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AAAE Security SmartBrief, Tuesday, December 27, 2011

April 11, 2012

Some health officials continue to criticize TSA scanners
Experts continue to raise questions about Transportation Security Administration scanners that use back-scatter technology. Dr. Edward Dauer, head of radiology at Florida Medical Center, said the scanners emit radiation and could pose a health risk. “I think it’s potentially a real danger to the public,” he said. “This is an additional exposure.” The scanners are installed at 40 U.S. airports, and the TSA says they are safe. “The safety and security of the traveling public is TSA’s No. 1 priority, and TSA would not use technology that could jeopardize the health of passengers or our employees,” TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz said. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story



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Safer scanners believed to have higher false-alarm rate
France and Germany have decided not to order millimeter-wave scanners because the devices have a high false-alarm rate. The Transportation Security Administration currently uses the scanners, which some experts consider safer than scanners that emit radiation. However, in Germany, the scanners had a false positive rate of 54%. The TSA says the scanners currently meet its standards. (12/24) 
 U.S. should focus security strategy on thwarting plots, expert says
Security expert Bruce Schneier says the only useful aviation security measures taken since 9/11 are locking and reinforcing cockpit doors, teaching travelers to fight back and positive bag matching. “The rest is security theater,” he said. Schneier said the government should focus on terrorists who are planning plots. Vanity Fair (12/2011)

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Airports launch loyalty programs to retain, attract customers
A growing number of U.S. airports are competing for passengers by offering gifts and other perks to repeat customers. “The programs are typically free and offer fliers airline miles, prizes or discounts for parking, shopping, dining, or simply flying to and from the airport,” Nancy Trejos writes. USA TODAY (12/27) 
10 gadgets that keep the business traveler working on the road
The next time you head out on a business trip, be sure to pack these 10 great gadgets. Angela West writes that “[t]hese durable cases, long-lasting chargers, and cool add-ons promise to help you do more on the road or in the air.” PC World Business Center (12/23)

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