The Transportation Security Administration is considering implementing additional security measures for airport and airline employees, including enhanced airline-employee screenings, random security checks and additional TSA and law enforcement patrols in secure areas, said federal officials in a statement Thursday.
The airport scanners that let TSA agents see through travelers’ clothes can be fairly easily obstructed from detecting concealed weapons or bombs, according to researchers from several top U.S. universities.
The number of passengers who tried, knowingly or not, to bring guns onto planes in their carry-on luggage nearly doubled in the past six years – from 976 in 2009 to 1,813 in the U.S. last year, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
As part of a $2.2-billion plan over the next five years, the TSA says it will be adopting a system to identify the risk level of each bag based on information about its owner. Higher-risk passengers’ luggage would receive a more thorough screening.
How can a federal transportation security officer’s thought process influence baggage screening decisions? The Transportation Security Administration and Sandia Research Laboratories are investigating the impacts on threat detection when officers are asked to switch between TSA Pre-Check and standard passenger lanes.
The Transportation Security Administration could save $17.5 million over five years if the agency had less-expensive workers conducting internal investigations, agency officials told the House’s Homeland Security subcommittee on transportation security Tuesday.
Just minutes before a gunman opened fire in Los Angeles International Airport last fall, killing a TSA security screener and wounding three other people, the two armed security officers assigned to the area left for breaks without informing a dispatcher as required, The Associated Press reports.
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