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AAAE Security SmartBrief January 25, 2012

April 11, 2012

TSA launches PreCheck at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport 
The Transportation Security Administration has launched its PreCheck program at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. PreCheck allows pre-screened travelers to pass more quickly through security checkpoints. Business travelers say the program will help them save time. “To me, this is really exciting,” said Rick King, a corporate executive. “I don’t have to take off my coat. You can go through airport security much faster, because you’re not a risk.” Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (1/24)

Security Update

White House directive makes it easier for business travelers to visit U.S. 
“Low-risk” international visitors will be able to get into the U.S. quicker and to make their way through select airports more easily as a result of a new directive from President Barack Obama. “Travelers who participate in the Global Entry program experience reduced average wait times of 70% over travelers going through traditional passport inspection, and more than 75% of Global Entry members are processed in under five minutes,” Mark Rockwell writes. The Economist (1/21) Government Security News (1/20) Florida Today (Melbourne) (1/20)

Santorum: TSA should profile individuals likely to commit terrorist acts 
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum defended profiling by the Transportation Security Administration at a Tea Party rally in Florida. However, he said travelers should be profiled based on the risk that they will engage in terrorist acts. “They should be profiling people who are the most likely folks to be able to do it,” Santorum said. “Now understand, because when people hear profiling, they say, ‘Oh he’s going to profile based on race or religion.’ No. Profile based on the profile of someone who does these things. Right?” CNN (1/24)

Poll: Should the TSA profile passengers for security risks? 
  Yes. I think it improves security.
  No. I think it unfairly targets certain groups.
  I don’t know.

Airport Ops Spotlight

Dallas-Fort Worth airport renovation makes progress 

The massive renovation of terminals at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is progressing steadily, as shown in this article’s video. Terminals are being stripped down and redesigned for more natural light, quieter floor covering and restaurants. Work to upgrade Terminal A is expected to be finished by fall. Planning is done virtually and blueprints are uploaded to iPads, which saves $1 million in printing costs. KXAS-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (1/20)

Florida airport breaks ground on $790M elevated runway project 

Ground was broken Monday on a $790 million runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. The runway will be 8,000 feet long, 150 feet wide — and 60 feet above ground. Part of the design includes concrete bridges to span a highway and railroad tracks. The project is expected to create 11,000 jobs. The Miami Herald (free registration) (1/23) WSVN-TV (Miami) (1/23)

Delays may push back $1.5B L.A. airport expansion by 2 months 
Expansion of of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport, which will bring an additional 18 gates, has been set back two months due to necessary relocation of utility lines, fog and rain. The delays mean about $4 million in change orders. “It seems like every day we’re resequencing how we’re rebuilding this terminal, but we’re staying on top of it the best we can,” said Roger Johnson, deputy executive director for airport development for LAX. Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.) (1/21)

Policy & Regulatory

House approves short-term FAA extension 
The House of Representatives approved yet another short-term funding extension for Federal Aviation Administration programs. The Senate is expected to pass the measure, which extends funding to Feb. 17. Lawmakers are finalizing a long-term funding plan. Last week, they reached a compromise on labor issues that had stalled the legislation. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)/The Associated Press (1/24) Air Transport World (1/25)

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