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Basic Security Training

Greetings, Air Ops friends!    I am working on providing more training for my landside operations/custodial staff who have some duties under our ASP.  They had expressed interest in the ACE program, however, for their level of involvement and current duties, we didn't feel that was the appropriate level of training at this time.  I'd like to be able to send them to a conference or workshop, so they can have that experience, get to...
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Access Control System

Does anyone have any experience using a Honeywell NetAXS system with the Win Pak Software?  I'm upgrading my system to be able to have my access control and ID badge printing software on the same program.  Any info or advice on this or a similar system is appreciated!  Feel free to email me if you don't want to post your system info publicly.  Michael@fortsmithairport.com  
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DRO Cirriculum

Anybody able to share a DRO training Cirriculum with us? Thanks-  dlyons@stillwater.org  
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Insider Threat

Does your airport's TSA fisk employees as part of their playbook? If yes, do they also perform enhanced pat downs of employees? It's just a curiousity question, when I changed positions to a new airport I ran into this. I was shocked that airport management encouraged and supported it. 
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Unarmed LEO's and TSA Checkpoints

Do any of you have unarmed LEO's at your airports? If so, are they able to transit through the TSA security checkpoint in the same manner as an armed LEO and what are they citing that allows them to do so? Stipulations (ie. responding to an emergency)? I am trying to identify the distinction between what is allowed by local policy and what is permitted by the TSA's rules.
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The Wolf is in the Forest

Ever been camping? Imagine heading to the great outdoors for an extended camping trip. Hikes in the forest, walks on trails, skipping rocks on the lake, sitting around the campfire at night. But after a few days, we wake up one morning to find out that a wolf has invaded our campsite. Everyone’s okay, but it was a close call. Someone could have been killed. What’s the natural thing to do (barring going home of course, which...
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Star Wars Premiere May Attract Another Kind Of Evil Empire

The premiere of the seventh and likely the most highly anticipated installment of the Star Wars films, is bringing the fans and their costumes out in droves, but may also attract the wrong element. While I hate to be the guy that tosses a metaphorical wet blanket on all the fans sleeping outside theaters, I have to remind you that it was the midnight premiere of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, when an active shooter...
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State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert

The US State Department today issued a worldwide travel alert in effect until February 24, 2016. The alert was issued because authorities believe the likelihood of terrorist attacks will continue, and that terrorists will employ both conventional and nonconventional weapons and targeting official and private events and interests. So what does this mean? Should you still go on that planned holiday vacation? Or is it time to stay home, cover up with a blanket and bunker in? Go...
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Time for an Active Shooter Review

The situation in France reminds us that terrorist or criminal active shooter events can happen anytime, anywhere. What should you do if you’re caught up in an active shooter incident?   First, review the City of Houston’s excellent video, Run-Hide-Fight. This is the fundamental active shooter strategy. Schools, airports, sporting venues, concert halls may have slightly different protocols and variations, but from a civilian perspective, the fundamentals are the same: Run! "Get off the X," as the military...
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Paperless Badging

Does anyone do electronic/paperless badging and could give some info? We are looking to completely eliminate all paperwork and keep files electronically. We would need to be able to password protect some pages (CHRC and STA) while keeping the badge application and any notes accessible to the rest of our staff. I have started looking into editable PDF programs so that everything we have now can be scanned in but I'm not sure if that...
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On the next episode of Airplane Repo, It’s Amateur Hour

Have you ever seen that show, Airplane Repo? If you have, you may have been surprised at how easily these people can access an airport and take off with an airplane. Looks easy right? Apparently a woman in St. Louis thought so to, and in early August, she was caught attempting to steal a corporate jet parked at the St. Louis Downtown Airport. According to the news report, the woman drove onto a restricted part...
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Dear Admiral Neffenger, Part V - Final

Part 5 of 5 in a series on fixing aviation security. Dear Admiral Neffenger, TSA needs to embrace SeMS – Security Management Systems. SeMS is already up and running through IATA and ICAO. Here in that States, the FAA has been dragging its feet on SMS (Safety Management System) for years although it’s a proven program and already in use by the US Coast Guard, the airlines and most every other component of our industry except airports....
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Dear Admiral Neffenger, Part IV

art 4 in a series of 5, on fixing aviation security. Dear Admiral Neffenger, We need to get the word out to the police and airport security community on the real threats, so we can focus our limited time, resources and money on the actual threats. I heard a Sheriff the other day at a conference talk about how astonished he was that he was able to get on a small Cessna 172 airplane and there...
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Dear Admiral Neffenger, Part III

Part 3 of 5 in a series on fixing aviation security. Dear Admiral Neffenger, continuing the series on fixing aviation security… Aviation is as essential to the United States just as our power, water, food and other transportation systems. It’s not a nicety, nor a luxury. Our nation’s success is based on it. The 9/11 attacks resulted in the near economic collapse of the U.S. When air travel slows down, flights are missed, business deals that...
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Airport Police/Security and OPS as one?

