March 27 (UPI) — Smiths Detection has selected by Britain’s Ministry of Defense to provide aviation security equipment at its military airports worldwide, the company announced on Monday.
The specific value of the award was not detailed but was said to be worth millions of dollars.
“This key contract will deliver checkpoint and hold baggage security for all UK Ministry of Defense airports over the next decade,” Iain Mcleod, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, said in a press release. “Installation is currently underway, maintaining and enabling class-leading aviation security to support our operations around the globe.”
Equipment to be provided for screening passengers, luggage and cargo include the ScanTrailer 100100V-2is mobile X-ray inspection systems; HI-SCAN 145180-2is dual view X-ray equipment for inspecting air cargo; IONSCAN 600 trace detectors; CEIA PMD2PLUS walk through metal detectors; and millimeter-wave eqo scanners for screening people.
In addition to the gear, Smiths Detection will provide equipment support for a 10-year period.
A mother who asked TSA agents at DFW International Airport for alternative screening for her son with special needs said they were “treated like dogs” and forced to miss a flight during an extensive security check, according to her Facebook post that has since gone viral. But the Transportation Security Administration said in a prepared statement that it followed approved procedures to “resolve an alarm of the passenger’s laptop.”
Jennifer Williamson wrote Sunday morning that her son has a sensory processing disorder and that she asked agents to “screen him in other ways per TSA rules.”
An accompanying video shows a TSA agent patting down her son. The agent pats down his backside before moving to his front. She writes in the post they were kept for more than hour in the “horrifying” incident. TSA disputed Williamson’s account, noting in its statement that the passengers were at the checkpoint for about 45 minutes, including the time it took to discuss screening procedures with the teen’s mother and the inspection of three carry-on items. The pat-down took about two minutes, according to the agency.
Williamson’s post had more than 26,000 shares by Monday afternoon.
“Let me make something else crystal clear,” she wrote. “He set off NO alarms. He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine. He is still several hours later saying ‘I don’t know what I did. What did I do?’ I am livid.
“I wish I had taped the entire interchange because it was horrifying. We had two DFW police officers that were called and flanking him on each side. Somehow these power tripping TSA agents who are traumatizing children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause, need to be reined in.”
TSA said two police officers were called to mitigate the mother’s concerns.
“The video shows a male TSA officer explaining the procedure to the passenger, who fully cooperates,” the agency’s statement reads. “Afterward, the TSA officer was instructed by his supervisor, who was observing, to complete the final step of the screening process.”
Williamson could not be reached for comment.
CORRECTION, 7:50 p.m., March 27: Because of an error in a TSA statement, an earlier version of this story incorrectly said that the family was at the airport checkpoint for 35 minutes. The agency said the passengers were at the checkpoint for 45 minutes.
Rt Rev. Mensah was speaking in Accra as the special guest at the first end-of-year get-together, otherwise called WASSA, of the Police Academy of the Ghana Police Service last Saturday. The occasion was also used by the academy to take stock of the past year and review its strategies to improve its performance this year. The Police Academy, established in 1959, is currently the second highest institution of learning after the Ghana Police Command and Staff College and has produced leaders for the Police Service over the years.
Comparing the Security Fund to the GETFund for the educational sector, Rt Rev. Mensah said the latter fund, which would provide a structured extra financial injection into the various security services, should be used to resource, especially, the Police Service. He said the fund could be used for the provision of better equipment and smarter Information and Communications Technology (ICT) facilities that would help the police carry out their mandate. The provision of ICT facilities, he said, would enable the police to carry out criminal investigations using high tech and that could lead to a drastic drop in crime.
The world has progressed technologically and criminals are taking advantage of the sophisticated technology to outwit the police. But the police must be ahead of the criminals in terms of the use of technology, he said.
The Commandant of the academy, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mr Anderson Fosu-Ackaah, said the get-together had become a regular feature on the calendar of the Ghana Police Service, which had been providing the platform for officers and men of the service to gather to interact and share experiences. In 2016, he said, the Police Academy, in collaboration with the Police Administration, organised courses for some selected senior police officers on election security and crowd control management for the 2016 general election. The academy, Mr Fosu-Ackaah said, served as the joint operational command centre for the Greater Accra Regional Command during the 2016 general elections.