Posted tagged ‘Security’

Suspicious Bag on Flight Was “Just a Test Device”

November 19, 2010

A suspicious piece of luggage that was about to be loaded onto a flight in Namibia was a “test device” from a U.S. company that tests alarm and security systems.

From CNN:

An official with the U.S. Transporation Security Administration said Friday that they are working with German and Namibian authorities to determine the origin of the device and the reason it was being transported on the plane.

“We applaud the vigilance of the aviation security authorities who discovered the device and took quick action to ensure that it did not pose a threat to the aircraft and passengers,” the TSA official told CNN.

The discovery of the bag at Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport in Namibia delayed flight 7377 to Munich, Germany on Wednesday and raised security concerns, a spokeswoman for the airline, Air Berlin, said Thursday.

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Security Issue at San Francisco International Airport

August 19, 2010

UPDATE: The FBI has stated that a threat against a New York-bound American Airlines flight was not credible.

American Airlines Flight 24, which was scheduled to fly this afternoon from San Francisco to New York, has been moved to a remote location at the San Francisco International Airport, after a threat was called in via phone.

Here is a statement which was just released by the TSA:

“TSA is aware of an alleged threat made via phone against American Airlines flight 24 (SFO-JFK) before take-off. Out of an abundance of caution, TSA requested the plane be moved to a remote location. Passengers are being deplaned and will be interviewed and rescreened. The aircraft will be swept by local law enforcement.”

From CNN:

A threat made against an American Airlines plane preparing to take off from San Francisco International Airport on Thursday prompted authorities to ask the passengers to deplane and be rescreened, the Transportation Security Administration said.

Passengers will be interviewed and rescreened while law enforcement inspects the aircraft, TSA said.

Philadelphia Phillies Fan Gets Tasered on Field (With Video)

May 5, 2010

Seventeen year old Steve Consalvi was Tasered by Philadelphia Phillies security after running on the field during the 8th inning of a Phillies home game this past Monday night.

Now, I’m not going to condone what the kid did as being right, you are warned not to run on the field when you enter the ballpark. But, as a fan, I think that security probably went a little far this time.

Check out the videos below and let me know your thoughts.

Seriously TSA…WTF?!?!?!

February 15, 2010

I don’t know where to begin, so you’ll have to follow the link to read the entire story. If you want the short of it, please read the excerpt below.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Did you hear about the Camden cop whose disabled son wasn’t allowed to pass through airport security unless he took off his leg braces?

Unfortunately, it’s no joke. This happened to Bob Thomas, a 53-year-old officer in Camden’s emergency crime suppression team, who was flying to Orlando in March with his wife, Leona, and their son, Ryan.

Ryan was taking his first flight, to Walt Disney World, for his fourth birthday.

The boy is developmentally delayed, one of the effects of being born 16 weeks prematurely. His ankles are malformed and his legs have low muscle tone. In March he was just starting to walk.

What happens next is what gets be upset. As the boy passed through security, the alarm went off. No biggie, right? Well, read what happens next.

The screener told them to take off the boy’s braces.

The Thomases were dumbfounded. “I told them he can’t walk without them on his own,” Bob Thomas said.

“He said, ‘He’ll need to take them off.’ “

Ryan’s mother offered to walk him through the detector after they removed the braces, which are custom-made of metal and hardened plastic.

No, the screener replied. The boy had to walk on his own.

I’ve grown very tired of the TSA and how at many airports, they feel like they own the joint. Yes, we must protect ourselves from terrorists. But come on…this is obviously overkill. Couldn’t they at least allow the parents to help him through? That’s all I’m asking…

Thoughts?

Double Agent Killed CIA Agents

January 5, 2010

It appears that Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, a suicide bomber who attacked a CIA base in eastern Afghanistan last week, was a Jordanian citizen working as an Al Qaeda double agent.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The suicide bomber who killed seven Central Intelligence Agency employees and contractors and a Jordanian intelligence officer was a double agent the CIA had recruited to provide intelligence on senior al Qaeda leadership, according to current and former U.S. officials and an Afghan security official.

