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AAAE Security SmartBrief April 12, 2012

April 12, 2012

30,000-Foot View

TSA explains policy on laptop screening 
The Transportation Security Administration’s Blogger Bob recently clarified why laptop computers must be removed from carry-on bags. ?Removing larger electronics helps us get a better look at them and also allows us to get a better look at the contents of your bag,? he explained. However, it is easier for the X-ray operator to inspect bags that contain tablet computers and other smaller electronics. ?The larger the laptop, the more stuff you can hide in it,? said Burns. ?Items have been found concealed in laptops in the past, so we have to be able to get a good look at them.? Government Security (4/11)

Trends & Technology

Steep airfares to Europe are sending travelers to other destinations 
Travelers are seeking cheaper vacation spots over popular tourist destinations in Europe as high oil prices and major events continue to drive airfares and hotel rates up, this feature says. “People are being more careful. We’re seeing a shift in behavior to some of the more resort-y markets where there are deals to be had,” said Joe Megibow of The Wall Street Journal (4/12)

Websites offer passengers more information on seat selection 
Seat-review websites take some of the guesswork out of choosing a seat for a trip by airplane. SeatGuru and Skytrax allow users to review seats and also offer detailed maps. “As prices become more competitive, sites like SeatGuru become more important,” said Andrew Wong of SeatGuru. CNN (4/10)

Passengers may use more in-flight wireless as prices drop 
As more airlines offer Internet access and other communication tools as part of in-flight entertainment, the question remains if passengers will use them. Costs have kept some passengers from using phones or Internet devices on planes, but those costs are expected to drop by half as providers cut roaming rates. Increasing in-seat on-demand services may also tempt passengers to use wireless services while in flight, this feature says. Aviation Week & Space Technology (4/10)

Policy & Regulatory

Alaska lawmaker who criticized TSA will seek House seat 
Alaska state Rep. Sharon Cissna says she will run for the state’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cissna made news last year when she refused a pat-down at an airport security check point. If elected, Cissna said she will work to revise the TSA’s security procedures. The Seattle Times/The Associated Press (4/11)

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