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AAAE Security SmartBrief – L-3 to supply explosives-detection systems for TSA

September 27, 2012

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L-3 to supply explosives-detection systems for TSA
The Transportation Security Administration has awarded L-3 Communications a contract to produce eXaminer 3DX and eXaminer 3DX-ES systems, which detect explosives. The company could make $549.6 million from the deal. RTT News (9/26)

Security Update

Canada has vital role in fighting terror
According to Chief Edward Glomb of the Wayne County Airport Authority Police Department in Michigan, who snagged the “Underwear Bomber” on Christmas Day 2009, Canada plays a pivotal role in the war on terror. He spoke at the first-ever International Airport Investigators? Training Symposium in Toronto this week. The Toronto Star (9/26)

FAA to launch turbulence detection tool
A turbulence-avoidance system developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research will roll out in areas with consistently severe turbulence, such as over the Rocky Mountains. The airport in Juneau, Alaska, is already using the NCAR system, and NCAR says airports in Norway and New Zealand will adopt the technology, which was commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration. Philadelphia News (9/27)

Trends & Technology

In-flight entertainment evolving in mobile era
Airlines are rethinking the way they offer in-flight entertainment as more passengers bring mobile devices on flights. Many are upgrading seat-back systems to interface with personal devices or doing away with them altogether in favor of mobile devices that are either rented out or brought by passengers. USA TODAY (9/27)

Airport restaurants offering more healthy options
In response to increased demand, restaurants in major airports across the U.S. are offering more healthy choices on their menus. An annual assessment conducted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine shows that 83% of restaurants in the country’s 15 largest airports have at least one healthy menu item, up from 57% a decade ago. “There’s certainly a higher demand for healthier options, and restaurants are attempting to meet that demand,” says Susan Levin, the organization’s nutrition education director. Detroit’s Metropolitan Wayne County Airport was ranked first for the third year in a row. USA TODAY (9/26)

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Policy & Regulatory

FAA is pushed to name drone test sites
The deadline for the Federal Aviation Administration’s release of six sites where unmanned aircraft could be tested passed six weeks ago, and the sites remain unnamed. State officials and representatives of the drone-development industry fear that further delays may cause the U.S. to fall behind in developing the technology. “While the U.S. has led the way in the field of aviation since the Wright brothers first took flight nearly 110 years ago, we currently find ourselves in jeopardy of losing our global advantage,” Alaska’s lieutenant governor, Mead Treadwell, wrote in a letter to the FAA. The FAA attributes the delay to ongoing questions about safety and privacy. The Washington Times (9/25)


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