Monday, May 16, 2016

Airport Security Inefficiencies

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Pre-9/11, “the FAA led the security screening development and regulation required access passed the security checkpoint clear, a basic screening progression.  The FAA delegated this screening not to the airports but to the airline with the greatest presence on each concourse – normally the airline that had signed a long-term use and lease agreement with the airport.  Private Screening companies such as Argenbright Security, ICTS parent company to Huntleigh, and Globe Security, were operating at the time of 9/11. Which deemed the screening process as “the structural failure was that the airlines had no real incentive to make security a priority” (Tyler, 2016).  For legislation to venture back to the old security screening companies is a major concern for the traveling public. Post-9/11, these security companies have been out of the game and would require immense training in order to become current in their functionality. Additionally, DHS has concentrated its efforts in a single government entity: TSA. This agency has inundated the traveling public with policies and procedures that, in theory, are supposed to be effective but has unfortunately been consistent in exposing its deficiencies to protect the public. These inconsistencies will continue to permeate and self-destruct due to failures of fully addressing the problems that DHS and TSA encounters. Even if legislation returns to previous security methods that establish contracts for either concourses or designated hub airports or a designated screening for spoke cities, if TSA, who is one agency, has been exposed of its inconsistencies and failures from its implemented policies how can these inconsistencies and problems be properly solved by having a multitude of security companies operating and being executed differently by various airlines as TSA is supposed to provide the same format?

            Granted there are other approaches to the deficiency in airport security that propose solutions, such as obtaining technology that conducts behavioral analysis or more K-9 enforcement/personnel, yet they will not fully achieve their desired results until this is accomplished: ameliorating the necessary training and productivity of airport personnel. With over 20 years in the airline industry, starting as a Ticketing Agent to finishing as a General Manager, and a doctorate in Public Policy and Administration specialized in Homeland Security Polic and Coordination, I can validly testify that the success of attempting to correct the imperfections in the foundation of airport security rests on the effectiveness of its frontline: airport and TSA employees. For they are the first line of defense of communication of implemented policies are misconstrued, misunderstood, or even dissected to discover voids and loopholes, then the passing of prohibited items will continue and yet again the traveling public are forced to subject their liberty in abiding to such policies that simultaneously jeopardize their safety. As stated in the New York Times articles on the Brussels attack, “Ultimately... .the debate over how or whether to further enhance airport security forms part of the broader political discussion in Europe and elsewhere about how to strike the appropriate balance between safety and liberty. A balance where the public is able to travel freely and safely.

Though it is annually observed as an anniversary that honors and remembers those lives that were lost through either unfortunate victimization or commendable heroism, the tragedy of September 11, 2011, did not cease that day but initiated a new beginning. That date was the start of the exploitation of the weaknesses in the American airline industry as well as supporting government agencies by using aircrafts as weapons of destruction. The redundancy of the defects in prohibited passing through security checkpoint keeps threatening the safety and liberty of the traveling public through unexpected yet routinely executed terrorist attacks. To reiterate or quote statistics or other substantiating data would be irrelevant for each new attack had, has, and will continue to affirm not only the imperfections in the foundation of airport security and supporting government agencies but also the ineffectiveness of resolutions to such imperfections. Imperfections that are consistently exposed to these attacks that keep rekindling this debate of how to ensure security that will not continue to put the safety of the traveling public at risk. There should not have to be collateral damage due to this mistake.

My book, The Inside Man, addresses this mistake as a core weakness that has been repeated in past and recent attacks: the passing of prohibited items through the security checkpoint. I further elaborate on this defection by emphasizing its deteriorating impact on ensuring safety to the public as it impeded the effectiveness of communication  - in regards to implementation of policies for airport security – between personnel and government agencies.  Additionally, with your gracious sponsorship, this book can also supplement the new Homeland Security degree that Embry-Riddle is offering by providing assistance in the construction of curriculum, a different perspective on the airline industry and the infrastructure of airport security, and additional promotion for the degree program through my growing social networks.


Tyler, S. (2016).  The Inside Man:  Evaluating Security Communication Failures at a United States Commercial Airport.  University Press of America. Rowman & Littlefield.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Airport Security: Senate Reform Bill

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 Security is critical in everyday living. Ensuring that airports are secured is a requirement for all bureaucratic, government bipartisan that must be taken seriously!

Screening airline and airport employees should have been taken into consideration years ago at the establishment of the Department of Homeland (DHS), shortly creating the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), to ensure that all airports and aircraft are SECURED from any outside potential terrorist attacks.  It’s amazing how these potential terrorist attacks are coming from the inside and still years later nothing is done about it.  Full physical screening of employees also "is incapable of determining a person's motivations, attitudes and capabilities to cause harm, among other limitations" (Yaniv & Stephansky, 2014). The legislation is concerned about the red tape bureaucratic nature of previous FAA Reform Bill of a conglomerate of issues rolled up into one reform bill.  The only concern that I have is the fact that airline and airport employees are forgiven from any regulatory screening practices besides random screenings.  I have posted:  Close Airport Security Gap: Screen Workers on my social media accounts.  In the article, airline worker’s SIDA badges with lax criminal background checks provide freedom and liberty to the world in which the ISIS Terrorist Cells have taken advantage of this issue and have already infiltrated the America soil in the aviation industry. With the same standard SIDA badge training given by airports nationwide for an airport and airline employee, to receive a SIDA is unrestricted accessibility.

