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AAAE Security SmartBrief April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012
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AAAE Security SmartBrief
April 19, 2012

30,000-Foot View

TSA officer’s efforts ensure lost cash is returned to traveler
A Transportation Security Administration officer at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport helped ensure that $9,500 was returned to a traveler who left the cash at a security checkpoint. Don Williams noticed the envelope on the floor after traveler Carlos Palma dropped it without realizing it. No one responded to Williams’ announcements asking if anyone had lost anything. Palma’s son eventually called the airport, and the TSA returned the money. Williams that in returning the money he was following the principle of ?always do the right thing, and that way you can live with yourself.? KXAS-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (4/18)

Security Update

Poll: Do you think elderly travelers should be subject to relaxed screening?

No. Everyone should receive the same level of screening.  59.90%
Yes. I think they present less of a threat.  37.50%
I don’t know.  2.60%



Column: Students over 18 need official I.D.s to pass through checkpoints
Some travelers in their late teens may not know that the Transportation Security Administration does not consider a student I.D. an acceptable form of identification, writes Mary Forgione in the Los Angeles Times. Forgione learned the lesson on a recent trip with a student who had just turned 18 and did not have state-issued identification or a passport. “Daniela had to submit to additional screening, and luckily we didn’t miss the flight home,” Forgione writes. She added that the policy is clearly stated on the TSA’s web site. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/18)

Column: Travelers have options for speeding through security
The Transportation Security Administration’s programs that speed low-risk travelers through security demonstrate that it no longer treats all travelers as potential terrorists, writes Christine Negroni in The New York Times. In this column, she examines Global Entry, PreCheck and Clear, three programs available to travelers. She also notes that premium fliers and travelers who hold certain credit cards are allowed to move to the front of security lines. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/18)

Trends & Technology

American, United join Delta in airfare increase
American Airlines and United Airlines have raised some of their ticket prices following a recent airfare increase by Delta Air Lines. The airfare increases mark the sixth attempt this year, as carriers struggle to deal with steep fuel prices. Chicago Tribune (4/18)

Blog: Airlines had record bag-handling performance in 2011
In 2011, 99.1% of checked bags were delivered on time by airlines, a recent study by SITA shows. The figure represents a record in the eight years that SITA has been collecting data. The rate of mishandled bags in 2011 dropped to 8.99 bags per 1,000 passengers. USA TODAY (4/18)

Policy & Regulatory

Investigators conclude pilot fatigue led to Air Canada incident
Investigators found that pilot fatigue contributed to an incident aboard an Air Canada flight in January 2011. The first officer awoke from a scheduled nap, and mistakenly sent the plane into a nosedive. “This occurrence underscores the challenge of managing fatigue on the flight deck,” said Jon Lee, investigator in charge, in a statement. USA TODAY (4/17)

Who’s Hiring Industry Job Listings


Featured Content


Free Webinar sponsored by CLEAR — The Airport Experience: Insight from Passengers
Airport executives can register now for a free webinar from CLEAR on The Airport Experience: Insight from Passengers. Randy Petersen, founder of, and “the most influential frequent flyer in America” will discuss passenger insights on the airport experience. The webinar will take place Friday, April 20, at 1:00 p.m. EST. Click here to register.


Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.”

–Francis Bacon,
British author and statesman


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