Challenges in modernizing aviation security technology

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Lee Kair, managing director at the Chertoff Group, discusses new legislation to modernize technology and acquisition at the Transportation Security Administration, and how it could raise the “global standard.”


The Transportation Security Administration was in the spotlight as one of the largest agencies impacted by the partial government shutdown. However, the past month’s workforce troubles have called attention to modernizing other aspects of TSA. Lee Kair, managing director at the Chertoff Group, says that the recently introduced TSA Modernization Act will change how security technology is acquired and implemented at airports.

 

“If you look back in history, Northwest Flight 253 was the underwear bomber. He departed from Amsterdam to the United States. It was a U.S. based carrier with American citizens onboard, but it was screened to a different standard, because that’s what they were doing at the time. Under the new legislation, it allows more reciprocity and information sharing, and the ability to have something certified in the U.S and deployed overseas.” Kair said. “The legislation requires that it be at the U.S. standard or better. You can actually raise the overall global standard to protect U.S. flag carriers and Americans flying overseas.”