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September 11, 2012

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September 11, 2012
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  • TSA expands K9 program to about 1,000 dogs
    The Transportation Security Administration has expanded its K9 bomb detection program to about 1,000 dogs. Dogs trained in the TSA program at Lackland Airforce Base now patrol U.S. airports. “What’s great is that they are extremely accurate and they are mobile,” said TSA spokesman Nico Melendez. ABC News (9/11) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Airports work to boost perimeter security
    Securing an airport perimeter is the responsibility of local authorities, not the Transportation Security Administration. Some airports have recently taken steps to improve airport security. Airports in New York, London and Boston have installed automated thermal imaging cameras, for example. At Ohio’s Dayton International Airport, authorities say that while perimeter security is important, the greater risk is access to the inside of aircraft. “If once a week, somebody jumps over a fence, we’d deal with it. But that is not what is happening,” said Terry Slaybaugh, director of aviation for the Dayton airport. “It’s access to the cockpit. That is where the threat is.” Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (9/11) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Frequent fliers say TSA has room for improvement
    The Transportation Security Administration has room for improvement, according to an August survey of 1,852 frequent fliers who had taken 10 or more business trips during the previous year. Conducted by Frequent Business Traveler, the poll showed 90.8% of respondents weren’t very pleased with the way TSA was managing security screenings at U.S. airports. Frequent Business Traveler (9/11) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Air industry can seize on fliers’ growing mobile demands, studies say
    Several new studies have highlighted the mounting demand among travelers for mobile-based services that airports and airlines can capitalize on to boost their ancillary business. "[I]nnovative offerings that were nice to have five years ago are now critical to staying competitive in today’s market. Airports and airlines that effectively use mobile adoption to their advantage will see the greatest rewards in both customer loyalty and ancillary revenue," said Michael Benjamin, CEO of FlightView. Fox Business/FlightView Inc. (9/10), The Economic Times (India) (9/10) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • House committee urges TSA to increase use of risk-based security
    The Transportation Security Administration should increase its use of risk-based screening, according to a report released Monday by the House Homeland Security Committee’s Transportation Security subcommittee. The report also suggests that the TSA reduce its workforce to become more effective, conduct cost-benefit analyses for all major programs and purchases, and avoid setting unattainable technology requirements. A hearing on the report is being held today. The Hill/Transportation blog (9/10) 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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