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AAAE Security SmartBrief March 28, 2012

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TSA improves deployment infrastructure after report 
A recent Government Accountability Office report found that some of the Transportation Security Administration’s scanners are rarely used. The report noted one airport terminal that handles one flight a day had three of the $250,000 scanners. In response to the report, the TSA acknowledged some of the issues it raised and said the agency has improved “deployment infrastructure.” MSNBC (3/27)


Logan International Airport Adds Fun Play Area and Convenient Amenities for Passengers ?We are always looking to provide the best airport passenger experience,? says Project Manager Kay Barned-Smith, who points to free Wi-Fi and fun, indoor play areas for children as proof of that mission. ?We want to make traveling as pleasant as possible.? (More)


Security Update

Atlantic City airport gets new scanner 
A new passenger checkpoint at New Jersey’s Atlantic City International Airport includes a full-body scanner that officials say will improve screening. The scanner screens travelers for metallic and non-metallic threats. ?This technology will not only increase our security posture and maintain our security posture but also add for additional throughput at the checkpoint while not sacrificing any of our security technologies,? said Thomas K. Coury, federal security director for the Transportation Security Administration. The Gloucester County Times (Woodbury, N.J.)/ (3/27)

Florida man arrested for pointing laser at jetliners 
Authorities have arrested a Florida man for allegedly shining a laser at commercial jetliners. Glenn Stephen Hansen of St. Cloud allegedly shined a laser 23 times at planes departing Orlando International Airport between January and March of this year. Hanson has filed more than 500 complaints about noise from the airport and claims pointing lasers at the planes is a form of “stress release.” Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (3/27)


Trends & Technology

Latest airfare hikes are blamed on rising fuel prices 
Most major carriers have followed the lead of Southwest Airlines and increased fares by $4 to $10 per round trip. Rising fuel prices are being blamed. “Fuel prices are a significant hurdle for the airline industry,” said Southwest spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/27)

Jet fuel from wood chips is worth further study, Air Force says 
The Air Force has given jet fuel made from wood chips a passing grade in tests. “This fuel passed the most stringent specification tests we could throw at it (such as thermal stability) under some conditions where conventional jet fuels would fail,” said Tim Edwards of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in a statement. “This fuel is definitely worth further evaluation.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (3/26)


Airport Ops Spotlight

Plan to expand Gary/Chicago runway moves ahead 
Agreements signed by Gary/Chicago International Airport and Canadian National Railway will allow a $162 million plan to expand the airport runway to proceed. The agreements include purchase and sale contracts with easements necessary to relocate the railroad track, plus design and engineering contracts. Interim Airport Director Steve Landry said the expansion will allow the airport to serve larger planes. Post-Tribune (Merrillville, Ind.) (3/26)

Alaska Airlines moves into new, larger home at LAX’s Terminal 6 
Alaska Airlines has moved into a larger space at Los Angeles International Airport, switching from Terminal 3 to a newly renovated space in Terminal 6 that will provide passengers with more ticket kiosks, more electrical outlets on seats in the gate areas and a new Board Room lounge for club members. AirTran Airways is also making a switch in April from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 to join its parent company Southwest. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/20)


Policy & Regulatory

FAA changes break-even forecast for NextGen to 2020 
The Federal Aviation Administration has changed its break-even point for NextGen to 2020, from 2018 in a previous forecast. However, the FAA said NextGen remains an important goal. “Recognizing that NextGen provides improvements is not enough … we must also understand that without NextGen we will not be able to sustain the performance of the U.S. airspace system and the economy will suffer,” the FAA said. (3/26)

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