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Editor's Blog and Industry Comments

Report reveals more than half of potential bombs get through US airport security.

22 October, 2007
Surprising revelation comes from undercover tests conducted at US airports by the Transport Security Agency.
The US Transport Security Agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, have released the results of an undercover series of tests they performed to test out the screening efficiency at US airports. These results indicated that across the US, more than half of all potential bombs made it through the screening process causing outrage by critics of the system and public commentaries. The TSA however, point out that the tests were purposefully difficult to stress the system and that since the time of the tests, screening technology has moved on. Now, liquid detection techniques and backscatter X-Ray systems make it significantly easier to spot potential problems.

Since the technology is moving so quickly and since there are frequent procedural changes in airport security and check-in, the process for auditing security and validating its effectiveness needs to done on a much shorter cycle than a year. Maybe the TSA is right and these test results would be much better now, but if it takes 12 months to publish results, we'll never know whether technology and procedures are keeping up with the changing threats.

One thing is clear though, there is no stagnation in the airport security market so the more agile companies serving this area will continue to benefit commercially. To address this opportunity, the Transport Security Agency is hosting a webinar on the subject today entitled "The Market Outlook for Airport Security in the US" on the defensedaily website.
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