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  • TSA probes racial profiling allegations in behavior detection program
    The Transportation Security Administration is investigating claims by some agents that the TSA’s behavior detection program at Boston’s Logan International Airport has led to racial profiling. "If any of these claims prove accurate, we will take immediate and decisive action to ensure there are consequences to such activity," the TSA said in a statement. The TSA also noted that its behavior detection program "in no way encourages or tolerates profiling." Meanwhile, the TSA is expanding its behavior detection program, which is already in place at 161 airports. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (8/11) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • TSA PreCheck experiences some glitches at O’Hare
    The Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program at O’Hare, which pre-screens passengers in order to expedite security checks, has experienced some glitches, which are being remedied. "There are some [information technology] software things that have to happen at several locations. Chicago O’Hare is one of them," said Douglas Hofsass, TSA associate administrator. Some United and American Airlines passengers say some problems still need to be worked out, especially an issue with boarding pass bar codes. Chicago Tribune (free registration) (8/13) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Florida company hopes to sell hand-held scanners to government
    A Florida company has developed hand-held scanners that could help federal agencies avoid privacy issues associated with pat-downs and full body scanners. Microsemi’s Security Solutions Division is working to achieve regulatory approval of its scanners over the next two years. "It has a much lower price point than the scanning systems you now see in airports, but it does the same kind of screening and is just as effective," said Mitchel Laskey, the unit’s president. "We’re also talking to some commercial establishments that are looking at things like loss prevention, and protecting employees by keeping weapons out of the workplace." Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (8/12) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. airlines set on-time record
    The U.S. Department of Transportation says better oversight and regulations helped 15 U.S. airlines achieve a record for on-time flights and score the lowest rates ever for lost luggage and canceled flights. But some critics say the cutting of flights and packed cabins are reasons the industry still needs more work. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (8/10), The Hill/Transportation blog (8/9) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Registration is now open for the 12th Annual AAAE/TSA/DHS Aviation Security Summit taking place Dec. 10 and 11 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va. The 12th Annual AAAE/TSA/DHS Aviation Security Summit will continue the tradition of AAAE and federal aviation security policymakers coming together at a joint summit to review the complex issues surrounding aviation security today. Senior TSA and DHS officials, as well as representatives from other federal agencies and Congress, will speak at the summit. Airport and airline representatives and recognized aviation industry leaders will also be invited to participate in the program. Click here to register! sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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