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AAAE Security SmartBrief

April 5, 2013

30,000-Foot View

U.S. Customs to pilot online arrival/departure records
U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to launch online access to information on arrivals and departures of foreign travelers on April 30. The agency will no longer require international non-immigrant visitors to fill out a paper Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record when arriving at airports or seaports. Government Security News (4/3)

Security Update

Colo. man arrested with loaded gun at Fla. airport
Adolfo Requena, 40, was stopped at Florida’s Orlando International Airport for trying to move a loaded gun past a security checkpoint. The weapon is the 11th gun found at the airport this year. WFTV-TV (Orlando, Fla.) (4/3)

Trends & Technology

Global air travel shows growth in Feb., IATA says
The International Air Transport Association said global air travel rose 3.7% in February. “Demand for air travel continues to rise on economic optimism and improved business confidence,” IATA CEO Tony Tyler said in a statement. “Much of the growth is concentrated on emerging markets.” Reuters (4/3)

Column: Oil prices hampering growth in air travel
The growth in air travel has not lived up to predictions issued in 2000, writes columnist Joe Brancatelli. “[W]ith energy costs accounting for as much as 40 percent of an airline’s operating budget, oil at today’s price of about $97 a barrel isn’t exactly encouraging carriers to keep fares low,” he writes. “Higher fares don’t motivate many discretionary travelers and they make business travelers much more careful when weighing the value of a trip.” American City Business Journals/Chicago (4/3)

Other News

Policy & Regulatory

Delta sues to block Ex-Im bank loans to foreign airlines
Delta Air Lines filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Export-Import Bank to block loan guarantees to foreign airlines. “Because Ex-Im Bank loan guarantees lower their cost of capital, these foreign airlines will recoup their investment in their new aircraft faster or reduce ticket prices on competing routes without adversely impacting their relative rate of return on those investments,” Delta said in its complaint. Bloomberg (4/3) Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)/Reuters (4/4)

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