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AAAE Security SmartBrief

August 14, 2012

30,000-Foot View

TSA works to clean up PreCheck challenges
American Airlines says it has fixed a computer problem that prevented some PreCheck travelers from using faster security lanes at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Meanwhile, other problems, such as the changing eligibility rules for the program and problems with bar codes, continue to prevent some eligible travelers from using PreCheck. “Across the system it is not a big problem, but (for PreCheck participants) who say they haven’t been selected in the last five or 10 times to the airport, something is wrong. Some of those challenges are being cleaned up,” said Douglas Hofsass, TSA associate administrator. Chicago Tribune (free registration) (8/13)

Security Update

California airport gets full-body scanners
The Redding Municipal Airport in California recently received a full-body scanner that displays generic images of travelers. TSA spokesman Nico Melendez also noted that the scanners are safe and expose travelers to the same amount of radiation that they would receive during a cell phone conversation lasting less than two minutes. Nearly 200 U.S airports have the scanners. Record Searchlight (Redding, Calif.) (8/13)

Trends & Technology

Special hurdles complicate summer trips for business travelers
High-security events such as the just-concluded London Olympics and the upcoming national political conventions, along with wildfires in the West, have combined to make this summer even more challenging for business travelers. “The most important thing to pack is patience,” said Henry Harteveldt, chief research officer for the Atmosphere Research Group in San Francisco. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (8/13)

Policy & Regulatory

Canadian airport adds security after needle incident
Canada’s Pearson Airport added security guards to monitor caterers after a sewing needle was found in a sandwich on an Air Canada flight. The airport has also added more security cameras. Officials hope the measures will prevent more incidents. Toronto Sun (8/13)

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