about the frequency that they are seeing travelers carry their handguns to security checkpoints at Pittsburgh International Airport. Most of those guns are found to be loaded."

To read this press release, click here.

 

 

 

FAA Invests $479.1M in Safety, Sustainable Infrastructure at Airports

Published by Federal Aviation Administration 5 October 2021

"WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded more than $479 million in airport infrastructure grants to 123 projects at airports across all 50 states, American Samoa and Puerto Rico. View an interactive map with all the awards.  

“These grants will help strengthen our country’s airports and the communities they serve by making investments that create jobs and increase safety, sustainability and accessibility.” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said."

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TSA officers confiscate 2 guns at Cleveland Hopkins Airport

Published by Cleveland.com 5 October 2021

"CLEVELAND, Ohio — For the second time in less than a month, two loaded guns were confiscated from different passengers within just days at security checkpoints at Hopkins International Airport.

According to the Transportation Security Administration, the first gun was found on Sept. 27. TSA officials detected a firearm inside a passenger’s carry-on bag during the routine X-ray screening at about 6:15 a.m. Cleveland police were called and seized the handgun, which was loaded with five rounds. The passenger was cited."

 

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Alabama Man Sentenced for Impersonating a Federal Officer

Published by Transportation Security Administration 1 October 2021

"NEWMAN, Ga. - Jay Diamond, who has a criminal history with over 30 misdemeanor and traffic convictions, has been sentenced on two counts of false impersonation of a federal Air Marshal. 

“Flashing a badge and impersonating a federal officer to gain a benefit puts the public and law enforcement officers at risk,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine. “Instead of avoiding a speeding ticket, Diamond ended up with two federal felony convictions and time in prison.”

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State of Transportation Security: Preparing for Physical, Cyber, and Drone Threats

Published by Homeland Security Today 13 September 2021

"In the past 5 years, TSA has grown and matured as an organization, and has taken a more proactive approach to aviation security.

"Although much has changed in 20 years, many of the fundamental security challenges facing the nation’s transportation system have not. The threat of terrorism – state sponsored and otherwise – is very real. Our aviation, maritime and public transportation systems remain attractive “soft targets” for terrorists and bad actors: critical to our economy and national security, used by millions of people and businesses every day, and highly interdependent. A single attack on one part of the system can have ripple effects on the entire network."

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DHS to Increase Civil Penalties for Violations of the Federal Face Mask Requirement

Published by Transportation Security Administration 9 September 2021

"Today, the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will increase the range of civil penalties that may be imposed on individuals who violate the federal mask mandate at airports, on commercial aircraft, and in various modes of surface transportation, including passenger railroads, intercity bus services, and other public transportation.  The federal mask mandate for transportation, which was implemented by TSA on February 2, 2021, will remain in effect until January 18, 2022."  

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TSA announces Las Vegas passenger screening canine Alona selected as the “2021 Cutest Canine”

Published by Transportation Security Administration 26 August 2021
 
"WASHINGTON –The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that a 4-year-old Golden Retriever and explosives detection canine named Alona is TSA’s Cutest Canine in 2021. She works with canine handler Vanessa at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport."  
 
To read this press release, click here.
 
 
 
 
 

Delta To Require Masks, Add Surcharge For Unvaccinated Employees

Published by AVweb 25 August 2021
 
"Delta Air Lines is now requiring employees who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear masks in all indoor Delta settings, according to a memo sent by company CEO Ed Bastian on Wednesday. In addition, weekly COVID tests will be required for any employee who is not fully vaccinated as of Sep. 12."  
 
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TSA intercepts gun at John Glenn Columbus International Airport

Published by Transportation Security Administration 24 August 2021
 
"COLUMBUS, Ohio – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers stopped a firearm from making its way onboard an airplane at John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) Tuesday."  
 
To read this press release, click here.
 
 
 
 
 

DemonWare Solicits Staff to Deploy Ransomware

Published by Infosecurity Magazine 20 August 2021
 
Know your employees and understand their susceptibility. Proactive security awareness training can protect users from ransomware attacks.  
 
To read this article, click here.
 
 
 
 
 

CBP Officers Seize Currency from Palestine and Jamaica Bound Travelers

Published by Homeland Security Today 17 August 2021
 
Providing truthful responses on customs declaration forms is often the best route to a worry-fee travel experience. The total currency amount carried across a border must be reported on forms provided by Customs and Border Protection officers. Falsifying the forms is illegal and costly.  
 
