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PreCheck expands to St. Louis airport

July 31, 2012

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PreCheck expands to St. Louis airport
The Transportation Security Administration will expand its PreCheck program to Lambert International Airport in St. Louis today. The program initially will be available only to travelers on American Airlines. PreCheck allows travelers who have undergone background checks to avoid removing their belts, jackets and shoes as they pass through security checkpoints. KMOV-TV (St. Louis) (7/30)

Security Update

TSA PreCheck seeing exponential growth, Pistole says
The number of travelers screened through the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program recently hit the 2 million mark. “As TSA PreCheck continues to expand to additional airports and passenger populations, we are seeing exponential growth in participation,” TSA Administrator John Pistole said. “We are on track to bring TSA PreCheck to 35 airports by the end of 2012 and even more next year.” Nineteen airports currently participate in PreCheck. Government Security News (7/30)

Travelers continue to bring firearms to checkpoints
Most of the travelers who attempt to pass through security checkpoints with guns do so unintentionally, according to law enforcement officials. At Southwest Florida International Airport, for example, charges against most of the people who were caught with firearms at checkpoints were dropped. Meanwhile, the number of people with firearms at checkpoints is increasing. Last year, the number of firearms detected at checkpoints rose to 1,310, up from 803 in 2007. The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) (7/30)

Trends & Technology

American Airlines will launch preferred-seats option on Priceline
Travelers booking American Airlines flights through Priceline.com are now able to pay for seat reservations through the carrier’s new preferred-seating program. Preferred Seats allows fliers to reserve a seat in economy for a fee starting at $4 per flight. Houston Chronicle/The Associated Press (7/30)

Fla. airport begins negotiations with airlines
The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority is renegotiating contracts with 15 airlines at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Fla. “These talks are vital, as they help us with the continued expansion and operations of the airport,” said Phil Brown, executive director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. American City Business Journals/Orlando, Fla. (7/27)

Policy & Regulatory

Lawmaker urges Republicans to move flight school bill forward
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., is urging Republican lawmakers to allow markup of a bill that would require all individuals seeking flight school training to be checked against the terrorist watchlist. Thompson has asked Republicans to allow the legislation to go to markup. Before the bill is presented to the full House, the chairman of the Homeland Security Transportation Security Subcomittee must first act on it. “If enacted, the Flight School Security Act of 2012 could help prevent persons on the no-fly list from obtaining the skill necessary to operate an aircraft with potentially deadly consequences,” Thompson said. The Hill/Transportation blog (7/30)

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