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AAAE Security SmartBrief, January 03, 2012 11:29 AM

April 11, 2012
  Security Update   


  • Soldier arrested after X-ray detected explosive
    An Army soldier was arrested last week and charged with attempting to board a commercial jetliner with an explosive at a Texas airport. Transportation Security Administration agents detected the explosive during X-ray screening. Officials evacuated the airport but later said the explosive, which did not have a detonator or initiator, did not present a threat. “At no time was there any danger to the people at Midland International Airport or the community of Midland, Texas,” Mark Morgan, an FBI spokesman, said. CNN (1/2) 

  • Student with stun gun/flashlight arrested at New York airport
    A college student carrying a stun gun/flashlight combination was arrested at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport. A TSA screener determined that the device was also a stun gun. The student, who is from China, pled not guilty to a charge of weapon possession. USA TODAY (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story


  Trends & Technology 

  • Increased airline routes promise growth for Las Vegas tourism
    The Las Vegas tourism market will get a boost in 2012 as airlines such as Southwest expand their route maps and the new Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport prepares for its June opening. The tourist market is also likely to experience growth in hotel occupancy and room rates due to a lukewarm development pipeline. (Las Vegas) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Regulatory   

  • Editorial: Travelers’ unclaimed change should go to the military
    A proposal that would require the loose change that travelers leave behind at airports to go to the military makes sense, the Times-Picayune editorial board writes. Unclaimed money currently goes to the Transportation Security Administration. “After all, the TSA is in charge of screening passengers, a procedure that requires emptying pockets and putting purses and hand luggage through scanners,” the board writes. “If the agency gets to keep money left behind, that seems like a conflict of interest.” The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Blog: Pilot-fatigue rules could affect service to small cities
    New regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration aimed at preventing pilot fatigue could affect service to smaller markets, according to the Cranky Flier blog. “Small cities are the ones served by short hops, and regional pilots have the grueling task of flying many short hops during the day,” writes the Cranky Flier. 
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