The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has awarded a contract to the RAND Corporation to develop an Airport Security Immediate Action Plan for Los Angeles International (LAX) and Ontario International (ONT) Airports.
The $900,000 contract calls for the Santa Monica-based RAND Corporation to develop a detailed implementation strategy and program associated with the immediate security improvement options RAND recommended in a 2004 feasibility study.
The plan will be developed in coordination with a team of representatives from airlines, law enforcement agencies, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) — the City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates LAX, Ontario and other city airports.
The project is also expected to establish a long-term foundation by providing a comprehensive assessment and security criteria for airport facility planning, airport officials said.
In addition, RAND will develop a comprehensive security technology road map to specifically address state-of-the-art technology associated with processing passengers, luggage, cargo, vehicles, perimeter roads and other applications.
Specific examples of the technologies would include explosives detection systems, explosives device detection, auto- mobile bomb detection and cargo screening.
The 2004 RAND study identified a set of near-term options for reducing the threat of terrorism at LAX by understanding and reducing the airport’s vulnerabilities.