When a woman breached a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International airport in New Jersey this weekend, police evacuated the terminal out of caution, sparking chaos as passengers ran for the exits.
The Reno-Tahoe, Nevada International Airport (RNO) has apologized to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren after she was pursued by Republican protesters in the airport terminal and multiple videos resurfaced on social media of Warren being harassed.
The Secure Airport Public Spaces Act, introduced earlier this month in the U.S. Senate, would allow airports to use Federal Aviation Administration passenger facility charge funds collected on airport infrastructure projects to update security infrastructure.
The TSA rolled out measures to increase screening for small electronics like e-Readers and tablets at 10 U.S. airports as a pilot program in May 2017, and the agency announced plans to expand the rules nationwide.
Airport authorities might consider augmenting existing practices with a program to help prevent, detect and mitigate insider threats. Such a program recognizes the airport for what it is – a complex ecosystem of airlines, vendors, contractors and airport employees – and provides a way for this community to come together to protect the aviation transportation system. In a sense, the airport community becomes an insider threat working group.