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TSA makes progress with shift to risk-based security, experts say

July 13, 2012

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July 13, 2012
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  • TSA makes progress with shift to risk-based security, experts say
    Some experts praised the Transportation Security Administration’s decision to relax security screening for certain groups, including military members, children and the elderly. "The agency’s move toward a more risk-based security system allows security officials more time [to] concentrate on higher-risk categories of people," said Noah Shachtman, a national security expert at the Brookings Institution. Meanwhile, the TSA pointed out that seniors and children will still undergo some screening. The Washington Times (7/12) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • DHS has no firm plans for implementing laser screening
    The Department of Homeland Security currently has no plans to put a sophisticated laser detection system in place at U.S. airports. However, it acknowledged that explosive detection systems would augment technology currently used at checkpoints. "We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to detect threats and ensure the safety and security of the traveling public," DHS spokeswoman Nicole Stickel said. Meanwhile, an unnamed government official said the U.S. could begin using laser systems for airport screening as early as 2016. FoxNews.com (7/12) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • US Airways CEO and president discuss ancillary services
    US Airways CEO Doug Parker and President Scott Kirby recently talked about the emergence of ancillary services for amenities such as checked and carry-on baggage. "Airlines are experimenting with what consumers want," Kirby said. He also said US Airways would continue to test different fee structures to find the best system for consumers and the airline. When asked about some families being charged to sit together, Kirby responded, "If there’s seats to be paid for, of course families can buy those seats and sit together if they choose. If families don’t … we try to seat them together. We continue to work with some of the groups that are interested in this issue." USA TODAY (7/11) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Failed Texas pat-down law becomes issue in Senate primary
    A proposal that would have prevented Transportation Security Administration agents from conducting pat-downs in Texas without probable cause has become a point of contention in the state’s Republican U.S. Senate primary. Last year, Texas lawmakers voted not to approve the law. Now, former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz is blaming Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who presides over the state Senate, for the bill’s failure to pass. Both men are running in the primary to become the Texas GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate. The Hill (7/12) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. makes progress in easing visa-application process
    The U.S. State Department says consular offices in countries including China, Brazil and Mexico have adopted measures to ease visa-application processes in response to booming demand. Consular offices in China have reported reaching 1 million nonimmigrant visa applications for fiscal 2012, representing a 43% rise from the past fiscal year’s figures. Brazil is also nearing the 1 million mark, with the number of applications having risen nearly 44% in fiscal 2012 against last year. CNN/Security Clearance blog (7/12) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Mark your calendar for the 12th Annual AAAE/TSA/DHS Aviation Security Summit taking place Dec. 10 and 11 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va. The 12th Annual AAAE/TSA/DHS Aviation Security Summit will continue the tradition of AAAE and federal aviation security policymakers coming together at a joint summit to review the complex issues surrounding aviation security today. Senior TSA and DHS officials, as well as representatives from other federal agencies and Congress, will speak at the summit. Airport and airline representatives and recognized aviation industry leaders will also be invited to participate in the program. sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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