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AAAE Security SmartBrief May 2, 2012

May 2, 2012

30,000-Foot View

U.S. warns of increased threat of “body bombs” 
Authorities are warning that surgically implanted explosive devices used by terror groups pose a threat to aviation security in the U.S. and Europe. U.S. officials say there is no currently credible information about a looming threat but warn that terrorists have perfected the so-called “body-bomb” technology. Meanwhile, New York City police are boosting security at all major transportation hubs for the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden. ABC News (5/1)

Security Update

TSA stops traveler with disarmed land mines at Newark airport 
The Transportation Security Administration recently confiscated three disarmed landmines from a traveler at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. The female traveler missed her flight to San Francisco after an X-ray machine detected the items. She claimed the mines were for educational purposes and was not charged. New Jersey Online (5/1)

Poll: Has the TSA ever confiscated an item from you as you pass through security? 
  Yes. The TSA has confiscated a banned item from me.
  No. I have never had anything confiscated by the TSA.

Trends & Technology

Survey shows low-cost carriers soared in 2011 
A survey of 75 low-cost carriers found that the carriers transported 11.6% more passengers in 2011. The Airline Business survey also found that the majority of low-cost carriers enjoyed revenue growth in 2011. FlightGlobal.com (U.K.) (4/30)

Airport Ops Spotlight

Delta Air Lines to add Milwaukee air service 
Frontier Airlines has announced plans to trim service at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. By June 1, Frontier will cut 11 flights and furlough 125 workers at the airport. Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines has announced plans to add four daily flights from Milwaukee to New York’s LaGuardia Airport beginning in July. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (4/30)

$1B Green Build airport upgrade in San Diego is 50% finished 
Work on the $1 billion Green Build improvement project for Lindbergh Field in San Diego is now 50% complete. The project will add 10 new gates at Terminal 2, and concrete pouring for new roadway decks and construction of two pedestrian bridges is under way. The project currently employs 1,000 workers and is slated for completion by the summer of 2013. San Diego Business Journal (4/27)

Colorado airport will alert pilots to crowded skies 
Boulder Municipal Airport in Colorado plans to establish an alert area on maps that would indicate to pilots that skies may be crowded. A midair collision prompted officials to try to improve safety in the area. “One other idea is for flight schools in and around Boulder to use less-congested airspace between Loveland and Longmont,” said Chris Wood with the Boulder County Business Report. KUNC-FM (Greeley, Colo.) (4/26)

Policy & Regulatory

TSA launches Precheck at Orlando airport 
The Transportation Security Administration launched its Precheck program this week at Orlando International Airport. Some Delta Air Lines frequent fliers and members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to participate. ?The less time we spend with someone who is not a risk, the more time we have to spend with someone we know less about,? said TSA spokeswoman Heather Callahan. WFTV-TV (Orlando, Fla.) (5/1)

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