To read this article, click here.
 
 
 
 
 

CBP Tells Travelers to Leave Their THC Edibles Behind on Vacation or Face Penalty

Published by Homeland Security Today 17 August 2021
 

Substantial fines are not out of the question when a passenger is found to have prohibited items in their luggage or on their person. It is important to remember that edibles, oils and other plant products containing cannabis derivatives should not be carried across the border.

Being schooled and fined by a US Customs and Border Protection officer is not likely what a homecoming passenger wants to experience. 

 
To read this article, click here.
 
 
 
 
 

'A Plane-Hijacking Will Happen Soon': Threatening Messages AirDropped During Flight

Published by Newsweek 12 August 2021
 
A flight change was required after individuals experienced a chilling, pre-flight event. The disturbance happened when an unnerving electronic post was received by some of the passengers. It caused a significant ripple effect on the aircraft. 
 
Other similar incidents have also occurred, according to the TSA.  
 
To read this article, click here.
 
 
 
 
 

DHS Releases National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the current heightened threat environment across the United States

Published by U.S. Department of Homeland Security 13 August 2021
 
The upcoming 20th Anniversary of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks, and religious holidays observance season, prompted this DHS bulletin.  
 
To read this press release, click here.
 
 
 
 

INTERPOL and Onfido provide training on detecting fake identity documents

Published by Interpol 31 July 2021
 

The Digital INTERPOL Alert Library, Electronic Documentation and Information System on Investigation Networks (Edison), and Interpol's stolen and lost documents database were just some of the items on the agenda for a virtual training hosted by the international agency. The training was provided to officers from Newark and John F. Kennedy International airports to develop their skills in examining security documents. 

 
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DHS Releases New Resources to Combat Human Trafficking on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Published by Interpol 30 July 2021
 

Forced labor is an instituted practice in some countries that has existed for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. One of the agendas of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is to end it and they have published a "fact sheet for the business community detailing criminal authorities used for prosecuting forced labor and related offenses in China" as well as a resource guide on prosecutions for trafficking and supporting victims. 

 
To read this press release, click here.
 
 
 
 

Man arrested after a violent medical episode at Bradley Airport

Published by Fox61 30 July 2021
 

It is unknown why law enforcement determined a man needed a medical evaluation after he unlawfully entered an airport property. The man was apprehended after an altercation with an employee of an airline who approached him. 

 
To read this article, click here.
 
 
 
 

Suspects arrested in stolen aircraft case

Published by Bitterroot Star 28 July 2021
 

Two people are facing an assortment of charges, including felony tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, felony criminal possession of drugs and felony theft. The people were traced down by law enforcement after one of them was forced to land an aircraft they allegedly stole. 

 
To read this article, click here.
 
 
 
 

2 airports in 2 different states suffer security breach

Published by The Morning Call and Miami Herald 17 July 2021
 

In two separate instances, an airport was breached when a vehicle drove without authorization on a runway after crashing through a fence. Both drivers were quickly apprehended by law enforcement and now face criminal charges. 

 
To read The Morning Call article, click here
To read the Miami Herald article, click here.
 
 
 
 

ICE HSI probe leads to federal prison sentences for 2 Los Angeles-area men who ran large-scale counterfeit identification document ring

Published by U.S. Immigration and Customs 12 July 2021
 

Personal identifying information of real people was used by three men to create fraudulent identification documents that included driver's licenses, Green Cards, passports, employment authorization cards and Social Security cards. It is unknown how the men's activity came to the attention of law enforcement, but two of them will be serving time in prison for their crimes.

 
To read this press release, click here
 
 
 
 

Alaskan teen passenger causes plane to nosedive after taking over controls

Published by NBC News 9 July 2021
 

When a security event occurs on board an aircraft in flight, the flight crew may need assistance from passengers in regaining control. On a recent flight in Alaska, passengers willingly took action when another passenger tried to physically take control of the aircraft.

 
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ACI Publishes Guidance for Airports to Help Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Published by Homeland Security Today 2 July 2021
 

Sea turtles, tigers, pangolins, sharks, elephants and other wild animals are killed illegally for profit every day. The poachers then remove prized parts from the dead animals and ship those parts via aircraft to other parts of the world.

