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1. Man shot after attack on TSA officers at New Orleans airport

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Law enforcement officials shot and seriously wounded a man at Louisiana's Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport after he attacked Transportation Security Administration officers. TSA officers were screening passengers at the facility when the man sprayed them with wasp killer and cut one of them with a machete. Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), The (03/22)

2. TSA union pushes for armed officers at airport checkpoints

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

The president of the union representing employees of the Transportation Security Administration wants armed officers on duty at every airport security checkpoint. J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, renewed his calls for a new unit of armed TSA officers after Friday's machete attack at Louisiana's Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. "Thank God there was a law enforcement person there [who] was able to intervene," he said. USA Today (03/23)

3. Felon approved for expedited airport screening

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2015

The Transportation Security Administration granted a felon with connections to a domestic terrorist organization expedited airport screening, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general. A TSA officer recognized the felon and notified a supervisor that the passenger had been selected for TSA PreCheck. The supervisor directed the officer to take no further action and allow the passenger to use the PreCheck lane. Hill, The (03/19)

4. Charleston, S.C., airport to consolidate security checkpoints

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2015

Security checkpoints at South Carolina's Charleston International Airport will be consolidated to form one eight-lane screening area behind the ticket counters, airport officials say. The terminal is undergoing a $189 million renovation. Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (free registration), The (03/19)

5. Senator pushes for tighter airport-worker screening

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., expressed concerns about recent security breaches around the country that involved airport employees. Nelson spoke at Orlando International Airport, one of two nationwide that require employees to undergo screening with metal detectors. WESH-TV (Orlando, Fla.) (03/20)

6. Runway slide-offs are most common airline accident

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Twenty-four people were injured on Thursday when a Delta Air Lines jet overran a runway at New York's La Guardia Airport. Incidents in which a plane skids off a runway are the most common cause of major damage to airliners around the globe. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (03/22)

7. More than 1 million have enrolled in TSA PreCheck

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

More than 1 million travelers have enrolled in the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program, which launched in 2011. Program participants are given access to special airport security screening lanes where they don't have to remove their shoes, light jackets and belts. Air Transport World (03/24)

8. TSA looks to quadruple number of trusted travelers

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

The Transportation Security Administration is hoping to enroll 25 million people in trusted traveler programs that qualify them to use PreCheck airport security screening lanes. Kenneth Fletcher, the TSA's chief risk officer, said the higher enrollment would allow the agency to "dial back" the number of travelers randomly selected for expedited screening. USA Today (03/25)

9. Experts say airline entertainment systems are vulnerable to hacking

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

One World Labs founder Chris Roberts says inflight entertainment systems could be hacked to allow intruders to access other systems in the plane, including control systems. "Quite simply put, we can theorize on how to turn the engines off at 35,000 feet and not have any of those damn flashing lights go off in the cockpit," said Roberts. (03/22)

10. FAA seeks air traffic controllers at virtual career fair

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration will hold a "virtual career fair" from March 23-28. The agency plans to hire 6,000 air traffic controllers over the next five years. Hill, The (03/23)

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