Archives: 'Travel Security'

Doug Bedell — December 21, 2016, 4:40 pm

Counterfeit Passports: A Troubling Security Concern

Here’s another security concern: counterfeit passports. The Homeland Security blog reports that “The trade in fake passports or other forms of government-issued identification continues today, in spite of government attempts to create more sophisticated official documents.” At a time when the U.S. is especially concerned with the security of its borders, counterfeiters are making it […]

Doug Bedell — November 16, 2016, 3:50 pm

App Aims to Reduce Security Wait Times at Airports

A new feature has been added to the flightSpeak app to help reduce stress on holiday travelers at airports, Government Security News advises. Called CheckPoint, it’s “designed to help passengers better anticipate security line delays so they can enjoy a more efficient, less stressful airport travel experience.” The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been working […]

Doug Bedell — October 31, 2016, 3:40 pm

Norfolk Southern Provides a ‘Safety Train’ on Its Rails

Credit the Norfolk Southern railroad for coming up with a training program to protect the security of the communities its trains pass through. When trains carrying hazardous materials derail, it’s vital for local first responders to know how to respond effectively. Thus, Norfolk Southern’s “safety train” has been traveling its routes to introduce first responders […]

Doug Bedell — September 8, 2016, 10:06 am

Airport Workers Getting Emergency Training, at LAX For Now

Security often requires partnership, and it’s refreshing to see a labor-management partnership taking shape at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) that should enhance the safety of air travelers. Government Security News reports on a “groundbreaking partnership” between LAX and the Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West “to train front-line airport service workers to respond […]

Doug Bedell — August 12, 2016, 12:18 pm

The Latest Software–Equipped Cars May Not Be Secure

Doug Bedell — August 8, 2016, 3:06 pm

Trucks, Too, Can Be Targets of Electronic Hijackings

Bruce Schneier refers us to an article in Wired magazine on how big rig trucks could become a target for electronic hijackers, just as some newer car models have earned that dubious distinction. Being able electronically to hijack or disable a 33,000 pound over-the-road truck is pretty scary. Hackers don’t mind scaring people, though, whether […]

Doug Bedell — May 13, 2016, 11:55 am

Airport Security Lines Vexing for Passengers and TSA, Too

Long lines at airport security gates are causing passengers – and some congressmen – to fume against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). But, In Homeland Security notes, this is a complex matter that’s worsening as air travel grows. TSA is adding screeners, but keeping its focus on the safety of air travel, insofar as the […]

Doug Bedell — May 4, 2016, 9:54 am

Safety and Security Require Continually Renewed Awareness

Whatever the size of your organization, it needs to have safety and security built into its structure. Sadly, Washington’s Metro subway provides an example of what might happen if that’s not assured. Steve Bittenbender, editor of Government Security News, provides a report on why, “Safety is still not institutionalized as a core value at WMATA […]

Doug Bedell — March 23, 2016, 9:11 am

Explosions Hit Brussels, Capital of European Unity

The Brussels terrorist attacks were at the capital of European unity. “Authorities captured a suspect linked to the Brussels bloodshed Wednesday,” reports In Homeland Security, “following a massive manhunt, as details emerged of the suicide attackers: two brothers who brought chaos and bloodshed to the city at the heart of European unity, according to two […]

Doug Bedell — October 2, 2015, 10:10 am

A Worrisome Tally: Firearms Being Found at Airports

As a Forbes writer on In Homeland Security puts it, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is “setting a dubious record, for the number of firearms discovered in carry-on baggage at airport security checkpoints.” “As of August of this year,” IHS advises, “(TSA) officers had found 1,898 firearms in 2015 alone. TSA is still collecting data […]