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Airport Security Just Got More Awkward

If airport security measures weren t uncomfortable enough, TSA recently revealed they re making pat down procedures a little more invasive . A spokesperson told Bloomberg, I would say people who in the past would have gotten a pat-down that wasn t involved will notice that the new pat-down is more involved.
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The TSA has warned airport officials, crew, and law enforcement that the new procedure may involve an officer making more intimate contact than before . If CNN correspondent Angela Rye s recent experience is any indication, yeah, the new procedure does sound a lot more involved2. The TSA doesn t get very detailed on what the new procedure will look like, but the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) sent a security notice to members that offered a vague description, according to Bloomberg:

Now security screeners will use the front of their hands on a passenger in a private screening area if one of the prior screening methods indicates the presence of explosives, according to a security notice that the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) sent its U.S . members following a March 1 conference call with TSA official. The TSA website doesn t give you much to go on3 in terms of options, either . They simply say: At any time during the process, you may request private screening accompanied by a companion of your choice . A second officer of the same gender will always be present during private screening.

Not very comforting, considering it s the same procedure, just in private. According to LegalMatch4, rejecting a pat down altogether will likely get you booted from the airport . It s worth noting that if you reject the full-body scanner, you ll get a pat down instead . That said, you can still get a pat down if you go through the full-body scanner. (Also, TSA can still reject your request5 if you d rather have a pat down and a scan, so that s not even necessarily an option). If you want to avoid a pat down, here s what one TSA agent told Reader s Digest6:

Don t wear shirts or pants with extraneous pockets, buttons, or zippers, or anything with sequined bling on it . These items tend to appear suspicious on the scanner, which is programmed to flag anything out of the ordinary. Of course, don t look suspicious is pretty ridiculous advice, but the TSA isn t exactly flexible, and their policies seem to only be getting more aggressive . If nothing else, these new procedures are something to be aware of next time you fly .

For more detail, head to the links below.

TSA Warns Local Police About Its New Airport Pat-Downs Bloomberg via Consumerist78

References

  1. ^ weren t uncomfortable enough, (lifehacker.com)
  2. ^ the new procedure does sound a lot more involved (www.cnn.com)
  3. ^ TSA website doesn t give you much to go on (www.tsa.gov)
  4. ^ According to LegalMatch (www.legalmatch.com)
  5. ^ TSA can still reject your request (www.latimes.com)
  6. ^ TSA agent told Reader s Digest (www.rd.com)
  7. ^ TSA Warns Local Police About Its New Airport Pat-Downs (www.bloomberg.com)
  8. ^ Consumerist (consumerist.com)

Squatters evicted over Buckingham Palace ‘security risk’

Squatters who were branded a possible risk to the Queen’s security have been evicted in a “stealth mode” operation. The group were living in a seven-storey building just metres away from Buckingham Palace. The property’s occupiers, who claim to be part of the Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians, were removed at around 4am on Saturday after the building’s owners filed a submission to the High Court. Daniel, one of the group of 30 campaigners, said: “It was pretty unprecedented . To just wake up and you are surrounded by bailiffs, they came in in stealth mode. “I opened my eyes to bailiffs on the staircase.” Owned by Bahraini Abdulrahman Aljasmi, the building has stood derelict for decades, the group claims, leading them to re-purpose it as an embassy for “indigenous people” and “nations that are not recognised”.

Court documents shown to the Press Association by the squatters cited a Metropolitan Police royal specialist protection officer who flagged a “potential security risk” posed by the group. Concerns were raised that if the squatters accessed the adjoining roof they could directly peer into the gardens of the royal grounds. Snipers stationed on the roof of Wellington Barracks were in “regular contact” with a next-door owner to raise concerns about the view into the palace gardens from the roof, the document said. Security considerations were further fuelled by a post on the group’s social media feed, which said they had decided to relocate “as close to the Queen’s bedroom as possible”, it added. One organiser later claimed the message was just a joke. Warning signs pinned to the door of the once-lavish property, which neighbours the Swaziland High Commission, say the premises is now being being looked after by County Enforcement Group. The building was the third high-profile property in central London to have been occupied by the squatters.

They were evicted from a multimillion-pound property in Eaton Square last month, before immediately moving into a nearby seven-storey building on Grosvenor Gardens.

