The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to expand the department’s authorities and methods for collecting biometrics to improve the screening and vetting process.
The proposed rule changes would modernize biometrics collection and authorize expanded use of biometrics beyond... Read More »
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the agency has deployed more biometric facial comparison technology to reduce traveler contact and streamline the travel experience.
Officials said, through a partnership with Los Angeles World of Airports (LAWA), Los Angeles International... Read More »
Coast Guard officials said the service branch has halted at least five illegal charter voyages discovered across the Mid-Atlantic since July.
“The recent increase of illegal charters in the Maryland National Capital Region is a serious issue. Illegal charters pose a significant hazard to life,... Read More »
Seeking to advance explosive detection equipment, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded $1 million to Synthetik Applied Technologies last week to help it develop machine learning training data for airport security.
Such data simulates human travelers and baggage object models to... Read More »
The Miami International Airport installed seven computed tomography (CT) scanners at six Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints.
With these changes, passengers traveling through a lane with a CT scanner will be permitted to leave laptops and other electronic devices in their... Read More »
In a new report on commercial drones, the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation has laid out the expansive penetration of Chinese-manufactured drones into the U.S. market, and has argued for direct government intervention to halt their data collection activities.
Labeling these drones... Read More »
Transportation Security Administration officials said personnel at two airports are using new Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) to confirm the identification (ID) validity and flight information in near real-time.
Systems at Baltimore/Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport... Read More »
A study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) examined the effectiveness of government travel bans in Europe on slowing the spread of COVID-19.
The study found that international flight connections played a particularly important role in the early stages of the... Read More »
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has initiated new technology at John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia Airports capable of validating traveler identification and confirming flight information in near real-time.
The TSA said JFK International Airport has 22 credential... Read More »
The Air Force has awarded a contract worth up to a combined $240 million to Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) for adversary air live training.
Air Force officials said the award to ATAC, part of the Textron Systems segment of Textron Inc., is via the Combat Air Forces (CAF) Contracted... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will lift its ban on the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) for New York residents.
The ban, in place since February, was lifted after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature amended the law that prevents sharing of information to federal law... Read More »
A trio of lawmakers have introduced a bill they said requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to conduct a trial program to check passenger temperatures before advancing through airport security.
Reps. Ralph Norman (R-SC), Ted Budd (R-NC) and John Larson (D-CT) said the TSA... Read More »
Smiths Detection -- a leader in threat detection and screening technologies for aviation, ports, and borders, urban security and defense -- has launched new algorithms that enhance its HI-SCAN 10080 XCT explosive-detection system (EDS) scanner’s detection capabilities.
Smiths iCMORE detection... Read More »
Last week, the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation (DOT) and Health and Human Services (HHS) issued joint guidance for the air travel industry, meant to provide a framework for airlines and airports operating amidst a global pandemic.
COVID-19 has spawned more than 11.4... Read More »
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said the agency has postponed reopening Trusted Traveler Programs Enrollment Center sites until at least Aug. 10, 2020.
The action stems from the agency seeking to ensure the health and safety of program applicants, per the CBP, adding the decision... Read More »
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has published new guidance designed to aid in managing new global security risks while safeguarding all modes of transportation.
Administrator’s Intent 2.0 targets tangible security threats across seven broad categories: insider risk, surface... Read More »
Tamr Government Solutions, based in Cambridge, Mass., has received the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) inaugural Phase 5 award to develop an international traveler screening solution.
The $813,000 funding allotment via the Silicon Valley... Read More »
The Coast Guard recently joined three other agencies in signing an agreement they said is designed to assess Hawaii’s harbors following disasters such as severe weather events.
The Coast Guard has agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric... Read More »
Bell Textron Inc., has reached agreements with nine aerospace industry firms to form Team Invictus, which will produce the Bell 360 Invictus prototype for the U.S. Army.
“Team Invictus is working together to show how cutting-edge technology will give soldiers the ability to confidently operate... Read More »
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has crafted a structure the agency said is designed to combat potential transportation sector insider threats.
The TSA Insider Threat Roadmap streamlines processes, identifies requirements and capabilities, and leverages partnerships to... Read More »
Security screening firm Smiths Detection has introduced an ultraviolet (UVC) light kit it maintains is capable of destroying up to 99.9 percent of microorganisms present at airport security checkpoints.
Smiths Detection UVC kits automatically disinfect baggage trays as they are being transported... Read More »
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials said employees must wear facial protection while at screening checkpoints to minimize COVID-19 spread and raise the airport environment's overall health and safety level.
“TSA is making this change to protect our employees and travelers as... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking to temporarily amend H-2A requirements to help U.S. agricultural employers during the coronavirus emergency.
The H-2A program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the country to fill temporary agricultural jobs.
The rule... Read More »
Analytical AI of Birmingham, Ala., received a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) funding award to aid Transportation Security Administration (TSA) detection and screening capabilities.
The $199,536 allotment through the Silicon Valley Innovation... Read More »
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said the agency has extended the REAL ID enforcement deadline one year to Oct.1, 2021, in the wake of COVID-19.
The extension is in accordance with directives from President Donald Trump, and DHS will publish a notice of the new deadline in the... Read More »
Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Lou Correa (D-CA) are urging Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf to delay the Oct. 1, 2020, REAL ID Act implementation deadline.
The three legislators encouraged the delayed action, citing the impact of COVID-19, the limited... Read More »
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said the agency has introduced biometric facial comparison technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 4 to secure and streamline international travel.
“CBP and its partners are implementing facial comparison technology to provide... Read More »
The House of Representatives has advanced a bill designed to extend Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) equal rights and protections provided other workers under Title 5 of the U.S. Code.
Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) sponsored the Rights for Transportation Security... Read More »
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently indicated its PreCheck program has reached a milestone of 10 million members, adding the landmark figure is essential to aviation security.
TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program enabling low-risk travelers to undergo screening... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials is providing state governors with increased flexibility regarding electronic submission of required documents for REAL ID applications.
Specifically, DHS said states may now add identity and lawful status source documents, through a secure... Read More »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently launched biometric facial comparison technology at Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport.
The technology is intended to secure and streamline international travel.
CBP has processed more than 43 million travelers using biometric facial... Read More »
The U.S. Air Force recently completed flight testing of the Collins Aerospace Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance System (SYERS) sensor, SYERS-2C, on the U-2.
The entire U-2 fleet has been upgraded with this sensor capability, which provides increased optical performance and accurate... Read More »
Since the rapid outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Wuhan, China, and beyond, numerous governments have restricted travel to and from China, but a new university-run study reminds one and all that the effectiveness of travel bans remains unknown.
While the World Health Organization... Read More »
Threats in the public areas of airports have increased, prompting the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to issue a recommendation to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) administrator.
The recommendation suggests the administration develop a plan outlining roles and... Read More »
Virginia’s congressional delegation is urging the Army National Guard to prioritize funding for a new aviation facility in Richmond, Va., as part of the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP).
The lawmakers said the funding would help complete a facility to house the Virginia Army National... Read More »