The security week that was: 01/08/10

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Key points here for the technical side of our industry are 1) research into advanced technologies (see some advanced security technology ideas in this article) and 2) deploy advanced imaging technology. Still, we're talking about 300 imaging units added in 2010. The problem is that when you spread 300 more imagers across this list of FAA recognized primary airports, you have some serious coverage issues.

The fifth point that Napolitano made was about working with international partners. This seems to me to be the really weak point here. We have little leverage to force foreign airports to deploy expensive technology or to train their staff (or manage their staff) as professionally as the TSA does. And, yes, I do think the TSA does a very good job overall. Over the last few years, I've talked with so many TSA employees and they generally are well-trained. And when I was recently flagged for having a half ounce more toothpaste than was allowed, I grumbled some (OK, a lot!) but ultimately respected the fact that the officer paid enough attention to something as mundane as toothpaste.

What's next after we fix aviation security? I was on the phone yesterday with Bob Hayes, who leads the Security Executive Council. Bob and I were both agreeing that as soon as we get airline/aviation security buttoned down, the terrorists are going to look elsewhere. Where will that be? I suspect it would be locations that are even easier to access like mass transit commuter trains. It's a scary proposition, but it's reality of changing vectors in our industry.