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AAAE Security SmartBrief April 5, 2012

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AAAE Security SmartBrief
April 5, 2012


30,000-Foot View

Savannah airport gets new scanners 
Georgia’s Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport this week began using full-body scanners to screen travelers. The devices display a generic image of travelers and are capable of detecting metallic and non-metallic items. About 165 U.S. airports currently use the scanners. The Island Packet (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)/The Associated Press (4/4) WSAV-TV (Savannah, Ga.) (4/4)


Security Update

Bill would end expedited security lines for first-class, elite fliers 
Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., has introduced legislation that would eliminate preferred security lines for elite and first-class travelers. “This bill is about fairness,” Nelson said. “Regardless of whether or not you have a first-class ticket or have reached a certain frequent-flier status, the purpose of the airport security screening line is to ensure traveler safety. Allowing a select few to cut in front of those who are waiting patiently, just in order to provide a perk, has nothing to do with safety.” The legislation would not end the Pre-Check program. Critics of the bill say it would penalize the airlines’ best customers. CNBC (4/4)


Trends & Technology

Alaska Airlines will implement NextGen at Seattle airport 
Alaska Airlines plans to adopt satellite technology for its flights landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington state. The NextGen technology will allow planes to trim about 30 miles from approaches to the runway, which saves fuel and increases efficiency. “This makes much better use of the airspace,” said Capt. Mike Adams, chief technical pilot at the carrier. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/3)

Southwest aims for international flights at Houston airport 
Southwest Airlines would like to expand its service at Hobby Airport in Houston to include international flights. “We’re asking for an opportunity to invest $100 million in a new building in your city to provide more passengers, 1.6 million a year, a huge economic gain for the city,” said Ron Ricks, executive vice president and chief legal and regulatory officer for Southwest Airlines. Houston Chronicle (4/4)

More Americans are forgoing vacations, survey shows 
A survey by Kelton Research for Radisson Hotels shows that 48% of Americans opted to skip half or more of their allotted vacation time in 2011. The survey found an unwillingness to catch up on missed work as one of the most cited reasons for skipping vacations. Business and leisure travelers who take vacations listed high-speed Internet access, a hotel restaurant, a pool, room service and a fitness center as the most important hotel amenities. USA TODAY/Hotel Check-in blog (4/4)

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