America’s airports: The threat from within

The report “America’s Airports: The Threat from Within” issued by the House Homeland Security Committee, makes clear that only a two-pronged approach to combatting the ‘insider threat’ at airports – namely relying on people (background checks) and process (access control) — is leaving a dangerous gap in efforts to mitigate the threat. A truly comprehensive approach to preventing criminal and terrorist acts in airports must include threat detection technology solutions with multi-view X-ray and Explosives Trace Detection (ETD), paralleling those seen at passenger checkpoints around the world.

Targeted screening, which relies on the right technology solutions with portable capabilities, offers airport operators increased visibility into threats in their facilities. Furthermore, it provides effective deterrence while supporting continued operational efficiency and minimizing costs.

Most recently, in a focused effort to assist U.S. airport operators with the myriad complexities associated with employee screening, Smiths Detection has partnered with Miami International Airport in a first-of-its-kind employee screening pilot project. The MIA pilot, launched in January of this year, deploys latest capabilities in multi-view x-ray and explosive trace detection equipment placed in one of MIA’s industry-leading employee checkpoints. The pilot is designed to help develop a replicable concept of operations and demonstrate high-accuracy threat detection coupled with fast and efficient movement of employees through the screening experience.

Sally Nordeen
Senior Director of Aviation Solutions - Americas
Sally Nordeen
Senior Director of Aviation Solutions - Americas
Sally joined Smiths Detection in 2017 as part of the Morpho Detection acquisition. She joined Morpho Detection in 2011 and served in various sales and management roles leading global market based teams in the Aviation and Critical Infrastructure sectors. In September 2017 Sally became Senior Director of Aviation Solutions for the AMERICAS business within Smiths Detection. Sally has a BS in Engineering Management from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business.