Art Kosatka is CEO of TranSecure, an aviation consultancy in Virginia. He'll respond to questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study suggests a new airport security method for interviewing passengers is 20 times more effective in detecting deception than the TSA’s so-called SPOT program
Employee morale problems have led to a disturbing and accelerating departure of employees at a rate nearly twice as fast as the overall federal government
Security screening, germs and knee-defenders: The perils of travel today?
The information on this list needs to be collected and managed much more responsibly
TSA’s new enhanced security inspections regarding any electronics are underway
The government has already spent $1.5 billion, about one third of the necessary final cost, to consolidate all of the DHS facilities in one location; however, the entire project is now 11 years behind schedule
According to the Partnership for Public Service, which conducts an annual poll of federal employees in 300 agencies to determine the best and worst places to work, DHS and TSA consistently find themselves very near the bottom of the list
Sometimes, no matter how hard I try to look for the positive elements in aviation security, there are somewhere between few-to-none to be found
Would anybody care to venture a guess on who ends up paying for the costs generated by TSA’s Pre-check realignment requirements?
It’s amusing, but bizarre, how people try to slip weapons past, and then complain about how rude the TSO was when they got caught breaking the law and were disencumbered of their possessions
The recent shooter event at LAX has brought out the Congressional grand-standers and the 2nd amendment zealots, seeking to provide your friendly body-patter-downer with a weapon
The TSA union chief, J. David Cox, now wants screeners to be armed to protect the checkpoints.
There is considerable documentation, and long experience, that TSA should staff the exit lanes, particularly those that are co-located at the TSA screening checkpoint.
There have been several recent surveys about how the public feels about the job TSA is doing [fair-to-poor], several more about privacy concerns when they’re doing it [ high-to-resigned], and several more about the TSA “success” rate
New York Times reports the estimated cost to the US from the 9/11 attacks has been on the order of $3.3 trillion (that’s twelve zeros) over ten years
Recently, we have begun to see a significant uptick in TSA VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) teams popping up everywhere to conduct searches and screenings at train stations, ferry terminals, highway weigh stations, and even sporting...
While everybody loves to rag on TSA, including yours truly, it turns out that a combative and somewhat arbitrary U.S Congress deserves at least an equal dab of scorn for how the system works...
The DHS audit states:
As a result, TSA cannot ensure that passengers ....are screened objectively, show that the program is cost-effective, or reasonably justify the program’s expansion.
According to the most recent tally, the number of names in the government’s primary classified counter-terrorism data base has increased 62% in the past 5 years, from 540,000 to 875,000.
Weapons and other prohibited items detected at security checkpoints.
Sequestration takes a left turn on the off-ramp to Strangeville
Pre-Check is only active at about 8 percent of U.S. airports – not exactly universal, but admittedly still in start-up mode and mainly at large heavily traveled locations.
Sometimes something strange originates at the core that just gives the folks in the field a head-scratching moment
I’m armed with a snow globe and a pecan pie, and I know how to use them ...
I have always been amused by the “discovery” of “risk-based” security