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  • TSA hires outside consultant to evaluate risk-detection program
    The Transportation Security Administration has hired an expert to work with the Homeland Security Department’s civil-rights office to evaluate the TSA’s behavior detection program. The TSA will change the program to eliminate the perception that quotas must be met. “I decided to task our civil-rights section and bring in an outside consultant to really look at the program and make sure that we do not engage in impermissible racial profiling, and that the program was bringing security value,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/13) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Orlando airport sees uptick in travelers with firearms
    The number of people attempting to pass through Orlando International Airport checkpoints with guns is growing, according to authorities. Most of the travelers with firearms are arrested, and the charges are later dropped after they complete community service. Most travelers with firearms have them in their bags by mistake, said Bill Vose, Orange County assistant state’s attorney. "The guns themselves are not dangerous things. So it’s the intent of the person possessing them or bringing them into the area that we look at," he said. WFTV-TV (Orlando, Fla.) (9/13) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hawaii expects continued growth in air seat capacity
    The Hawaii Tourism Authority anticipates more growth in air travel to the state through the remainder of the year. Total air seat capacity for 2012 is expected to exceed 10 million seats, a 9% increase over last year. Total capacity is expected to reach 99% of the peak travel to Hawaii, which occurred in 2007. Travel Agent Central (9/12) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AMR will continue seeking contract agreements with pilots
    AMR, which received court approval Wednesday for revamped contracts with its flight attendants and mechanics, will continue to work on a new contract agreement with its pilots. "We all respect and appreciate what our pilots do every day, and hope to achieve an agreement that will fortify our competitive position and create more security and opportunity for pilots," wrote CEO Tom Horton in a companywide memo. AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2011. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/12), Chicago Tribune/The Associated Press (free registration) (9/13), The Wall Street Journal (9/12) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • TSA, schools partner to train TSA agents
    Partnerships between the Transportation Security Administration and the College of Southern Nevada and 66 other schools allow TSA employees to take specialized courses in security and intelligence. Courses offered expand on regular TSA training and also cover the TSA’s shift to risk-based security tactics. (Las Vegas) (9/13) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Registration now open for the 12th Annual AAAE Aviation Security Summit
    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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