Domestic Security

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.

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

Published by 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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.”
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‘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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.


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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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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. offers a sharing platform for school personnel, a school assessment tool, best practices and resources on topics related to school safety.

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

Issued by 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.


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 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
To view this notice, click here.

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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