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Airport Consulting Weekly
Dec. 10, 2009
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TSA to conduct full review after leak of sensitive information
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
TSA officials say that a "full review" is underway to determine how a 2008 copy of its standard operating procedures for all airport security checkpoints was released in its entirety on the Internet. The document was "improperly redacted," according to TSA officials, meaning that with a few keystrokes what was once secret spilled out into the public domain. More

Domestic Airport News

Expanded security checkpoint eases the stress of air travel
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It's getting a little easier to get through the airport and onto a plane at Newark Liberty International Airport as renovations inside Terminal B are helping to cut down on long lines at security checkpoints. More

Puerto Rico applies to privatize Luis Munoz Marin Airport
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Puerto Rico is angling to see if private investors are interested in operating Luis Munoz Marin International Airport near San Juan. Federal Aviation Administration officials said that they have received Puerto Rico's application to enter Luis Munoz Marin International in the agency's pilot airport-privatization program. More
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Airport kiosks do nearly everything but check luggage
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The growing army of self-serve kiosk computers at the nation's airports never sleeps, never complains and works fast. And now the machines are being asked to do more than ever. Responding to the growing frustration with airport lines, America's major airlines have added thousands of self-serve kiosks in the last few years so passengers can print boarding passes, confirm flights and change seats on the touch-screen computers. More

International Airport News

Heathrow can expand if growth capped
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Britain could go ahead with a new runway at London's Heathrow airport if the growth in passenger numbers between now and 2050 is limited to 60 percent, the government's chief climate change adviser said. The government has said the aviation sector's carbon dioxide emissions must not exceed 2005 levels of 37.5 million tons a year by 2050. More

GVK Power buys L&T's 17 percent stake in Bangalore Int'l Airport
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GVK Power has acquired 17 percent in Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) from Larsen & Toubro for Rs 686 crore. The stake was acquired through its subsidiary and the acquisition was priced at Rs 105 a share. With this acquisition, GVK will now hold 29 percent stake in BIAL. The deal values BIAL at around Rs 4,040 crore. More
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Budget carrier easyJet cuts capacity in Britain
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Low-cost airline easyJet PLC said it is closing its operations at a regional British airport and cutting capacity at its home base of London's Luton airport by 20 percent. The airline will cease operations at East Midlands Airport on Jan. 5. The airline operated 10 routes from East Midlands Airport – to Prague, Nice, Venice, Faro, Barcelona, Alicante, Malaga, Ibiza, Palma and Geneva. More

ACC News

Prediger receives 2009 ACC Board Chair Award
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The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) Board of Directors Chair Award was presented to Susan Prediger, Vice President with CAGE Inc., by 2009 Board Chair Evan Futterman at the ACC 31st Annual Conference & Exposition in Lake Las Vegas, Nev. The Board of Directors Chair Award is given by the outgoing board chair each year to an individual or individuals who have made a significant contribution to ACC, either over a number of years or during the past year. In awarding the honor to Prediger, Futterman cited her instrumental role in developing ACC's voice as an expert on issues pertaining to airport security. "Susan has worked tirelessly on ACC's behalf to build strong relationships with TSA that have really benefited us," said Futterman. One of Prediger's greatest accomplishments for ACC in 2009 was the launching the first-ever ACC Security Technology Day as a collaborative effort with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). More

ACC soliciting topics for 2010 ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop Series
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In the coming weeks, members of the ACC engineering, environmental, planning, safety/security and terminal committees will be solicited for discussion topics for the 2010 ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop. ACC encourages committee members to fill out the short survey and return it by its specified deadline. Committee input ensures that the conference features the most relevant issues and expert panelists. If you would like to join an ACC technical or non-technical committee, contact Emily VanderBush, ACC Coordinator of Marketing and Membership at More


FAA: PFC's eligible for common use kiosk equipment
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Update announcing that common use kiosk equipment is now eligible for PFC funding in certain circumstances. More

Air cargo/global logistics: Freight forwarders urge TSA to create security standards
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While recent headlines focus on the lack of international ocean container scanning standards, a similar crisis is taking place in the air cargo arena. The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (IG) report says that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) -- a DHS agency arm responsible for aviation security -- could enhance ground-handling procedures significantly. TSA analysts added that given that more than 10 million pounds of cargo is loaded into the bellies of passenger aircraft daily, the issue is becoming more urgent. More

FAA administrator urges proactive approach to safety
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U.S. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said regulators, airports and airlines have "picked off all the low-hanging fruit there is to pick" to improve runway safety and now must focus on gathering "more detailed information" that can be analyzed to preemptively identify airfield risks. More

Senator blocks TSA confirmation over union dispute
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The nation's 50,000 airport baggage screeners, upgraded to "federal transportation officers" under the Bush administration, could get another title under the Obama administration: Union members. More

TSA issues PGDS v3.0
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After 12 months of collaboration with the aviation industry, TSA has issued the revised Planning Guidelines and Design Standards for Checked Baggage Inspection Systems (PGDS) Version 3.0 to the aviation industry. During 2009, over 80 industry comments were collected and addressed as well as four follow-on studies conducted and additional TSA changes were all incorporated in PGDS Version 3.0. The design principles and methods presented in the PGDS incorporate good insights and much accumulated experience of U.S. aviation industry stakeholders, including TSA, airport and airline representatives, planners, architects, baggage handling system designers and equipment manufacturers.  The PGDS is intended to assist planners and designers in developing cost-effective solutions and to convey TSA standards and requirements for checked baggage inspection systems (CBIS). More

Edward Kelly, TSA General Manager for Air Cargo Security, dies at 65
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Edward Kelly, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) General Manager for Air Cargo Security, has died due to complications from pneumonia at the age of 65. Kelly retired as vice president and controller of Emery Worldwide in 2000, but left retirement for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and joined TSA in 2006 as the first General Manager for Air Cargo Security in the Office of Transportation Sector Network Management (TSNM). Kelly made a number of contributions to the development of air cargo screening systems that are currently in the process of being implemented by TSA. More

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