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AAAE Security SmartBrief

April 1, 2013

30,000-Foot View

TSA launches PreCheck program for Raleigh-Durham airport
The Transportation Security Administration has rolled out its PreCheck program at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina. The program allows frequent fliers and other select travelers to enroll for expedited security screening. American City Business Journals/Raleigh/Durham, N.C./Triad Morning Report blog (3/29)

Security Update

TSA concludes investigation at Newark Liberty airport in N.J.
The Transportation Security Administration fired four employees and disciplined dozens of others after a year-long investigation into lax screening procedures at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. “Accountability is an important aspect of our work, and TSA takes prompt and appropriate action with any employee who does not follow procedures or engages in misconduct,” said Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokeswoman, in a statement. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (3/29)

Column: Surprising number of names on no-fly list
The no-fly list includes the names of approximately 21,000 people, something that Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman says is cause for alarm. “The ‘right to travel’ is not just a pleasant notion; it’s a constitutional guarantee,” he writes. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/31)

Trends & Technology

Passengers may be able to self-tag bags at LA airports
Airline passengers soon may be able to print out their own luggage tags at airports in the Los Angeles area. American Airlines and Alaska Airlines plan to introduce self-tagging for bags by the end of the year at Los Angeles International Airport, while Alaska also plans to roll out the technology at Ontario International Airport. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (3/30)

Safety Matters Spotlight

Safety could be affected by tower closures, experts say
The Federal Aviation Administration’s plan to close air-traffic control towers could affect safety, experts say. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that if you close 149 towers there are going to be safety problems,” said Spencer Dickerson, president of the American Association of Airport Executives. Aviation Week & Space Technology (4/1)

Policy & Regulatory

Sequestration warnings may have been off-base for airports
Despite dire warnings from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, airports have not felt much pain from sequestration cuts yet. “A4A member airlines have no plans to cancel or suspend flights or operations as a result of the FAA’s announcement,” said Airlines for America spokeswoman Jean Medina. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/31)

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