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AAAE Security SmartBrief Monday, January 09, 2012

April 11, 2012
  • TSA seeks information about devices that detect radiation levels
    The Transportation Security Administration is seeking information about devices that could measure the amount of radiation emitted by its scanners. The TSA’s Request for Information seeks devices that will help it determine whether agents are “exposed to ionizing radiation above minimum detectable levels.” A TSA spokesman said the request does not indicate an increased concern that current radiation levels are dangerous. Government Security News

  • Renovations at Florida airport would improve security checkpoints
    A proposed $27.6 million upgrade and renovation at Florida’s Tampa International Airport would improve passenger flow through the airport’s security checkpoint and customs area. The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board will consider the project this week, and the first phase of the project would be completed this year. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (1/6) 

    Passengers eye other airlines ahead of Southwest-AirTran merger
    A survey by Travel Leaders indicates a shift in carrier preference among AirTran passengers to other airlines as Southwest Airlines prepares to remove business-class seats from flights as part of its merger with AirTran. “Taking away business-class seats from travelers that are on the road all the time, [who] are road warriors, hurts,” said Leslie Garner, director of operations at Travel Leaders in Johns Creek, Ga. The Atlanta Jour
    Airlines continue to hire more workers, government says
    The number of employees working for U.S. airlines rose 3% from October 2010, increasing for the 11th consecutive month, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The carrier employed 389,444 workers in October. Air Transport World (1/9)
    Number of air travelers caught with guns is rising, TSA says
    The number of firearms detected at airport checkpoints has continued to climb since 2007, the Transportation Security Administration says. The agency last year found an average of nearly four guns a day, most of them discovered in carry-on bags, it says. Most travelers found with a gun say they had forgotten about it, the TSA says. USA TODAY (1/8)
    Man with loaded gun arrested at California airport
    A traveler with a loaded gun in his carry-on bag was arrested last week at California’s Long Beach Airport. His bag also contained two ammunition magazines, according to the Transportation Security Administration. Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (1/5) 

    • Transparency negates the need for tighter airline rules

      Wider fee-disclosure rules should suffice to protect air travelers from abuse regarding baggage and other optional airline fees instead of restrictive consumer-protection laws that only serve to cut profits and bring carriers closer to bankruptcy, writes National Geographic Traveler magazine ombudsman Christopher Elliott. “Informed travelers don’t get scammed by airlines,” Elliott writes. “And in a world where airlines, airports and passengers have access to good information, no one needs to be stranded on the tarmac.” 
      St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Tribune Media Services (1/8) 



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