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AAAE Security SmartBrief March 8, 2012

April 11, 2012

30,000-Foot View

Global Entry expands to Phoenix airport 
The federal Global Entry program that allows frequent international travelers to move more quickly through security checkpoints has expanded to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The program, launched in 2008, is now in place at 24 U.S. airports. Phoenix Sky Harbor is one of four added in recent weeks. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (3/6)

Security Update

Bill requiring TSA to donate change moves ahead 
A House committee has approved a bill that would require the Transportation Security Administration to donate change left at airport security checkpoints to an organization that serves members of the military. Travelers left more than $400,000 in change at checkpoints in 2011, according to the TSA. “The lost change should be put to good use, and I know the USO will make those thousands of coins have a positive impact on millions of our nation’s warriors” said Florida Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., the bill’s sponsor and chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. The Hill/Transportation blog (3/7)

rends & Technology

Virgin opens “unmistakably New York” clubhouse at JFK 
Virgin has opened its shiny new Terminal 4 clubhouse at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The facility that plays off the theme “Understatedly Uptown, Unmistakably New York” offers “cascading, shimmering golden ceilings of lighting, and soft, decadent textures,” this feature notes. Guests can belly up to a cloud-shaped cocktail bar or kick back on an oversize sofa made of red balls. (U.K.) (3/5)

More travelers base vacation plans on lifestyle, interests 
Travel experts have noticed a growing trend among travelers: picking vacation destinations based on their passions and interests, such as cuisine, wines or art. “Travel continues to evolve from something they want to something they actually need. We are hearing from travelers that it is not always about the destination, but also about what their passion points are, what motivates them, what they love to do in their life,” said Ellen Bettridge, vice president of the American Express Retail Travel Network. Reuters (3/5)

Travel, tourism industry poised for strong growth in 2012, group says 
The World Travel & Tourism Council projects 2.8% growth in the global travel and tourism industry in 2012, generating 260 million jobs and contributing $6.5 trillion to the world economy. “We expect over the next 10 years the industry to grow at around 4% every year globally,” said David Scowsill, president and CEO of the council. The group expects emerging markets such as China and India to lead the growth. (3/7) TravelPulse (3/7)

Policy & Regulatory

FAA law authorizes $63.3 billion through 2015 
A four-year Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization became law Feb. 14 when President Barack Obama signed the bill. The law funds the FAA through 2015 to the tune of $63.3 billion. Although the law does not include user fees for general aviation, a proposal appears in the fiscal 2013 budget plan, despite objections from industry leaders who prefer the existing system. AIN Online (3/3)

Global airline accidents drop in 2011, group says 
Global airline accidents fell to a new low in 2011 with 92 accidents reported in 2011, compared with 94 in 2010, an industry group says. “The number of airline accidents in North America dropped from 18 in 2010 to 17 last year,” this feature says. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/6)

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