Airport Business

MAY 2017

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SECURITY May 2017 airportbusiness 43 vendors," he said. "They work hand in hand with planning and construction to ensure that any additions or changes are within aviation security guidelines and work to reduce access to critical areas when necessary." Los Angeles Airport Police conduct ran- dom vehicle inspections at airport access points prior to entering the Central Terminal Area, said Pedregon. " T he s e veh icle check poi nt s, c a l le d Operation Safe Entry, give us the ability to mitigate threats before they enter highly pop - ulated areas," he explained. "Like our random screening of employees, they are conducted at varying times and locations for unpredict- ability." Los Angeles International Airport has enhanced its perimeter fencing and is in the process of replacing and installing new bol- lards throughout the airport to mitigate inci- dents like the tragic event that took place in London in 2005, said Pedregon. Orlando airport interacts with TSA on a daily basis to ensure that stated goals and objectives are adhered to and that both sides are getting the most from our collective efforts, said Gilliam. "We have worked side by side with the TSA from the first day they arrived at our airport. The Greater Orlando Airport Authority has provided space and access to technology to help them perform their tasks while providing world class service." Like LAX, Orlando also employs a layered approach to security. "[This] allows multiple strategies to be deployed that will address many different threats simultane- ously," said Gilliam. One such layer is Orlando's approach to the insider threat, said Gilliam. "We are one of only three airports nationally that conducts full employee screening to ensure the significant employee population remains in compliance with all security processes," he said. "Probably the single most significant process that the authority put into place was the requirement of full employee screening. This was not and is not an inexpensive program to maintain, but we feel it is probably the one of the most important security processes at Orlando International Airport." When it comes to federal and airport fund- ing, the biggest bang for the buck has been spent on CCTV feeds, equipment and train- ing, said Pedregon. "We hold monthly `Trunk Top Trainings' with all of our local, federal and airline partners and conduct scenario-based trainings," he said. "These trainings provide each entity with an understanding of who will be responding, what their responsibilities will be and what resources are available in a mul- titude of circumstances." Orlando has dedicated personnel that take the funding needs expressed by various depart- ments at the authority and look for ways to max- imize the available grants, cooperative funding

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