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Airport Consulting Weekly
Sept. 8, 2011
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A message from ACC President Paula Hochstetler on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11
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All of us in the aviation industry will never forget the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Less than two weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attack, ACC quickly mobilized and held a one-day emergency Security Summit in Washington, D.C. Nearly 100 private-sector experts gathered to determine how to best contribute in response to the shocking events. Many of the suggestions and potential strategies captured during the Summit positively influenced political and agency decision makers at that crucial moment. The discussions also enabled firms to adapt their services to the far reaching changes taking place in the aviation industry.

Nearly a decade later, aviation security continues to evolve and ACC and its members remain at the forefront in helping to proactively address these security challenges. ACC commends our partners at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for their work in making our nation's aviation system more secure. ACC also acknowledges the role of private industry in improving security technology and helping airports adapt to changing requirements.

Looking to the future, ACC will continue to increase its partnership with TSA and other stakeholders. The recent establishment of the Security Manufacturers Coalition under the ACC demonstrates this commitment. In closing, let us be sure to take a moment to remember the events of 9/11 and consider our ongoing roles in helping to make our nation's aviation security system as robust as possible.

Domestic Airport News

For now, shoes still come off at airport security
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Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano predicted that airline passengers in the future will no longer be instructed to remove their shoes at airport security checkpoints, but she said the technology to scan shoe-wearing passengers for bombs does not yet exist and may not be available soon. More

Delta at center of FAA debate
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The Federal Aviation Administration faces another partial shutdown this month, as members of Congress square off in a dispute whose key combatants are Delta Air Lines and airline industry unions. More

TSA to speed screening for frequent fliers in October
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The Transportation Security Administration next month plans to let certain frequent fliers keep on their shoes and speed through a reserved intake lane as part of an attempt to focus attention on higher-risk passengers, TSA Administrator John Pistole said. More

Great Falls, Mont., airport wants to combine checkpoints add amenities
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Consultants are completing conceptual plans for terminal building improvements that Great Falls International Airport Director John Faulkner says will make the Electric City "an easier and nicer place to fly from." In addition, once the projected $5 million or $6 million in improvements are completed by the spring of 2013, Transportation Security Administration officials will be able to run passengers through security checks more quickly. Passengers also will have easier access to food, coffee and restrooms than they do now. More

$230.9 million to ensure baggage is safe
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At Sea-Tac Airport, the Port of Seattle and the federal government have spent nearly a quarter-billion dollars on security enhancements since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Chief among the expenditures was a major reconfiguration of the baggage-handling system located beneath the terminals and the lobby. That system was re-engineered to accommodate in-line electronic scanners that examine each piece of checked baggage for explosives and other contraband as it passes through the airport. More

Atlanta debates land deal at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
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Atlanta city and airport officials insisted that a $32.4 million purchase of up to 60 acres of the old Ford plant site on the airport's eastern edge is a good deal despite a higher land cost than a developer paid three years ago. More

Hawai'i gets $5 million for airport repairs
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The runway at the Kona International Airport at Keahole will be rehabilitated under a $2.27 million federal grant. Improvements include the removal of debris and the strengthening of the pavement. "The strength of Hawaii's economy is directly linked to our visitor industry and we must do everything we can to ensure safe and expedient air travel for our residents and visitors from around the world," said US Senator Inouye, who joined his colleagues, Sen. Daniel Akaka, Rep. Mazie Hirono, and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in making the announcement. More

How airport security was before 9/11
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So much has changed involving air travel since the September 11 attacks nearly 10 years ago. Although, it's still cramped, sounds the same and planes have become more crowded, the time leading up to boarding has changed significantly. More

International Airport News

Private groups offer competing bids to take over Spain's two biggest airports
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Seven consortia have confirmed their interest in the privatization of Spain's two largest airports, Madrid Barajas (MAD) and Barcelona El Prat (BCN), the country's airport operating authority Aena Aeropuertos said. Five consortia submitted pre-qualification documents for both airports, while a group led by Grupo San Jose is bidding only for MAD and a group led by Abertis Airports is bidding solely for BCN. More

Madrid Airport gets 6 bids, led by Ferrovial, Spanish builders
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Madrid Barajas airport, which Spain expects to raise at least 3.7 billion euros ($5.2 billion), drew bids from six groups led by companies including local builders Ferrovial SA, Acciona SA, FCC and Grupo Empresarial San Jose. Ferrovial, owner of London's Heathrow airport, teamed with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Australia's Industry Funds Management Pty Ltd. and Infinity Investments of Abu Dhabi, while Acciona is bidding with Frankfurt airport operator Fraport AG. More

ACC News

Security Manufacturers Coalition formed
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ACC announced the formation of a new coalition of security manufacturing companies. The Security Manufacturers Coalition will serve as the unified voice of companies that manufacture security screening technology. Organized under ACC, the coalition will focus on aviation and intermodal security issues in the U.S. and globally. View the full press release for more details. More

Download the agenda for the 2011 ACI-NA/ACC/FAA NEPA and Planning Workshop
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Combined as a single event for the first time, the Planning Course and NEPA Workshop will be held Dec. 5-7 in Atlanta and is designed for airport planners and environmental specialists of all skill and experience levels. View the recently uploaded agenda and see how innovative sessions can align your efforts for efficient planning in an era of uncertainty. More


TSA announces $44.8 million for additional Advanced Imaging Technology at US airports
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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole announced approximately $44.8 million for the purchase of 300 millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines for deployment to airports nationwide - further strengthening security at U.S. airports. The machines purchased will be deployed with new automated target recognition software - designed to enhance passenger privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images while improving throughput capabilities of the technology and streamlining the checkpoint screening process.

Aviation industry unions to push for FAA funding extension
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Aviation employee unions are pressing lawmakers to immediately pass another appropriations bill for the Federal Aviation Administration before funding for the agency expires. Members of the Air Line Pilots association, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the Association for Flight Attendants and the Allied Pilots Association will make the case for a funding bill at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. More

Sen. Reid urges FAA reauthorization
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urged his colleagues to pass a long-term FAA reauthorization bill or a short-term extension that lasts at least through end of the year. Reid made his remarks on the Senate floor as he discussed the chamber's agenda for September and the need to focus on job creation. More

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