Greetings my fellow Operators:   As the majority of you are certainly aware, there are some smaller commercial airports that combine Police/Security and Operations into one division. I am reaching out to other regional airports and also aviation security professionals/experts for their insight into exactly how that works. How is that kind of division structured?   I would assume that these types of personnel are "police first, and OPS second," correct? Are there instances where...
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Dear Admiral Neffenger, Part II

Dear Admiral Neffenger, Please Continue using risk based security – our biggest enemy is not bombs and guns, but political overreaction. Trying to protect everything results in protecting nothing. While there are nice phrases that play well in the media, for politicians and for motivating someone on an individual level, like, we have to be right all the time, the bad guys only have to be right once, that’s not realistic from a strategic perspective. We can’t lock...
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Dear new TSA Administrator Admiral Neffenger

This is the first in a five-part series on a prescription for moving aviation security to a sensible, effective approach: Dear Admiral Neffenger, From one former Coastie to another, Semper Paratus, and congratulations on your appointment. While my Coast Guard career was cut short due to a medical issue, I try to serve in other ways by spending the majority of my professional career becoming an expert in aviation security, airport operations and emergency management. As you assume...
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What should we do about TSA?

Several recent leaks to the media about TSA shortcomings have called into question whether TSA is effective at doing its job, and to a larger extent whether the aviation industry is actually secure. The big question is: what should be done about TSA? The question is obviously much easier than the answer. Let’s address it point by point, and take a look at some of the solutions that have been proposed. First, the report that TSA personnel...
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GSC Training Requirements

Hi all, We are looking at possibly getting a few of the Ops guys trained as GSC at our airport to have a back-up if the airline can't stay late or some other reason that in a pinch we could step in. We operate a lot of private charters out that require a GSC but not full TSA screening. Has anyone done any of this training and if so, what all does it consist of, how...
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TSA Closing Times

Hello all! I am looking for some input for those with non-24 hour TSA checkpoints.  I am wondering what your policy is regarding checkpoint closing times. Does your checkpoint close at a designated time daily? Is the closing time based on some other method (last flight leaving the gate, etc.)? Do you have any type of agreement in place with TSA that states how long they will stay open and the metrics that are used...
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Part 1542 Secure Manhole Covers

Afternoon all,   I was wondering if anyone else has had TSA tell you that you need to inspect the manhole covers and they have to be locked throughout the entire field, not just the SIDA. It seems like something that may be implemented at larger hubs, but we have a confined SIDA box just for commercial operations and a little over the top.  Any Suggestions?       
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ASC Training

I'm new to this ASC world and I need to get my certification. I looked at AAAE and they don't have this training until November 2014. Does anybody know of any vendors out there that provide this training? Thanks, MC
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Identification Badge Software

I am looking for a new badging system. Currently we use Build-A-Badge from Fargo. The program is very basic but you can only produce and store so many badges. Once you exceed the data limit the system locks up and you have to go through a long process to delete all the data and start over.  I'm looking for a program that will allow unlimited badges and will notify me when a badges is expired....
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X-Ray Bag Scanners

I'm looking to other Airport electricians who may have some experience with the x-ray Bag scanners used by TSA at the Airline Ticket counters.  TSA is replacing some of them and hiring outside electricians to do the swap, but i'm trying to establish whether these machines fall under Art.517 of the NEC(technically health care facilities).  I'm sure i could call my AHJ, but sometimes in specialty installations in a smaller community that doesn't see things...
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Perimeter Gate Signage

We're starting a couple of fencing/gate projects and signage wasn't included in the specs.  So I'm trying to determine what signs need to be on/around the gates.  The ones we currently have are badly worded and I don't think include all the information that is needed at a secure perimeter gate. So what does your gate signage look like?
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