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March 28, 2013

TSA expands PreCheck program to Cleveland airport
The Transportation Security Administration has expanded its PreCheck program to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The PreCheck trusted-traveler program allows expedited security screening for select passengers. The program is available at more than 40 airports. Frequent Business Traveler (3/26)

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Security Update

TSA to continue use of AIT with generic imaging
The Transportation Security Administration plans to remove backscatter X-ray scanners from airports but will continue to use other Advanced Imaging Technology systems with automatic target recognition software. “An AIT unit equipped with ATR creates a generic outline, not an image of a specific individual, and eliminates the need for operator interpretation of an image,” TSA said in a notice. Government Security News (3/26)

Man found with loaded gun at Reagan National Airport
A Virginia resident was stopped at Reagan National Airport on Monday with a loaded gun in his carry-on bag. The man, who was cited on a weapons charge, had a concealed weapons permit. The Washington Post/Dr. Gridlock blog (3/26) The Washington Times/The Associated Press (3/26)

Trends & Technology

A4A: U.S. aircraft had 82.8% load factor in 2012
Airlines for America said the average load factor for U.S. airplanes was 82.8% in 2012, the highest percentage of filled seats since 1945. Last year, U.S. airlines carried 736.6 million scheduled passengers. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/26) The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (3/26) Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/26)

AA-US Airways merger would increase competition in N.Y.
The proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways would challenge competing airlines at New York’s LaGuardia airport. “This puts American in the big leagues for airlines in New York,” industry consultant Henry Harteveldt said. With a merger, American would offer 30% of seats at LaGuardia, compared to Delta Air Lines’ 42%. The Wall Street Journal (3/26)

ZTE: LTE connectivity is ready
ZTE says testing on Long-Term Evolution technology has determined that it is ready for public use. The system connects planes with ground stations while passengers use Wi-Fi. Network World/IDG News Service (3/26)

Airport Ops Spotlight

Airports offer more amenities for travelers
Airports in Europe and Asia offer such amenities as medical clinics, pharmacies and even dry cleaners for travelers. “Functionality was once the leading decision point in design, but now the traveler’s ease and experience are among an airport’s key priorities,” said Jonathan Massey, a principal with the airport design firm Corgan Associates. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/25)

Philadelphia airport freshening up restrooms
Aging bathrooms at Philadelphia International Airport are getting a makeover. The airport has opened 12 renovated restrooms in terminals B and C, with upgrades on the way in terminals D, E and F. The new bathrooms include red tile, natural light, and more efficient toilets, sinks and lighting. The Philadelphia Inquirer (3/24)

Policy & Regulatory

Judge hears proposal for American-US Airways merger
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane is considering the proposal for the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. If Lane approves the merger, American Airlines will submit its reorganization plan and creditors will have 60 days to object to the plan before the carrier can exit bankruptcy. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (3/26)

FAA: 10,000 drones could be in the air by 2020
Congress has requested that the Federal Aviation Administration create rules for small unmanned aircraft by 2015. By 2020, the FAA expects that 10,000 commercial drones could be flying.  (3/25)

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