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AAAE Security SmartBrief April 6, 2012

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30,000-Foot View

Senator urges TSA workers to be friendlier with international travelers 
Transportation Security Administration workers should be more courteous and smile at international travelers, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. He plans to write a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking her to instruct workers to “smile and say ‘Hello.'” He learned during a recent meeting with Nevada gaming and business leaders that international travelers often complain about the way they are treated. Las Vegas Review-Journal (4/4)


Security Update

Security breach in Newark prompts evacuation 
Hundreds of travelers at New Jersey’s Newark International Airport were re-screened after a man entered a secure area through an exit, walking past a “Do Not Enter” sign and a distracted TSA screener, authorities said. TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said in a statement that the unidentified screener “was immediately removed from all screening duties, pending the outcome of an official review of the incident.” New Jersey Online (4/5)

Report: Trusted travelers will skip security in airports of the future 
A recent report by an international aviation market research and marketing consultant predicts that by 2025, trusted travelers will bypass security checkpoints. The Research For Travel report also predicts that travelers will bypass traditional emigration and immigration procedures. Other changes include no more check-in luggage and airports open 24 hours a day. (4/5)


Trends & Technology

Corporate group travel is heating up again 
Group business travel is not only on the rebound, but businesses are once again springing for perk-laden retreats to reward their executives. However, this post-bailout time around, the group getaways are not nearly as extravagant as before the recent recession. “Retreat trips are coming back smaller, shorter and with much fuller agendas than before,” Sarah White writes. Forbes (4/4)

Boingo will provide hybrid Wi-Fi service at Denver airport 
Despite installing a new hybrid Wi-Fi Internet service, Denver International Airport does not plan to charge visitors for usage. Boingo Wireless will continue to provide “free basic Internet access allowing users” to check their e-mail, “watch videos, stream music, surf the Internet, and book hotels and car services,” this feature notes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (4/4)


Airline News Spotlight

Delta is considering buying Pa. oil refinery 
Delta Air Lines is considering purchasing an oil refinery near Philadelphia. Delta and other carriers have faced rising fuel costs over the past few years. “It sounds like it’s the ultimate hedge,” said Ray Neidl, an analyst at Maxim Group. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/4) Reuters (4/4)

Southwest seeks more business travelers, CEO says 
Southwest Airlines would like to attract more business travelers, but does not plan to change its all-coach service. “I don’t see a move at this point to have dual-class service in the cabin,” said Southwest Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly. Instead, the carrier is investing in overall cabin comfort and adding destinations for the business traveler. Air Transport World (4/5)

Ancillary revenue, capacity restraint help US Airways offset fuel spike 
Discipline in capacity growth and ancillary revenue will continue to help US Airways counteract soaring fuel prices, Chief Operating Officer Robert Isom said. The airline generates ancillary revenue by charging for luggage. He also noted that he expects that ?growth is going to be very limited in the U.S. marketplace as a whole.? Air Transport World (4/6)


Policy & Regulatory

NextGen could save money for airline industry, report says 
Implementing NextGen could save the airline industry hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a report from the think tank Eno Center for Transportation. “Even at a minimum, the savings could be significant,” said report author Sakib bin Salam. The report says the industry would have saved $229 million in 2010 if fuel consumption had been reduced by 1%. USA TODAY/Today In The Sky blog (4/4) Air Transport World/ATW Editors’ Blog (4/4)

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