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AAAE Security SmartBrief

March 26, 2013

30,000-Foot View

TSA requesting comments on AIT use
The Transportation Security Administration will be accepting public comment for three months on advanced imaging technology as part of its compliance with a court order. NextGov (3/25)

Security Update

Mica continues support for privatized screeners
Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said he plans to introduce legislation that would require airport screenings to be performed by private firms. Mica said the Transportation Security Administration should be in an oversight role, rather than conducting airport screenings. “TSA should be a security and intelligence agency,” he said. Bloomberg (3/26)

Female business travelers support new TSA rule on small knives
While some are outraged about the Transportation Security Administration’s choice to allow small knives on planes, others support it. When writer Joe Sharkey collected comments about the move, he noted several female business travelers said they carry pen knives, which will be allowed when the new rule goes into effect in April. “People who don’t understand why anyone would want a small knife on a plane are missing the point. Many people like to carry around a pen knife in their pocket or purse for the small tasks of everyday living for which such a knife is so useful. And these people don’t want to have to remember to take the knife out of their pocket or purse every time they fly,” one female reader said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/26)

Trends & Technology

Airlines can take a lesson in mobile from retail
Some of the biggest brands in the U.S. are building mobile platforms, but the airline industry makes up just 11% of spending on travel-related marketing using mobile. Vanessa Horwell argues that the airline industry can take a few ideas from the retail and hotel sectors. Luxury Daily (3/25)

American update of livery reflects modern design, experts say
The update of the livery for American Airlines reflects the modern age, experts say. “It brings American into the Apple age with its nice reflective coating,” said Sudeep Ghai of Athena Aviation. The carrier will have as many as 73 planes with the new livery by year end. CNN (3/25)

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