Completed reports are linked below. Links to additional resources are available at the bottom of the page.
PARAS 0001 Criminal History Records Checks (CHRCs) and Vetting Aviation Workers Guidebook (This document is password protected. Please contact email@example.com to request a copy.)
Please see PARAS 0029 below for the most up-to-date version of this document.
PARAS 0002 Companion Design Guide to US Customs and Border Protection's Airport Technical Design Standards
The CBP Airport Technical Design Standard (ATDS) is currently being revised to keep pace with new processes and technologies. Many existing facilities where CBP operates may not be easily adapted to changing market and processing demands. This Guidebook was developed to provide airports, airlines, architects, and planners with guidance to build more flexible facilities and future-proof assets that may need to last many decades.
An accompanying website for this report is available here.
PARAS 0003 Enhancing Communication & Collaboration Among Airport Stakeholders
This Guidebook provides practical, hands-on, interactive material useful to Airport Operators for enhancing communication and collaboration (C2) among internal and external airport stakeholders. It is designed to fit the needs of a broad spectrum of airports, and is scalable to airports of various sizes and types. This Guidebook provides a tool to assess an airport’s current conditions relative to C2. It presents a practical step-by-step approach called the C2 Program Life Cycle for enhancing C2 among airport stakeholders.
PARAS 0004 Recommended Security Guidelines for Airport Planning, Design, and Construction
This document was publised in 2017 and represents the fifth iteration of guidance for the airport security planning and design community, first issued by the FAA in 1996 and 2001, and continued by the TSA in 2006 and 2011. PARAS 0028 (listed below) was published in 2021 and represents the most recent version of this guidance. If needed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the 2017 version.
PARAS 0005 Airport Perimeter Breach Classification and Post-Incident Best Practices
This document was developed for all FAR Part 139 airport operators to assist in their efforts to address perimeter security breaches. Specifically, the project developed a consequence-based classification model for perimeter security breaches that can differentiate the severity and risk of these breaches and enable airports to accurately convey internally, to the public, and to the news media the severity and types of breaches that occur at their facilities. This guidance document also provides best practices for post-breach activities.
PARAS 0006 Employee Inspections (Synthesis Report)
Airports have approached the subject of inspections and insider threat in different ways in order to be as effective and efficient as possible with very limited resources. At the time of this report, airports have developed best practices in order to accomplish the goals of the TSA-released Security Directives and Information Circulars that were based in part on the 28 recommendations by the Aviation Security Advisory Committee working group. Section 1 of this report focuses on the synthesis team’s interaction with the airports and airlines via surveys, emails, and follow-on interviews. Section 2 provides the best practices that were either volunteered by airports and airlines or were derived from the team’s follow-on interaction.
PARAS 0007 Quick Guide for Airport Cybersecurity
This Quick Guide is intended to help airport executives and managers understand that they are accountable for cybersecurity issues and must measure and improve their cybersecurity programs and capabilities. It provides meaningful and actionable information for airport managers to evaluate and improve their own cybersecurity efforts. The assessment tool that accompanies this document measures the airport’s cybersecurity risks and program maturity, and should be universally usable by large and small airports without additional software or hardware.
PARAS 0008 Findings and Practices in Sharing Sensitive Information (Synthesis Report)
All airports generate important information that could be considered privileged but is not covered by federal designations such as Top Secret, Classified, and SSI. Airports must occasionally grant access to this non-regulated, privileged information to non-credentialed persons who have a need-to-know for work on airport projects, as part of the procurement process or for public information purposes. This synthesis report provides the findings and practices on effective ways that airports administer access, as well as control and recover information after it is no longer needed.
PARAS 0009 Guidance for Security Management Systems (SeMS)
This guidance was developed for those individuals, teams, or task forces who are responsible for establishing and maintaining an SeMS at their airport. It was written with a human-centered design approach; future users were consulted early in its development, influencing both content and format. Its purpose is to help you: 1) understand SeMS; 2) inform you of the benefits of SeMS; 3) help you determine whether your airport is ready to establish an SeMS and determine next steps on your SeMS readiness level; 4) guide you on establishing an SeMS; 5) inform you of the governance required to establish and maintain the SeMS; and 6) guide you on how to undertake quality assurance of the SeMS. The accompanying tool, linked below, should be used in conjunction with the guidance to measure your SeMS maturity.
PARAS 0010 Guidance for Protecting Access to Vital Systems Impacting Airport Security
Airports host systems—such as access control, video surveillance, and telecommunications—that are vital to airport security and critical to daily operations. Ironically, while these systems provide security to the entire airport environment, measures to protect them are often overlooked, which could result in critical failure. This guidebook attempts to address the issues affecting vital security systems and empower airport operators with information, guidelines, standards, toolkits, and templates to overcome this threat.
