Written by Grace Briggs: Reporter, Airport International
Airport International met with and interviewed the Managing Director of Protectaseal, Ken Clark, to find out more about the company's range of Aircraft Tamper Evident Security Seals.
Ken was kind enough to take the time out of his busy schedule to show me around his new premises in Tiverton, Devon and answer some questions on Protectaseal's Aircraft Tamper Evident Security Seals and label stock.
Due to major security issues within the aerospace industry, Protectaseal now offers a range of security seals and label stock for aircrafts, ensuring that when a security breach occurs, it does not go unnoticed.
Protectaseal supply more than 40 airlines, directly and indirectly, around the world with their Aircraft Tamper Evident Security Seals and label stock, ranging from small orders for independant airlines to large orders of around 300,000 for some of the bigger international airlines.
Aircraft Tamper Evident Security Seals
G: Why is the Aerospace industry such a big market for Protectaseal?
K: Every single airline and international flight has what they call a cabin label or overnight label on it. Once it has landed and everyone is off the flight, the police go onboard and search for drugs, arms and ammunition. The cleaners then go on and once the aircraft has been cleaned the police go back and check the cleaners have not left anything on the aircraft. Every single door is then closed and Aircraft Tamper Evident Security Seals are then put on every door.
G: What happens if an Aircraft Tamper Evident Security Seal is removed or tampered with?
K: When an Aircraft Tamper Evident Security Seal is removed or tampered with the plane needs to be re-checked, causing severe delays and huge costs to the airline.
There is one of those lovely urban legends that goes around in the industry about these Security Seals. A large International Airport was bought to a grinding halt about 4 or 5 years ago because there was a missing series of Security Seals on one of the airlines.
G: What procedures are in place to alert security staff that there are missing Security Seals?
K: A roll of Aircraft Tamper Evident Security Seals are allocated to each aircraft, and are very specific to each airline.
All access points reachable from the ground, to the cabin or cargo hold, are sealed using a very specific prodedure:
- Seals must be tamper-evident, numbered so that each seal is individually and uniquely identifiable, controlled, and accounted for.
- Recorded, by aircraft, the number of each seal used.
- Records Maintained at the station for 30 calendar days.
G: What special features do you offer clients purchasing Aircraft Tamper Evident Security Seals and label stock?
K: We can incorporate bar codes and company images / logos in full colour but we try to keep it simple, the more detail and colour, the harder it becomes to detect and read the void message.
We can also supply a wide range of label stock directly to the printing companies, enabling them to decorate and die cut them independently.
Although Aircraft Security Seals do not prevent people tampering with the aircraft, they do alert security staff that a breach has occurred.
During the interview I found Ken to be very professional and informative. If you are looking for a supplier of Aircraft Tamper Evident Security Seals or any of the other aerospace security solutions Protectaseal offer, including UV Tamper Evident Labels, Luggage Security Seals and Duty Free Tamper Evident Tape I recommend you give Ken at Protectaseal a call.
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