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AAAE Security SmartBrief April 4, 2012

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Simulated shooting conducted at Chicago O’Hare 
Chicago police recently simulated a shooting attack at O’Hare Airport as part of an effort to prepare for and test their response to a mass shooting. It occurred at the airport’s international terminal and involved an individual simulating shooting several people, some fatally. Chicago Tribune (4/3)


Grade School Kid Reports: ?My favorite part was? EVERYTHING!? A group of children recently visited PLAYTIME, LLC and learned how the fun, ?squishy? indoor play elements are made. ?I wish I had that many toys in my room,? said Simon. The kids even said it was fun to watch PLAYTIME?s paint dry! Read more of their hilarious quotes here.


Security Update

TSA stops traveler with knife hidden in mayonnaise jar 
Transportation Security Administration agents stopped a man who attempted to pass through a security checkpoint at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport with a knife hidden in a jar of mayonnaise. The traveler was not arrested and was allowed to travel on to his destination. ?The mayonnaise jar was larger than that, so ironically he was trying to smuggle a prohibited item inside of another prohibited item,? TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said. WCBS-TV (New York) (4/3)

Pennsylvania warehouse sells items confiscated by TSA 
Screwdrivers, souvenir bats, box cutters and luggage are among the items for sale at Pennsylvania’s surplus distribution center in Harrisburg. All of the items were confiscated by the Transportation Security Administration from passengers in the Mid-Atlantic region. The items are also for sale online. WGAL-TV (Lancaster, Pa.) (4/3)


Trends & Technology

Chocolate-chip cookie bites the dust at Frontier 
Frontier Airlines will discontinue the free, warm chocolate-chip cookies on its flights once the inventory runs out, the company said. “Frontier is the only domestic low-cost carrier offering a free perishable snack to all customers, which does not align with either the perception or financial reality of the ultra-low-cost business model,” said Daniel Shurz, senior vice president. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (4/1)

Editorial: Airlines are ahead of other industries on fuel efficiency 
Airlines face unpredictable fuel costs, but they can increase the fuel efficiency of their planes, an Air Transport World editorial says. “The many eco-initiatives pioneered and pursued by airlines and aerospace manufacturers worldwide are testimony to an industry that is ahead of many others,” says the magazine. Air Transport World (4/2)


Airport Ops Spotlight

Chicago continues to mull privatization of Midway airport 
Chicago officials have asked for more time to consider the possible privatization of Midway airport. Chief Financial Officer Lois Scott this week requested a final extension until December 31 from the Federal Aviation Administration. By then, the city will submit a timetable for transferring the airport to private control or withdraw its application, Scott wrote. Chicago Sun-Times (4/1)

PrimeFlight will close operations at Houston airport 
PrimeFlight Aviation Services plans to close the bulk of its operations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The service, which provides wheelchairs and electric carts for airline passengers, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. United Airlines ended its contract with PrimeFlight on May 15. Houston Chronicle (4/2)

Tornadoes force 460 flight cancellations at Dallas-Fort Worth airport 
Severe weather with tornadoes, thunderstorms and hail resulted in American Airlines and regional airline American Eagle canceling about 460 inbound and outbound flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. “We’re pretty well out of the flying business for the rest of the day today,” said Tim Smith, a spokesman for American Airlines, on Tuesday. “Virtually all of our inbound flights will not take off and arrive this evening.” Bloomberg (4/3) Reuters (4/3)


Policy & Regulatory

GPS interference could cause issues with NextGen 
The aviation industry’s reliance on GPS will increase with the advent of NextGen. However, the weakness of GPS signals leaves them vulnerable to interference and jamming. Although jammers are illegal in the U.S. and the U.K., they can be purchased over the Internet for about $50. AIN Online (4/2)

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