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AEEE Security Smartbrief

September 26, 2012

30,000-Foot View

Arkansas airport piloting iQueue to determine wait times
A pilot program at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Ark., will use iQueue, a Bluetooth-based system, to determine how long it takes travelers to pass through security checkpoints. If all goes well, the airport says it will buy the program, which offers real-time information on security checkpoint wait times. KATV-TV (Little Rock, Ark.)/The Associated Press (9/26)

Security Update

Court orders TSA to hold hearings on body scanners
The Transportation Security Administration has until the end of March to conduct public hearings and accept comments on nude body scanners. In July 2011, the court set aside a constitutional challenge from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, ordering the TSA to act promptly to hold hearings and develop rules for the scanners. Last month, the court ordered TSA to explain why it had not complied with the order. The TSA has said a public comment period would block the government from responding to security threats. (9/25)

Fla. airport to award $11 million security upgrade contract
Lee County commissioners will decide which firm will win the $11 million job to install closed-circuit television system cameras and other security and safety enhancements at Southwest Florida International Airport. The top three contenders for the job are Owen-Ames-Kimball, Chris-Tel and Ajax Building. The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) (9/26)

Airport Ops Spotlight

FAA to give Memphis, Tenn., airport $31.8 million for upgrades
Tennessee’s Memphis International Airport is receiving a $31.8 million Federal Aviation Administration grant to improve runway safety. The funding will also be used to upgrade the aircraft parking ramp as part of a five-phase, $90 million project. WDEF-TV (Chattanooga, Tenn.) (9/25)

Other News

Policy & Regulatory

EU revisits plan to allow cross-border consolidation
The European Commission said it will revisit the plan to reduce restrictions on airline mergers and acquisitions, with an eye on consolidations between European and the U.S. carriers. ?Current ownership and control restrictions, applied by most countries, deny carriers access to important sources of new capital,? Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas wrote. ?It is now time to address this issue more vigorously and to take the additional steps envisaged in the EU-U.S. air transport agreement.? Bloomberg Businessweek (9/25)

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