Airport & Aviation Security

Aviation Security Challenges

The aviation has been a preferred target of terrorists for over 50 years, and it is likely to continue to be so in the future. Airports, and their associated infrastructure, are essentially uniquely located and functioning cities, incorporating multiple services with equally multiple vulnerabilities.

The goal of those in charge of aviation security is to maximize security along with maximizing passengers’ commercial exposure, and minimizing delays and discomfort.

TAL Global has its roots in applying innovative solutions for complex aviation counter-terrorism threats in the 1970’s, when key staff performed physical and psychological aviation security countermeasures tasks at highly vulnerable targets in Western Europe. Over the years and as a Risk Management Company, we have placed the Aviation sector at the top of our skill list, acquiring cutting-edge knowledge and testing and implementing ground-breaking solutions.

TAL Global’s Secure Global Traveler Program (Airports) achieves both goals simultaneously, by implementing an avant-garde Aviation Security tool that improves existing procedures in place by the world’s largest security organizations (TSA, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc.) by streamlining them into a more thorough as well as a more efficient and traveler-friendly process.

The result is an interdisciplinary solution, responding to the most current transportation threats

Who Benefits?

  • Airports
  • Passengers
  • Airport’s commercial facilities

What are the Benefits?

  • Increased passengers processing security and efficiency
  • Increased airport throughput
  • Decreased overall operational costs
  • Increased users satisfaction
  • • Increased airport commerce

Aviation Security Services

TAL Global offers a complete suite of aviation security services, combining the latest technologies, with our regulatory, operational and intelligence requirements and most advanced solutions, to deal with the following challenges and vulnerabilities:

  • Threat assessment, terrorist threats
  • Crime and environmental concerns
  • Building vulnerabilities, site specific problem
  • Access control, closed circuit television (CCTV)
  • Perimeter alarms and "panic" alarms
  • Operational security (airside access procedures)
  • Compliance and regulatory issues
  • Recommendation and list of implementation items

To help maximize the security of your aviation facility, TAL Global will:

  • Review existing security policies, procedures & technology
  • Analyze the current status of physical security at the site
  • Complete a comparative analysis of site security using comparable benchmark locations and organizations
  • Compare the security at your sites with that of other organizations of comparable size within your industry.
  • Identify potential problem areas within your security measures.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant regulations
  • Provide a list of measures, which can be taken to strengthen security.
  • Prioritize recommended security countermeasures and implementation strategies
  • Help you implement required measures.

Advanced Aviation Security: Outsmart the Adversary

Traditional terrorism countermeasures have often proven ineffective in the protection of critical infrastructure (such as airports) because they are reactive.

TAL Global’s risk-based, mission-focused approach uses biometric technology; advanced intelligence-driven passenger screening; leveraged databases; behavioral sciences; and quantifiable measurements to drive an adaptive, multi-layered process that maximizes security while optimizing resource utilization.

Our unique TDM™ process delivers the following:

  • Identification of the terrorists’ capabilities
  • Recognition of your “attractive” vulnerabilities
  • Development and implementation of a dynamic response
  • Understanding of the terrorists’ adaptive thinking
  • Training to actively respond to terrorists’ adaptive changes

Read more about our Terrorist Decision Making (TDM™) approach>>

Erroll Southers Managing Director of Counter-Terrorism & Infrastructure Protection

Dr. Erroll Southers, TAL Global’s Managing Director of Counter-Terrorism & Infrastructure Protection, will lead the team that will design and implement your dynamic airport security plan.

Erroll, former Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department, is also the Director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies in the Safe Communities Institute of the Sol Price School of Public Policy, an Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security and Public Policy and counter-terrorism subject matter expert at the University of Southern California (USC). Erroll was California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Director for Critical Infrastructure in the Office of Homeland Security, and President Obama’s first nominee for Assistant Secretary of the TSA.

Latest Updates and News:

January, 2017

Is airport security an impossible dream?

Dr. Erroll Southers, TAL Global’s Managing Director, Counter-Terrorism & Infrastructure Protection, wrote in USA Today, exploring the implication of this most recent tragic event on aviation security, as well as possible steps to mitigate the vulnerabilities exposed by this and other attacks.
September, 2016

Terrorist Decision Making (TDMTM) – Increasing Aviation Security By Turning Your Organization Against Itself

In our zeal to protect ourselves from the next attack, the current emphasis on technological countermeasures focuses on yesterday’s threat and usually does not give enough attention to “the human element” which evolves rapidly, creating ever-changing threat profiles.
November, 2015

Why Planes Remain a Terrorist Target?

CNN has just published an op-ed by Dr. Erroll Southers, TAL Global's managing director of Counterterrorism and Infrastructure Protection, where Dr. Southers sheds light on terrorists' "fatal attraction" to aviation, and on the ways to mitigate against this ever-present threat.
November, 2015

Russian Plane Crash: Possible Causes and Ramifications – Dr. Southers Discusses on Yahoo TV

Dr. Erroll Southers, TAL Global's Managing Director of Counter Terrorism & Infrastructure Protection, provided extensive insights on the security aspects associated with the crash of the recent Russian plan in Egypt's Sinai dessert. Appearing in an extensive interview on Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga's program, Dr. Southers analysed intelligence inputs, security policies and post-disaster activities, as well as the possible impact of this event on global aviation.