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AAAE Security SmartBrief March 26, 2012

April 11, 2012

 

 

 

 

30,000-Foot View

Column: TSA takes steps to ease screening 
New Transportation Security Administration programs make it easier for individuals who are very young, elderly or have an extra $100 to pass through airport security, writes Rick Seaney, chief executive officer of FareCompare. He notes that the TSA recently relaxed screening requirements for the elderly at four airports. Last fall, it also eased screening for children. “Now if kids (and older travelers, too) set off any “alarm” when going through a body scanner, they can go through again, even ‘multiple times’ instead of getting an automatic pat-down,” he writes. Meanwhile, the TSA’s Pre-check program will be expanded to 35 airports by the end of the year. PreCheck allows fliers to pay $100 and pass a pre-screening program to move more quickly through security. ABC News (3/23)

 

Security Update

Hearing will address waste at TSA 
Lawmakers will address possible waste and mismanagement at the Transportation Security Administration during a joint hearing today. Despite concerns about inefficiency, the TSA continues to prevent banned items from passing through security checkpoints. So far this year, the TSA has detected 267 guns in carry-on bags nationwide. Broward-Palm Beach New Times (Fla.) (3/26)

 

Trends & Technology

US Airways reportedly is discussing merger plan with AMR creditors 
US Airways is said to be briefing creditors of AMR Corp. on plans for a possible merger with American Airlines, sources say. US Airways would seek to create a merger plan before American’s parent exits bankruptcy protection, a move that Allied Pilots Association spokesman Tom Hoban says may be welcome to allow labor unions to negotiate with new management. U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved AMR’s request to extend the period for filing its reorganization plan from March to Sept. 28. Bloomberg (3/23) The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (3/23)

Airlines are investing in new products, technologies and services 
Airlines are embracing a renewed desire to modernize, this feature suggests. The overall experience has been improved with more legroom, better customer service, high-tech entertainment systems and larger bathrooms. “With cash freed up, the carriers can now focus on investing in new products, technologies and services that can actually help improve the experience for fliers, instead of alienating them,” Jennifer Booton writes. Fox Business (3/22)

 

Policy & Regulatory

Carriers criticize proposed security tax hike 
Airlines have criticized a proposal by the House Budget Committee that includes an increase in airline security fees from $2.50 per segment to $5 each way. Carriers say the hike would put more pressure on travelers, who already pay more than $60 in taxes on a typical $300 round-trip ticket. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/26)


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