Airplane Stolen and Crashed by Airline Employee in Seattle Area Raises Questions about Airport Security

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 10, 2018, an airline employee stole an empty passenger airplane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, flew erratically for close to an hour while being followed by armed military jets, and then died after intentionally crashing the plane on an island in Puget Sound, a bizarre incident …

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TSA May Eliminate Passenger Screening at Smaller Airports to Save Money for Security at Larger Airports

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may eliminate the screening of airline passengers at more than 150 smaller sized airports across the United States in order to save money that could be used to tighten security at larger airports, according to an exclusive report from CNN (Cable News …

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TSA Announces New Screening Procedures for Electronic Devices at U.S. Airports

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced plans to start new domestic screening procedures in the next few weeks for carry-on luggage at airports nationwide where “passengers traveling through every U.S. airport will be required to put all electronic devices larger than a cellphone in a separate bin …

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Report Recommends Increased Employee Screening of Airport Workers to Mitigate Insider Threats

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The House Homeland Security Committee Majority Staff has issued a report entitled ‘America’s Airports: The Threat From Within’ that examines employee screening at the approximately 450 airports in the U.S. under federal control and found that “much more needs to be done to improve the state of …

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New Legislation Aims to Reform TSA Employee Screening

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives – the Airport Access Control Security Improvement Act of 2015 – aims to reform and streamline Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee screening procedures for airport and airline workers, according to a press release from Representative John Katko (New …

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TSA Fails to Identify 73 Employees with Terrorism Links

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) – ‘TSA Can Improve Aviation Worker Vetting’ – found that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) “did not identify 73 individuals with terrorism related category codes because TSA is not authorized to …

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