07 Aug 2020

TSA’s Looking to Rapidly Verify Passengers Without Biometrics or Physical IDs

The US Transportation Security Administration is seeking alternative means to verify passenger identities at security checkpoints throughout the country, without relying on physical information or biometrics. The measures would potentially be used when travelers fail to present appropriate ID forms. This may be in the form of a digital services

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20 Jul 2020

Bipartisan Bill Would Require Passenger Temperature Checks at TSA Checkpoints

A recent bill was introduced to Congress called the Healthy Skies Act, which would require the TSA to launch a trial program in which travelers are screened for a fever while going through security. This would help to decrease the spread of COVID-19 through airports, which is currently a high-risk

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24 Jun 2020

TSA’s Plan to Address Evolving Threats to Travelers Relies on Innovative Technology

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released a new guidance document that stresses the changing threats to US travelers and aims to improve the agency’s technology procurement, development, and delivery. The document also builds on the TSA Strategy document released in 2018, in which a tentative 8-year plan was outlined.

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22 May 2020

TSA Wants Passenger Self-Screening that Looks Like Grocery Store Self-Checkout

The Transportation Security Agency has partnered with the Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate to explore self-security checkpoint options. The collaboration aims to create a system for airline passengers that allows customers to move through security checkpoints at their own speed, much like a self-checkout lane at a grocery

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18 May 2020

TSA Issues Road Map to Tackle Insider Threat With Artificial Intelligence

The Transportation Security Administration has recently announced plans to share information its collects from employees and other outlets with federal agencies and the private sector, hoping to increase security and prevent insiders from carrying out crimes.  The TSA plans to create an “Insider Threat Mitigation Hub” through the use of

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05 Mar 2020

TSA Confiscated 3D-Printed Guns at Raleigh-Durham International Airport

In 2020, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has confiscated several 3D printed guns in passengers’ carry on baggage. On February 20, officials discovered a 3D gun in a passenger’s bag at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, according to a post issued by the TSA that highlights banned items, including the 3D guns.

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02 May 2019

Only six TSA staffers are overseeing US oil&gas pipeline security

A recent security audit[pdf] of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has exposed serious shortcomings in the TSA’s efforts to protect the US pipeline system for oil and gas. The report shows that both the physical security and cybersecurity of this critical system, which

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19 Oct 2018

TSA Expands Facial Recognition to Automate Bag Drop, ID Verification, and Flight Boarding

“The TSA released its proposal to expand facial recognition on Monday. Its ‘Biometrics Roadmap for Aviation Security and the Passenger Experience’ is an effort to increase security, travel efficiency, and convenience. According to the TSA, the plan is rooted in working with the CBP agency using biometrics on international travelers;

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