Airport Consulting Weekly
Nov. 24, 2010

Administration to seek balance in airport screening
The New York Times
Caught between complaints that airport screening has become too intrusive and threats of new terror attacks on aviation, the chief of the Transportation Security Administration said that the agency would consider changes to its new security measures if it found that the measures went too far.

Southeast airports debate TSA vs. contractors
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Airports in Florida and Georgia are debating whether to replace Transportation Security Administration employees who run security checkpoints with private contractors. Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida sent a letter to the nation's 100 busiest airports this month urging them to consider using contractors. He's a longtime critic of the TSA.More

US screening all airline cargo not feasible, Napolitano said
Procedures put in place after a foiled bomb plot have bolstered security better than an infeasible bill that would require all packages on air-cargo planes to be screened, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

Virgin America, SFO debut first LEED Gold-certified terminal
Travel Agent Central
In collaboration with San Francisco International Airport (SFO) leadership and the architecture and interior firm, Gensler, Virgin America has released details of its home base in the first LEED Gold-certified airport terminal in the United States in Terminal 2 (T2) of SFO. Set for completion in spring 2011, the $383 million, sustainable-design terminal will measure 640,000 square feet.More

US manufacturer may have solution to airport screening uproar
Miami Herald
After 23-year-old Nigerian terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarded a flight from the Netherlands to Detroit last Christmas with enough explosives to bring down the plane, officials at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport decided to build a better mousetrap.More

Portland International Airport unveils new baggage screening to detect bombs
The Oregonian
Officials unveiled one of the most expensive and largest features ever built at Portland International Airport -- and one passengers will never see. But beneath passengers' feet, as they stand at the ticket counter, lies a new baggage screening system that will scan every suitcase, golf bag and car seat leaving PDX.More

India makes strides towards second Mumbai airport
VOA News
India's commercial capital, Mumbai, has moved closer to breaking ground on a second international airport, with a major political compromise on environmental concerns that have delayed the project. The episode underscores India's growing need for both infrastructure and ecological balance as it becomes a major economic power.  More

Indonesian airport opens as volcano activity slows
The Washington Post
Officials say an airport near Indonesia's Mount Merapi has reopened after two weeks as volcanic activity at the deadly mountain declines. Transportation Ministry official Herry Bakti Gumay says the airport in Yogyakarta, 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the volcano, reopened after scientists said the air over the city was safe for flights. More

62nd Annual Wright Memorial Dinner to honor Harrison Ford
The Aero Club of Washington's 62nd Annual Wright Memorial Dinner will be held on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 at the Hilton Washington Hotel in Washington D.C. This year's event, "Inspiring a Passion for Aviation," will pay tribute to Harrison Ford, an actor and aviation advocate who has served as an aviator, mentor, humanitarian, and inspirer throughout his established career. If you are interested in attending this dinner and sitting with other ACC members, please let Emily VanderBush, ACC Marketing & Membership Coordinator ( or 703-683-5900)no later than Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. To complete your reservation, download the event reservation card, fill it out to indicate that you would like to sit with the ACC group, and fax it with your credit card information to ACC at (703) 683-2564. The cost of the dinner is $210 per person; the reception is at 6:30 p.m.; the dinner is at 7:30 p.m.; and the dress code is black tie or military equivalent.

Get involved with ACC by joining a 2011 committee
2011 ACC committees met for the first time at the ACC Annual Conference and are planning their agendas for the upcoming year. Involvement in committees provides invaluable access to technical insight and networking, affect industry and organization operations, and is most immediate way to get value out of your membership. If you would like to join a technical or non-technical committee, contact Emily VanderBush,


FAA works to ease delays for Thanksgiving holiday travel
Under the agreement, the Department of Defense will release airspace off the East Coast above 24,000 feet. The added capacity is expected to ease delays during one of the busiest travel periods of the year, saving time and money for passengers and airlines while reducing fuel burn.

TSA must protect employees, provide public education to pat-downs, said TSA union
PR Newswire
The American Federation of Government Employees -- the union for TSA workers across the country -- has heard from its Transportation Security Officer members that while most passengers are understanding of the new TSA security procedures and recognize that TSOs are not the ones who created those procedures, there have been a few instances where passengers have become angry, belligerent and even physical with TSOs. In Indianapolis, for example, a TSO was punched by a passenger who didn't like the new screening process.More