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AAAE Security SmartBrief

August 22, 2012

30,000-Foot View

Global Entry program will arrive at San Antonio airport next week
Next week, travelers passing through San Antonio International Airport will have access to the Customs & Border Protection’s Global Entry program. The program will allow travelers who are registered to skip customs lines and use kiosks capable of reading their passports and scanning their faces. Travelers who apply for the program are pre-screened. San Antonio Express-News (8/21)

Security Update

Report: TSA should weigh costs, benefits of aviation security
A recent report suggests that the Transportation Security Administration should consider whether the benefits of the nation’s aviation security system outweigh the costs. The RAND Corp. report noted that the TSA spent $6.5 billion on aviation security in 2011, while airlines and travelers spend an estimated $7.4 billion per year. ?When the system being protected is as valuable economically as aviation, even a small reduction in its usefulness and value adds up quickly, making security potentially much more costly than might be assumed,? said report co-author and senior RAND researcher Brian Jackson. Meanwhile, the TSA said it continues to improve the aviation security system. “TSA is committed to providing a high level of security for all travelers using a risk-based approach and the latest intelligence to drive security procedures,” the TSA said in a statement. Air Transport World (8/21)

TSA awards contracts for explosives detection systems
L-3 Communications Security and Detection Systems, Inc. and Morpho Detection, Inc. received contracts from the Transportation Security Administration to provide ?medium speed? explosives detection systems. The systems can screen travelers’ checked baggage. The five-year contracts are part of a plan by the TSA to acquire smaller and faster explosive detective systems. Government Security News (8/21)

Do you participate in the Global Entry program?
 Yes. I participate in the program.
 No. I do not participate.
 No. I do not participate, but I may eventually enroll.

Trends & Technology

Airlines could continue to test demand with fare increases
A successful fare hike on trips shorter than 500 miles by Southwest Airlines could signal more airfare increases this year. “I think they are testing demand and they will continue to do it for the rest of the year,” said Rick Seaney, founder of the travel website Houston Chronicle (8/20) Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (8/20)

Airport Ops Spotlight

Los Angeles airport had $40B economic effect in 2011, report says
The economic effect of Los Angeles International Airport on Southern California totaled $39.7 billion for 2011, a report says. The airport supported more than 294,000 jobs as 265,000 flights landed at LAX in 2011. “From passenger spending to the enhancement of national and international trade, LAX and our region’s other airports are uniquely where the action is,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in a statement. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (8/20)

Airports take off as destinations for the public
Incheon International Airport in South Korea is luring consumers — not just travelers — to its airport by making it into a premier shopping destination. Denver International Airport is another hub offering more than just travel services; an outdoor plaza open to the public will be a new venue for community events and boast the fast rail line that will link passengers to and from downtown Denver. FastCoExist (8/20)

Policy & Regulatory

Inbound tourism spending reached $82.2B in first half of 2012
The International Trade Administration under the U.S. Department of Commerce reports that international visitors to the U.S. spent an estimated $82.2 billion on travel-related goods and services so far this year. International visitor spending in June 2012 reached $13.8 billion, an increase of 7% over June in the previous year. On average, travel- and tourism-related exports in the U.S. increased more than $1.3 billion a month during the first half of 2012. TravelPulse (8/21)

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