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AAAE Security SmartBrief May 7, 2012

May 8, 2012

30,000-Foot View

New York airport to install body scanner this month 
Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., plans to install a body scanner later this month. The Transportation Security Administration said the L-3 Communications ProVision ATD machine will be delivered to the airport this week. “We’re going to maximize the use of this because this is our best tool,” said Romero Iral, assistant federal security director for the TSA at the airport. Greenwich Time (Conn.) (5/5)

Security Update

Chinese website offers fake U.S. driver’s licenses 
Authorities are investigating fake driver’s licenses purchased over the Internet from China. “The State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security conducts criminal investigations into passport and visa fraud,” said State Department spokeswoman Nicole Thompson. Fake driver’s licenses can be used to obtain false passports or visas, she said. KCTV-TV (Kansas City, Mo.) (5/5)

Trends & Technology

O’Hare seeking new mobile app to improve airport parking 
Chicago’s mayor is soliciting proposals for the creation of a new smartphone-based system for O’Hare travelers to be able to locate and pay for parking spaces. The project will aim to reduce wait times, prevent fraud and help crews locate lost vehicles. Chicago Sun-Times (5/5)

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson in midst of long-term improvements 
In addition to the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal opening at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson on May 16, airport officials continue work on a long-term $6 billion capital improvement plan to expand concourses, add or lengthen runways and steamline the road network leading to the airport. Negotiations are nearly complete on a $30 million upgrade to accommodate the Airbus A380 in time for Korean Air to begin flying the plane on its Atlanta-Seoul route in 2013. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (5/6)

Policy & Regulatory

DOT to create committee representing airline customers 
The Transportation Department is required to create a committee to protect airline customers under the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization act passed in February. The four-member committee will include one airline representative. USA TODAY (5/7)

House agrees to extend charter of Export-Import Bank 
The House of Representatives reached an agreement last week to extend the charter of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The bank’s charter expires May 31. The Senate also must approve reauthorization before the end of the month. The agreement directs the bank to begin phasing out government export subsidies for aircraft. Reuters (5/5)

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