The US Senate has begun to approve airport security measures, following discussions last Thursday.
The measures look to include an advanced system to screen airport personnel in the ‘Thune-Nelson anti-terrorism package’. Interestingly, it looks as though there will be a program for the donation of security equipment that is not needed, or surplus to requirements, to foreign airports that conduct direct flights to the US.
Over the past few years, there has been instances of security breaches by airport personnel, and the ramping up of security screening for airport workers will be a welcome addition to requirements. Also, there may be a significant increase in the presence of airport security teams, and an additional layer of security for aircraft cockpit entry.
Providers of security access and screening control systems, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AIM, who deliver solutions for airports and other critical facilities, welcome the decision, as the technology already exists to enhance airport security across the globe.
Discussions are yet to continue, with other subjects, such as the transportation of prisoners, and taxation titles still on the table.