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Pistole: Shoe, liquid security requirements will remain in place

July 30, 2012

30,000-Foot View

TSA behavior detection officers bring kidnapped woman to safety
Transportation Security Administration agents trained to detect suspicious behavior rescued a kidnapped woman at Miami International Airport, according to authorities. The TSA agents noticed that the woman was wearing a scarf to hide injuries. “In the course of their duty, they did what they were trained to do,? said Mark Hadfield, TSA director at the Miami airport. ?They saw stress, they saw fear, and it turned out that this woman was in really dire danger.? WTVJ-TV (Miami) (7/31)

Security Update

TSA expands PreCheck to more airlines at O’Hare
The Transportation Security Administration this week expanded its PreCheck program at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to travelers on Delta Air Lines and US Airways. The program allows travelers who submit to a background check to keep their shoes and belts on as they pass through security checkpoints. Some travelers participating in the program have criticized it and claim they are not always allowed to use designated lines. Meanwhile, Karen Pride, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Aviation, described PreCheck as “a great program” and predicted that more passengers will enroll over time “as the word gets out.” Chicago Tribune (free registration) (7/31)

Sacramento airport gets OK to move ahead with private screeners
California’s Sacramento International Airport has received tentative approval to replace Transportation Security Administration agents with private screeners. The process of switching to private screeners could take a year. The TSA will supervise the process. It also noted that it will provide final approval only if it concludes that the private contractor selected by the airport will not “compromise security or detrimentally affect the cost-efficiency or the effectiveness of the screening of passengers or property at the airport.” The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (7/28)

Poll: How long does it take for you to pass through security checkpoints?
 Less than five minutes.
 Between five and 20 minutes.
 Between 20 and 30 minutes.
 More than 30 minutes.

Trends & Technology

Travelers want more on-the-go technologies, survey finds
According to a FlightView survey, travelers think airports and airlines could do a little better when it comes to technology. Out of 600 respondents, 94% say they want to be able to see their flight status on their mobile devices, 70% want to see flight boarding alerts and 63% want to be able to upgrade seats via mobile devices. Travelers also want to be able to rebook flights via their mobile devices. To do it all, respondents say airlines and airports need to improve Wi-Fi service. Fox Business/FlightView Inc. (7/31)

Airport Ops Spotlight

5 airlines will move to new terminal at Las Vegas airport
Five airlines will move operations to Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Sun Country Airlines and Virgin America will occupy the new terminal along with international carriers. Terminal 3, which cost $2.4 billion to build, opened last month. Las Vegas Review-Journal (7/31)

Agency that runs LAX offers 9 safety, efficiency proposals
The agency that runs Los Angeles International Airport has come up with nine proposals designed to improve safety and efficiency of the airport’s north airfield. The proposals range in cost from $2 billion to $16 billion. One option calls for moving the north runway 350 feet. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (7/27)

Wash. airport wins $2.8M grant to reduce emissions
Spokane International Airport in Spokane, Wash., has received a $2.8 million grant to reduce airport and aircraft emissions. The airport plans to buy 11 electric heating and cooling units for aircraft, as well as four ground power converters that run on electricity for cargo planes. “Anything we can do to reduce [airlines’] fuel burn is going to be critical to them,” said Lawrence Krauter, airport director and CEO. The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (7/30)

Policy & Regulatory

Audit: More oversight required for $6B Dulles rail project
The Federal Transit Administration needs to increase oversight on safety as well as construction costs and scheduling of the $6 billion Silver Line commuter-rail project in Northern Virginia, according to the audit report of the Department of Transportation?s inspector general. The FTA is “committed to the safety of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project and has taken extra steps to verify that the agency?s oversight process is effective,” said FTA spokesman Brian Farber. The 23-mile project will link Washington, D.C., to Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia and points beyond. The Washington Post (7/28)

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