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AAAE Security SmartBrief February 28, 2012

April 11, 2012

30,000-Foot View

DHS report urges more training on scanners 
The Department of Homeland Security today will release a report finding that the amount of radiation emitted by airport scanners falls “below acceptable limits.” It found that a traveler would have to be screened 47 times a day to be exposed to annual radiation limits. The report relies on information from university researchers, manufacturers and other government agencies. It urges the Transportation Security Administration to improve training for workers and consistently calibrate the machines, among other things. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/28)

Security Update

Utah lawmakers campaign against pat downs 
A number of lawmakers in Utah are citing the Fourth Amendment as grounds to call for a ban on pat downs and body scans in airports. Supporters have submitted a proposal to the state House, pushing for a replacement of such security measures with procedures such as using bomb-sniffing dogs. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (2/27)

Trends & Technology

Southwest Airlines ad promotes mobile bookings on the go 
Mobile ads from Southwest Airlines link users to the airline’s mobile site, which allows bookings and check-ins and offers flight-status updates. There is also a click-to-call tool and the option of booking a rental car. MobileCommerceDaily.com (2/27)

Airlines pull back from fare increase 
Major airlines have begun lowering ticket prices on routes after an attempted fare increase last week, FareCompare.com reports. Fares at some carriers increased by $4 to $10 last week, led by United Airlines; budget airline Southwest did not join in. Prices have now dropped at United Airlines, US Airways, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines and Virgin America. USA TODAY/Today In The Sky blog (2/27)

Policy & Regulatory

New law boosts penalty for pointing lasers at aircraft 
Officials hope a new federal law will prompt people to think twice before pointing a laser at an airplane. The law also criminalizes pointing a laser at a helicopter and carries a penalty of up to $250,000 and five years in prison. “Safeguarding the skies from laser attacks on aircraft is vitally important, and I promise the full force of the U.S. attorney’s office to address this increasing problem,” said U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/28)

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