Category - Security

Charlotte Douglas Int'l Institutes Clear Bag Policy at Employee Checkpoints

In February, Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) began requiring workers to carry their personal items in clear bags when passing through security checkpoints on their way to work. The new policy began just as the House Homeland Security Committee released a report titled America's Airports: The Threat from Within, which highlighted a lack of employee screening and vetting at U.S. airports.

Miami Int'l Adds New Layers to Employee Screening Checkpoint

As the federal government considers getting tougher on employee screening at U.S. airports, Miami International (MIA) is already exploring ways to make that happen. Its strategy? Deploying familiar technologies traditionally used to screen passengers and checked baggage.

Portland Int'l Installs Automated Exit Lane Breach Control System

Creating a security system is a lot like constructing a new building-it needs to be built properly to be strong, stable and function as intended. In the last issue of Airport Improvement, we covered various foundational elements of the recent $53 million security system upgrade at Portland International Airport (PDX): a new identity management system and card readers, perimeter security upgrades, additional cameras, etc. This issue, we examine the relocation and automation of PDX's exit lanes-the roof that tops off the security system construction to protect the airport's workers and 20 million annual passengers.

Checkpoint Wait Times Plummet After Airlines Add Automated Screening Lanes at O'Hare Int'l

Chasing away unpleasant memories from massive backups at TSA checkpoints last spring, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) opened five new automated screening lanes in November.

Portland Int'l Assembles Pieces of $53 Million Security System Upgrade

Airport security is like a vexing jigsaw puzzle: There are many unique pieces, and all must fit together seamlessly to achieve a cohesive overall design.

San Jose Int'l Upgrades Security Perimeter Beyond Federal Requirements

San Jose Int'l Upgrades Security Perimeter Beyond Federal Requirements
Following a series of high-profile security breaches at Mineta San Jose International (SJC), the airport teamed up with local and federal agencies and is working toward a safer, more secure facility through perimeter fence upgrades and technology enhancements.

Lakeland Regional Gains Maintenance Support by Integrating with City's Security System

Until recently, Nan Walsh was concerned about the "security of the security" at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL), a Part 139 facility in a particularly lake-dotted portion of central Florida. As assistant director of LAL, Walsh felt that the dated, stand-alone security system the airport had been using had "reliability issues." And that was putting it diplomatically.

Richmond Int'l Pitches Paper & Saves Time with New Identity Management Software

Managing the safety, security and credentialing of employees and outside workers presents complex challenges for airport operators across the globe. U.S. airports, in particular, have found themselves swimming chin-deep in paperwork associated with post-9/11 security regulations.

Philadelphia Int’l Develops Separate Master Plan Strictly for Security

Between international turmoil, nationwide security challenges and the headlines that invariably follow, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is implementing an autonomous security master plan. As security manager at PHL, Renee Tufts is accustomed to playing in the big leagues. If a security incident occurs at a small, rural airport, news may trickle around the nation or industry; but if a similar issue occurs at a large airport, the floodgates swing wide open, Tufts explains.

Airports Boost Security & Reduce Operating Expenses With Automated Exit Lanes

From Oregon to Virginia, U.S. airports are slowly embracing the idea of replacing human guards with automated systems to prevent and detect exit-lane breaches. Those who have made the switch report that automated systems improve landside-to-airside security and reduce ongoing operating expenses.

Atlanta Int'l Takes Aim at Insider Threats With Full Employee Screening

As TSA continues on pace to break its all-time annual record for firearms collected at checkpoints, guns continue to aggravate security efforts at U.S. airports. But the problems don't end with the recovery of wayward weapons at passenger screening stations.

New Security System Expands the View for Small Staff at Elmira Corning Regional

Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) was still in the process of installing a new $2.4 million security system when an arriving passenger prematurely tested some of its new components. The passenger was later discovered to be suffering from dementia, and the 2013 incident decisively validated the decision to invest in new technology at the upstate New York facility.

Airports Partner with TSA for Private Screening Program

Last year, Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) became the 19th airport to join TSA's Screening Partnership Program. Now a private firm performs its security screening for passengers and checked baggage.

Atlanta Int'l Curbs Crime with Increased Visibility & Multiple Layers of Enforcement

Crime is down at the world's busiest passenger airport, and its "top cop" credits increased visibility of enforcement methods for much of the positive change. Specifically, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) experienced about 12% less crime last year vs. 2013. Larceny, in particular, dropped 34%. Maj. Lane A. Hagin, commanding officer of the Atlanta Police Department Airport Precinct, attributes improvement in both areas to a more conspicuous policing presence throughout the facility.

Miami Int'l Improves Runway Incursion Detection With Multi-Tech System

A new $3.1 million security system that went online at Miami International Airport (MIA) is providing one of the country's largest international hubs with new tools for detecting taxiway and runway incursions.

Customized Security System Helps Aspen/Pitkin County Airport Address Taxiway Incursion Issue

A new security system at Colorado's Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) is helping the general aviation airport mitigate its previously recurrent problem of taxiway incursions.

Vancouver Int'l Installs Integrated Perimeter Security System

Vancouver International Airport (YVR), in British Columbia, recently installed a high-tech integrated perimeter system that officials believe will save money while effectively screening for potential security breaches at Canada's second-busiest airport.

Friedman Memorial Opts for Technology vs. Extra Staff to Comply with Badging Regs

Steve Guthrie, airport security coordinator at Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) in central Idaho, will be the first to tell you that small general aviation airports must contend with the same TSA directives as the largest commercial airports. Guthrie will also be the first to speak volumes about the time and effort his Category III commercial services facility has saved using some of the same security-specific computer systems as much larger airports.

DFW Adds Hotel Hospitality to TSA Checkpoint with Help from Marriott

It wouldn't be hyperbole or marketing hype to say that the newly renovated TSA checkpoint at Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) puts most airport screening areas to shame. The 3,000-square-foot screening station in Terminal E features soft music, mood lighting, oversized artwork, a video wall and other style-conscious décor. Beyond the X-ray machines, passengers don't stoop and wobble awkwardly to put on their shoes and repack carry-ons. They sit on plush couches or stand at tall tables in a specially designed "re-composure area."

Self-Service Passport Readers Reduce Wait Times at O'Hare Int'l

In an ongoing effort to improve the arrival process into the United States, the recent installation of Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks has proven to be a "game-changer" at Chicago O'Hare (ORD) and a handful of other international hubs embracing the relatively new technology.

Sea-Tac & Portland Jetport Install Automated Exit Lane Control Systems

If TSA has its way, the new year will bring new security responsibilities - and their associated costs - to U.S. airports. As usual, some have already mobilized resources to meet the anticipated requirements while others are taking a "wait-and-see" approach. Many are likely banking that some type of industry or legislative intervention will delay or possibly eliminate the need for investments in new equipment or additional personnel.

Palm Springs Int'l Boosts Perimeter Security With Radar-Based System

Palm Springs International (PSP) recently joined a small vanguard of U.S. airports using perimeter security systems that employ ground-surveillance radar and infrared cameras to detect intrusions.

Orlando Int'l Speeds Customs Process with Automated Kiosks

Airport operators can spend millions on new construction, renovations and the latest customer amenities, but none of it affects a traveler's satisfaction more than an extended wait time.

Tampa Int'l Installs New IP-based Video Surveillance System

Tampa International Airport (TPA) is seeing things more clearly these days, thanks to the recent installation of a new video surveillance system that virtually covers the airport from landside to airside. The $10 million project converted the airport's previous analog system to an enterprise-class Internet Protocol (IP)-based system, explains Safraz Samad, TPA's manager of access control and CCTV (closed-circuit television).

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