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AAAE Security SmartBrief March 30, 2012

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30,000-Foot View

Pistole: Private screening costs travelers up to 9% more than TSA 
Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole noted in a letter to the New York Times that private screening costs between 3% and 9% more than TSA screening. Pistole, who wrote in response to a recent article on private screeners, also noted that the TSA detects hundreds of prohibited items every day. He said that each application for private screening “will be reviewed on its own merits.” The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/28)

 

Security Update

TSA recreates explosive scenarios in training session 
The Transportation Security Administration this week demonstrated just how powerful concealed explosives such as the infamous shoe bomb can actually be. A group of 50 law enforcement officers attended the training session. ?This recreates scenarios actually encountered,” said Lisa Farbstein, TSA spokeswoman for the New York Region. ?One was concealed in a KFC bucket …. We recreated the shoe bomb, one was in a standard (sized) toothpaste tube.? Daily Record (Morristown-Parsippany, N.J.) (3/30)

Man arrested in Philadelphia after TSA finds fireworks, flash powder 
Transportation Security Administration agents at the Philadelphia airport detected a water bottle filled with flash powder and fireworks in a traveler’s backpack this week. Joseph Picklo was arrested and charged with attempting to carry an explosive device onto a plane. “He said he was experimenting with the materials for a business he was starting,” said Joe Sullivan, Philadelphia police counterterrorism inspector. “He said he forgot they were in his backpack. He told us he’s self-employed in sales.” CNN (3/29)

Pilots’ medical screenings are being re-examined in wake of incident 
The pilot incident aboard a JetBlue flight is drawing attention to the medical-screening process for pilots. All pilots must undergo medical screening every six months to one year, depending on the age of the pilot. “Pilots as a rule are extremely stable people,” said retired airline Capt. Steve Luckey. “By the time a person becomes a commercial pilot, they’ve gone through so many filters.” CNN (3/29) The Wall Street Journal (3/28)

Trends & Technology

Dulles airport prepares for wide-body jets 
Dulles International Airport in Virignia is preparing for more wide-body jets such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380. “We may get as many as five wide-bodies at once in the afternoon when the northern European flights begin arriving,” said Chris Browne, manager of the airport 25 miles from Washington. The airport has expanded its international facilities for the wide-body aircraft. The Washington Post (3/28)

Interest in travel to Asia, Caribbean and U.S. rises, Kayak data show 
Figures released by Kayak on travel-related searches in January showed a 22% rise in interest in U.S. travel destinations, in contrast with declining search volumes for European cities. Kayak representatives say this may be due to rising airfares into western Europe as the region prepares for two major events. Searches for the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Shanghai and Beijing are also rising, the figures show. Reuters (3/28)

Airline News Spotlight

Southwest will start flying new 737-800s from Baltimore next week 
Southwest Airlines next week will start flying new 737-800 jetliners out of Baltimore. The airline conducted seating tests for 20 different body types on the interior of the plane. Changes include redesigned windows and new seat positions. “We’re going to put the aircraft where we have the demand, so customers will see more 800s in Baltimore this year,” Southwest Chief Commercial Officer Robert Jordan said. “People will notice. It looks like a completely different aircraft.” The Sun (Baltimore) (3/30)

Fuel prices prompt United Continental to cut capacity 
Pressure from higher fuel costs will prompt United Continental to trim 2012 capacity. It will reduce the number of seats flown per mile by 0.5% to 1.5%. Meanwhile, the airline will continue to expand in international markets. The Wall Street Journal (3/29)


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