Aircraft Maintenance Technology

OCT 2018

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Page 52 of 63 53 Airport after he demonstrated a willingness to transport explosives to a secure part of the airport. That same year a former baggage handler smuggled guns onto passenger planes at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. More physical security protocols have been installed to protect the vulnerable areas of the airport; however, challenges do exist. As the TSA, airport authorities, and airlines put an increased focus on identifying new employee screening processes, it’s important to understand the current procedures airports have in place today and why it’s been difficult to implement new ones. Let’s explore these two points further and also examine what airport managers should consider when reviewing potential solutions. Looking Beyond Identification Verification to Secure Access Points For decades, airport insiders have been given extensive access to almost all parts of the airport, with identification verification serving as the primary tool for screening airport employees. Although this process has been in place since the early 1970s, recent incidents have indicated that ID verification is not enough. In response, airports are starting to explore enhanced security procedures that will protect both the front door and the back door of the airport from physical threats. The challenge with implementing new screening processes and procedures for airport insiders is that the solution can’t be one that slows down the pace of commerce at the airport. The level of access and freedom that employees currently have allows them to remain operational and helps to keep airports running. If a new screening process creates long lines and is time intensive, the whole operation is thrown off. It is also important to note that TSA has been successful in implementing risk-based security and screening processes that have enhanced passenger travel. However, replicating these processes on the employee side has proved to be much more challenging. Unlike employees, travelers have limited access points and only pass through security once before boarding their plane. Employees, on the other hand, encounter dozens of access points depending on the size of the airport. The sheer number of access points makes it difficult to implement a solution that works at every point in an airport. Leveraging Innovative Technologies to Keep Pace With airport managers focusing their attention on combating insider threats, there is a need to start leveraging new, innovative technologies that will allow them to implement a screening process that is efficient and doesn’t slow employees down. When deciding which The combination of identity and physical security will enable airports to successfully protect against insider threats. THE VERSATILE HARLAN APV Harlan Trans-Con Model HTSBAPV Many options available: • Beacons • Hitches • Suspension-style seats As a manufacturer of our own parts and components, we have the ability to customize parts as well as support parts beyond standard expected part life in the industry. • +1-800-255-4262 •

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