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AAAE Security SmartBrief February 24, 2012

April 11, 2012

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TSA joins Coast Guard’s emergency alert system 
The Transportation Security Administration in 2011 joined the Coast Guard’s emergency alert system instead of upgrading its own system. The TSA is now a tenant with its own environment in the Coast Guard system. ?The advantage to TSA is that they don?t have to set up their own system,? said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Ted Kim. ?We are adding more hardware, but we are not doubling the infrastructure. When you share the infrastructure, both agencies win.? The system serves government and industry partner personnel at about 150 ports, airports and agency facilities. Government Computer News (2/23)

Security Update

Wisconsin airport gets advanced scanners 
Wisconsin’s La Crosse Municipal Airport recently received advanced body scanners that reveal only a generic image of travelers. It takes travelers about three seconds to pass through the machines. Travelers who opt not to go through the scanners will be subject to pat-downs and additional screening. La Crosse Tribune (Wis.) (2/24)

Trends & Technology

Airlines resurrect the posh executive lounge 
Airport lounges are enjoying a renaissance as airlines work harder to attract fliers. Plush interiors, comfortable armchairs, top-shelf liquors and gourmet foods are all part of the appeal. “Airlines understand that in order to service high-yield, first- and business-class clients they need to offer a complete airport-to-airport experience, not only in the air but also on the ground,” said Peter Vlitas, a senior vice president at travel-management company Protravel International. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/20)

Airline News Spotlight

American will add flights to meet revenue goals 
American Airlines will meet its goal of generating $1 billion in revenue by adding flights, Chief Commercial Officer Virasb Vahidi said. He said an order for up to 925 new planes, along with a possible change to the pilots’ contract to permit more regional jet flying, would allow the carrier to add flights. (2/23)

United premium seats will be temporarily removed from Sabre 
United’s switch to a new reservations system will temporarily remove Economy Plus seats from Sabre starting March 3. “Once they switch to a new system, technology adjustments will need to be made by both of us to get their product back in the GDS,” a Sabre spokeswoman said. Users will not be able to book Economy Plus seats on Sabre until the product is restored. Travel Weekly (2/22)

Policy & Regulatory

Drones could fly in commercial airspace under new law 
A new law will allow civilian drones to occupy the same airspace as commercial jetliners. Some critics have raised privacy and other concerns, but supporters point out that drones already fly in military airspace and other areas. “We’re operating [drones] on the border, and law enforcement uses them,” Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., said. “We have practice flights when we’re training in the Army and Air Force,” said Graves. “We’re surveying the border a lot with them because they could stay up there for hours and hours and circle the same spot.” KSPR-TV (Springfield, Mo.) (2/23)

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