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Thank TSA employees for keeping us safe

by Jane Hemberger

7 hours ago
Ten years ago, the Transportation Security Administration began operations at Dane County Regional Airport. TSA was created after the tragedy of 9/11, and within a year, assumed responsibility for security at the nation’s airports.
Since 9/11, TSA has screened nearly 5 billion passengers. At the Dane County Airport we’ve intercepted more than 68,000 prohibited items, including firearms and other dangerous items. Today, every bag is checked for explosives and other threats, and every passenger is pre-screened against terrorist watch lists.
TSA also has deployed many other layers of security, including behavior detection officers and explosives specialists, K9 teams, federal air marshals, and continuously evolving screening technologies.
In the last year, TSA has moved toward a more risk-based approach to security, which has resulted in screening modifications for kids 12 and younger and passengers 75 and older.
But it’s our people who make the real difference. More than 50 percent of our officers at the Dane County Airport have been with TSA for more than five years, and almost two dozen have been with the agency since the beginning. Join me in thanking them for their service.
Jane Hemberger, TSA Federal Security Director, Dane Country Regional Airport

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Power outage at airport hits critical security operations

Power outage at airport hits critical security operations

TNN | Oct 8, 2012, 06.01AM IST

KOLKATA: A 40-minute power cut at the airport on Sunday disrupted normal functioning during evening rush hour. With even back-up power supply to critical security systems like baggage X-ray affected for half the period, passenger check-in was stopped, delaying at least one flight. The situation would have been immensely worse had supply not been restored while daylight was still there.

According to sources at the airport, power supply went off at 3.36pm, shutting off not just air-conditioning at the terminal and airline systems at check-in desks, even standalone X-ray machines used to screen checked-in baggage shut down, stranding all passengers who were carrying check-in baggage. Within minutes, serpentine queues before the X-ray machines clogged the departure terminal.

“Since passengers with luggage other than cabin bags could not proceed for checking in, the entire process was held up. Only passengers with cabin bags were manually checked in,” an airline official said. As more passengers walking in to catch flights got stranded, the check-in lounge became increasingly stuffy.
Fortunately, the back-up supply to the X-ray machines was restored after 15 minutes, allowing baggage screening to resume.

Airport officials said it had taken longer to switch on generators due to manpower crunch on Sunday. Though staff is deployed in shifts daily, there are fewer on duty during weekends. Airline staff had to deal with frayed tempers even after X-ray machines became operational as lengthy queues forced passengers to wait for nearly half an hour.

Full power was restored only at 4.16pm.

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Idaho
Transportation Department Launches Free Airport Directory App – First in the Country

Pilots can now access Idaho’s Airport Facility Directory through a mobile application, created by the Idaho Transportation Department. The new iPad app provides visual flight rules and diagrams for 134 Idaho airports and aviation facilities. ITD employees created the app to allow for more convenience for the state’s pilots.

Read more: AASHTO Journal

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The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced the recipients of the 2012 Wesley L. McDonaldDistinguished Statesman of Aviation Awards. Henry Ogrodzinski, Keith Ferris, Dick Koenig, Christopher Kraft and Dr. Irving Statler will be honored at the NAA Fall Awards Banquet on Tuesday, November 13 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

Read more: State Aviation Journal

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ERAM continues to undergo critical failures

The $2.4 billion En Route Automation Modernization air traffic control modernization software project has continued to experience critical system failures–so much so that the Federal Aviation Administration has made moves to extend the life of a backup system originally meant for only temporary deployment.

Read more: Fierce Government

Kansas
Rooks County Regional Airport Dedicated

The new Rooks County Regional Airport opened in April. It’s the first new airport built in Kansas since 1989. And that calls for a big celebration.

Read more: Hays Post

Delta expands flight service to Paris

Delta expands flight service to Paris

Dayton Business Journal

Date: Monday, October 8, 2012, 7:12am EDT

Delta Air Lines is expanding its service to Paris with new flights from four American cities and enhanced business elite seating for customers on Paris flights to other U.S. cities. Courtesy of Delta Air Lines Inc.
Delta Air Lines is expanding its service to Paris with new flights from four American cities and enhanced business elite seating for customers on Paris flights to other U.S. cities.

Delta Air Lines is expanding its flight service to Paris starting next summer.

The expansions include new flights from Atlanta, Boston, Detroit and Newark to Paris, according to a press release from the airline. Beginning in 2013, the new Paris to Newark flight, as well as Delta’s existing flights from Paris to Cincinnati, New York-JFK and Seattle will feature full-flat bed seats in BusinessElite, offering each customer direct aisle access.
“Strengthening our network, while improving our customer experience both at the airport and on board, is key to our strategy. In our Paris hub, Air France and Delta customers will enjoy shorter transitions between the gates and concourses as we consolidate our airport operations,” said Bruno Matheu, Executive Vice President Marketing, Revenue Management and Network Air France-KLM and Chief Commercial Officer Air France.

