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AAAE Security SmartBrief April 9, 2012

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30,000-Foot View

TSA funding cuts raise concerns about security lines 
Budget cuts at the Transportation Security Administration could lead to longer wait times for travelers in security lines, some observers say. The TSA plans to decrease spending by 3% next year, which would result in a 41% cut in checkpoint support. However, the TSA believes that the expansion of its Pre-Check program that speeds pre-cleared passengers through separate lines will cut wait times for all travelers. Houston Chronicle (4/8)


Security Update

U.K. strives to end liquid ban with new scanners 
By this time next year, every airport in the European Union and the U.K. may have scanners capable of identifying liquids that contain explosives, a change that may allow travelers to carry larger amounts of liquids onto planes. The ban on liquids was put in place in 2006 after authorities discovered a terrorist plot that involved mixing liquid bomb components on board an aircraft. The Telegraph (London) (4/6)


Trends & Technology

More airlines expand Wi-Fi offerings 
Several airlines have recently announced plans to expand their on-board Wi-Fi offerings. Currently, just 1,800 mainline aircraft out of 3,500 offer Wi-Fi, said Amy Cravens, a senior analyst at market research company In-Stat. Experts say that carriers with Wi-Fi may be more attractive to business travelers. “Wi-Fi can be the cherry on the icing on the cake,” noted Henry Harteveldt, co-founder of Atmosphere Research Group. “That’s especially true for people who are in sales or consulting, where time literally is money. These guys want — and need — to be online.” Chicago Tribune (4/7)


Safety Matters Spotlight

Common questions about Pre-Check 
The Transportation Security Administration’s Pre-Check program will be rolled out at 28 airports this year, including Sea-Tac in Washington state. In this article, travel writer Carol Pucci addresses common questions about the program. Pucci notes that members of the program learn whether they will speed through security on a per-flight basis. “You don’t find out until an agent scans your boarding pass at the checkpoint,” she writes. The Seattle Times (4/7)


Policy & Regulatory

FAA to implement NextGen procedures for planes landing in Houston 
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to implement new technology as part of NextGen for planes landing in Houston. “It’s burning a lot less fuel, saving a lot of money and reducing its emissions, and it’s also reducing noise because that descent and glide at idle is much quieter,” said acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. Houston Chronicle (4/4)

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