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AAAE Security SmartBrief, Monday, January 16, 2012

April 11, 2012

Atlanta warns that legal dispute could affect airport expansion
A dispute with a currency-exchange company that lost out on a contract at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport could delay the opening of a new terminal, Atlanta officials say. “At best the order causes delays,” said the city in a brief to the state’s Supreme Court. “At worst, it jeopardizes the ultimate availability of important services to passengers and airlines.”CBS MoneyWatch/The Associated Press (1/11)

 Planes can land safely in strong crosswinds
“Air travel is one of the safest ways to get around,” this feature says, and some YouTube videos have shown planes landing during windstorm Andrea, which battered the Düsseldorf, Germany, region recently. “It’s not really dangerous,” said Daniel Fahl, a U.S. airline captain. “It does look dramatic, but that’s just because the airplanes are so susceptible to the wind. But that’s how they’re designed. They’re designed to be weather vanes that point into the wind.”CNN (1/11) 

  • TSA scanner operators will receive radiation tests
    The Transportation Security Administration will test employees who operate its scanners to determine if they are exposed to unhealthy amounts of radiation. “TSA is dedicated to the health and safety of its employees,” TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said. “We continuously test our technology to ensure it is safe for both passengers and our officers and post all results to our website.” Some critics say the TSA’s scanners expose travelers to levels of radiation that could be dangerous. However, the TSA at this point has no plans to retest the machines, which it says are safe. Los Angeles Times (1/16)

North Carolina airports will boost security ahead of DNC
Regional airports in North Carolina are boosting security ahead of the Democratic National Convention in September. For example, Concord Regional Airport will spend $26,000 on a consultant who will help officials improve security. Airport officials say the goal is to accommodate their typical business travelers as well as DNC visitors. “If you have a no-fly area for a 10-mile radius around an event, and if you haven’t got a security program that’s acceptable, you may not be able to let aircraft come and go,” aviation director Richard Lewis said. The Charlotte Observer (
N.C.) (1/14

Passenger identity program spurs contract increase
Companies such as Accenture are getting hefty contracts to manage the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) initiative, which uses biometric technology to identify travelers. Accenture secured a 13-month contract worth $71 million to develop the program, which also incorporates fingerprint technology from 3M Cogent. The Washington Post(1/16)

Man who tried to pass through security with fake bomb unfit for trial

A federal court last week found a Pennsylvania man accused of trying to take a fake bomb through a security checkpoint at Kansas City International Airport unfit to stand trial. Anthony Falco Jr., 47, allegedly attempted to pass through security with the bomb on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. He will be hospitalized for up to four months to determine if he will ever be fit for trial. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1/15)

  • Hawaiian Airlines will establish second Hawaii hub on Maui
    Hawaiian Airlines plans to establish a second Hawaii hub in Kahului on the island of Maui. Based in Honolulu, Hawaiian Airlines also plans to increase service to Maui, as well as to other islands. “This investment in our core business here in Hawaii will increase service between Maui and other Neighbor Islands by 25%, and answer a need identified by our kamaaina travelers,” said Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines. American City Business Journals/Honolulu (1/12)


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