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AAAE Security SmartBrief March 27, 2012

April 11, 2012






30,000-Foot View

TSA agents find “debrainer,” explosives training device at checkpoints 
Transportation Security Administration agents detected a martial arts ?debrainer? weapon and a device used to train explosives experts at airport security checkpoints last week, wrote the TSA’s Blogger Bob Burns. Agents at the Seattle/Tacoma International Airport found the training device, which was inert. The “debrainer” was found by agents at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. ?I?m not sure what this is actually called, but I?m sure in the right hands, this implement of death is quite capable of extracting a brain,” Burns wrote. Government Security (3/26)


Security Update

Disruptive travelers at New York airports may eventually face fines 
Disruptive travelers at the three New York area airports may have to pay fines if their behavior results in a flight delay. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is investigating ways to take civil actions against such travelers. ?On a regular basis, we?re having issues where planes have to come back to the gate because of disruptive passengers,? said Steve Coleman, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the three airports. ?We?re looking to cut down on the number of incidents that require police response and reduce the amount of time and money airlines lose because of these incidents.? MSNBC (3/26)

Oklahoma police investigate airport dragging incident 
The Oklahoma City Police Department Office of Professional Standards is investigating an incident that allegedly involved several officers dragging a man face down through the Will Rogers World Airport. The man, James Heidebrecht, 53, was arrested on complaints of trespassing and disorderly conduct. He said he was at the airport to meet Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrinch. An airport spokeswoman noted that the airport relies on the Transportation Security Administration for security of passengers and aircraft. “But as far as law enforcement, Oklahoma City provides that. And they’re on duty 24/7,” Karen Carney says. Google/The Associated Press (3/26)


Trends & Technology

U.S. airlines improve on-time arrivals in January 
The on-time arrival of U.S. airlines improved 7.4% in January on a year-over-year basis, according to the Department of Transportation. The 16 carriers reporting data had an on-time arrival rate of 83.7% during the month, compared with 76.3% in January 2011. Air Transport World (3/26)

GDSs, airlines continue battle over technology 
Airlines and global distribution systems continue their war of words in an article in Airlines International. The article says that “a GDS screen today looks much like a screen from the 1970s. They are unable to handle the rapidly increasing range of product offerings from airlines.” However, a Sabre spokesman says the technology can display ancillary services. Travel Weekly (3/25)


Policy & Regulatory

Blog: GOP lawmakers object to proposed cut in gun program for pilots 
House Republicans are objecting to budget cuts proposed by the Obama administration for training airline pilots to carry guns. “The Federal Flight Desk Officer program serves as the last line of defense in the event of a terrorist attack on the cockpit of an airplane,” writes Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., a former pilot, in a letter to the House Appropriations Committee. President Barack Obama has proposed a 52% reduction in the program. The Hill/Defcon Hill blog (3/25)

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