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AAAE Security SmartBrief

April 3, 2013

30,000-Foot View

TSA to buy credential authentication technology next year
The Transportation Security Administration is planning to acquire credential authentication technology (CAT) in 2014. “TSA envisions the CAT system as a flexible system that can be deployed in different configurations depending on the needs and constraints of each checkpoint environment,” the TSA said. Homeland Security Today (4/2)

Security Update

Ex-DOT secretary stresses vulnerable airport perimeters
Former Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta says airport perimeters are vulnerable and pose a security concern. Perimeters are not overseen by the Transportation Security Administration as terminals are. It’s unclear to know if anyone who breaks the perimeter is just someone disgruntled or disturbed — or if the person is a terrorist as part of a larger attack. “America has the technology to monitor intruders at and even beyond an airport?s edge, but too many airports are behind the curve,” Mineta said. AIN Online (4/3)

Trends & Technology

Premium travel market growing as economy strengthens
Globally, an increasing number of airlines are offering more add-on services to fliers, and companies are paying for business fliers to have them. Last year, premium travel passenger totals went up 4.8% over 2011 figures. “Part of that is because the economy is getting stronger, and there’s only so much tolerance for intercontinental flights in coach,” said Ron DiLeo, AirPlus North America president and CEO. (4/1)

Airlines in Hawaii boost interisland service
Interisland travel in Hawaii is on the rise, and several carriers are expanding service. Mokulele Airlines, Island Air and Hawaiian Airlines’ Ohana are introducing more aircraft and flights in Hawaii. “Our passenger loads have doubled in the year and a half since Transpac Aviation purchased Mokulele in 2011,” said Mokulele Airlines CEO Ron Hansen. TravelAge West (4/1)

Airport Ops Spotlight

Some star power at new Houston terminal eateries
A new terminal opening at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston later this month will include 17 food, beverage and retail outlets. “Top Chef” star Bryan Caswell is opening the 3rd Bar Oyster & Eating House in the terminal, which he owns with beverage director Bill Floyd. Chef Johnny Hernandez, who also appeared on the show, will debut The Fruteria, which will serve up Mexican food and, at night, fruit tequila cocktails. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (4/2)

Calif. museum to display model of LAX terminal
Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, Calif., will display a scale model of the planned Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. The 24-foot model showcases the roofline of the terminal, which is built to resemble an ocean wave. Architect Curtis W. Fentress and his firm also designed the Denver International Airport. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/2)

Policy & Regulatory

FAA should consolidate air-traffic radar locations, study says
The Federal Aviation Administration could save billions of dollars by consolidating air-traffic radar rooms, a study found. “They can be replaced by a much smaller number of facilities, many of which can be designed from the outset to function in the from-anywhere-to-anywhere paradigm,” the report said. Bloomberg (4/3)

NTSB to hold hearing on 787 battery fire at Boston airport
The National Transportation Safety Board plans to hold an investigative hearing on April 23 and 24 into the 787 battery fire at Boston Logan International Airport. The board said the hearing on the Jan. 7 incident will look at “issues relating to the design, testing and certification of the battery system.” The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)/Metro Desk blog (4/2)

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