A new handbook by the Airports Council International (ACI) World, called the ACI Combatting Wildlife Trafficking Handbook, contains information to help airports address this global issue.

 
To read this article, click here
 
 
 
 

Man attempted to steal helicopter at Kissimmee airport after hit-and-run, investigators say

Published by ClickOrlando 30 June 2021
 

A man in Florida is facing multiple criminal charges after attempting to steal a helicopter, breaking into a home, stealing at least two vehicles and his involvement in a hit-and-run accident. At this time, it is unknown why he left the accident and initiated the mini-crime spree.

 
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CBP Officers Seize $7k in Counterfeit Currency from Traveler Arriving from Jamaica

Published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection 23 June 2021
 

Despite modern means to prevent counterfeiting, this practice still continues and is used for a multitude of illegal activities. People found with counterfeit currency could face criminal charges.

 
To read this article, click here
 
 
 
 

CBP Introduces Remote Interview Pilot for Trusted Traveler Programs

Published by Homeland Security Today 2 June 2021
 

Looking for an easier way to renew your Trusted Traveler Program enrollment? If you are enrolled in NEXUS, SENTRI Global Entry or FAST, you may be able to take advantage of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) new pilot program to conduct your interview with CBP staff remotely.

 
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CBP Launches New Mobile Passport Control App Pilot in Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale

Published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection 1 June 2021
 

Tired of carrying around your travel information documents and passport? The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched an app that stores these documents electronically.

 
To read this press release, click here
 
 
 
 

The Air Up There Podcast: Lose the Laser

Published by Federal Aviation Administration 28 May 2021
 

In this new podcast, part of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) The Air Up There series, the FAA discusses laser strikes targeting aircraft.

 
To listen to this podcast, click here.
 
 
 
 

NTAS Bulletin: Summary of Terrorism Threat to the U.S. Homeland

Published by U.S. Department of Homeland Security 14 May 2021
 

The Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the current heightened threat environment across the United States.  The Homeland is facing threats that have evolved significantly and become increasingly complex and volatile in 2021.

 
To read this bulletin, click here
 
 
 
 

Security Practices for Pilots

Published by Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
 

Pilots play a pivotal role in keeping airports safe and secure. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has put together a valuable resource to help pilots improve upon their current security measures.

 
To learn more, click here
 
 
 
 

Reading man charged with burglary at Reading Regional Airport

Published by Yahoo! News 28 April 2021
 

The recovery of a fingerprint led authorities to the person they allege stole items from the Reading Jet Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. In addition to burglary, the 19-year-old faces charges of receiving stolen property, theft and criminal trespass.

 
To read this story, click here
 
 
 
 

Wild Ride: Suspected DUI Driver Leads Police Pursuit on Sacramento Executive Airport Runway

Published by CBS Sacramento 13 April 2021
 

An executive airport in Sacramento, California, is planning to increase its security after it was the victim of an unauthorized breach. Several aircraft were hit by a vehicle after it ran through an airport fence. It is unknown what type of damage the aircraft may have incurred.

 
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CBP Officers, Facial Biometrics Detect Two Cameroon Impostors to U.S. Passports at Dulles Airport

Published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection 8 April 2021
 

Part of the role of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is to prevent unauthorized individuals from entering the United States. The advancement of technology that compares facial features with the documentation presented, has resulted in more than 500 detections of people, trying to pass as regular travelers coming to the U.S., since 2018. This technology continues to assist CBP officers today, as evidenced by a recent attempt by two women.

 
To read this media release, click here
 
 
 
 

TSA, Law Enforcement Assess Ability to Stop Unauthorized Drones

Published by Homeland Security Today 20 March 2021
 

As the number of commercial and private drones continues to grow, we could soon see these unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) above us on a daily basis. To prepare for the potential risks drones present, tests relating to locating and stoping unauthorized drones were recently conducted by an assembly of multiple agencies in Connecticut.

 
To read this media release, click here
 
 
 
 

CBP Removes Global Entry Privileges From Two Travelers at Baltimore Washington International

Published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection 6 March 2021
 

As a reminder, the Global Entry membership is a privilege and as such, members are expected to abide by federal law. When travelers take advantage of this privilege, they can be removed from the program. Recently, two passengers lost their privileges for this very reason.

