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AAAE Security SmartBrief

April 12, 2013

30,000-Foot View

TSA union decries agency decision to allow small knives
The union representing employees of the Transportation Security Administration said security screeners were not asked for input on the agency’s decision to allow small knives and other objects. “Their input could have proven invaluable in the process leading up to the decision of whether to change the ban on knives,” said David Borer, general counsel for the union. The Hill/Transportation blog (4/11)

Security Update

Airline industry questions checkpoint in United Arab Emirates
The airline industry is questioning plans for a U.S. customs checkpoint in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Nicholas Calio, president of Airlines for America, said the Department of Homeland Security should not “shift its sources to funding to those with the deepest pockets rather than addressing the greatest need.” USA Today (4/12)

Trends & Technology

Winter storms hurt on-time arrival rates in Jan., Feb.
More flights were delayed in January and February compared to the same period last year as severe weather affected many airports. For the first two months of the year, 80.3% of flights by U.S. carriers had on-time arrivals. Last year, 84.9% of flights were on time in January and February. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (4/11)

Thales, Gogo announce partnership for in-flight services
Thales and Gogo announced a partnership for in-flight connectivity and entertainment services. The venture will combine Thales’ in-flight entertainment cabin system with Gogo’s in-flight Wi-Fi. “It brings two best of breed capabilities together and will give airlines exclusive passenger experiences with an economical and global connection,” said Alan Pellegrini, president and CEO of Thales USA. Avionics Magazine online (4/11)

Airline News Spotlight

Frontier Airlines could be sold to investment firm
Frontier Airlines is attracting interest from two investment firms as Republic Airways prepares to divest the carrier. Indigo Partners and Anchorage Capital Group are in discussions with Republic about purchasing Frontier. Republic “does not comment on rumors or market speculation,” a spokesman said. The Denver Post (4/10)

JetBlue looks for international code-share partners
JetBlue Airways is looking for two-way code-share partners to boost its international offerings, said CEO David Barger. “When you really want to optimize your relationship, you need two-way codes,” Barger said. “Our policy has been to move a little bit slow because we want to make sure the technology is ready.” Bloomberg (4/11)

Policy & Regulatory

Boeing awaits FAA approval for 787 battery fix
Boeing has completed testing on its fix for the 787 battery issue and is awaiting approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. “We are engaged with the FAA to reply to additional requests and continue dialogue to ensure we have met all of their expectations,” said Marc Birtel, a Boeing spokesman. Bloomberg (4/11)

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