July 03, 2015
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) made headlines in June when a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspector general’s report revealed weaknesses at US airports’ passenger screening checkpoints.
The report, which details “red team” undercover investigators’ efforts to bring banned items through passenger checkpoints, was classified, but ABC News reported that investigators were able to get “mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95% of trials.”
DHS says it takes the report very seriously and is working on immediate remedies, but some technology solutions are being developed that could ultimately help fill gaps identified by the report. Long-term, such technologies should help screen passengers, bags and cargo more effectively. Even short-term, many improvements in passenger and carry-on screening are possible, according to Guido Peetermans, project manager for Smart Security at IATA. For example, centralized processing of X-ray images of carry-on bags, remote from harried screening lines, will speed things up and let image specialists focus on tasks in a quiet environment. Central imaging stations can automatically divert suspect bags, marking potential problems for quicker manual searches.
Read the full article online at Air Transport World.