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September 4, 2012

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September 4, 2012
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  • Legislation aims to close flight school loophole
    A Democratic lawmaker is urging the House Homeland Security Committee to tighten aviation security for foreign flight school students. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the ranking committee member, wants the committee to consider a bill that "would require all persons seeking flight training to be checked against the terrorist watch list before they receive training.” The Federal Aviation Administration now certifies flight students before checking them against the “No Fly” list. AIN Online (9/1) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Attempted hijackings decline in recent years
    The number of unlawful seizures of aircraft has declined since 2001, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization. The group’s report found that no airliners were seized in 2010 and 2011; that compares with with seven seizures in 2001. Despite increased security in recent years, observers say mentally-ill individuals continue to pose a threat to aviation security. Some also note that existing security measures remain a strong deterrent, but terrorists could still try to pass through security with surgically implanted explosives. “(Existing) body scanners are a major improvement on metal detection,” Philip Baum, editor of Aviation Security International. “But realistically, we’re buying into the wrong type of scanners.” The Washington Post (9/2) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. hubs are gradually replacing aging terminals
    Major U.S. hubs have been spending billions of dollars to replace cramped, sterile, old airport terminals that often date back to the 1960s or ’70s. Cities including Sacramento, Calif., Dallas-Forth Worth and Indianapolis have invested in long-term renovation projects in hopes of attracting more passengers as the economy rebounds. "Sometimes with flight delays and things that happen, the experience can feel quite gruesome. What we as architects try to do is, make the experience as pleasant as possible," said Curtis Fentress, an architect involved in the design of the Sacramento terminal. The Miami Herald/McClatchy Newspapers (free registration) (8/30) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • TSA questions travelers about beverages bought beyond checkpoints
    The Transportation Security Administration has recently started questioning travelers about beverages purchased past security checkpoints. In some cases, the TSA has tested the beverages. It has not explained the motivation for the increased scrutiny. "The TSA said it "employs multiple layers of security throughout the airport where passengers may be randomly selected for additional screening," the agency said in a statement. "One measure may include testing liquids that are in a passenger’s possession." The Daily Mail (London) (9/3) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Column: GOP platform calls for privatized screening
    The platform adopted by the Republican Party last week calls for sweeping changes to airport security, including the privatization of security, writes Joe Davidson in the Washington Post. The platform calls "for the private sector to take over airport screening wherever feasible and look toward the development of security systems that can replace the personal violation of frisking.” The Transportation Security Administration declined to comment on the platform. Meanwhile, one Democratic lawmaker criticized it, noting that there is no evidence that private screeners would improve the screening process. The Washington Post (8/30) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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