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Clear returns to San Francisco airport this week

May 23, 2012
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AAAE Security SmartBrief
May 23, 2012

30,000-Foot View

Clear returns to San Francisco airport this week
The Clear pre-screening program will return to San Francisco International Airport today. Clear, which uses biometric technology to screen travelers, suspended operations in 2009 after filing for bankruptcy. Alclear, based in New York, purchased Clear in 2010 and revived operations in Denver and Orlando. Clear previously had 40,000 members in the Bay Area. San Francisco Chronicle (5/23)

Security Update

N.Y.-N.J. port authority unveils customer-service avatar at NYC airports
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey showed off its new customer-service avatar at La Guardia and Newark Liberty airports Monday, a $250,000 device that answers passenger questions and gives directions for connecting flights. The agency plans to begin using the avatar kiosks at all three of New York’s major airports this summer. The Wall Street Journal/The Associated Press (5/21)

TSA seeks proposals for hand-held screening devices
The Transportation Security Administration is looking for ways to reduce the need for “enhanced pat-downs.” It recently sought proposals for hand-held devices “capable of screening all areas of the body without removal of clothing beyond outwear.” The New American (5/22)

Poll: Have you purchased an accessory that makes going through airport security faster?

No, I have not purchased an accesssory with the goal of moving through security faster.  39.51%
Yes. I have purchased a laptop case, carry on or other item.  32.10%
No, but I would consider buying an item that would make screening faster.  28.40%

Trends & Technology

Delta could purchase more regional jets
Delta Air Lines could purchase more regional jets once a contract with pilots is ratified, its pilots union says. Gina Laughlin, a spokeswoman for Delta, said a ratified contract would lead to “productivity gains and additional aircraft flexibility, including an opportunity to accelerate Delta’s domestic fleet restructuring strategy, which will result in a better customer travel experience.” Bloomberg Businessweek (5/21) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (5/21)

Policy & Regulatory

Fla. congressman seeks to privatize airport screening
Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., helped create the Transportation Security Administration a decade ago, but he’s now calling for airport screening to be privatized. A law passed this year that Mica supported makes it easier for airports to switch to private screeners. Orlando Sanford International Airport recently submitted an application for private screening to the TSA. “We want to do it ourselves so we know it’s done right,” said Larry Dale, the airport’s president. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (5/22)

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