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AAAE Security SmartBrief March 21, 2012

April 11, 2012

30,000-Foot View

TSA adds PreCheck at Chicago, Washington, D.C., airports 
The Transportation Security Administration launched its PreCheck program this week at airports in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. There are now 12 U.S. airports participating in the program. More than 540,000 passengers have been screened through the program since it was launched in October 2011. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/20)

Security Update

Global Entry program expands to Denver 
Denver International Airport on Monday joined U.S. airports participating in the Global Entry program. The program allows travelers who go through rigorous background checks to move more quickly through security. It is expected to speed up security by 70%. KPHO-TV (Phoenix)/The Associated Press (3/19)

Traveler with loaded gun arrested at Cleveland airport 
A physician was arrested at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after the Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded gun in his carry-on luggage. His wife said they both forgot that the gun was in the luggage. Meanwhile, travelers in the airport were pleased that the gun was detected. ?It makes me less irritated with having to go through all of the mess to get to the airplane. It?s good they can find things like that before something disastrous happens,? Bobi Surmick said. WJW-TV (Cleveland) (3/20)

Poll: Do you participate in Global Entry or PreCheck? 
  Yes. I participate in the program.
  No. I do not participate and do not plan to apply.
  No. I do not currently participate, but I do plan to apply.

Trends & Technology

Cabin interiors connect passengers “with the flying experience” 
Cabin interiors have evolved into a celebration of flight rather than an escape from the journey, this feature says. Larger windows and roomier entrance areas are just two advances in cabin architecture. “The innovations are designed to connect the travelers more strongly with the flying experience,” said Blake Emery, Boeing’s director of differentiation strategy. (U.K.) (3/19)

Airport Ops Spotlight

Tenn. airport focuses on positive change after cuts 
The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is focusing on the positive about Memphis International Airport. After Delta Air Lines downsized its service at the Tennessee airport, flights dropped by 28%. However, carriers such as Southwest Airlines may be considering launching service at the airport, the authority says. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (3/16)

FAA, California airports will work to improve routes 
The Federal Aviation Administration will work with airports in the San Francisco area to create satellite-based arrival and departure routes. The FAA hopes to make the routes more efficient and reduce the amount of fuel burned. Strategies include descent procedures that allow pilots to almost idle their engines and using satellite-based departure procedures. American City Business Journals/San Francisco (3/19)

$1B San Diego airport expansion nears halfway mark 

A $1 billion project to add 10 gates at Lindbergh Field’s Terminal 2 in San Diego is almost 50% complete. Work will also include construction of a second entrance to the airport. The terminal expansion project is scheduled for completion in 2013. KGTV-TV (San Diego) (3/19)

Policy & Regulatory

Pilot skills can suffer from too much technology, experts say 
The Senate aviation subcommittee plans to hold a hearing Tuesday on progress in implementing higher standards for pilot training. Some experts say pilots have become too dependent on technology through automated flying. “There is an ongoing degradation of flying skills because, on a daily basis, pilots simply don’t have to perform a lot of functions,” said William Voss, president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation. Chicago Tribune (3/19)

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