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AAAE Security SmartBrief January 18, 2012

April 11, 2012

TSA will launch PreCheck screening for American flights at LAX 
This week, American Airlines travelers flying out of Los Angeles International Airport will have the opportunity to participate in the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program. The travelers will move more quickly through security in exchange for providing personal information. “The screening approach is based primarily on the fact that the majority of airline passengers are low-risk,” TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said. “The TSA has been undertaking efforts to focus our resources and improve the passenger experience by implementing new, risk-based security screening procedures.” KTLA-TV (Los Angeles) (1/18)

Logan International Airport Adds Fun Play Area and Convenient Amenities for Passengers “We are always looking to provide the best airport passenger experience,” says Project Manager Kay Barned-Smith, who points to free Wi-Fi and fun, indoor play areas for children as proof of that mission. “We want to make traveling as pleasant as possible.” More



Security Update

TSA detects more artfully concealed weapons 
The Transportation Security Administration is discovering more disguised weapons at security checkpoints. At Lynchburg Regional Airport in Virginia, for example, a passenger attempted to pass through security with a hairbrush concealing a ceramic dagger. “A weapon that can be used for dangerous, if not deadly purposes, but that is disguised as an innocuous, everyday item,” said Kawika Riley, a spokesman for the TSA. “In this case, it was a non-metallic dagger, disguised as an everyday hairbrush. It even had some of the passenger’s hair on it.” The passenger was referred to security. It was unclear if the traveler was allowed to board the flight. WSET-TV (Lynchburg, Va.) (1/17)

Moves you can make to fly through an airport faster 
Packing correctly, belonging to a prestigious frequent-flier program and carrying “TSA-friendly” bags are three good ways to cut down on the time spent in airport security-screening lines. But the quickest way to speed through airports is signing up with one of the Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs. “Passengers go through a screening prior to arriving at the airport, so while they will go through a dedicated line, they would also routinely receive expedited screening,” said TSA spokesman Greg Soule. CNBC (1/13)

Poll: Do you have a strategy for moving quickly through security? 
  Yes. I park in a certain place, participate in PreCheck or take other steps to speed through security.
  No. I do not have a strategy.
  Sometimes. It depends on the airport.

Trends & Technology

Biofuel-powered flights could become the norm in 5 years, exec says 
Biofuel-powered commercial flights could become commonplace within five to seven years, said Joachim Buse, Lufthansa’s vice president for aviation biofuels. The challenge is to produce sufficient amounts of renewable jet fuel at market prices, Buse said. “From now on, it’s purely a commercial issue,” Buse added. Air Transport World (1/17)

Airline credit-card perks can help a traveler stay sane 
Frequent air travelers might do well to consider airline-branded credit cards that exchange boarding priority, award miles and other perks in exchange for annual fees, writes columnist Joe Sharkey. Extract extra revenue through the boarding-line hierarchy, the benefits of the credit cards can make the flying experience much more pleasurable. “I have a feasible choice: drop the American Express Platinum card I use for travel, which has a $450 annual fee, but no priority boarding rights. Instead, I can pay the smaller fees for various airline-branded cards that offer priority boarding and other perks,” Sharkey writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/16)

Airport Ops Spotlight

New airport a boon to St. George, Utah 
The year-old, $160 million St. George Municipal airport in Utah is bringing more passengers than ever and new business, principally because of a new 9,300-foot runway that now allows SkyWest’s bombardier jets as well as large corporate jets to land there. FedEx is looking to open operation there, and Enterprise car rental has been able to triple its fleet. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (1/15)

$1.8B renovation planned for Salt Lake City Airport 
Salt Lake City Airport in Utah plans to start construction next year on a $1.8 billion renovation. Carriers that serve the airport will help fund the project, which includes a new terminal, concourse and parking structure. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (1/18)

Board approves plan to upgrade California airport 
Upgrades and improvements at California’s Sonoma County airport could help the airport expand into new markets and boost tourism, officials say. The Sonoma County Tourism Bureau recently approved a plan that would lengthen runways, improve safety and add a new passenger terminal. Construction could start in August. North Bay Business Journal (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (1/12)


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Policy & Regulatory

FAA will build control tower at Florida airport 
The FAA is planning to build a $9 million, 12-story control tower at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport to replace an older one half as tall that was built in 1941. Air traffic there has decreased since 2008, but the FAA hopes the new tower will improve safety. “It will be a taller facility that gives controllers more room to work and will allow us to install the latest air traffic technology,” said FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (1/16)

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