• Insufficient oversight casts shadow over TSA behavioural detection

    There is no specific mechanism in place to check whether Transportation Security Administration (TSA) behavioural screening staff are unlawfully profiling passengers, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has warned. The TSA and its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, do

  • Sierra Leone regulator looks to CAAi for safety oversight support

    The ICAO Safety Fund is financing a project by CAA International (CAAi), the technical co-operation division of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, to help the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA) strengthen its regulatory oversight. On 30 May, shortly after the 18-week project began, CAAi

  • Surface treatment fights checkpoint bacteria

    SecurityPoint Media (SPM) has entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with fellow US company Microban International, an anti-microbial and odour control technology specialist, to clean up security checkpoint trays. The two partners are introducing new security checkpoint trays that are

  • US continues to tackle PFAS

    The Trump administration may be keen to roll back environmental legislation, but several US states are moving to address the contamination associated with airport firefighting Authorities in California and five other US states are pushing forward with plans to collect data on contamination from a

  • UK extends e-gate eligibility

    Visitors from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States are able to use e-gates and juxtaposed controls on arrival at UK airports, as the UK government attempts to accelerate border control for citizens from low-risk countries. In total, the seven countries

  • US suspends flights to Venezuela

    Passenger and cargo services between the US and Venezuela have been suspended on the orders of the US federal government. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said on 15 May that conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew, requiring

  • FAA publishes UAV incident guidance

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published a letter on detection and countermeasures in response to an escalating number of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sightings at airports over the past year. The 7 May letter, which supplements a previous letter in October 2016, reiterated the

  • Bahrain adopts ABC for new terminal

    The new passenger terminal at Bahrain International Airport will include an automated border control (ABC) system with multimodal biometric identity management, supplier Vision-Box announced on 12 May. Arriving and departing passengers will be able to use the ABC platform, which includes 22 e-gates

  • Changi welcomes new leader for emergency team

    The Airport Emergency Service (AES) at Singapore Changi is undergoing a change of leadership with the retirement of Cletus Majella John Packiam on 19 May after 12 years in post. Packiam will be succeeded by Alvin Lee, who has worked in the Changi AES since 2012. Lee was responsible for all

  • FASS explores more new screening solutions

    The UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seeking new proposals for screening technologies via the Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme. This will release up to GBP4.5 million (USD 5.8 million) over the next two years for innovative proposals. The deadline for submissions is

  • US backs Iraqi security initiative

    The US Embassy in Baghdad and Iraq Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) officials have embarked on a USD5 million aviation security training and equipment programme. Officials from the ICAA and three Iraqi international airports (Baghdad, Basra, and Erbil) met to discuss how to implement the programme

  • Kuala Lumpur begins FOD detection trials

    Field trials are under way of an automated foreign object debris (FOD) detection system at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Malaysian government-run news agency Bernama reported on 29 April. The project, which cost an undisclosed sum, was a collaborative effort between KLIA operator

  • Smart gates help Dubai to go faster

    Dubai International Airport accelerated border clearance through its 128 e-gates to a record 6–9 seconds per passenger in 2018, according to Radwa Hozien, chief software officer at technology and management consultancy emaratech. Speaking on 29 April during the Global Airport Leaders Forum at

  • Checkpoint sensor helps passengers to leave nothing behind

    NUCTECH has added a new feature to its Keyline checkpoint scanning system to optimise throughput by addressing instances when passengers fail to retrieve personal possessions (such as passport or small coins) from the tray after being screened. A sensor in Keyline detects when objects have been

  • XRD developer wins more DHS work

    UK-based HALO X-Ray Technologies Ltd (HXT) is to develop and implement an automatic threat resolution for checkpoint and hold baggage screening in the US, under a USD1.66 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T). HXT will integrate

  • 920CT set for another Australian deployment

    Perth International is set to install the 920CT checkpoint scanner from Rapiscan Systems, Jane’s learned in early April during the ACI Asia-Pacific Annual General Assembly in Hong Kong. Avalon Airport near Melbourne in Australia was the launch customer in October 2018. The computed

  • Advanced cargo scanner set for tests at JFK

    Trials of a new cargo scanner from Astrophysics, Inc are scheduled to begin in mid-2019 at New York JFK International Airport. Astrophysics launched the Multi-View Computed Tomography (MVCT) system in February as the culmination of a six-year research and development programme that included input

  • DEXTER aims to augment security in public areas

    A NATO research programme seeks to develop and demonstrate viable standoff explosives detection that can be applied at airports and other transport facilities NATO appears ready to realise its long-standing objective to develop reliable, automatic, and discreet standoff detection of explosives and

  • PFAS problem prompts Pentagon pledge

    Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has promised rapid, “open and transparent” action worldwide to address the presence of toxic chemicals in drinking water on or near US military installations worldwide. “The Department of Defense [DoD] takes its cleanup responsibility

  • Study describes need to detect intent of UAV use in urban areas

    A team of Israeli and Japanese researchers has completed a comprehensive study of 200 academic and industry techniques to detect and disable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) flying in controlled and restricted airspace. The research team included Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel,

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