A Personal View expressed by Ken Dunlap

A Personal View expressed by Ken Dunlap

“Doing more with less” combined with the never-ending quest to increase shareholder value (or emerging from bankruptcy reorganisation) will force AVSEC leaders in the post-COVID 19 world to tackle some difficult decisions. The most important may be deciding between those security functions that must continue to be performed by people and those that can be…

A Personal View expressed by Stacey Peel

A Personal View expressed by Stacey Peel

Only four months ago I spoke at an aviation conference, challenging the audience of industry experts to think outside today’s models for airport design and operation in order to find solutions to meet 2050 net zero carbon targets. I highlighted that if today’s terminal life span is 30 (but often pushed out to 40) years…

A Personal View expressed by Steve Wolff

A Personal View expressed by Steve Wolff

Let’s be honest, AVSEC screening technology has stagnated. CT technology was first deployed in the early 1990s and body scanners appeared in airports ten years ago. In the meantime, other industries (automotive, electric vehicles, space exploration, software, and medical technology, to name a few) have innovated at rapid rates. So why hasn’t AVSEC? I believe…

A Personal View expressed by Prof. Dr. Adrian Schwaninger

A Personal View expressed by Prof. Dr. Adrian Schwaninger

Performance of security screening at airports depends on humans, machines and their interaction. Applied research is important for a better understanding of how to strengthen security effectiveness and increase the efficiency of security screening processes. To illustrate this point, I use two examples from own work: completed research on the transition from 2D to 3D…

A Personal View expressed by Simon Roberts

A Personal View expressed by Simon Roberts

I was living in Dubai on 3 September 2010 when I heard the news that a UPS 747-400 cargo aircraft had crashed on the outskirts of the city killing both crew members. I was working for DHL and this seemed so close to home, both geographically and professionally, that it shocked me greatly. A couple…

A Personal View expressed by Prof. Michael Breadmore

A Personal View expressed by Prof. Michael Breadmore

There are a number of ways in which an individual can be identified. A photographic ID is the simplest, most well-established form of identification and can be supplemented with machine learning and facial recognition technology. Fingerprints have been used by policing and forensic authorities for what seems like forever and this has recently transitioned into…

A Personal View expressed by Jim Marriott

What does the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) do for aviation security and what more should it do? It always seems appropriate to look at these questions because aviation security risks are always present, the management of these risks shapes all aspects of civil aviation, ICAO has an ambitious security mandate and it is always…