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TSA hopes up to 75% of travelers participate in PreCheck

May 22, 2012

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May 22, 2012

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TSA hopes up to 75% of travelers participate in PreCheck
The Transportation Security Administration hopes that up to 75% of the traveling public is eventually enrolled in its PreCheck program. ?We?re going to have to get to the general population,? TSA Associate Administrator Doug Hofsass said Monday. The TSA’s effort to expand PreCheck participation is part of its shift away from “one size fits all” screening. Bloomberg Businessweek (5/22)

Security Update

North Carolina airport gets two scanners
North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad International Airport last week received two full-body scanners from the Transportation Security Administration. The machine creates a full-body scan of travelers and uses privacy software. “Imaging technology is optional,” said TSA spokesman Jon Allen. “If for any reason a passenger is not comfortable with the technology, they can opt out of it. They will receive a thorough pat-down as an alternative.” Winston-Salem Journal (N.C.) (5/21)

More travelers turn to checkpoint-friendly accessories
Ultra-light carry-on bags and checkpoint-friendly laptop cases are just some of the accessories aimed at helping travelers pass through airport security. “These new categories have literally mushroomed because they’re removing all the pain points associated with travel,” says Lopo Rego, an associate professor of marketing at Indiana University. The Transportation Security Administration does not endorse specific products, but it does recognize items that meet certain criteria, such as laptop bags and locks. USA TODAY (5/21)

Poll: Have you purchased an accessory that makes going through airport security faster?
  Yes. I have purchased a laptop case, carry on or other item.
  No, but I would consider buying an item that would make screening faster.
  No, I have not purchased an accesssory with the goal of moving through security faster.

Trends & Technology

Airlines are adding fees for seating assignments
Group fliers are finding it difficult to stay together on flights as airlines impose fees on seat reservations in their planes, this feature says. While frequent fliers are praising the added options, families have found another cause for complaint over airline policies. “Airlines have to be careful. They can only push this so far before they risk incurring the wrath of customers or the government,” said Henry Harteveldt, co-founder of Atmosphere Research Group. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (5/21)

Airport Ops Spotlight

Chicago mayor unveils plan for O’Hare cargo center
A new cargo center at Chicago O’Hare Airport could create up to 10,000 jobs over the course of its development, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. On Monday, he unveiled plans for the 840,000-square-foot cargo center, which is expected to open next year. Chicago Sun-Times (5/14)

Mass. airport celebrates new terminal, tower
Barnstable Municipal Airport in Massachusetts held a celebration Friday for its new terminal and air traffic control tower. “I’m inclined to say it was worth the wait and all the years of hard work by so many people,” airport Manager Roland “Bud” Breault said. The project cost $40 million, and was funded through grants, bonds and airport reserves. Cape Cod Times (Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (5/19)

Policy & Regulatory

Laser incidents climb 26% in 2011, FAA says
The number of incidents involving lasers pointed at commercial aircraft rose 26% in 2011 to 3,592, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA began tracking laser incidents in 2005. “We will pursue the toughest penalties against anyone caught putting the safety of the flying public at risk,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. AIN Online (5/21)

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