Friday, June 03, 2016

Antitailgating Access Portal

I'm currently struggling with a security clearance issue. I can't talk about it specifically, because the security training includes my agreement not to disclose details. I'm hoping this issue is a misunderstanding or an incompletely articulated policy, because like many valid security procedures, makes no f[iretr]ucking sense. While researching the issue in search of more definitive information on what I am allowed to do in secure areas with the pass I hold, I was amused by this:

Three airports – Kelowna, Winnipeg and London – have installed an access control system called a “mantrap,” so named by Washington-based Newton Security Inc., the manufacturer of the operative mantrap technology called T-DAR; Canadian airports variously refer to it as a mantrap, persontrap or, in Winnipeg, antitailgating access portal.

Who would have guessed that little Winnipeg was the epicentre of Canadian overnaming conventions? Henceforth I shall call them Stargates, and fully expect that every time I pass through one, there is a good chance I will encounter an alien civilization that curiously speaks English or French almost exactly the way they do in my part of the universe.

Also, here's your daily dose of pilots landing a Cessna on a highway.

Not a lot of detail there. The Mayday call reports engine trouble. The vehicles following seem to have figured out that tailgating is not a good idea.


Unknown said...

Didn't we used to call those things "Turnstiles?" ...

As for emergency landings on busy autoroutes in the eastern townships - yikes! That's agricultural land. I'd be looking for other alternates - As I recall there are many. But hey - "Any landing you walk away from ..."

Now, if I was flying over huge dense forests, surrounded by moutains and lakes, and the highway was much less travelled than that autoroute ...
(sorry - I know you prefer live links, but my efforts were not working ;-)

amulbunny's random thoughts said...

In the days before PC we called them mantraps.
In my sojourn with the blue shirted brethren at LAX I used to see LAWA police double and triple card themselves through secure doors. Did I tell? No. Should I have? Maybe but nobody except LAPD messed with LAWA.

Good luck, bon voyage, and say hi to Major Sam if you see her.

Pete Templin said...

Classic...reminds me of the mantrap that was too smart for its own good at a datacenter. It had weight sensors between the doors, and would repeatedly tell a particularly heavy employee that he needed to return his "guest" via door 1 before he could pass through door 2. Apparently that company didn't think to integrate a variable for "personnel weight" into the access database.