By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Materials Advisory Board, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Panel on Assessment of Technologies Deployed to Improve Aviation Security
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The airline security officer is also responsible for other security matters, such as theft and fraud. The air carrier’s local station manager is typically responsible for all operational activities at an individual airport and the day-to-day activities of the security contractor. Airline security at domestic airports is typically contracted out to private firms that provide trained personnel to operate the passenger screening checkpoints. Because of high costs, the air carriers encourage competition among security firms through a bidding process.
Rather than evaluating the real threat of attack, the SEF shows the improvement in the system once a threat is introduced. This approach focuses on the critical false-negative rate rather than the false-alarm rate. 3. It may be possible to simplify the threat distribution, and therefore the PRA, by establishing the likelihood that a particular explosive will be used. , explosive X) 99 percent of the time and explosive Y only 1 percent of the time, only explosive X would have to be considered in the analysis.
Current airport security systems also include conventional x-ray scanning, physical searches, metal detectors, and canine teams. Figure 2-4 shows a representative TAAS in the early stages of the FAA’s mandated deployment. To evaluate the effectiveness of this deployment, one must estimate the improvement in security afforded by the TAAS in Figure 2-4 over that in Figure 2-3 (including the performance of detection and containment equipment, management policies, and human factors). Once reliable and statistically significant data are available on the performance characteristics of individual subsystems (or security measures) and their dependencies, the optimal configuration of the TAAS can be determined.
Assessment of technologies deployed to improve aviation security. by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Materials Advisory Board, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Panel on Assessment of Technologies Deployed to Improve Aviation Security