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AAAE Security SmartBrief April 2, 2012

April 11, 2012












30,000-Foot View

Port Authority creates new position to improve security 
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will create a new position called chief security officer with authority over security at NYC-area airports and other transportation facilities. The goal of the new position is to improve and consolidate security and accountability. The Port Authority will select the chief security officer after a national search. Reuters (3/29)


Trends & Technology

Airlines’ performance is bouncing back, study shows 
U.S. carriers on average are showing improved performance in on-time arrivals, passenger bumping, baggage handling and consumer complaints, a new study by private researchers shows. “Airlines are finally catching up with what their promise is, which is getting you there on time 80% of the time with your bags,” said Dean Headley, a co-writer of the report and a professor at Wichita State University. Google/The Associated Press (4/2)


Safety Matters Spotlight

Opinion: TSA screens elderly, young for good reason 
Mark W. Davis explains what he believes is the reasoning behind searching children, elderly and disabled travelers at airport checkpoints in this opinion piece. He tells the story of a young woman who tricked by her fianc� into taking an explosive on a commercial flight in 1986. “No doubt, this story is now central to airline security policy around the world,” Davis writes. “It explains why TSA pats down toddlers in wheelchairs. After all, what better place to hide plastic explosives?” U.S. News & World Report (3/30)


Policy & Regulatory

Chicago wants to proceed with O’Hare expansion 
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to move forward with expansion plans for O’Hare International Airport, although some airlines have reduced capacity. Since the airport expansion started, flights have dropped 11% at O’Hare. However, airline executives say they are willing to work with the city. Crain’s Chicago Business (3/29)

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