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AAAE Security SmartBrief March 13, 2012

April 11, 2012

30,000-Foot View

Column: Clear proposes expansion plan to TSA 
Clear, the company that provided faster screening for travelers who agreed to background checks, has emerged from bankruptcy and is aggressively expanding, writes Joe Sharkey. Its new owners, along with the American Association of Airport Executives and the U.S. Travel Association, have sent a proposal to the Transportation Security Administration under which Clear’s existing members would be eligible for screening under programs such as the federal PreCheck program. Caryn Seidman Becker, the company’s chief executive, says airports have an incentive to work with Clear because it shares its membership fees with the airports. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/12)

Security Update

FBI finds no valid bomb threat on diverted flight 
A flight bound for Chicago was diverted to Buffalo, N.Y., after a caller informed authorities that a traveler on the flight could pose a bomb threat. A female traveler was questioned, and the FBI determined there was no valid threat. Charges are pending against the woman who placed the call, which authorities said stemmed from a domestic dispute. WSPA-TV (Spartanburg, S.C.)/The Associated Press (3/12)

Ammunition in carry-on prompts TSA to close checkpoint 
A live round of ammunition in a military passenger’s carry-on bag prompted officials to shut down a security checkpoint at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport for an hour on Monday. Authorities said the traveler left the ammunition in his bag by accident. No flights were delayed. KXAS-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (3/12)

Trends & Technology

New vest lets travelers wear luggage 
A lightweight vest with 24 pockets could allow travelers to pass through an airport security checkpoint wearing almost everything they need for their trip. The vest includes a pocket large enough to carry a laptop computer or an iPad. Las Vegas Sun (3/9)

Airport kiosks rent, sell movies on computer flash drives 
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will this week unveil kiosks that rent or sell movies on computer flash drives. The service, from a company called Digiboo, allows passengers to watch the movies on any Windows PC. “A customer doesn’t have to plan ahead, or to have ever downloaded one of our movies before,” said Blake Thomas, Digiboo’s chief marketing officer. “He or she can make the decision at the airport, just like buying M&Ms or magazines.” Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/12)

Policy & Regulatory

Rising cost of fuel will affect business travel, FAA says 
Volatile fuel prices will most likely trigger a spike in airfares and alter the way corporate travelers handle business this year, according to an analysis by the Federal Aviation Administration. “Planes will remain crowded and shrinking capacity will further lift fares higher in 2012,” noted the FAA report. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/8)

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