Aviation

CBP Launches Simplified Arrival at Tampa Airport to Secure, Streamline International Travel

CBP Launches Simplified Arrival at Tampa Airport to Secure, Streamline International Travel

Joy Finnegan

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in early April, the implementation of Simplified Arrival at Tampa International Airport (TPA). Simplified Arrival is an enhanced international arrivals process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks that are already required for admission into the United States. Simplified Arrival provides travelers with a secure,…

Challenges During Four Decades of Airport Policing By Robert T. Raffel

Challenges During Four Decades of Airport Policing By Robert T. Raffel

Robert Raffel

Busy airports are microcosms of small cities. Processes and procedures exist in a mirror-like image of the urban environment, including the work of law enforcement. Although technology has advanced, the fundamental mission of airport police work has not changed much in forty years, says airport law enforcement expert Robert T. Raffel. My interest in and…

3DX-Ray Supply ThreatScan-LSC Portable X-ray Scanner Systems to Britain’s Royal Air Force

3DX-Ray Supply ThreatScan-LSC Portable X-ray Scanner Systems to Britain’s Royal Air Force

Joy Finnegan

3DX-Ray has announced a contract for the supply of three ThreatScan-LSC Portable X-ray Scanning Systems to the Royal Air Force (RAF). This is 3DX-Ray’s first contract with the RAF and the ThreatScan-LSC’s will replace existing systems. The systems are designed specifically for military and first responder EOD and Counter-IED teams and are in use throughout…

Veridos and idpeople Win ePassport Tender in Denmark

Veridos and idpeople Win ePassport Tender in Denmark

Joy Finnegan

The Kingdom of Denmark, represented by the Danish National Police, has enlisted Veridos and the Danish ID specialist idpeople to design, produce and personalize new electronic passports. The integration of Veridos high-end security features will enhance the security of the new travel documents. The first passports will be issued in October 2021. Following a public…

AVSEC in the Age of COVID

AVSEC in the Age of COVID

David Alexander

This is the dawning of the age of COVID, the age of COVID COVID! COVID! (with apologies to the 5TH Dimension and Age of Aquarius) — When the moon is in the Seventh House And Jupiter aligns with Mars Then peace will guide the planets And love will steer the stars This is the dawning…

Bangladesh Successfully Rolls Out ePassport Infrastructure

Joy Finnegan

Bangladesh has achieved several key milestones in its nationwide transition to next-generation electronic passports in 2020. Despite the adverse circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, the People’s Republic was able to decisively advance the modernization project together with its German technology partner Veridos. The company has also supported the country to make all necessary preparations to…

Gulfstream Delivers Special Missions Aircraft to Israeli Air Force

Joy Finnegan

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has delivered a special missions Gulfstream G550 to the Israeli Air Force to support and enhance their mission-critical surveillance operations. “Israel has been a Gulfstream special-missions customer for many years, and we are grateful for their continued confidence in us,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “With unparalleled performance capabilities, our modified aircraft…

Dedrone Appoints Former FAA’s Daniel Elwell to Advisory Board

Joy Finnegan

Airspace security provider, Dedrone, announced Daniel Elwell, former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy and Acting Administrator, has been added to their advisory board. Dedrone delivers complete airspace security to G7 governments, Fortune 500 companies, military operations, airports, and critical infrastructure facilities around the globe, protecting against unauthorized and malicious drones. At Dedrone, Elwell will advise the multi-national…

Suspect Arrested After Boarding Parked/Empty Mauritania Airlines Aircraft

Joy Finnegan

In what some are calling an attempted hijacking, a suspect has been arrested after boarding an empty and parked Mauritania Airlines aircraft at Nouakchott International Airport-Oumtounsy. Reports say the hijacker was threatening to destroy the aircraft by setting it on fire and issued demands to authorities. The aircraft had been sitting, parked and empty, and…

The FAA is Extending its Zero-Tolerance Policy for Unruly Passengers

Joy Finnegan

FAA Administrator Steve Dixon released this statement regarding the zero-tolerance policy for unruly passengers: “I have decided to extend the FAA’s unruly-passenger zero-tolerance policy as we continue to do everything we can to confront the pandemic. The policy directs our safety inspectors and attorneys to take strong enforcement action against any passenger who disrupts or…