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AAAE Security SmartBrief April 3, 2012

April 11, 2012














30,000-Foot View

TSA creates new position for managing risk-based initiative 
The Transportation Security Administration has created the new job of associate administrator to lead its risk-based security initiative. TSA Administrator John Pistole appointed Douglas Hofsass, who has served in leadership positions at the TSA since 2002, to the position. Aviation News (4/3)


Security Update

TSA adds more airports, airlines to Pre-Check program 
The Transportation Security Administration has added more airlines and seven more airports to its Pre-Check program that allows travelers who submit to background checks to more quickly move through security. The airlines that will offer the program in coming months are Alaska Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways. Pre-Check will be available at airports in Boston, Orlando, Newark, Portland, Seattle and at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Government Security News (4/2)

Fake IDs continue to compromise aviation security, experts say 
Counterfeit identification cards continue to pose a major threat to aviation security, according to some security experts. Several overseas companies sell fake identification for $200. “How big a gap in homeland security are fake IDs? It’s a huge gap,” according to Janice Kephart, who served as counsel to the 9/11 Commission and cowrote the commission’s supplemental report, “9/11 and Terrorist Travel.” Meanwhile, the Transportation Security Administration recently began testing new identification verification technology at some U.S. airports. New York Post (4/2)


Trends & Technology

American’s 777-300ER fleet will get complete cabin redesign 
American Airlines is working with JPA London to totally redesign the cabins on its new fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs. JPA London has transformed first class, business class, main cabin and galley areas. “Through the excellent design work and ‘can do’ approach of JPA, we are elevating the onboard travel experience,” said Alice Liu, American’s managing director of Onboard Products. Aircraft Interiors International online (U.K.) (3/30)


Policy & Regulatory

Airlines push for stronger government support of biofuels use 
Airline executives around the world are calling on governments to more strongly support the use of biofuels. Forecasts indicate that air traffic will double over the next 15 years, which would significantly increase air pollution. Governments would need to impose new regulations and add incentives to address the high costs of using biofuels and encourage their use without the fear of raising ticket prices, they say. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (3/29)

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