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AAAE Security SmartBrief May 1, 2012

May 1, 2012

30,000-Foot View

TSA baggage system cuts lost bags, passenger congestion 
The Transportation Security Administration’s Electronic Baggage Screening Program has reduced passenger congestion and the number of lost bags at airports throughout the U.S. However, a new government report found that the TSA should optimize the installation of the machines and prepare better cost estimates. Government Security News (4/30)

Security Update

Unscreened baby prompts evacuation at Newark airport 
The Transportation Security Administration last week evacuated a terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport after an infant was not properly screened. The mother and child passed through security and the alarm went off; the mother then passed the child to the father, who had already passed through security, and the mother was cleared to proceed to the gate. As a result, the baby was not screened. The TSA started searching for the family as soon as agents realized the child was not screened. Daily News (New York) (4/27)

Trends & Technology

Business travel drives positive airline-revenue outlook 
Despite the fragility of the economic recovery, strong demand from corporate business travelers has helped drive better-than-expected revenues for U.S. airlines battered by high fuel costs. The American Express global travel forecast for 2012 predicts jumps in business-class fares as companies seek to secure new accounts. “People want to make sure that they’re out there talking to their clients,” said Megan Costello, managing director at Association of Corporate Travel Executives. Bloomberg Businessweek (4/26)

Delta’s expected bid for oil refinery could be beneficial, analyst says 
Some analysts say an expected Delta Air Lines bid for an oil refinery in Pennsylvania could benefit both parties. “The refiner gets a small return and a positive cash flow, while the off-taker has low-risk access to both crude and product markets with no long-term commitment,” said Mark Routt, senior consultant with KBC Advanced Technologies. Reuters (4/30)

Policy & Regulatory

Fliers can use new application to report screening discrimination 
In addition to allowing travelers to notify the Transportation Security Administration about possible racial profiling or discrimination during airport screenings, a new application called FlyRights directs users to links in the TSA’s website showing screening guidelines and travelers’ rights. The application includes information on other types of profiling, such as gender, ethnic and religious profiling. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/30)

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