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AAAE Security SmartBrief February 23, 2012

April 11, 2012

Alaska lawmakers will consider four airport security bills 
Alaska state Rep. Sharon Cissna introduced legislation that would criminalize pat-downs that involve touching a passenger’s genitals, require signs warning travelers of pat-downs, and require a health study of airport security screening. A fourth bill would require Alaska municipal airports to apply to opt out of Transportation Security Administration screening by the end of 2013. Anchorage Daily News (Alaska) (free registration) (2/22)

ravelers’ loose change would fund nonprofit under bill 
Proposed legislation would require the loose change left by travelers at airport security checkpoints to go to a nonprofit organization that supports the military. ?Travelers? lost change should be put to good use, and there is no better organization to use this money wisely than the United Service Organizations,” said Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., the bill’s sponsor. “Each airport center provides a place for service men and women to enjoy a welcoming atmosphere, connect with family, and utilize the services provided by the USO.” Travelers left behind about $400,000 at checkpoints in 2010, according to the Transportation Security Administration. ABC News (2/22)

Surging oil prices to cause pain for business travelers 
The increasing cost of fuel may douse the desire of business travelers to fly. The cost of fuel is expected to increase throughout the spring and summer. “Surging oil prices will cause you real pain at the airport… because airlines are disproportionately affected by energy prices,” Joe Brancatelli writes. (2/22)

TSA appoints Carter Morris as chairman of security committee 
The Transportation Security Administration has named Carter Morris chairman of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee. Morris is a senior vice president at the American Association of Airport Executives, and will serve on the committee for a term of 12 months. The committee advises the TSA on civil aviation security. Government Security News (2/21)

Trends & Technology

Wi-Fi is fast becoming a standard option on Delta shuttles 
Delta Air Lines is on the fast track to providing Wi-Fi service across its entire fleet, including smaller shuttle planes. Delta now offers in-flight Wi-Fi on all shuttle flights between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. “We are thrilled that Wi-Fi is now available to our Delta Shuttle customers as it’s a perfect complement to other shuttle amenities including free morning coffee and newspapers,” said Gail Grimmett, a Delta senior vice president. Chicago Tribune (2/21)

Policy & Regulatory

Error rates for controllers likely due to better reporting 
Errors by air-traffic controllers remained flat in 2011, say people who have seen a forthcoming report from the Federal Aviation Administration. New FAA computerized systems that track relatively minor controller errors may have resulted in a past rise in overall error rates. FAA officials and union leaders believe that a 50% jump in errors from 2009 to 2010 was largely due to improved reporting. An FAA spokeswoman said the shift to a new reporting system has “produced a wealth of information to help the FAA identify potential risks in the system and take swift action to address them.” The Wall Street Journal (2/22)

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