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TSA agents earn federal certificate at community college

May 21, 2012
AAAE Security SmartBrief
May 21, 2012

30,000-Foot View

TSA agents earn federal certificate at community college
Arizona’s Gateway Community College this week awarded its new Homeland Security certificate to 24 Transportation Security Administration agents. It is one of 62 community colleges that offer the federal certification, which is part of a plan to increase retention at the TSA. At this point, just 14% of the TSA’s 50,000 screeners have two-year associate degrees or higher. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (5/18)

Trends & Technology

Study: Budget carriers top big airlines for getting frequent-flier seats
A study by airline consulting firm IdeaWorks revealed that low-cost carriers such as AirTran Airways, JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines had a 93.5% average success rate in securing seats for frequent fliers, compared with 62.9% for larger airlines. Southwest Airlines topped the results with a 100% success rate, and Delta Air Lines placed last with 27.1%. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (5/20)

Forecast summer business boom may recede by fall, report shows
Data by travel-industry observers PhoCusWright, STR and Deloitte predicted growth in leisure and business travel this summer, with strong gains expected for the industry. However, analyst Tim Mullaney of PhoCusWright points out that uncertainty surrounding the 2012 presidential election and congressional actions regarding national debt may hinder travel spending come fall. Travel Weekly (5/20)

Safety Matters Spotlight

Prosecutors say arrested pilot carried loaded gun on several flights
Security screeners at New York’s Buffalo Niagara International Airport detected a loaded gun in an airline pilot’s carry-on bag. Brett Dieter, 52, was charged with unlawfully possessing a concealed weapon. Prosecutors also allege that he carried the guns on several other flights. “In this day and age, we simply can’t afford to have anyone ignore these important regulations,” U.S. Attorney William Hochul said. Chicago Tribune/Reuters (5/18)

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