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AAAE Security SmartBrief March 14, 2012

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Lawmakers urge TSA to comply with private-screening law 
Three members of the House sent a letter to Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole urging the TSA to put guidelines in place that would allow airports to switch to private screeners. Recent legislation allows more airports to use private screeners. Pistole froze the program in 2011, but last month he told House lawmakers that he would work to improve the private-screening program. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/13)


Tampa International Airport Commits to Indoor Play Areas on Every Airside One of the world?s most-loved airports is in the midst of many changes. One thing that won?t change: Indoor play areas at every airside. ?Parents tell us those play areas are a life saver,? says Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano. ?They?re a key part of great customer service.? (More)

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Poll: Do you expect your local airport to replace the TSA with private screeners? 
  Yes. I expect my local airport will switch to private screeners.
  No. I do not think my airport will make a change.
  I don’t know.

Other News

Trends & Technology

Travel to Europe holds steady despite higher airfares 
Despite rising airfares, travel bookings to Europe have remained steady, according to travel agents. “We have not had any slowdown. We’re already struggling getting the right space for people at certain hotels,” said Rudi Steele, president of Rudi Steele Travel in Dallas. Travel Weekly (3/12)

Fuel costs dampen airline profits in Q3 of 2011 
Soaring fuel costs continued to dampen airline profits in the third quarter of 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Profit margins slid to 6.8% at the largest U.S. carriers during the quarter as fuel costs soared to 31% of operating costs. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/12)

Airport Ops Spotlight

Atlanta airport prepares for arrival of Airbus A380 
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will start making gate and runway improvements to handle the Airbus A380. Korean Air will fly the jetliner, which seats 407 people, from Atlanta to Seoul, and flights will start as soon as January. The jetliner currently serves just five U.S. airports. TheStreet.com (3/12)

California airport will build lounge for first-class passengers 
Mineta San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif., plans to build a $1.3 million lounge for first-class passengers. The lounge is part of an agreement with All Nippon Airways, which will begin service to the airport in 2013. “A lounge for premium customers is important to ANA, and a commitment was made to ANA to have a lounge open by the time the Tokyo service launches, currently estimated to be early in 2013,” said Bill Sherry, director of aviation for the airport. American City Business Journals/San Jose, Calif./Silicon Valley BizBlog (3/9)

Cost of second phase of Dulles rail project drops to $2.7B 
Cost estimates for building the 11.4-mile second phase of the extension of the D.C. Metrorail to Dulles International Airport and beyond in Virginia have dropped from $3.8 billion to $2.7 billion, according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. The over $1 billion savings is a result of the elimination of an underground station at Dulles Airport and “value engineering savings.” The second phase of the project includes construction of six more Metro stops. American City Business Journals/Washington, D.C. (3/6)

Sewer system upgrade needed for La. airport’s $1B expansion plans 
The sewer system at the Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans is overworked and as the airport plans a $1 billion expansion, it’s clear something needs to be done. Plans range from expanding a current nearby pump station to building a new one that would cost up to $20 million. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (3/5)

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