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Friday, May 20th, 2022

Transportation

TSA outlines increased passenger volume preparedness

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it is prepared for a busy summer travel season and anticipating increased passenger volume. Summer travel numbers could potentially exceed those of 2019 for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The TSA noted that the... Read More »

Bill targets enhanced anti-trafficking efforts

U.S. Reps. Chris Pappas (D-NH) and Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL) joined nine colleagues in forwarding correspondence to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), seeking maritime domain awareness clarity. The legislators are requesting that DHS adopt a common operating platform, which they... Read More »

TSA outlines proposed FY 2023 budget appropriations

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said $9.70 billion in proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Budget appropriations have been earmarked for the agency. The figure represents $1.4 billion more than the TSA’s FY22 appropriations. Once approved by Congress, it is slated to support... Read More »

Bill seeks human trafficking prevention efforts expansion

U.S. Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Karen Bass (D-CA), and Nancy Mace (R-SC) recently introduced legislation that seeks to expand human trafficking prevention efforts. The Human Trafficking Prevention Act requires posting National Human Trafficking Hotline contact information... Read More »

DHS addresses unruly airline passenger actions

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas said the agency does not tolerate behavior placing the safety of airport and airline personnel as well as the traveling public at risk. “We will continue to use our authorities to hold accountable those passengers that... Read More »

DARPA details crewless UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter flight

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently detailed the inaugural crewless flight of a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter utilizing the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS). “With reduced workloads, pilots can focus on mission management instead of the mechanics,”... Read More »

Bill seeks to criminalize dangerous drone activity

U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) introduced this week the Drone Act of 2022, which seeks to criminalize dangerous drone activity, including actions of drug and human traffickers embracing drone technology to facilitate operations. The legislators noted... Read More »

CBP outlines expansion of Washington Simplified Arrival

Simplified Arrival, an enhanced international arrival process utilizing facial biometrics to automate manual document checks at border crossings, has been expanded in Washington state, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The expansion applies to border crossings at the... Read More »

House bill seeks to protect supply chain from adversaries

A group of lawmakers have introduced a measure they said seeks to protect the domestic supply chain from foreign adversaries that include China and Russia. Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Victoria Spartz (R-IN) introduced the National Critical... Read More »

DHS S&T awards funds for aviation self-screening prototype

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Screening at Speed Program announced Tuesday it had awarded more than $2.5 million to Vanderlande Industries to develop a passenger self-screening concept design and prototype to streamline TSA PreCheck... Read More »

Document highlights TSA air cargo security goals

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently published a document identifying and addressing emerging threats and ensuring the efficient flow of commerce. The document, the Air Cargo Security Roadmap, is the result of collaboration within the air cargo industry with stakeholders. It... Read More »

Boeing details Florida facility construction plans

Boeing officials announced that the aerospace company has broken ground on a 370,000 square-foot maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility located at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Fla. The endeavor would support the company's ability to deliver readiness outcomes for domestic government... Read More »

TSA details checkpoint firearm detection statistics

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers have detected a record number of firearms at airport security checkpoints this year. As of Oct. 3 officers had stopped 4,495 airline passengers from carrying firearms aboard flights, exceeding the full calendar year 2019 previous record of... Read More »

DHS funds target passenger self-screening solution

A Federal Way, Wash.-based firm has secured two Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Screening at Speed Program contracts to develop a passenger self-screening solution. Micro-X, Inc., would receive $1,311,682 to design a screening solution utilizing the... Read More »

DARPA sensor system transitions to Air Force

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said a sensor system developed under the Arrays at Commercial Timescales - Integration and Validation (ACT-IV) program has transitioned to the Air Force. DARPA indicated Northrop Grumman, which serves as the ACT-IV program primary research... Read More »

TSA to acquire additional CT x-ray scanners

Analogic Corporation has secured a $198 million Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agreement to secure mid-sized Computed Tomography (CT) x-ray systems for TSA checkpoints. “This award is another important step in enhancing aviation security,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske... Read More »