PARAS 0011 Guidance for Airport Security Master Planning
This guidebook is intended to be used by airport management and staff, as well as security consulting organizations as a holistic approach to developing and implementing a Security Master Plan (SMP). An SMP enables an airport to systematically support the forecasting and planning of future security needs and the associated capital expenditures.
PARAS 0012 Guidance for Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into Airport Security
This guidebook is intended to be used by airport management and staff for the purpose of understanding the benefits of, and the processes for, the integration of UAS into airport security programs.
PARAS 0013 Minimizing Congestion in Public Areas to Mitigate Security Vulnerabilities
The objective of this Guidebook is to assist airports of various types and sizes to minimize traveler-related congestion that could be a viable target for acts of violence. The primary focus is crowd management during regular operations, though there is also guidance to minimize secondary targets created during incident response.
PARAS 0014 Blast Mitigation Strategies for Non-Secure Areas at Airports
This guidebook facilitates the implementation of effective blast-mitigation strategies in non-secure airport areas to reduce risks and effects of explosive attacks. Each airport faces unique constraints, such as different vulnerabilities and risks, and varying sizes and financial capabilities. Therefore, this guidebook is not prescriptive but instead provides a process by which airports can implement the most appropriate strategies.
PARAS 0015 Guidance for Airport Perimeter Security
The purpose of this document is to guide aviation professionals responsible for perimeter security at airports. While the primary focus of this guidance is on technical aspects of perimeter security and systems, such as perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS), the document also addresses important physical security methods as well as procedural and operational security measures to facilitate effective perimeter security.
PARAS 0016 Airport Security Vulnerability Assessments
This guidebook provides airports with a methodology and tools to support planning and conduct of airport-wide Security Vulnerability Assessments (SVA) addressing a broad base of malevolent threats. Supplemental Microsoft Excel-based SVA Tools are available to airports by request from email@example.com. Please indicate small, medium, or large hub in your request.
PARAS 0017 Access Control Card Technology Guidance
This document reflects the rapid evolution of security-related technology in the airport environment. Specifically, it covers the relatively narrow title field of access control cards. The guidance is intended to give the reader a working knowledge of the range of access control card technologies available, and the operational attributes and constraints of each, in order to aid in the selection of an appropriate upgrade or replacement technology.
PARAS 0018 Airport Security Training for Law Enforcement and Security Personnel
This document is a comprehensive training resource to assist trainers in developing curriculum specific to their needs. Master curriculum content provides overall context for the airport environment and highlights connections between regulatory requirements and job duties.
PARAS 0019 Employee/Vendor Physical Inspection Program Guidance
Robust physical inspection programs play an important role in an integrated insider threat mitigation program. This report consolidates the information, recommendations, best practices, and lessons learned from developing and maintaining physical inspection programs that were gathered from dozens of published research documents and interviews from airports of all sizes, layouts, and demand levels. It provides several methods that could help an airport of any size or operation enhance their inspection program(s).
PARAS 0020 Strategies for Effective Airport Identification Media Accountability and Control
This document assists airports of all sizes in enhancing controls and accountability of airport-issued ID media. The document covers security controls during badge issuance and renewal; audit strategies; suggestions to mitigate lost, stole, not returned, and unaccounted-for badges; strategies to enhance badge retrieval; and Trusted Agent considerations.
PARAS 0021 Utilization of Autonomous Vehicles for Security at Airports
The report provides airport operators and security managers with technical, operational, safety, security, regulatory, and cost-benefit information to help them determine whether and how autonomous vehicles can address their airport security and safety requirements. It highlights real-world use cases drawn from both non-aviation and airport environments.
PARAS 0022 Active Shooter Mitigation and Recovery Strategies
This guidebook is a complete source for information on strategies for mitigating and recovering from an active shooter incident. An accompanying summary video can be found here.
PARAS 0023 Exit Lane Strategies and Technology Applications
The primary purpose of this document is to assist airports in researching, designing, procuring, and installing exit lane technology. It is designed to assist airports in all stages of deploying exit lane solutions and includes discussions on planning considerations, operational factors, testing, maintenance, training, potential configurations, compliance, and capabilities of available technology types.
PARAS 0024 Consolidated Receiving and Distribution Facilities at Airports
This document provides airport executives and aviation industry professionals with guidance on the key features, planning, development, and operations of a CRDF. The intention of this document is to provide information and resources for a broad range of airport types, sizes, and needs in addressing the movement of goods into a secure airport area for a wide range of airport stakeholders.
