The majority of airports in the US do not have full employee screening at secure access points, resulting a serious insider threat to airport security. Furthermore, they are unable to demonstrate the security effectiveness of their existing employee screening efforts, which consist largely of randomized screening by Transportation Security Administration [TSA] officers or airport law enforcement personnel, warns the House Committee on Homeland Security Majority Staff in its new report, America s Airports: The Threat From Within.
The report stated that access controls, the capabilities and systems in place to safeguard access to sensitive areas and the means by which employees are screened at airports were shown to be a source of vulnerability to securing the aviation sector.
The report noted that already in 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General revealed that 73 aviation workers with links to terrorism were either currently or recently employed at airports across the United States with access to secure and sterile areas, and that, subsequent oversight efforts revealed that while TSA reviewed each individual and determined whether they were a threat to aviation security, the agency had missed terrorist ties due to a lack of access to certain data sets held by other entities within the US Government.
Despite longstanding efforts to be granted access to additional intelligence databases, DHS and TSA were met with resistance and delay by other federal agencies.
The report disclosed that the TSA was finally granted additional access to information but that some officials within TSA have admitted that more is needed in order to provide sufficiently robust vetting to aviation workers , according to hstoday.us.
The report pointed out that of the approximately 900,000 people who work at the 450 airports in the United States under federal supervision and control, many are able to bypass traditional screening requirements that travelers visiting the airports must endure. While the overwhelming majority of these airport workers take the inherent responsibility seriously, there are increasing concerns that insider threats to aviation security are on the rise.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA Police arrested a man who was being evicted from his home in San Francisco’s Bayview District Wednesday after he allegedly refused to leave and barricaded himself inside.
Police said they were called to an apartment complex in the first block of Garlington Court at 10:48 a.m. by a private security guard who reported that a resident set to be evicted from his home had refused to leave. The security guard told police the man had thrown objects out of his apartment and made threats to burn down the building.
Police officers tried to make contact with the suspect, but he allegedly refused to come outside and barricaded himself inside the apartment. Police surrounded the unit, evacuated other nearby residents and called in members of the department’s Crisis Intervention Team and Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Team.
Negotiators were eventually able to make contact with the man and
persuade him to leave his home. He was placed under arrest without further
The man, whose name was not immediately released, was medically
evaluated and is expected to be booked in to jail on an unrelated felony
assault charge, police said.
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