New York, NY (PRWEB) December 12, 2007
Amid government investigations and airline industry reports it would seem that keeping passengers safe and getting them on their way would be an extremely difficult job. For airlines to manage this by themselves is impossible. "There have been some very damning headlines that have hit the press in the last several weeks. But despite the probes and the reports, many airlines are prepared and have instituted excellent security programs," explains William McGuire, President and CEO of the New York-based international aviation security company, Global Security Associates, LLC. Global is assisting its clients around the world with various security programs during this very busy holiday season.
"There are reasons why travelers are feeling the brunt of the some of the security procedures. We all know why the procedures are there, but now the process needs to be fine tuned to keep travelers moving onto their destinations," states McGuire. As threat levels continue to change, lines get longer and industry reports find flight delays are getting worse each year--are contributing to this growing backlash. Working within the parameters of mandated security protocols, Global works with airlines to enhance the process in order to help airlines and passengers meet their travel needs. "One of the ways we work with our clients is to go through the entire process with them and look for better approaches," he says.
Some of the security protocols that Global Security Associates (GSA) (http://www.globalsecurityassociates.com) has designed are centered on staying ahead of threat levels. "We are constantly monitoring our intelligence sources and what we learn we relay back to our clients and our staff in the field." Global currently oversees the security needs of some thirty airways throughout the U.S. and the world and is one of the largest suppliers of security services to New York's JFK Airport.
Threat fatigue can be a real problem says McGuire and could explain the latest study results that found a lack of security in some of the 19 airports tested around the nation. "A solid security protocol designed specifically for each airline truly is the best approach. There should never be a one-size fits all approach to airline security." Measuring the business value of having an outside company provide security he says, "As a company we have made it our focus to consistently improve on aviation security and how it is performed." While many airlines can and have chosen to go the road alone, McGuire says the value of having a company solely dedicated to security with the resources to focus in on just aviation security, Global's clients have found extremely beneficial. "We take that burden away from them, this is what we do, this is the only thing we do…security."
GSA works closely with its clients to implement consistent, individually tailored programs and robust security measures designed to avoid compromises in service and security. "By engaging high-quality, dedicated and trained personnel, GSA integrates security measures into part of the service delivery process--to the point where customers may not even realize that they have undergone a security process," states Victor Anderes, Global's Vice President of Emergency Response Planning.
While airlines have been adapting needed programs and technology to keep its passengers safe, they still have a distance to go so companies like Global are offering vital services to enhance safety and speed the process along. "GSA assists clients in assessing threat conditions and implementing appropriate security countermeasures to address the changing security climate. Through our 24/7 intelligence monitoring and threat forecasting operations center, we are able to assist clients with their response," says Anderes. GSA utilizes leading edge technology such as proprietary software SecurSwipe™ to increase security while reducing bottlenecks in the overall process.
When the national and international threat levels are raised, GSA's operations center responds by assisting its airline clients with additional trained personnel to meet the demand of screening and removing restricted items while assisting travelers. "Threat levels can be raised at anytime without warning and it is important to know we are a phone call away. We have teams assembled and ready to go," states McGuire. GSA believes that because commercial aviation is a service industry it cannot afford an absolutist approach to security. This would drive business away and ultimately result in its demise. A risk management approach is required to strike the right balance.
As aviation security moves more high-tech, terrorists tend to resort to more low-tech methods of attack. GSA firmly believes that technology helps secure aviation, but human interface and control are crucial to securing it.
About Global Security Associates:
Global Security Associates, LLC, (GSA) is among the world's leading aviation security firms. GSA has also been a major security supplier to government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and international clients at locations in Europe, the Caribbean, North & Central Africa, South Africa, South America, Mexico, Asia and the Middle East including Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
William McGuire, president and CEO of the company, has spent nearly two decades in the security industry. McGuire is a member of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), the National Cargo Security Council (NCSC), and the International Association for Counter-terrorism & Security Professionals.
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