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AAAE Security SmartBrief June 11, 2012

June 11, 2012

30,000-Foot View

Radiation from TSA scanners not dangerous, study says
A study by Marquette University concluded that the amount of radiation emitted by the Transportation Security Administration’s full-body scanners is not dangerous to passengers. The findings reveal that the scanners expose passengers to less than a third of the recommended dose of radiation. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, questions the study, however, because it is based on data provided by the TSA, and cautions, “We do not truly know the risk of this radiation exposure over multiple screenings, for frequent fliers, those in vulnerable groups, or TSA?s own employees operating the machines.” Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (6/10)

Security Update

Man who allegedly disrupted flight may face charges
A man who became disruptive on a flight from Charlotte, N.C., to Los Angeles may face charges, according to the FBI. At one point, the man, who is believed to have been intoxicated, rushed in the direction of the cockpit carrying a lighter. He was handcuffed for the remainder of the flight. Authorities do not suspect terrorist activity. “He was resisting the entire time,” said Jeffrey Smith, a traveler who helped restrain the man. “He was belligerent and yelling. The flight attendant showed great grace under pressure and truly knew what she was doing.” Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)/The Associated Press (6/9)

Trends & Technology

United is working to enhance the customer experience
Since its $3.2 billion merger with Continental, United Airlines has been working to improve the passenger experience, this feature says. Aviation consultant Robert Mann says United agents are not yet comfortable with their new software. United says it is conducting a second round of training to address gaps and assist employees with the software. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (6/8)

Safety Matters Spotlight

Lawmaker: TSA should be more selective about pat-downs
Some lawmakers think the Transportation Security Administration could improve its image if it stops subjecting famous people to pat-downs. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., chairman of the House Homeland Security Transportation Subcommittee, recently made the suggestion.”There are certain people that are just so well-known that you’ve just got to use your common sense,” he said. “Because if you start patting them down, people are going to say, ‘They’re patting down Beyonce.’ I mean, she’s not going to blow a plane up.” Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (6/7)

Policy & Regulatory

NextGen faces procedure, policy-issue hurdles, experts say
Procedure and policy issues are the major roadblocks to NextGen progress, experts say. “NextGen’s success will be a function of how effectively government and industry and all the stakeholders in aviation can relate with one another,” said Michael Huerta, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. (6/5)

U.S. has been slow on emissions action, senator says
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., says a dispute over the European Union’s emissions-trading scheme could have been avoided if the U.S. had taken action sooner on emissions. “The truth is, we dragged our feet. The United States of America has been one of the principal foot-draggers in this entire [emissions control] effort,” Kerry said.  (6/7)

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