 
To read this media release, click here
 
 
 
 

FAA Proposes $27,500 Civil Penalty Against Passenger for Allegedly Assaulting Flight Attendant

Published by Homeland Security Today 27 February 2021
 
An attack on a flight attendant poses a security risk to the entire flight and can result in legal actions against the alleged offender. It is unknown in this case if the passenger is also facing criminal charges after they reportedly initiated a physical altercation when their flight returned to the airport gate.
 
To read this article, click here
 
 
 
 

Airports and DHS Offer Helping Hand to Victims of Human Trafficking

Published by Homeland Security Today 16 January 2021
 
Human trafficking is a global issue, and many organizations, airports and individuals are taking steps in fighting against this problem through the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI). Joining the list, HS Today states, “Miami International Airport (MIA) has formed a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to fight human trafficking through the Blue Lightning Initiative program.”
 
To learn more about the Blue Lightning Initiative, click here
 
 
 
 

Woman Arrested After Ramming Willard Airport Security Fence Multiple Times

Published by WCIA.com 2 January 2021
 
Controlled substances and alcohol were discovered by officers when they stopped a vehicle after it rammed its way through an airport’s security gate. It is unknown why the female driver was at the airport prior to the accident.
 
To read this article, click here
 
 
 
 

Diligent TSA Officers Use Training, New Technology and Instincts at SJU To Uncover Fraudulent Identification and Criminal Behavior

Published by Homeland Security Today 29 December 2020
 
Attempting to apprehend someone using fraudulent identification can be extremely difficult, especially during this time when masks are required to be worn in public. However, new technology is able to assist in identifying individuals attempting to use fake IDs. Credential Authentication Technology (CAT), partnered with extensive training and instincts led to some revealing discoveries at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.
 
To read this article, click here
 
 
 
 

Las Vegas McCarran Welcomes Simplified Arrival Program

Published by Homeland Security Today 5 December 2020
 
Traveling to Las Vegas? If you are arriving from outside the U.S., you may witness the newest program that has been put into place, the Simplified Arrival Program. HS Today states, “Simplified Arrival is an enhanced international arrival process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks that are already required for admission into the United States.”
 
To learn more, click here
 
 
 
 

‘Erratic’ passenger arrested after flight from Orlando to Philadelphia, police say

Published by Click Orlando 12 November 2020
 
A passenger sat in the presence of two men, one a flight attendant, after he made statements that were considered alarming, including a request to speak with the pilot. No information was provided on the reason for the man’s behavior and after the aircraft landed, he was placed into police custody.
 
To read this article, click here
 
 
 
 

CBP Intercepts $9.3 Million in Counterfeit Merchandise

Published by Homeland Security Today 10 November 2020
 
Criminals attempted to conceal over $9 million worth of counterfeit accessories, but their deception was discovered, and the products were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. This isn’t a rare occurrence; this happens more often than you think, especially around the holidays. HS Today states, “In fiscal year 20, CBP processed $2.4 trillion in imports, ensuring that goods coming into the country are safe and legal. By the end of the last fiscal year, CBP recorded more than 23,700 seizures of counterfeit goods, with an estimated value of $1.2 billion.”
 
To read this article, click here
 
 
 
 

Person Flying with Jetpack Spotted Near Los Angeles International Airport, Again

Published by NPR 15 October 2020
 
Some unusual things have been flying around LAX airport lately. NPR states, “On Wednesday, for the second time in six weeks, an unidentified person was seen flying using a jetpack near Los Angeles International Airport. It's unclear whether this is the same individual who was recently spotted wearing a jetpack near the same airport."
 
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TSA Officers Detect Live Military Grenade in Checked Baggage

Published by Homeland Security Today 6 October 2020
 
There are some items you can bring through TSA checkpoints, and there are some items you can’t. One of the many restricted items you are unable to take with you on your journey is a live smoke grenade. Yes, you read that correctly. Live smoke grenades should be left at home.
 
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Boston TSA Officers Stop FBI Impostor From Boarding Flight

Published by Transportation Security Administration 2 October 2020
 
Halloween is the only time during the year you can pretend to be someone or something else. Impersonating a government official, such as an FBI agent, and attempting to board a flight can get you into trouble. See how two TSA officers responded when a woman did just that at Boston Logan International Airport.
 
To read this article, click here
 
 
 
 

Louisville Man Arrested for Laser Strikes on Local Aircraft

Published by FBI 25 September 2020
 
Lasers are used for many useful purposes. However, when a laser is pointed at a person, it can cause temporary or permanent blindness. When an aircraft is targeted with a laser, it creates a very dangerous situation, putting everyone on board at risk. In Louisville, a laser was deliberately pointed at a helicopter operated by the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD).
 