The officials said the bomber was a Jordanian doctor likely affiliated and working with al Qaeda.

The Afghan security official identified the bomber as Hammam Khalil Abu Mallal al-Balawi, who is also known as Abu Dujana al-Khurasani. The Pakistani Taliban also claimed that Mr. al-Balawi was the bomber, Arabic-language Web sites reported Monday.

Mr. al-Balawi was brought to the CIA’s base in Khost Province by the Jordanian intelligence official, Sharif Ali bin Zeid, who was working with the CIA, according to the Afghan security official.

Hewlett Packard Acquires 3Com

November 11, 2009

Just saw that Hewlett Packard is acquiring 3Com for deal valued at around $2.7 billion.

3Com will also provide Hewlett Packard with its TippingPoint portfolio which is a network security system.

From TechCrunch:

HP says the acquisition will further its data center strategy “built on the convergence of servers, storage, networking, management, facilities and services.” The acquisition of 3Com also help to expand HP’s Ethernet switching offerings, add routing solutions and significantly strengthen the company’s position in China thanks to 3Com’s strong presence in China.

From CNNMoney.com:

3Com took in $1.3 billion in revenue last year on its networking and securities solutions products. The Marlborough, Mass.-based company mostly does business with corporate clients, and its H3C networking unit is a market leader in China.

HP  said it made the acquisition to expand its networking solutions offerings and to “significantly strengthen the company’s position in China.”

Over the past year, HP has increased its services and business solutions business exponentially, catapulted by its $13.9 billion acquisition of services firm EDS last year.

From InformationWeek:

3Com will bring a wide-ranging portfolio of network switching, routing and security solutions to HP. The technology will boost HP’s already potent networking offerings, which are centered in HP Procurve.

“By acquiring 3Com, we are accelerating the execution of our converged infrastructure strategy and bringing disruptive change to the networking industry, HP executive vice president Dave Donatelli said in a statement.

HP’s converged infrastructure architecture, announced Nov. 4, essentially creates a one-stop data-center shop. It packages HP’s compute, storage, networking offerings into a highly virtualized bundle which can be centrally managed.

That move came shortly after Cisco linked up with EMC and VMware in a partnership which tightly integrates storage alongside easy-to-manage virtualized data-center bundles called V-Blocks.

mBlox Powers “In Stadium Solutions” to Improve Security and Safety Via Text Message

October 7, 2009

Client mBlox, the world’s largest mobile transaction network, today announced that the company is powering In Stadium Solutions’ rapidly growing security and marketing fan text messaging service for sporting events held in prominent venues such as Dolphin Stadium, Notre Dame Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Daytona International Speedway. The service has also been active at major sporting events such as the Super Bowl and BCS National Championship Game.

From the release:

ISS’ text messaging system reduces the number of incidents and improves security at venues by allowing fans to simply and discreetly text a shortcode with a keyword and a brief description of the issue and its location. Ushers, public safety personnel, first aid and event staff can then quickly and efficiently take action as needed. This has helped reduce the number of unruly incidents and dramatically increased the response time to any type of issue such as medical situations, housekeeping and other guest service issues.

In addition to security and safety issues, ISS enables venues to engage directly with fans both while they are at the venue, through mediums such as quizzes and special offers, and after the event with incentives for the fans to return. The system can also be used to generate sponsorship revenue.

“In Stadium Solutions is a highly innovative company which has taken SMS and turned it into a service that enables stadium ushers and security personnel to address incidents before they turn into problems,” said Brian Johnson, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas and Asia Pacific for mBlox. “Billions of SMS are sent each month so consumers know and trust the format. Clearly, the major sporting venues have seen the value in enabling spectators to alert staff inconspicuously with no danger to the fans themselves.”