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Posted by: athomas
Posted by: athomas
As the TSA continues its move towards a risk-based approach- correctly focusing more on bad people than bad things - it will face several challenges along the way, including how it uses and guards personal traveler information.

As we enter the era of "Big Data", such discussions are popping up across society, from health care, to employee relationship management, retail, social media, and everywhere in-between.

TSA is no exception and must be held to the highest standards. No federal agency can be allowed - in the name of security - to over-reach the boundaries and jeopardize civil rights.

Using data in the right way is possible. For example, 10 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were selected by the Computer Assisted Passenger Profiling System for additional screening.

Still, vigilance will be key.

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Posted by: athomas
Concerns are rising over the re-introduction of previously prohibited items like pocket knives and mini-bats.

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The overwhelming opposition voiced by flight attendants about TSA’s new allowance of carry-on items such as small pocketknives and golf clubs reveals a lot about the security realities of today.

Acts of aberrant, abusive, and abnormal passenger behavior- known as air rage- remains the most persistent threat to aviation security.

It was the case in the years leading up to 9/11; and, it is once again.

IATA recently estimated that the incidence of air rage cases is way up; and, there are now more 10,000 such events annually.

The in-cabin threat posed by terrorists has been significantly reduced by the willingness of passengers to intervene and the reinforced cockpit door.

What remains is an environment where stress has been ratcheted up (THINK security hassles, reduced customer service, too many carry-on bags and full planes), and flight attendants often have no one to rely on except themselves to keep the peace.

The re-introduction of previously prohibited items makes the in-cabin environment less safe; not because of the risks posed by terrorists, but by the re-emerging problem of disruptive passengers.