Italians Got Recent Wakeup Call
Globe is reporting that an Italian newspaper got hold of a
leak, and ran with it.
Apparently, official airport inspector-types filed their report
about their own recent attempts to carry "bombs" aboard passenger
Larry Habegger and James O'Reilly of the paper say that they
"passed undetected through security in Bergamo, Catania, Milan,
Palermo, and Rome."
The Italian equivalent of the TSA says procedures have been
changed since the successful breaches. When did the breaches take
place? They're not saying. What changes have been implemented?
They're not saying. Were the procedures used by the "bombers"
identical at all the airports [in other words, is there 'one level
of security' at Italian airports]? They're not saying.
ANN called the TSA to see how well our own system of security
Darrin Kayser at the
TSA told us how the US does it: "Our red teams do that," he said.
"We don't release publicly what their rate is." He assured me,
though, "We have a very robust process. When we do get through, we
immediately show our screeners what we did, and what they need to
do to make sure it doesn't happen again." The 'retraining' is
quick: "The key is the 'immediate' debrief."
Compared to the FAA's old way of doing things, he said,
"We've done 901 tests (733 at checkpoints, 168 in checked
baggage)," Darrin noted. "The FAA did 1754 in 9 years; we've done
901 in a little less than a year." The comparisons of the numbers
of test, he explained, were 'apples to apples,' in that the scope
and breadth were approximately the same. "All airports," he noted,
"will be tested over our first 3 years. That three years started in
September 2002. Mr. Kayser noted, "Screener checkpoint pass rates
have improved 10% between Sept 2002 and the end of August
They're not perfect, though. "Our Red Teams are very
professional, and know what teh screeners are expected to do, and
how the process works. Our goal is not to have 100% scores for our
screeners. If we did, our Red Teams wouldn't be doing their jobs,"
he said. "Now, we have a 'system of systems.' Before that, we had
pretty much just the checkpoints."