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AAAE Security SmartBrief Tuesday, January 10, 2012

April 11, 2012
  • Florida county requests information on TSA scanners
    Florida’s Broward County last week sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration asking whether the TSA had conducted studies to determine if the scanners are safe. The TSA indicated that it will respond to the letter. The Broward County Commission considered asking for a ban of the scanners but decided to send the letter instead. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (1/10)

  • TSA explains decision to confiscate cupcake
    A cupcake confiscated by Transportation Security Administration agents during the busy holiday travel period was no ordinary cupcake, TSA’s blogger Bob Burns wrote in a blog post. He explained that the cupcake raised concerns because it had a thick layer of icing and was in a jar. “In general, cakes and pies are allowed in carry-on luggage, however, the officer in this case used their discretion on whether or not to allow the newfangled modern take on a cupcake per 3-1-1 guidelines,” he said. “They chose not to let it go.” The Hill (1/9)

Europe crisis, U.S. elections may affect travel, exec says
Travel in Europe may dip if the economic situation in the European Union causes civil unrest or a ballooning of the exchange rate to unaffordable proportions, says Frederic Langlois, CEO of Rail Europe. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the so-called “election-year curse” lends itself to the overwhelming media focus on politics and can be solved by boosting promotions to destinations. Despite the challenges, the generally positive trends shown in the beginning of 2012 promise growth for the travel industry, Langlois says. Travel Weekly (1/9) 

 Airlines will monitor capacity closely in 2012, analyst says
U.S. airlines will continue to keep a close eye on capacity in 2012, analysts say. Now “airlines are more focused on profit than on ego,” said Henry Harteveldt, an analyst with Atmosphere Research Group. Airlines used to make changes to routes twice a year, but now change capacity on a monthly or quarterly basis. (1/9) 

  • U.S. could take action against EU emissions-trading scheme
    The Obama administration is considering proposals to retaliate against the European Union for its emissions-trading scheme. “We take the White House at their word that they are prepared to take action, which could include a country-to-country legal action, retaliatory measures or any number of steps to urge the withdrawal of the EU’s unilateral scheme in favor of a global approach,” said Steve Lott, a spokesman for Airlines for America. Reuters (1/6), Air Transport World 


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