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AAAE Security SmartBrief

April 11, 2012

2011 is shaping up to be the safest year in air travel
2011 is on track to be the safest year ever for airlines around the globe, with one passenger fatality per 7.1 million air travelers. “Safety is improving, and it’s improving faster than the industry is expanding,” said Paul Hayes, director of safety at consulting firm Ascend. The previous record for safety was set in 2004, with one passenger fatality per 6.4 million air travelers. The Wall Street Journal (12/28) 



TSA confiscates sword from traveler at DFW
A traveler with a 14-inch sword passed through airport security in Corpus Christi, Texas, and was allowed to fly to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. TSA agents at D/FW discovered the sword, and the traveler was arrested. The sword was concealed inside a cane. A spokesman for the TSA said explosives, not weapons, pose the biggest threat to aviation security. “While edge weapons such as swords remain a prohibited item, it will not cause catastrophic damage on an aircraft,” said TSA spokesman Luis Cassanova. KXAS-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
South Carolina airport renovation will centralize screening area
A $102 million renovation of South Carolina’s Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport will centralize the airport’s screening stations. The airport commission recently approved the project. Construction is expected to start late next year. The renovation will add windows, reconfigure the airport’s ticket lobby and allow space for future growth. Spartanburg Herald-Journal (S.C.) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Poll: Should the TSA ban scanners that use X-ray technology? 

Yes. I believe the scanners present some health risks.   50.75%
No. I do not think the risk is significant.   47.01%
I don’t know.   2.24%


  Trends & Technology     

Leisure fares in some markets could be higher in 2012, expert says
The drop in business travelers is pushing airfares higher for other travelers. “Pleasure fares have always been made possible by higher-fare business travelers,” said Joe Schwieterman, professor at DePaul University in Chicago. “There’s not much more room to make up for lost revenue through added load factor, so I think pleasure travelers will shoulder a higher portion of the costs.” The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (12/27) 


  Policy & Regulatory     

Lawmakers face small window to deal with FAA bill in January
Lawmakers in the House and Senate have not reached an agreement on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill and remain at odds over the bill’s labor provision. However, some observers say they could reach a compromise that would involve dealing with union organization issues separately. If lawmakers reach a compromise, the legislation could pass this spring. The Wall Street Journal (12/24), AVweb (12/23) 

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