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  • The More Things Change ...

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday August 22, 2012
    This column is a bit late in reaching the Airport Business publisher because, frankly, there didn’t seem to be much new worth reporting on, so with the Editor’s concurrence, I elected to wait a few days for TSA Administrator Pistole’s speech to...
  • The Dangers of a Double Cappuccino

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday July 11, 2012
    I recently came across a series of media stories chiding TSA for an apparently not-so-new “security” measure in which they are testing traveler’s drinks in the sterile area – yes, the ones you bought after the screening checkpoint – and they...
  • Pre-Check — A Good Start

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday June 20, 2012
    I'm sure you've seen the stories about TSAs Pre-Check program, which is predicated on the concept of “risk-based security” (RBS), and dedicated to the proposition that if TSA can clear you before you fly, it won't be such a hassle when you show up...
  • Hide and Seek

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday May 16, 2012
    A recent investigation issued jointly by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure reports that TSA bought $184 million in screening equipment that it stored in warehouses and tried...
  • Do K-9s Profile Passengers?

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday April 11, 2012
    No, the dog doesn’t discriminate by religion, odd clothing choices, or nervous facial tics, but the dog team might mixed-metaphorically bite you on the rear.   The value of canines in explosives detection has been hotly debated in recent years...
  • Street View from TSA’s 10th Floor

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday March 14, 2012
    TSA’s 10 th Floor In a recent GAO report #12-264, the DHS and TSA senior leadership vacancy rates were the subject of attention, as they have been almost since the very beginning of both agencies, and through at least five TSA Administrators in...
  • There's always room for one more in the clown car

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday February 8, 2012
    We’re told that the No-Fly list has slightly more than doubled in the past year, from about 10,000 to around 21,000 names, apparently not because more terrorists suddenly sprang from the bushes, but because we’ve figured out a better way to identify...
  • Another Year Like the Other Year

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday January 11, 2012
    For those of you concerned that TSA is not spending enough money to protect you, Congress is on the case. Although overall DHS appropriations are down slightly from FY 2011 (about $111M), the recently signed TSA FY 2012 budget is up $153 million from last...
  • A TSA Passenger Advocate. No … I’m Serious ... Really.

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday December 14, 2011
    Sometimes it’s difficult to choose a lead story for this column.  This time: no contest. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and N.Y state Sen. Michael Gianaris want the TSA to create a passenger advocate position at all airports to immediately act on complaints...
  • The Silly Season Is Upon Us

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday November 16, 2011
    Sometimes this security stuff makes my head hurt. We try to find serious and positive stories about the advancement of technology, new and improved policies, and look for good news in a serious business. But it seems lately that there’s a lot more chaff...