A new super-sensitive passenger scanner that reveals hidden security threats is being trialled at Cardiff Airport. And researchers claim it has the potential to rapidly reduce security waiting times. The walk-through scanner uses sensors originally designed to detect astronomical activity in deep space, but now uses the human body as a source of light to spot hidden objects. Those objects show up as shadows against the body and its heat signal, with the system also able to learn the difference between everyday items such as mobile phones, and others which are prohibited on flights. Scientists from Cardiff University and QMC Instruments said the new scanner, which will be trialled privately by invitation only at Cardiff Airport between December 4 and 7, would also no longer require passengers to remove jackets or items from their pockets at security. The scanner itself looks like a small camera inside a cabinet. Ken Wood, sales and marketing director of Sequestim, the joint venture … [Read more...] about New passenger scanner uses space technology to speed up airport security
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There is growing concern over new technology that could be the future of airport security. The TSA has a new pilot program that uses facial recognition technology, instead of boarding passes and driver's licenses, at Los Angeles International Airport. At least two senators called on the Department of Homeland Security to slow down the expansion of the program until privacy and security concerns can be addressed, reports CBS News' Kris Van Cleave. The system compares your face to the picture on your passport stored in a secure government database. It has the potential to speed up the line, as flyers won't need a boarding pass or ID check to go through security, but critics say facial recognition doesn't work the same for everyone. "The passenger experience is enhanced because you don't have to fumble through your belongings to pull out multiple ID documents. You just walk up to the camera, pose for a photo and you're off on your way," said TSA executive adviser Melissa Conley.The TSA … [Read more...] about Facial recognition tech could shorten airport security lines, but is it accurate?
Criminals have been caught selling codes to access an airport's security systems on the dark web for just £7 ($10), according to a new investigation. The stolen passwords could allow anyone to access the airport's remote desktop protocol (RDP). This allows employees to work access airport systems outside the local network. Had the codes fallen into the wrong hands, they could have compromised passenger safety, allowing criminals to create havoc at the airport. For instance, if hackers had airport RDP access, it would allow them to control security cameras from anywhere in the world. They could also potentially change the airport's heating, lighting ventilation and air conditioning systems remotely. The airport affected has not been named and it appears the codes have now been taken offline. Scroll down for video Criminals have been selling codes to access airport security systems on the dark web for just £7 ($10), according to a new investigation … [Read more...] about Criminals are caught selling codes to access AIRPORT security systems
Travellers using American airports are facing a new obstacle with Transport Security Administration (TSA) officials asking them to remove snacks and powders from their carry-on luggage. The latest step in the ever-tightening security arrangements surrounding travel in the US is not an official policy but is being enforced by officers at many airports across the country. Responsibility for security on aircraft and at airports is vested with the TSA, while monitoring and vetting people seeking to enter the US is handled by Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security. Requests to remove snacks and powders have been made at a number of major hubs including Newark, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, leading to security delays as the US tourism season gathers pace. The changes have seen passengers told to put food they had bought to eat onboard the aircraft into separate bins for further inspection. On at least one occasion the delay has … [Read more...] about Travellers to US face delays as airport security staff begin screening snacks
Computer scientists at New York's University of Rochester released a statement Tuesday describing how researchers were able to use data science and an online crowdsourcing framework known as the Automated Dyadic Data Recorder (ADDR) to create their own program that would help to zero in on facial and verbal cues exhibited by someone who is lying. Participants gained access to the ADDR program by logging onto Amazon Mechanical Turk, an internet marketplace that allows developers to build on artificial intelligence systems by matching people to tasks that computers are unable to complete. Once study participants joined the marketplace, they were either assigned to be a "describer" or an "interrogator."CC0Study: Exercising Four to Five Times a Week Keeps Heart Healthy, Young Describers were given an image and told to memorize as many details as possible before being instructed … [Read more...] about Facial Recognition Tech That Spots Lying Might Be Coming to Airport Security