Predicting X-ray Screening Performance Capability: Transforming a Gaming Platform into an X-ray screening Assessment Tool

Predicting X-ray Screening Performance Capability: Transforming a Gaming Platform into an X-ray screening Assessment Tool

X-ray screening officers who perform well in a new visual search technology platform are quicker to clear bags and are more likely to detect real threat items covertly introduced into checkpoints. These results were recently presented1 at the 2017 International Vision Sciences Society meeting in St Pete Beach, Florida, and come from a serendipitous and…

Extraterritorial Measures: Airlines Left to Pick Up the Pieces

Extraterritorial Measures: Airlines Left to Pick Up the Pieces

The extraordinary events surrounding the public threat from personal electronic devices (PEDs) continue to raise a number of interesting questions. Discussions on the nature of the threat information, the effectiveness of existing checkpoint screening technologies, the variation of requirements between States and the sovereignty of States when implementing the standards of ICAO Annex 17, have…

Complacency and Profits Equals Vulnerability

Complacency and Profits Equals Vulnerability

In a recent Times viewpoint, James Stravridis stated that, “It has famously been said that the devastating 9/11 attacks were not a failure of intelligence but a failure of imagination.” Unfortunately, those observations are not totally accurate. Throughout the 1990s, aviation security practitioners and others were discussing and indeed warning of the possibility of terrorists’…

Bomb Threats: Assessing The Costs

Whilst the industry should, naturally, err on the side of caution when responding to a bomb threat, it is impossible to completely disregard the economic impact of the decision to evacuate a terminal building or divert an aircraft pending inspection by an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) team. When the supposed target is an airport building,…

Securing Car Parks, Public Concourses, the Meeters and Greeters: Five Years After The Burgas Bombing

This issue of Aviation Security International coincides with the five-year anniversary of the Burgas Airport bombing. In June 2012, five Israelis and the Bulgarian driver of a bus transporting the arriving tourists from Burgas Airport to their Bulgarian resort were killed when a bomb detonated. The attacker exited the terminal with the passengers and attempted…