PARAS 0025 Security Regulatory Compliance at Tenant Facilities
This toolkit provides descriptions of tenant security practices used by a wide range of airport stakeholders, and can assist in airports’ assessments of tenant security responsibilities at their facilities. It explores the range of operational security challenges that tenant security agreements must address, and examines the approaches that have successfully met those challenges. The document also provides a collection of language from different agreements, lease structures, and local regulations addressing tenant security issues to assist airports in constructing their own agreements.
PARAS 0026 Insider Threat Mitigation at Airports
This guidebook is an all-encompassing source for information on insider threat mitigation at airports. Information in the guidebook aligns with the six ASAC focus areas of Threat Detection, Assessment, and Response; Aviation Worker Vetting and Evaluation; Aviation Worker Screening and Access Control; Training and Engagement; Information Sharing; and Governance and Internal Controls. An accompanying summary video can be found here.
PARAS 0027 Guidance for Root Cause Analysis in Aviation Security
This guidebook provides airport personnel with a standard and systematic methodology for conducting RCA, along with supporting information and tools to facilitate that process. The RCA process presented will function as part of a larger aviation security system, and can be a critical enabler of the related vulnerability management processes, such as TSA’s Outcome Focused Compliance.
RCA Executive Briefing - This accompanying presentation can be used to provide airport leadership with an overview of RCA and its benefits.
PARAS 0028 Recommended Security Guidelines for Airport Planning, Design, and Construction
This document represents the sixth iteration of guidance for the airport security planning and design community, first issued by FAA in 1996, continued by TSA, and last published by Safe Skies in 2017. Where there is a relevant, industry-accepted and publicly available guidance document, this document will reference, summarize, and include a hyperlink to it.
A second version of this document is availble with referenced guidance documents embedded to enable viewing from within this document in an offline state. Due to the large file size, that version of the document must be downloaded from DropBox here.
PARAS 0029 Criminal History Records Checks (CHRC) and Vetting Aviation Workers Guidebook
This guidebook provides step-by-step guidance and reference material for individuals who conduct and adjudicate criminal history records checks required under 49 CFR §§ 1542.209 and 1544.229. The document includes an overview of the current regulations, along with suggestions and guidance for those airports and air carriers that want to exceed the minimum federal requirements.
PARAS 0030 Guidance for Access Control System Transitions
This guidance document provides aviation professionals with considerations, pitfalls, and lessons learned during the Access Control System (ACS) selection, procurement, and implementation process. It includes information that applies to airports of various types and sizes that are considering replacing or upgrading their existing ACS, and aims to help reduce risks and costs associated with such an effort.
PARAS 0031 Airport Response to Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Threats
This guidebook has been created to assist airport operators with planning for potential threats from UAS operating in unauthorized airspace. An airport’s response to a UAS threat will be most successful when the response is planned, documented, and effectively executed by trained staff. Airport officials can utilize this guidebook to develop their own response plans that incorporate the unique characteristics and structure of their airports.
PARAS 0032 Enhancing Security of Cargo Operations at Airports
This document is intended to be a comprehensive resource to help airports and their stakeholders make well-informed decisions to ensure secure and efficient cargo operations. It discusses the regulatory context for air cargo operations requirements, and guidance and best-practices for security programs and measures. This document pays particular attention to the implementation of 3PK9 in a cargo operation.
PARAS 0035 Synthesis of Escort Privileges and Escorting Practices
49 CFR § 1542.211 gives airports the option to allow the escorting of individuals while they are in a TSA-restricted area. This document provides a synthesis of current practices to assist airports with decisions surrounding escort privileges and escorted-access options.
PARAS 0036 Airport Credentialing Efficiency Toolkit
This toolkit was developed to provide airport credentialing offices with methods and techniques to consider for improving their efficiency. The guidance includes research findings and recommendations in thirteen credentialing challenge areas, as well as strategies, best practices, checklists, and associated considerations to assist airports in assessing their processes and implementing changes to improve the efficiency of their credentialing process.
PARAS 0037 Planning and Operational Security Guidance for Construction Projects at Airports
Airport construction projects and their specific security considerations vary significantly based on the project location, complexity of the airport/project, number of stakeholders engaged, and scope. This guidance is intended to help airports integrate security considerations as part of the general project life cycle, as well as identify specific considerations and mitigation strategies that could be applicable under certain circumstances.
PARAS 0040 Pandemic Response, Recovery, and Preparedness Planning for Airport Security Operations (Phase 1)
The objective of this research is to assist airports in making informed decisions regarding airport security operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and for similar events in the future. The document identifies lessons learned and best practices relating to exposure control, security integrity, and operational impact. It summarizes actions that were beneficial to security operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as opportunities for improvement. Phase 2 of this research is currently underway.
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