New Six-Point Security Plan Developed for US Airports

The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA), American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) and National Air Transportation Association (NATA) have announced plans for maximising the effectiveness of screening employees at airports.

The six-point plan reportedly uses a risk-based approach and over the next 90 days the TSA, ACI-NA, AAAE and NATA, through a working group, will develop the standards and the implementation timeline.

The TSA said the plan will include testing of six key measures, followed by a phased roll-out to the 452 commercial airports in the US. The six points of the plan are: behavioural recognition; employee training to raise awareness of suspicious behaviour; targeted physical inspection; biometric access control - an expansion of the current use of fingerprint, iris, limited access and recorded access control measures; certified employees; and technology deployment of security technology including cameras and body imaging.

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