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AAAE Security SmartBrief January 19, 2012

April 11, 2012

30,000-Foot View

TSA: Agents who screened elderly women to receive additional training 
The Transportation Security Administration admitted that screeners did not follow proper procedure when they asked two women in their 80s to show them their medical devices. TSA Administrator John Pistole and Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Betsy Markey addressed the incident, which occurred at John F. Kennedy International Airport, in a letter to Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and state Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-N.Y. The screeners will receive additional training on how to handle passengers with medical conditions. USA TODAY (1/18)

Security Update

California airport gets scanner upgrades 
John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif., will upgrade scanning machines over the next few weeks. Officials said the upgrades could cause some delays for travelers. The new machines will produce generic passenger images and use automated target recognition software. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/18)

Heathrow officials prepare for increase in firearms ahead of Olympics 
Officials at London’s Heathrow airport preparing for the Olympics expect a higher number of guns to pass through the airport “due to the shooting events,” according to a document about preparation. They also expect the day after the closing ceremony to be the airport’s busiest day ever, with a 45% increase in departing travelers. “At present, the Games represents no change to the usual risks, although on the busiest days it is likely additional and specialist resources will be deployed to enable a prompt response if needed,” according to the document. The Huffington Post (1/19)

Woman boards Dallas flight with handgun in carry-on 
Police on Wednesday arrested a female traveler who allegedly had a gun in her carry-on bag when she boarded a flight departing from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. A Transportation Security Administration spokesman said screeners detected the gun, but the woman ?picked up the bag and left the checkpoint before the screening process was over.? The flight was delayed for about an hour, and other travelers were screened before it departed. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/18)

Poll: Do you have a strategy for moving quickly through security? 

Sometimes. It depends on the airport.  37.50%
Yes. I park in a certain place, participate in PreCheck or take other steps to speed through security. 333%
No. I do not have a strategy. 9.17%



Trends & Technology

U.S. airlines are expected to show profit in Q4 reports 
U.S. airlines, with the exception of American Airlines, are expected to come out of 2011 in the black despite high fuel prices and weaker demand for trans-oceanic travel because of cost-cutting measures, more efficient fleets and controlling the number of seats sold. American’s parent, AMR Corp., filed for bankruptcy in November. “We think 2011 finished really well, and 2012 is starting really strongly. We’re cautiously optimistic. But I don’t think we’re pounding the table on the group,” said Dahlman Rose & Co. analyst Helane Becker. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (1/17) Reuters (1/17) MarketWatch (1/17)

Airline card perks can help travelers stay sane 
Frequent air travelers might do well to consider using airline-branded credit cards that exchange boarding priority, award miles and other perks in exchange for annual fees, writes Joe Sharkey. 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)

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