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AAAE Security SmartBrief March 12, 2012

April 11, 2012

30,000-Foot View

Global Entry program expands, serves thousands of travelers 
As of last summer, about 148,000 people were participating in the Global Entry program, which allows international travelers who undergo extensive background checks to speed through airport security. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is one of the latest U.S. airports to join the program. Participating travelers move through security up to 20 minutes faster than regular travelers. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (3/11)

Security Update

Sharp rise in carry-ons prompts TSA to hire more St. Louis agents 
A sharp increase in carry-on bags and passenger traffic has prompted the Transportation Security Administration to hire more agents for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. ?Our biggest dilemma is too many bags,? said St. Louis Federal Security Director Bill Switzer. ?People are carrying more and (the bags) are more condensed.? The TSA plans to add 30 additional employees to the 400 who were on the payroll last year at the airport. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (3/11)

Trends & Technology

US Airways seeks to solidify slots at Washington National 
US Airways has applied to turn temporary rights on flights to Jackson, Miss., into permanent slots at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The carrier is attempting to build a mini-hub at the airport through slot swaps with Delta Air Lines as well. Aviation Daily (3/9)

Safety Matters Spotlight

Atlantic City airport will get scanners this month 
Full body scanners will replace metal detectors at New Jersey’s Atlantic City International Airport later this month. The scanners will allow travelers to move more quickly through airport checkpoints. ?Everything we do is with an eye towards the future,? said Sam Donelson, deputy executive director of the South Jersey Transportation Authority. ?This is the latest and greatest technology for passenger screening.? Recent upgrades to the airport will allow it to operate five screening lines at one time. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (3/12)

Policy & Regulatory

Airlines should round up in airfare ads, DOT clarifies 
The Department of Transportation has clarified that airlines must round up instead of down when advertising fares. The clarification is part of the rule that requires airlines to include government fees and taxes in advertised airfares. Travel Weekly (3/8)

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