Arizona– A Phoenix City Council subcommittee tasked with aviation recommended that the council send out a request for proposals to find a consulting firm that can identify risks to airport security and suggest improvements. The last time Phoenix airports implemented a comprehensive security action plan was 2004. According to the city’s Aviation Department, a firm would identify highly sensitive safety and security risks and vulnerabilities.
The assessment would apply to Sky Harbor International, Deer Valley and Goodyear airports. The proposed contract with the firm is for two years and includes the option of three one-year extensions. Sky Harbor is among the nation’s busiest airports, with almost 44 million passengers last year. The Southwestern travel hub has also been the testing ground for a screening process that uses 3-D imagery on carry-on bags.