Thursday, June 12, 2008

Travel should include a "plan b"

An article in the Post Tribune, Diverted United passengers stuck at Gary airport six hours, demonstrates the uncertainty of weather, airline schedules and logistics for passengers travelling within the united states. This is not the first report of unscheduled layovers or flight delays and some reports indicate that passengers could face many more. With this in mind, security managers and company employees who travel should be aware of implications and have back up plans.

These back up plans are especially vital when traveling with sensitive and classified materials. When employees travel with classified material, they have a responsibility to account for it 100% of the time. This is a difficult under trying circumstances filled with stress and disappointments. Passengers can experience long lines through TSA checkpoints, cramped cabins and times when maintaining visibility over carryon items is extremely difficult.

When at all possible, classified items should be stored in an approved location. The traveler makes every attempt to make it to the indicated destination in the appointed time. If not, plans should include making arrangements ahead of time with a government entity. Good travel plans included contacting approved locations for storage arrangements in case of delays or missed flights. The Facility Security Officer or other security entity can contact their cognizant security agency to find approved locations or help coordinate temporary storage should travel plans suddenly change.

Contingency plans are an extremely vital part of transporting classified material. The FSO plays a vital role in helping the company courier make the necessary plans to deliver the information to the destination at the appointed time. Work out the plans with the courier, rehearse those plans, and coordinate for alternate storage locations with the cognizant agency

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