It’s challenging to find feasible solutions to an ongoing risk of flight attendants and frontline transportation workers being subject to workplace violence or physical altercations with customers or the public. Risk professionals should ensure these employees have access to self-defense training and others tools, as well as look to implement a zero-tolerance policy for passenger disruptions.
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors approved a new 5-year, $66 million contract with Inter-Con Security to provide security services on Trolleys, buses, and on MTS properties.
In response to the ongoing cybersecurity threat to pipeline systems, DHS’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the issuance of a second Security Directive that requires owners and operators of TSA-designated critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas to implement a number of urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $8 billion in grants to keep U.S. airport workers employed, construction projects going and help U.S. airports recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Transportation Security Administration will resume self-defense classes for flight attendants and pilots after not having the training for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The classes come as the airlines deal with a surge in cases of unruly passengers and violent behavior on flights.
Maintaining security awareness is something that many companies struggle to maintain, particularly in the logistics and transportation sectors. Even though there are major threats to these industries, awareness of threats remains low.
The authors of a new study by the Mineta Transportation Institute hope their findings will assist those responsible for security planning around travel on public transport. In their latest Peak Hour Study, Brian Michael Jenkins and Bruce R Butterworth analyzed more than 500 attacks on passenger rail and bus systems in modern developed countries between 1970 and 2020. They found that more than 60% of the attacks occurred in off-peak hours, as opposed to only 19% occurring during peak hours. However, the peak-hour attacks were 4.5 times more lethal. (The timing of the remaining attacks is unknown so they could not make a determination.)
Recent reports of vicious attacks on the New York subway system has had residents calling for more security. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 250 more police officers will be deployed to the subway system for added security presence.