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AAAE Security SmartBrief

August 23, 2012

30,000-Foot View

Iris scanners could eventually transform security
Some observers believe face and iris scanners have the potential to transform aviation security. California’s AOptix Technologies has developed a scanner that can identify a person from 80 feet away. Meanwhile, the scanners have not yet secured a foothold in U.S. airports, mainly because of inconsistent and slow performance. Bloomberg Businessweek (8/22)

Security Update

Column: Japanese device scans beverages in cans, bottles
While passing through an airport in Japan, Andrew Bender noticed a machine capable of scanning liquids for explosives. The Bottled Liquid Checker, which is made by a Tokyo company, scanned drinks in both cans and bottles. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the Transportation Security Administration is ?working toward a resolution that will allow us to move past the liquid ban in some way, either with stand-alone technology or upgraded software on our current machines, though at this time, we have not made any announcements as to when that may happen,? TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said. Forbes (8/22)

Authorities arrest man who locked himself in cockpit
A man locked himself in the cockpit of a commercial plane at Baton Rouge International Airport. He later surrendered and was arrested by authorities. Andrew Alessi was a ticketed traveler who had passed through security checkpoints and ran onto the plane. “No passengers were ever in danger and they were in the process of clearing the plane and doing their final security walk-through. And what apparently happened, the gentleman in question pushed past the gate agent who was at the gate and ran down the jet bridge,” said Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Chief of Airport Security Anthony Williams. ABC News (8/22)

Do you participate in the Global Entry program?

Yes. I participate in the program.  42.03%
No. I do not participate.  31.88%
No. I do not participate, but I may eventually enroll.  26.09%


Airport Ops Spotlight

Column: LaGuardia’s boarding gate area features iPads, refreshments
Airport boarding areas are typically known for cramped spaces and hard seats, writes Scott McCartney in The Wall Street Journal. But thanks to a recent makeover, Terminal D in New York’s LaGuardia Airport now features complimentary iPads that travelers can use to have snacks delivered to their seats. The space also features tables and plenty of power outlets and seats. “It’s really cool,” said traveler Shawnna Childress. “It’s a big benefit, especially when you get stuck at the airport.” The Wall Street Journal (8/22)

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