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CBP Finds Half a Million Dollars Concealed Inside a Chair

Published by Homeland Security Today 12 September 2020
 
Chairs are normally used for sitting. However, that is not the case here. Criminals attempted to use a chair cushion to conceal over $490,000. The money was seized at Miami International Airport by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Talk about finding some loose change in your cushions!
 
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Driver Crashes Through Fence at PDX, Drives onto Airfield With Woman and Kids in Car

Published by KGW8 18 August 2020
 
Airport security is crucial to the aviation industry as a whole. One of the most important aspects of airport security is preventing unauthorized access, but breaches still occur from time to time. A recent perimeter gate breach at an airport illustrates this. KGW8 states, “The pilot of a commercial airliner was forced to stop on the taxiway at Portland International Airport (PDX) on Sunday after a car drove underneath its wing. Port of Portland police chased the driver and arrested him at gunpoint.”
 
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Hawaii Airports Introduce NEC Temperature Screening System

Published by Homeland Security Today 8 August 2020

 

Handheld thermometers will soon be a thing of the past at five Hawaii airports. Instead of having to stop and have their temperature taken, new equipment will screen their temperatures. Further actions will be taken, and the passenger will be offered a COVID-19 test if a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher is detected.

 

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Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airport Operators and Users

Published by Transportation Security Administration
 
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.
 
To learn more, click here
 
 
 
 
 

CBP Officers at Chicago O’ Hare Stop Criminal Wanted for Murder

Published by Homeland Security Today 1 August 2020

 

It is unknown how a passenger attracted the attention of officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). What is certain is they discovered the man had an active second-degree murder warrant. When his flight landed in Chicago, he was arrested after identity was confirmed.

 

To read this article, click here.

 

 

 

 

Over 19K Fraudulent IDs Seized by CBP Officers in Chicago

Published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection 27 July 2020

 

Why are fraudulent IDs so dangerous? Ralph Piccirilli, Acting Area Port Director, Chicago states, “Criminal organizations use these counterfeit IDs to avoid attracting attention to their illegal activities.” These activities include immigration-related crimes, identity theft and terrorism. Fraudulent IDs have been found in 1,513 shipments, so far this year, coming through Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s International Mail Facility (IMF).

 

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Credential Authentication Technology Goes Live at Richmond, JFK and LaGuardia

Published by Homeland Security Today 25 July 2020

 

Fraudulent documents from air travelers are easier to detect, thanks to credential authentication technology (CAT) units that have been recently installed in three airports. “This technology enhances detection capabilities for identifying fraudulent documents such as driver’s licenses and passports at checkpoints and increases efficiency by automatically verifying passenger identification,” said Chuck Burke, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Richmond International Airport. “The system will also confirm the passenger’s flight status in near real time through a secured connection.”

 

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TSA Launches Campaign to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus in Airports

Published by Aviation Pros 2 July 2020

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) launched a campaign to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. TSA provides detailed information for travelers, so they know what to expect when being processed through airport security. The article covers the screening process, what items are allowed and how to store them and what is expected of passengers.

For more information about this new campaign, click here

 

 

More Loaded Guns Detected at Checkpoints as TSA Continues to Detect High Rate of Firearms

Published by Homeland Security Today 30 May 2020

Due to the restrictions on travel, there has been a much shorter line (if any line at all) at airport security checkpoints. One would think less travel means less passengers, which would mean less chance of finding a firearm attempting to get through security. Unfortunately, this not the case. HS Today states, "TSA officers continue to detect firearms at the nation’s airports following its announcement regarding an increase in firearm detection rates during pandemic-restricted travel.”

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TSA Implements Additional COVID-19 Safety Measure at U.S. Airports

Published by Transportation Security Administration 7 May 2020

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has just announced it will require the wearing of facial protection for all employees at screening checkpoints. TSA states, “The decision to require TSA officers to wear facial protection will be implemented over the coming days. It is an additional measure to help minimize spread of COVID-19 and help raise the overall health and safety level inside the airport environment. Wearing protective eyewear remains voluntary by TSA personnel who are serving in an active screening position.”

