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AAAE Security SmartBrief April 24, 2012

April 24, 2012
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30,000-Foot View

Spending on airport security will continue to climb, firm says 
Spending on airport security climbed to $19.1 billion last year, according to Frost & Sullivan’s Global Airport Security Market Assessment. The firm predicts spending will soar 137.8% to $45.43 billion by 2018. “High threat perceptions of criminal or terrorist attacks will continue to boost investment in airport security,” Anthony Leather, a Frost & Sullivan research analyst, said. “Regional and global legislation is constantly amended and updated in an attempt to address any criminal or terrorist activity. This has compelled airport operators worldwide to continually update the latest security procedures and technology solutions.” Security Director News (Langhorne, Pa.) (free registration) (4/23)

Security Update

Report: Donating coins left at checkpoints would cost plenty 
A recent report by the Congressional Budget Office found that a House proposal that would transfer the roughly $400,000 in pocket change left behind at airport checkpoints to a nonprofit would cost taxpayers $1 million each year. The CBO attributed the cost to accounting procedures. “Requiring the agency to transfer amounts to USO would accelerate outlays,” the CBO said. The legislation, which would transfer travelers’ change to the USO — a private group that greets U.S. service members at airports and provides them other services — is waiting for a vote in the House. There is no companion bill in the Senate. Reuters (4/23)

Trends & Technology

Wireless in-flight entertainment is expected to boom in next decade 
A new report from IMS Research estimates that some 9,000 aircraft will offer wireless in-flight entertainment systems by 2021 as carriers move away from the traditional seat-back or cabin-roof entertainment systems. Wireless IFE will offer passengers streaming content such as sports, music, TV shows and video games that goes straight to passengers’ or airline-provided handheld devices that will also allow travelers to manage their travel in the air. MSNBC/Overhead Bin (4/20) Breaking Travel News (4/22)

A US Airways, American Airlines merger could face challenges 
Some experts say a merger between US Airways and American Airlines may create the world’s largest airline, but it also would present challenges. “The challenge is to integrate the workforces. And US Airways to date hasn’t been able to do that with its America West merger,” said Eric Smith, a bankruptcy and aviation attorney. However, Bob Herbst, an airline industry analyst and founder of AirlineFinancials.com, said, “Total cost-saving synergies [equal] $1.8 billion to $2.5 billion accretive within 12 months of merger. … It’s the opinion of AirlineFinancials.com that American and US Airways must merge to remain long-term competitive.” Tulsa World (Okla.) (4/22) The Wall Street Journal (4/23)

Summer airfares are unlikely to go on sale, experts say 
Airfare bargains for the summer will be scarce this year, experts say. Airlines are facing higher fuel costs in 2012, which will keep fares from going on sale. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (4/22)

Policy & Regulatory

Group launches app to identify racial profiling in screening 
An iPhone application developed by a human-rights organization will allow travelers to report alleged racial and religious profiling at airport security checkpoints. The FlyRight tool was created by the Sikh Coalition, a civil- and human-rights organization. Federal officials have indicated that they will consider complaints made through the app as actionable complaints, and the app has been tested for 

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