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September 17, 2012

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  • Proposal would end re-screening of luggage entering U.S. from Canada
    Two lawmakers have proposed legislation that would relax security screening for some bags transported from Canadian airports to the U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., sponsored the bill and said it would make traveling between the two countries easier. “By making baggage screening more efficient for passengers traveling to our country, this legislation will benefit the American tourism industry, while boosting economic development and job creation,” Blunt said. Currently, luggage arriving from Canada goes through the same screening procedure twice. The Hill/Transportation blog (9/14) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    A cat who sneaked into his owner’s bag made it through a security checkpoint at Ohio’s Port Columbus International Airport. While Bob-bob the cat did not present a security threat, it remained unclear how he made it past the checkpoint. "Our machines are very sensitive to picking up explosives and other threats to aviation," said Sari Koshetz, a TSA spokeswoman. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (9/12) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.K. airport to use "privacy friendly" scanners
    After a three-year trial, the European Commission has decided not to approve the use of full-body scanners at airport security checkpoints. At the U.K.’s Manchester airport, the machines will not be used after October. "Everyone involved is happy with them — they are safe, security likes them, and in a recent survey 100% of passengers were satisfied with them and prefer them to frisking," said Chief Operating Officer at Manchester Airport Group Andrew Harrison. Nevertheless, the scanners will be replaced by "privacy friendly" scanners that will not require a security agent to check the images. BBC (9/17) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    A survey conducted by Fly.com has found that about 80% of fliers want in-flight Wi-Fi access. However, about half of the respondents don’t want the service unless it’s free. About 27% indicated a willingness to pay $5 or less, the survey found. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/16) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Blog: Ancillary-fee reports are misleading
    Blogger Jim D. says the reports on ancillary fees charged by airlines can be misleading. By comparing 2011 figures to 2000 figures, he estimates travelers spent $2.3 billion less on air travel in 2011 than 11 years earlier. "By decoupling certain services from the price of the fare, airlines have saved consumers a significant amount of money," he writes. "Today, consumers only pay for the services they want and choose, and in the end, everybody is coming out ahead." Ask The Question blog (9/13) 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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