The Misconception of Security Driving and Secure Transportation

Larry Snow with the Secure Transportation and Executive Protection News for Tuesday, May 8th, 2018.

 In travel and security tips

New TSA Security Procedures


With the summer travel season on the horizon, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that it has completed the rollout of enhanced screening procedures for carry-on baggage as part of a greater effort to raise the baseline for aviation security. The stronger security measures, which began last summer, require travelers to place all personal electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes.

In addition to screening personal electronic devices separately, including laptops, tablets, e-readers, and handheld game consoles, TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate other items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving.

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In Executive Protection Tips

The Misconception of Security Driving and Secure Transportation

Security Driving and Executive Protection describe a profession, a job description that defines a skill set needed to save lives. It is our opinion that social media have twisted them into marketing terms with no regard for the skill sets that define the profession. In the present training environment, unsuspecting individuals are trained in skills that have no market value. Social media is filled with complaints – ranging from certification, standards, to pay scales and unethical behavior.

For some in the industry, especially those just entering the business, there is a misconception of the definition of security driving – in particular, the job description of a security driver. Security driving is more than driving a vehicle. It requires the skill and knowledge to move a principal from point A to point B in a safe and secure manner and a variety of environments. In fact, security driving is more accurately called secure transportation, which encompasses in-depth knowledge and a measured level of skill to conduct route surveys, recognize and develop safe havens, create alternate-route plans, and develop emergency evacuation plans. Advanced first-aid skills are also essential.

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In Vehicle Tips

Recommended App for your Vehicle Maintenance

Car Minder manages all your car maintenance needs from logging repairs to tracking fuel economy. As a handy feature, Car Minder Plus also lets you save data for multiple cars, and it tracks them individually.

When you store service history, the app will cross-verify it with the service warnings so that anything that looks like a potential problem is brought to your notice, immediately.

Keep track of oil changes, tire rotations, and other maintenance tasks for all your cars.

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