Five Resolutions for your Home and Personal Security

Every year the New Year arrives brimming with possibilities and Suffolk Police are reminding people to include security resolutions as part of their 2017 goals. The New Year encourages many of us to vow to quit our vices, eat better and improve finances but what about your home ? As the saying goes, home is where your heart is and officers are urging the public to put more efforts into making it safe and secure, with the following five resolutions. Most burglaries are committed by opportunistic criminals who happen to see insecure premises where they can help themselves . Intruders will look for the best opportunity to break into a property, some will scope out an address first, so officers are urging residents to ensure their home looks occupied, that hedges which might conceal a thief are kept trimmed and that there are no tools accessible that might aid an intruder to gain access. Remember to safeguard your keys as part of your home security measures . Every year police are handed thousands of lost keys, which cannot be returned to their rightful owner as there s no way to identify them . Suffolk Constabulary s SAFEKey initiative works to remedy this and, operating across the UK and the EU, provides members with a branded key fob inscribed with a unique reference number to identify them as the key holder at a small cost of just 1 per month . The money generated is driven back into the community to support projects and schemes, as per the Police and Crime Commissioner s objectives .

To find out more, please visit: www.suffolk.safekey.org.uk1. In the winter months, often coupled with the rise in the cost of fuel, heating oil also becomes an attractive target for thieves . Suffolk Police are reminding homeowners of simple measures to prevent such thefts: positioning lights with a Dusk til Dawn feature close to the tank, ensuring your fence is high and not easy to climb, and investing in good quality locks, such as shackle padlocks. Close shackle padlocks offer better resistance to bolt croppers and other tools that thieves usually come equipped with . Homeowners should check their oil gauges regularly, which will indicate any potential theft, and consider installing a remote electronic oil level gauge, which triggers an alarm if there is a sudden drop.

  • Join in with your community

One way people can help keep their local area safer is by joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch group . Neighbourhood Watch schemes can help reduce crime, and opportunities for crime, by encouraging residents to look out for each other and to report anything they feel is suspicious . To find out about local watch schemes in operation, please visit: http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/home-safety/watch-schemes2. You can also keep up to date with the very latest in policing in your local area by signing up to Police Connect, a free messaging service provided by the Constabulary; from news and appeals, to local policing events and meetings . To find out more or to register, please visit: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/services/police-connect3.

Online fraud is one of the most widespread forms of cybercrime and protecting yourself is key as many more of us using mobile phones, tablets and other devices to shop, bank and share personal details . Suffolk Police are urging people to ensure passwords are regularly changed on all accounts and that these are not duplicated across multiple accounts . Passwords should not be easy to guess, so include a combination of capital and lower case letters, numbers and symbols . Further protect yourself by installing and updating your anti-virus software and shop only from official websites that you know and trust. In the age of social media and emails, many of us post personal information online . Where possible, use secure networks and be careful what information you are sharing, never revealing financial details . Online crime can have a devastating impact to those who fall victim . If you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cybercrime, report it to the national policing lead, Action Fraud: www.actionfraud.police.uk4.

  • Make your phone work smarter

Mobile phones and tablets are a very tempting target for thieves . Not only are they more valuable in themselves, but many will also contain valuable data, from music downloads and photographs taken, to other personal information saved on social media, emails and banking activity. Having your phone or tablet stolen can have immediate consequences, so ensure you always use a security lock PIN code or biometric authentication and download a tracking app that can locate a lost or stolen device using its GPS signal. Protect your property further by registering them on www.immobolise.com5, a free-to-use national database that police can access and compare against items that have been found or recovered from suspected thieves. Chief Inspector Jo Garrard, Head of Community Safety for Suffolk Police, said: “It s important to remember that burglars don t have an “off-season and we can all take positive steps to make ourselves and communities safer . Security measures are just the start, though; I would urge people to be more vigilant in what s happening around them and in reporting suspicious activity to us .

We rely on information from the public to help us keep our communities save, so if it doesn t feel right, we want to hear from you.

References

  1. ^ www.suffolk.safekey.org.uk (www.suffolk.safekey.org.uk)
  2. ^ http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/home-safety/watch-schemes (www.suffolk.police.uk)
  3. ^ https://www.suffolk.police.uk/services/police-connect (www.suffolk.police.uk)
  4. ^ www.actionfraud.police.uk (www.actionfraud.police.uk)
  5. ^ www.immobolise.com (www.immobolise.com)