Novel US Airport Security Modifications

October 30, 2017 Opinion , OPINION/NEWS , OTHER , Security , United States

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Ricardo Swire


From Thursday October 26th 2017 two thousand one hundred daily arriving passengers at American airports encountered new security screening procedures. Global travelers aboard Air France, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd based in Hong Kong, Germany’s Lufthansa Airlines and EgyptAir, asked additional security questions pertaining to their trips and luggage, the American carriers Delta Airlines advising its passengers travelling on US bound flights to report to respective airports three hours prior to departure.

At Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest international travel hub, Emirates started to question passengers about luggage, liquids in their possession and points of origin, travelers’ carry-on bags and electronic devices searched. Royal Jordanian headquartered in Amman and other designated airlines have received special permission to introduce the new rules from January 2018. Started in March 2017 America’s one hundred and twenty days ban on laptop computers transported in commercial plane cabins severely affected ten Muslim countries, Mideast Airlines the most heavily impacted. Emirates, the regions’ biggest airline, was forced to reduce twenty percent of US bound flights.

Caribbean internal security intelligence officials recall the 2011 discovery of a mobile phone-sized stun gun aboard a JetBlue Airways plane, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) agents assigned to probe the dangerous gadget’s purpose on the commercial aircraft. The same year a Nigerian-American breached three layers of US airport security by travelling aboard a cross-country flight using an expired boarding pass. In 2012 the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) introduced its “National Strategy for Airport Perimeter & Access Control Security Strategy.”

The official document outlined TSA methods to secure US commercial airports’ perimeters and “security-restricted” areas. Recent analysis shows the TSA has not updated its strategy to correspond with modern practices, the agency’s 2013 Risk Assessment being one example. US airports’ public areas remain vulnerable. The TSA and Airport Security apparatus is devoted to screening passengers and keeping aircraft/flights safe. On Friday January 6th 2017 Fort Lauderdale Airport’s security was breached when a gun attack killed five people.

An American Iraq war veteran arrived on a flight from Alaska and accessed a pistol from his checked luggage. The passenger entered the airport’s public bathrooms, loaded the gun, returned to the baggage claim area and started shooting. Patterns identify the routine that after terror attacks US Federal authorities issue revamped restrictions. Similar rules require passengers to remove their shoes, for the purpose of exposing possible explosive materials, a limit placed on the amount of liquid in individual carry-on bags.





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Ricardo Swire

Ricardo Swire is the Principal Consultant at R-L-H Security Consultants & Business Support Services and writes on a number of important issues.

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