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AAAE Security SmartBrief April 17, 2012

April 17, 2012

30,000-Foot View

TSA Pre-Check expands to Seattle airport later this month 
Alaska Airlines frequent fliers who are pre-approved by the Transportation Security Administration will have access to expedited screening next week at Sea-Tac Airport. Members of expedited border-crossing programs are also eligible to participate in the Pre-Check program. Alaska Airlines said it is working with the TSA to expand Pre-Check to other airports it serves. “I really see the benefit of this as being one fewer annoying routine to have to go through at Sea-Tac,” said Frank Catalano of Seattle, an Alaska Airlines MVP Gold customer. The Seattle Times (4/16)

Security Update

Philadelphia airport wants to boost perimeter security, CEO says 
Officials at Philadelphia International Airport continue to examine ways to improve the security of the airport’s perimeter, airport Chief Executive Mark Gale told members of the Philadelphia City Council. Last month, man crashed through an airport gate with his SUV and drove onto a runway. ?We?re taking it very seriously and we?re giving it all due review, and we?re looking at ways to greatly strengthen the perimeter barrier around the airport,” Gale said. KYW-TV (Philadelphia) (4/17)

Former TSA officer allowed illegal drugs to pass through checkpoints 
A former Transportation Security Administration on Monday admitted allowing illegal prescription painkillers to pass through airport security in exchange for money. Christopher Allen, 46, who had worked at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty to two charges in federal court. “For obvious reasons, we cannot tolerate corruption within the ranks of those who are entrusted with the responsibility for screening air travelers and their baggage,” said U.S. Attorney David Fein. The Wall Street Journal (4/16)

Trends & Technology

US Airways adds Wi-Fi to meet customer demand, match competition 
US Airways recently announced it would install Wi-Fi connectivity on 165 more planes. The airline says it is meeting a public demand. This blogger hints the decision could be linked to the fact most of the competition is offering fleetwide Wi-Fi. APEX Editor’s Blog (4/13)

Policy & Regulatory

Airlines, manufacturers support NextGen 
Airlines and manufacturers agree that NextGen technology exists, but the mind-set isn’t there yet. Executives spoke at an aviation summit sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We talk about NextGen, we need to make the investment in NextGen, but it’s got to be real,” said Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson. Air Transport World (4/16)

Panel discusses future of civilian drones in U.S. 
A panel of experts put together by the Brookings Institution has discussed how the expanding role of drones could affect U.S. airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration is working on new regulations for drones that should be completed within nine months. “Unmanned aircraft systems may increase efficiency, save money, enhance safety, and even save lives,” the FAA said. The Epoch Times (4/15)

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