Since terrorist activity accelerated in various world countries and on international flights, airports upgraded their security measures dramatically. In addition to scanning luggage, facilities began using full-body scanners to detect weaponry or various types of items deemed prohibited. Today, 172 airports around the world use this technology to keep passengers, planes and flight crews safer.
The Department of Homeland Security recently standardized identification requirements for citizens, residents, and even undocumented aliens. The REAL ID Act requires each state to increase their scrutiny when issuing drivers a new license or permit. State issued identification cards now require the same measures, and there is no room for negotiation. Without a REAL ID, even domestic air travel will soon be restricted.
In previous posts, we have highlighted the need for heightened cybersecurity measures in the field of aviation security, especially in airports. The frequency of cyberattacks and data breaches that occur in airports is concerning, and implementing stronger cybersecurity practices will help prevent and deter future attacks.
In order to best serve the public, the aviation security industry must regularly change and adopt new practices and technology. Professionals in this industry strive to implement changes to protect passengers as well as aviation personnel, and in recent decades, such changes have been shown to considerably improve the industry. Most of the changes being made at present integrate technological advances geared toward improving the strength of aviation security practices and standards.
Securing airplanes against terrorist attacks used to involve banning explosives and other dangerous substances from getting on board. The attacks of September 11th, 2001 and other hijacking attempts have made aviation security more challenging. The shift in aviation security against terrorism has moved from simply banning substances to now making sure the wrong people do not get on board.
There are a number of risks that can endanger airline passengers and crew members, and one of the most prominent threats today relates to cyber attacks. From individuals onboard flights to those milling about airports, aviation security professionals are prioritizing cybersecurity efforts in order to keep everyone safe.
For DEFCON 2020, which is the world’s largest hacking convention, the United States Air Force (USAF) is challenging the hackers of the world to hack an orbiting satellite and/or its ground station.
Since September 2001, airport security has been a prominent area of concern that has attracted players and stakeholders from around the globe. Increased research and development, coupled with governmental policy changes, have been targeting increasing efficiency when it comes to security operations in airports. To increase the precision with which security operators can detect and prevent new threats, new technologies have been rolled out in the aviation industry.
Keeping passengers and aviation crews safe is a top priority in the aviation security industry. In order to effectively improve and maintain security measures, a comprehensive understanding of the most prominent threats to aviation security is required. Over the years, there have been a number of events and catalysts that have threatened aviation security measures, and today, though the threats are fewer in number thanks to advancing technologies, they are still very serious and dangerous.
To cut back on unnecessary time spent waiting in line and improve security detection methods, airports are slated to integrate biometric technology into security checkpoints in the near future. In late 2018, the TSA announced its plan to work toward greater integration of biometric technology to help expedite the process and eliminate human error from identity confirmation efforts.