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AAAE Security SmartBrief, Friday, January 13, 2012

April 11, 2012
  • Alaska airport will start using new scanners this month
    Transportation Security Administration agents at Alaska’s Juneau International Airport will start using scanners later this month that produce generic images of travelers. The machines use “advanced imaging technology,” which scans the surface of a traveler’s body. Officials said travelers who have had medical procedures usually pass through these scanners without a problem. Juneau Empire (Alaska) (1/13)


Seattle TSA agents detect two guns in two days
In the past two days, Transportation Security Administration agents at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington state detected two guns in checked bags. One of the guns was loaded. Both travelers were arrested and may face civil penalties of up to $11,000. “Oftentimes, people say that they forget that their gun is in their bag, but the No. 1 rule of firearm safety is know where your firearm is at all times,” said Lori Dankers, of the TSA’s Northwestern regional office. “So we’re hoping people do follow that advice. I think we’d all feel a little happier.” KOMO-TV / KOMO-AM (Seattle) (1/12) 
Business travelers will spend less time in security lines in 2012
Business travelers can expect to spend less time in security screening lines this year, according to a new-year roundup. “While wallets and aspirin bottles may be emptied faster than we’d like this year, there are some forces at work to make travel less of a hassle for those frequenting busy terminals and crowded planes,” Amanda Rogers writes. Other changes will include more applications for smartphones and tablets and potential headaches from airline mergers. Fox Business 

  • New software tracks the real-time location of business fliers
    Thanks to new software created by Click Travel, companies that send employees away on business can now monitor in real time the exact location of their travelers. “Knowing where each of your travelers are at any given time can be invaluable in terms of productivity and workforce management, particularly for companies with roving or field-based staff,” said Click Managing Director Simon McLean

 

JetBlue carries more passengers in December
Passenger traffic on JetBlue Airways surged 14% in December as the carrier boosted capacity for the month by 17%. December marked the highest percentage for traffic growth for the carrier since October 2010. In December, the load factor for the carrier’s planes was 80.2%.The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (1/11)
 
Spirit finalizes order for 75 Airbus aircraft
Airbus will deliver to Spirit Airlines 45 A320neos and 30 A320s under an order placed last year at the Dubai Airshow. The aircraft are set for delivery from 2016 to 2021. Air Transport World(1/11
 

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