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Airport Industry News: July 2014

Jul 24, 2014

Published biweekly –  available by annual subscription only (at a discounted rate through Brainseed) –

Managing Editor / Publisher: Martin Lamprecht

The articles compiled for Brainseed and made available here represent only a very small sample of news from some of the 8 modules of the biweekly newsletter which includes the modules: Airport Development (DEV), Airport Operations (OPS), Ground Support Equipment (GSE), Air Traffic Services (ATC), Consultant & Contractor (CON), Airport Information Technology (AIT) and Maintenance Base (MRO). An extensive Calendar of Events (CAL) is part of every subscription.


Airport Security

MorphoTrust USA, in partnership with the U.S. TSA, recently opened six new TSA Pre?TM enrolment centres at airports across the country. Travellers can now apply for the programme at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), Tampa International Airport (TPA), Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL). With these openings, travellers can now apply for TSA Pre?TM at more than 282 locations, including IdentoGO® Centres by MorphoTrust, as well as over 20 airports. Applicants are encouraged to pre-enrol online, where they can initiate the application process.

MorphoTrust is the authorized service provider for the TSA Pre?TM application programme under its Universal Enrolment Services (UES) contract with TSA, which also covers the agency's Transportation Worker Identity Credential (TWIC) and Hazardous Materials Endorsement Threat Assessment Programme (HTAP) enrolments. IdentoGO Centres allow Americans to access a growing number of identity-related services, including the secure capture and transmission of electronic fingerprints.


The U.S. is planning to increase airport security measures over concerns that Al-Qaeda terrorists are developing explosives that can escape detection by the current screening systems. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), there has been some intelligence that terrorists are developing bombs made from non-metallic materials, which may escape screening at airports. These explosives have been designed specifically to target commercial flights. The new-generation bombs may potentially allow suicide bombers to go past the screening systems and smuggle the explosives onto aircraft. Officials have said that although there is no imminent threat or plot, an additional vulnerability has been identified. In response to the rising threat from the new generation explosives, the DHS and the Obama administration have been developing plans to strengthen national security measures in airports. Although the details of the new security measures have not been released, they may include advanced screening devices, additional profiling and random passenger checks. 


The Vancouver Airport Authority in Canada has agreed to install BorderXpress automated passport control (APC) kiosks at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ. The new kiosks are designed to speed up the customs entry process for international travellers at the airport. According to the agreed terms, the company will sell 12 BorderXpress APC kiosks to the City of Phoenix. The kiosks accept eligible international passengers with Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval from 38 countries not requiring U.S. entry visas, including Australia, Japan, Germany and the U.K. When they become fully operational, the ESTA-enabled kiosks will accelerate the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) process by an average of 89%.

Vancouver Airport Authority CEO, Craig Richmond, said that the kiosks provide a quick, easy and secure alternative to the traditional full clearance with a U.S. CBP officer by partially automating the inspection declaration process. "As a result, airports can process four times more passengers per CBP officer to dramatically cut processing wait times," Richmond said.

Eligible passengers who choose to use APC can proceed directly to a self-service kiosk in the U.S. CBP customs area, instead of filling out a declaration card and taking their travel documents to a CBP officer. After following the on-screen instructions to scan their passport and answering a series of questions at the kiosk, the passengers will receive a receipt that is submitted to a CBP officer for verification. APC eliminates the administrative responsibilities of CBP officers, who usually scan a traveller's passport and verify their paper customs declaration. International passengers arriving at the airport will benefit from shorter waiting times, less congestion and faster customs processing times.


Arabian reach FZ LLC has announced that the Emerging Markets Airport Security Summit (EMASS) will be held at Le Meridien in Dubai on 26 and 27 November 2014. The UAE's regional & emerging markets including Middle East, Indian Sub-Continent, Africa and Russia - CIS aviation sector is growing rapidly, mainly due to the steady increase in air traffic and cargo movements. Further growth is expected as a result of major aviation-related infrastructure development projects in the region and a special focus has been placed on further strengthening security in the aviation sector. More than USD 30 billion has been earmarked to enhance the security and safety in the emerging markets airports to provide the best airport experience to its users, securing the borders and meet the changing trends of the security threat.
The summit will provide an opportunity for more than 150 delegates from global aviation security and safety organizations to discuss about the challenges, issues, usage of technologies, threats, training and effective practices and meet prospective clients from the aviation security sector. Over 30 global companies will showcase the latest equipment, technologies and demonstrate their capacities and capabilities to support the aviation security.

The U.S. TSA has announced the installation of new in-line baggage screening system at the General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, WS. The new screening machines have been installed as part of a USD 30 million project. Some USD 21 million of the total investment required for the project was provided by the TSA, while the remaining USD 9 million was contributed by the airport through passenger and airline user fees. The system allows passengers to put luggage on a conveyor belt, which will take the bags directly to four screening machines in a new area inaccessible to the public. Each of the screening machines can handle approximately 750 bags/hr. Baggage that does not pass the initial inspection will be sent to a separate room for further inspection by TSA officials.



Dublin Airport Authority subsidiary, DAA International (DAAI), has been awarded a training and advisory contract for new airport developments in Oman. The firm has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC), which will see it provide specialist training to OAMC staff. DAAI will also potentially offer advisory services in operations such as safety and security, customer service, car parking, and asset management and development. The first phase of the agreement with OAMC will see 100 staff from Oman travel to Dublin Airport for training over the next six months, while significant numbers of OMAC staff are also likely to receive specialist training and development as part of the deal. DAAI CEO, Colm Moran, said: "This is very significant contract win for DAA International. We are delighted to be working with OAMC to enhance and improve the capability of its employees and also to potentially advise them on and assist them with a wide range of airport-related activities. Five new airport facilities are currently under construction in Oman, and DAA International will be assisting OAMC with the delivery of these new terminals and airports though the provision of specialist training and a range of other services."

OAMC is currently building a new terminal at Muscat International Airport, capable of handling 12 million passengers per year, and a new international airport at Salalah - Oman's second gateway - capable of handling one million travellers per year. Three new smaller regional airports are also currently under construction in Oman, each with a capacity of 250,000 passengers per year. DAAI said that it would initially focus on meeting the training needs of OAMC employees to ensure they are fully prepared for the opening of new airport facilities at Muscat and Salalah airports.

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