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Friday, October 22nd, 2021


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 »

CBP, cruise lines partner on facial biometrics effort

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced it has been working with the cruise industry to modernize the passenger arrival process via biometric facial comparison. The technology provides an extra layer of security while streamlining travel into the United States by... Read More »

DHS seeking component technology support

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program announced last week that it is seeking information in three topic areas to support component technology needs. “DHS SBIR is uniquely positioned to support DHS’s broad mission by finding ways to... Read More »

GAO: TSA changes could reduce spread of infectious disease

Better monitoring of safety measures taken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by the Transportation Security Administration could prevent the spread of infectious diseases, a new report by the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) said. According to the GAO, while the TSA... Read More »

TSA reopens Innovation Checkpoint initiative

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced a partnership with Las Vegas McCarran International Airport to reopen the Innovation Checkpoint initiative, using security technologies to bolster passenger screening. The effort follows the return of the convention... Read More »

CBP, LAWA issue proactive international travel guidance

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) personnel said the entities are implementing proactive measures to address anticipated 2021 summer season passenger demand. “CBP is proactively mitigating any potential impact in wait times by maximizing our... Read More »

DHS, South Korea collaboration targets aviation security

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) officials said the agency has partnered with South Korea to conduct a civil aviation security technology field demonstration. DHS personnel said the agreement with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of... Read More »

Raytheon secures airport security screening agreement

Raytheon Intelligence & Space has secured a five-year, $318 million Transportation Security Administration (TSA) contract to expand checked baggage screening equipment deployment at federally managed airports. Raytheon Intelligence & Space is a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies and previously... Read More »

Reps. DeFazio, Larsen introduce Healthy Flights Act

U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rick Larsen (D-WA), chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation, joined 15 of their colleagues in introducing the Health Flights Act of 2021 on Thursday. The legislation would create a set of... Read More »

Bell Textron, Army continue V-280 Valor progression

Bell Textron and Army officials said terms have been reached regarding the execution of the Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction (CD&RR) contract's second phase involving the V-280 Valor design. “This is the next step to a program of record, and Bell is proud to closely collaborate... Read More »

TSA aids Connecticut drone detection testing

U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel recently joined Connecticut and New York law enforcement and police departments in aiding the Connecticut State Police (CSP) with drone detection testing. “If you want to fully neutralize the threat from a drone, you need to locate... Read More »

Lawmakers establish Space & Aeronautics Caucus

U.S. Reps. Randy Weber (R-TX) and Charlie Crist (D-FL) are espousing the benefits of establishing the Space & Aeronautics Caucus for the 117th Congress, noting the effort seeks to explore several important matters of policy. Caucus endeavors would include domestic activities in low-Earth orbit... Read More »

CBP details Chicago airport counterfeit mask seizure

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the International Mail Facility (IMF) at Chicago's O’Hare International Airport recently seized suspicious 3M N95 type masks with a 3M trademark. Officers assigned to the Port of Chicago seized parcels arriving from Colombia. Personnel... Read More »

DHS funds to aid maritime object tracking initiatives

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded $153,000 to Morcom International, Inc. to develop maritime object tracking technology. The funding allotment earmarked for the Chantilly, Virginia-based firm was made via S&T’s Silicon Valley... Read More »