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Experts Warn Companies To Prepare For Security Breaches When Travel Restrictions Lift

Published by Phocus Wire 5 May 2020 

Cyber criminals and fraudsters tend to attack during the most pivotal moments of an industry change; the current pandemic demonstrates this. Within the travel industry there are warnings of possible spikes in cyber-attacks as companies prepare to get back to business. Phocus Wire says, “…fraudsters are targeting the travel space. They will be waiting for the moment when the bans are lifted and airlines start business anew because it will be a period of time when airlines are doing everything they can to grow their revenues and work out losses…” 

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How Airport and Seaport Employees Can Help Stop Human Trafficking

Published by Homeland Security Today 18 April 2020
 
Since travel is a key tool used in human trafficking, it’s unfortunate that airport facilities have become a common hotspot for transporting victims. The Port of Seattle is one of many entities that recognizes how crucial it is for all of their employees to be trained on identifying human trafficking situations. Homeland Security Today says, “When ticket agents, janitors, baggage handlers, deckhands, oilers, and other employees are properly trained and know how to spot the warning signs of human trafficking, they can help expand the reporting of this crime to their security departments and law enforcement.”
 
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COVID-19 Checkpoints Aid In Combating Human Trafficking

Published by American Military University 2 April 2020

At established checkpoints, public health officials are screening individuals to prevent the spread of coronavirus. These checkpoints are not just helping the spread of this disease, but are also helping to combat human trafficking. In Homeland Security states, "Victims of both sex and labor trafficking commonly travel on interstate highways and through airports. As a result, it is important that all of those at checkpoints and screening locations are aware of the indicators of human trafficking and understand their role in combating this crime."
 
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Airlines Pivot From Passengers To Cargo Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Published by Los Angeles Times 31 March 2020
 
Over the last few weeks, airlines have been turning to cargo operations to sustain their business. With the switch to transporting cargo, this will help keep some individuals employed, and will also keep merchandise and product moving to ensure there is no lack of supplies.
 
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Beware Stimulus Check Scams

Published by CNN 28 March 2020
 
Since the outbreak of coronavirus, there has been numerous different scams that have been circulating the United States. The newest scam is taking advantage of the recent stimulus package that promises checks to the American people that meet certain criteria. Scammers are using many different tactics to obtain people's bank accounts and personal information with promises of getting that check into their hands sooner. Don't fall victim to these scams and educate yourself on what red flags to look for. 
 
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Coronavirus and Travel in the United States

Published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 11 March 2020

The Coronavirus has changed the world of travel as we know it; not just international travel, but now domestic. COVID-19 has made its mark here in the United States, and it doesn’t look like it will be going away anytime soon. The CDC provides detailed information on traveling within the U.S and different aspects to consider and think about.

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TSA Announces New Security Measures at Sacramento International Airport Checkpoints

Published by The Sacramento Bee 1 March 2020

If you have ever passed through airport security, you’ve been directed to have your identification and boarding passes ready to be scanned. Changes to security are being implemented at Sacramento International Airport; along with other major airports like Boston Logan International. When processed through TSA security checkpoints, boarding passes are no longer required to be scanned. The Sacramento Bee states, “The new identification verification system, called Credential Authentication Technology, is being introduced this month at airports nationally. The technology connects to the TSA’s Secure Flight database, which identifies people who are on the federal government’s ‘no fly’ list.”

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Senator Markey Discusses Air Cargo Screening, Aviation Security at Field Hearing in Boston at Logan International Airport

Published by Aviation Pros 24 February 2020

Everyday thousands of aircraft fly through the skies transporting not just people, but also cargo and luggage. The Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) helps ensure that all cargo being transported is screened for possible threats. TSA states, “In our effort to raise the baseline for all elements of aviation security, this program is an important tool that helps address evolving threats while ensuring air cargo commerce remains both secure and efficient.”

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Virginia Man Arrested By Police After TSA Catches Him With Loaded Gun at Richmond International Airport Security Checkpoint

Released by Transportation Security Administration 21 February 2020

A man in Virginia has been arrested after he was questioned for having a firearm in his carry-on bag at Richmond International Airport. The gun was found by a TSA officer and contained a bullet in the chamber along with 6 others.

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Louisville Man Briefly Shuts Down Airport Security Screening

Published by WDRB news 19 February 2020

A man with a history of accessing unauthorized areas at the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport has been charged with resisting arrest, third-degree trespassing and second-degree disorderly conduct. The man was arrested after he attempted to enter a restricted area by using an exit lane at a security checkpoint.

