Sunday, November 28, 2010

Scaling TSA Does Not Equal Follow Israel's Example

When I hear that TSA should follow Israel's security practices, I think of Mike O'Dell's timeless advice:

Scaling is ALWAYS the problem.

Israel has 20 flights per day.  The US has 20,000 flights per day.  Do the math.  Dana Milbank did today in the Washington Post:

"In a time-consuming and labor-intensive process, Israel uses profiling, background checks and extensive interviews to filter out the highest-risk fliers, who are then subjected to searches of luggage and person more invasive than anything the Transportation Security Administration has conjured. The air security argument has been about whether Americans would prefer Israeli-style profiling to the current system of body scans and pat-downs. But this overlooks a more fundamental problem: The Israeli system, even if it could be scaled up, is out of our price range. 

El Al, Israel's national carrier, reported spending $107,828,000 on security in 2009 for the 1.9 million passengers it carried. That works out to about $56.75 per passenger. The United States, by contrast, spent $5.33 billion on aviation security in fiscal 2010, and the air travel system handled 769.6 million passengers in 2009 (a low year), according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That amounts to $6.93 per passenger."
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We are not even having the right conversations on airport security and we never will as long as Congress has anything to do with it - and they always will....

Nice MAG Freedom eWare Article at Automation World

A sign of maturing standard is when it is simply referenced in an article, such as this one on eWare at Automation World, where it states:

"The software, which is MTConnect compliant, can interact with smart phones, tablet PCs and similar mobile devices, displaying machinery status, productivity data and machinery analytics for various systems on a plant network"