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AEEE Security Smartbrief – Transportation Security Administration officers to vote on contract

September 24, 2012

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Transportation Security Administration officers to vote on contract
Transportation Security Administration screeners who screen airport passengers and baggage will begin voting on their first collective bargaining agreement on Oct. 1. ?If ratified, the agreement will provide important new workplace rights, improvements, protections and flexibilities,? the American Federation of Government Employees says on its website. Votes may be cast in the workplace or on mail-in ballots, and voting closes Nov. 2. The Washington Post (9/24)

Security Update

Flight attendant’s gun discharges in Philadelphia Airport
A flight attendant’s loaded gun accidentally discharged Sunday while it was being examined by security officials. The owner said she had forgotten the gun was in the bag when it was detected during security screening. The accidental firing occurred while it was being examined by a police officer. No one was injured in the incident. NBC News (9/24)

Trends & Technology

Few fliers are paying for wireless access, analysis shows
About 31% of domestic flights in the United States are equipped with wireless in-flight Internet access and few passengers are paying for the service, according to an analysis by the flight rating website Routehappy. Based on the latest Securities and Exchange Commission filing by Gogo, the leading provider of onboard Wi-Fi systems, 5.4% of the passengers aboard the 1,565 commercial aircraft it had equipped took advantage of the Internet service in the first half of this year. BusinessTravelNews.com (9/18)

Safety Matters Spotlight

SafeLand technology being tested by four airlines
Aviation Safety Technologies LLC has developed a technology, dubbed SafeLand, that may help planes have safer landings in inclement weather. The technology uses readings and measurements already acquired by aircraft sensors to predict measurements of real-time braking conditions immediately before touchdown. The technology, which is currently being tested by four U.S. airlines, is intended to help prevent runway overrun, thereby increasing safety and reducing delays. The Wall Street Journal (9/24)

Policy & Regulatory

Senate passes bill opposing EU emissions plan
The U.S. Senate passed a bill Saturday that could allow U.S. airlines to refrain from complying with the European Union’s plan to charge carriers for emissions in its airspace. The Senate bill is similar enough to a House bill passed last year that both bodies see few obstacles reconciling the two, a source says. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (9/22) Reuters (9/24) Bloomberg Businessweek (9/24)

FAA: Some Fla. airports will have NextGen within 3 years
NextGen, which has been under fire from Congress for being behind schedule and over budget, will be implemented at Florida’s major airports — in Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers — as well as at smaller airports in the region, says Michael Huerta, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. NextGen will eliminate an estimated $23 million in costs, 5.4 million nautical miles traveled and almost 80,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually, the FAA says. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (9/20) Air Transport World (9/20)

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