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Man With Loaded Pistol Told Nebraska Airport Security He Forgot He Had it With Him, TSA Says

Published by the Lincoln Journal Star 19 February 2020

People who are boarding commercial flights are prohibited from bringing firearms in their carry-on bags. The firearm must be carried in a hard case and unloaded. However, a man at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport told authorities that he forgot he had his firearm with him.

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SchoolSafety.gov Launches to Help Educators, Administrators, Parents, and Law Enforcement Prepare for Threats

Released by U.S. Department of Homeland Security 10 February 2020

Now K-12 administrators, law enforcement, parents and the public have an online resource to help them mitigate the risk of a school threat. SchoolSafety.gov offers a sharing platform for school personnel, a school assessment tool, best practices and resources on topics related to school safety.

To learn more, click here.

 

 

SECURITY ALERT 6 January 2020: National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin Issued

Issued by U.S. Department of Homeland Security 4 January 2020

Due to increasing tensions within the Middle East, an alert bulletin was issued by DHS. This bulletin highlights that attacks can come at any time with little or no warning, however, a specific, credible threat is not currently known. Advisory Bulletins describe current developments or general trends regarding threats of terrorism.

To read this NTAS bulletin, click here.

 

 

U.S. Counter Intelligence Chief Warns of Broadening Spy Threat

Published by CBS News 10 February 2020

A new document released from the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) addresses technologies such as advanced encryption and artificial intelligence and the role they play in threats from other nations and groups. The report names ISIS, Lebanese Hizballah and al-Qaeda as “significant threats” and identifies Cuba, China, Russia, North Korea and Iran as “notable state adversaries.”

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California Shooting Shows Security Vulnerabilities on Buses

Published by Yahoo! News 4 February 2020

The recent shooting on a Greyhound bus has brought attention to weaknesses within America’s ground transportation system. Ground transportation is used by 30 million people every day and experts state the system is simply too vast to establish the same level of security found in airports.

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Hackers Put 30 Million Wawa Customers' Data for Sale

Published by CisoMag 30 January 2020

An ongoing investigation seeks to identify the hackers responsible for a malware payload that captured payment card details of 30 million Americans. The data was then offered for sale on the dark web.

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Real ID Coming 1 October 2020

Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.

Download the Fact Sheet here, or visit the tsa.gov/real-id to download the toolkit.

The below image shows the states currently in compliance. Click on the image to view details by state.

 

 

 

Super Bowl GA Flight Requirements

Published by Federal Aviation Administration 2 January 2020
 
The FAA has posted a Notice to Airman (NOTAM) in preparation to Super Bowl LIV. Special restrictions will be in place for both General Aviation (GA) and Unmanned Aircraft (UA) flights
 
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TSA Best Practices and Recommendations - Protecting Public Areas

Published by Transportation Security Administration October 2019

Education, communication and cooperation are just some of the important topics discussed in this Transportation Security Administration (TSA) publication on protecting public areas.

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General Aviation Security Guidelines for Airport Operators and Users

Posted by Joe Dalton on 2 July 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.

Members of the GA community identified eight functional areas of security and is broken down into detailed discussions of methods and strategies. The eight functional areas of security are:

  1. Risk-based methodology
  2. Personnel
  3. Aircraft
  4. Infrastructure: Airports/Facilities (including fixed based operators (FBOs) and corporate based operators (CBOs))
  5. Surveillance
  6. Security Plans and Communications
  7. Specialty Operations
  8. Tenants and Users

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National Strategy for Aviation

Published by White House December 2018

The latest National Strategy for Aviation Security (NSAS) plan expands the list of national threats to include foreign intelligence activities, the spread of infectious diseases through air travel and insiders.

To download the full NSAS, click here.

 

 

(Human Trafficking) Awareness Training Saves Lives

Posted by Whitney Sigafoose on 30 October 2018

Human trafficking is a worldwide epidemic. According to the International LabouHuman Trafficing Heat Mapr Organization, an estimated 40.3 million people are victims of modern-day slavery. Of those 40.3 million people, 24.9 million people are in forced labor and 15.4 million are in forced marriage. Contrary to popular belief, this is not just an issue overseas, it is happening right in our own backyard. The image below from the Polaris Project shows the largest hot spots for human trafficking here in the United States.

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