The government’s bureaucratic red tape makes this issue thorny not only for the millions of dollars desired by the DHS but also the resources required by the TSA.  I addressed this gap in my book called The Inside Man: Evaluating Security Communication Failures at a United States Commercial Airport” regarding the ability to effectively communicate and execute airport security policies successfully between TSA, airlines, and airport employees. I explored how communication among the employee groups effectively execute and implement of TSA policy and policy changes:

 “Airport security was greatly heightened after the September 11th terrorist attacks on American soil.  Legislation has been enacted to help secure national airports and protect passengers.  Despite this legislation, deficiencies and inconsistencies, including unsecured doors, prohibited items passing through the security checkpoint, passengers entering the Security Identification Display Area (SIDA), and passengers gaining entry through employee access continue to hinder the safety and security of passengers (Poole, 2006).  The Transportation Security Administration and Homeland Security have been reaching to discover approaches if these measurements are safe or do these methods put the public at risk. As mentioned previously, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has banned liquids of certain amounts (3-1-1 Policy) in all carry-on luggage on all domestic and international air carriers due to the potential terrorist attack in Great Britain on August 10, 2006.  Since the event, policies have been pushed down to the TSA employees and for public knowledge; however, these goals were unclear.  The program was implemented immediately (less than 24 hours) of the terrorist attack, which created long lengthy lines, confiscating and robbing of the passengers’ personal items of all liquids and gels without the passengers' knowledge of this at the security checkpoint. However, terrorists are nearly successful at finding different ways to exploit our negligence on security for commercial airliners that affects thousands of lives daily. This problem impacts the nation to the whole world and every passenger that has trusted in airline traveling. Although TSA is to provide the security that our public needs to feel when they fly on one of the commercial airlines, it’s still not enough (Tyler, 2016). 

 I believe in the process of focusing on the inside of the festering threat and I believe that I am a vehicle to assist with my business INTERACTIVE INTELLIGENCE CORPORATION.  IIC is a Homeland Security, Emergency Management Consulting Company that offers interactive training solutions, software applications and market materials for professional development and program management consulting services to municipal, state and federal government agencies, and airport & airline employees/management to help resolve the communication problems discovered on September 11.  

Poole, R. & Carafano, J. (2006).  Time to Rethink Airport Security. Retrieved on

Tyler, S. (2016). The Inside Man: Evaluating Security Communication Failures at a United States Commercial Airport  

Yaniv, O. & Stepansky, J. (2014).  Gun-Smuggling ring from Atlanta to JFK used Delta flights to move weapons: sources. Retrieved from


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Airport Security: What is it going to take for airport security to be tightened up in regards to airline and airport employees?


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Freedom is the greatest gift known to man!  In the same context, an airline or airport employee has such freedom when issued a SIDA (Secure Identification Display Area) badge to gain access to secured areas such as baggage loading areas, taxiways, runways and boarding gates. Prior to issuance of a SIDA badge, all employees must meet both TSA background check requirements and criminal background

This SIDA badge is the GATEWAY TO THE WORLD!  Regrettably, the airline and airport employees utilize this resource for their own personal business enterprise by performing illegal activities that are also known as a “side hustle!” A “side hustle” is money laundering, transporting weapons or drugs, and something as simple as using your SIDA badge for your own personal business moving goods and services. "A gun-smuggling ring that brought illegal firearms into Brooklyn via commercial airline flights was dismantled after investigators pinched the mule and nabbed his hookup-a Delta employee in Atlanta" (Yaniv & Stepansky, 2014).   I tweeted an article which demonstrates these unethical behaviors performed by airline employees Airport Security: Why the rash of airline employee trouble?

What is it going to take for airport security to tightened up in regards to airline and airport employees? The government’s bureaucratic red tape makes this issue thorny not only for the millions of dollars desired by the DHS but also the resources required by the TSA.  I addressed this gap in my book called “The Inside Man: Evaluating Security Communication Failures at a United States Commercial Airport” regarding the ability to effectively communicate and execute airport security policies successfully between TSA, airlines, and airport employees. I explored how communication among the employees of the TSA, airlines, and airport influences the effective execution and implementation of policy and policy changes:

“When there is a failure of policy execution, particularly in the communication of information within the TSA organization. These risks include (a) prohibited items being undetected at security checkpoints and (b) planes returning to the gates when prohibited items are identified and the airlines have to remove the passenger from the plane. At the level of the airline organizations, (a) passengers feel the impact when making their connecting flights, which increases passengers’ anxiety; (b) a delay of bags at passengers’ destination creates bag claims and baggage delivery charges; (c) a heightened public awareness of prohibited items passing through checkpoints creates a sense of doubt of these government security policies; and (d) terrorists are aware of TSA failures, which creates opportunities to exploit the passenger screening process through Internet technology and mass media. (Tyler, 2016). 

Tyler, S. (2016).  The Inside Man:  Evaluating Security Communication Failures at a United States Commerical Airport. Univerity of Press of America. Rowman & Littlefield. 

Yaniv, O. & Stepansky, J. (2014). Gun-smuggling ring from Atlanta to JFK used Delta flights to move weapons: sources. Retrieved from

Thursday, March 31, 2016

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Who am I? I'm Stacey and why should you care?  Because I specialize in airport security and you fly don't you?   I have obtained a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, specialized in Homeland Security Coordination from Walden University.  My educational background ranges in areas of transportation, security, customs & border control, emergency response, intelligence, and bioterrorism.  

My research focused on the security policies of a domestic airport by identifying the role of TSA
agents, airline employees, and airport employees in the communication process to support effective
airport security policies. 

My airline foundation is relatively extensive with nineteen years of experience! I initiated three distinct airline openings as a Station Manager.  In my former position as a General Manager with United Airlines, I strategically managed the operation to ensure policies and procedures are effectively implemented to increase safety and security measures of the traveling public.

I will be posting periodically about airport security and I have a website at

See you soon!