Thursday, August 6, 2015

Steps to Counter Vulnerabilities in Airport Security Screening

Nicholas Tagarelli is presently the security director of Navillus Health. Nicholas Tagarelli also served for a long time with the New Jersey Police Department and the Port Authority of New York and has extensive experience in airport security and terrorism intelligence.

Many air travelers complain about long waits at airport security checkpoints, but the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has limited options, considering renewed threats of terrorism and recent reports of shortcomings in airport screening. ABC News brought to light an inspector general's report in which unnamed officials noted that undercover agents had successfully carried mock weapons and explosives through TSA checkpoints in 67 out of 70 attempts. These vulnerabilities were identified by the Red Team, which has played a major role in assessing the effectiveness of screening at airports throughout the United States.

In response, the Department of Homeland Security announced in June 2015 that efforts were being taken to reduce such vulnerabilities through intensive training and coordinated equipment checks. In addition, random covert testing will be introduced as a way of ensuring that security practices are being consistently followed.                             

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