At Dayton International Airport, Delta Air Lines posted the biggest gains in August with a 10.9 percent increase. The carrier also had the highest volume at the airport with more than 31,300 boardings.
Delta’s expanded and enhanced Paris service includes:

  • New nonstop service from Newark’s Liberty International Airport, complementing Delta and Air France’s existing service from JFK and Delta’s existing service to Amsterdam.
  • New summer seasonal service from Boston’s Logan International Airport, complementing the pair of existing Air France flights.
  • An additional flight from Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, increasing the total number of daily flights between Atlanta and Paris on the joint venture carriers to four.
  • Upgauged and expanded service between Detroit’s Metro Airport, from seasonal 767-300 service to year-round A330-300 service.

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Newark Airport TSA Get Low Marks on Internal Report

Newark Airport TSA Get Low Marks on Internal Report

By GENEVIEVE SHAW BROWN (@gsbrownabc)
Oct. 8, 2012

If you’ve ever showed up at an airport security checkpoint with more than the allowed amount of liquid – three ounces in any one container — still in your carryon bag or make-up case, you’re not alone.
And if you’ve managed to get through that checkpoint without having those liquids confiscated, you’re not the exception.
An internal Transportation Security Administration report accessed by New Jersey’s Star-Ledger newspaper found that at Newark Liberty International airport, agents take appropriate action on prohibited items in only a quarter of all cases.
And it’s worse news when it comes to pat-downs: The report found agents properly executing standard pat-downs of passengers only 16.7 percent of the time. When it came to informing passengers of their right to opt out of a full-body scan in favor of a pat-down, the agents did not inform passengers even once.

The newspaper said the report was dated June 8 and was titled PACE Airport Evaluation. It compiled by “an undercover team of Transportation Security Administration employees from other airports who were asked to observe screeners at work at Newark Liberty.”
PACE is an acronym for Presence, Advisements, Communication and Execution. Observers who participate are TSA agents from other airports. It’s used at the nation’s largest airports to measure the level of standardization.
The program is designed to help improve TSA levels of customer service and performance. Other organizations, including airlines, have used similar programs.

But it’s not all bad news for EWR’s TSA agents. The agents were observed removing prohibited items during physical searches and exhibiting good listening skills 100 percent of the time.
In a statement to ABC News, TSA said, “TSA is an agency that evaluates its workforce constantly with an eye toward continuous improvement. PACE evaluation is designed to be a ‘snapshot in time’ to assess various areas of passenger interaction. TSA uses the results as a guide to educate its workforce on areas where its employees are strong and areas where it can improve.”

The report comes to light on the heels of an ABC News investigation on TSA theft. ABC News reported in September that a convicted TSA security officer says he was part of a “culture” of indifference that allowed corrupt employees to prey on passengers’ luggage and personal belongings with impunity, thanks to lax oversight and tip-offs from TSA colleagues.
“It was very commonplace, very,” said Pythias Brown, a former TSA officer at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey who admits he stole more than $800,000 worth of items from luggage and security checkpoints over a four-year period.

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Thyssenkrupp Airport Systems Cited For Exposing Workers To Safety Hazards

Thyssenkrupp Airport Systems Cited For Exposing Workers To Safety Hazards
By Jim Douglas
October 6, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited ThyssenKrupp Airport Systems Inc. with 28 serious safety violations at its Fort Worth work site for exposing workers to “struck-by,” fall, amputation and shock hazards while they were manufacturing airport passenger boarding bridges. Proposed penalties total $172,000.

OSHA’s Fort Worth Area Office initiated an inspection of the North Sylvania Avenue facility under the agency’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations and its Regional Emphasis Program on Safety and Health Hazards in the Manufacture of Fabricated Metal Products.

The violations involve failing to regularly inspect overhead cranes, hooks and slings; rate or inspect devices used for lifting; provide machine guarding for a press brake and belt sander; ensure that exits are not blocked and are properly marked; provide fall protection such as harnesses and guardrails; train workers on lockout/tagout procedures for the control of energy sources; and provide strain relief for flexible electrical cords.

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. “This company exposed workers to serious safety hazards that could cause amputations or electrocutions,” said Jack Rector, OSHA’s area director in Fort Worth. “OSHA will not tolerate an employer’s disregard for workplace safety.”

ThyssenKrupp Airport Systems, a subsidiary of Chicago-based ThyssenKrupp USA Inc., employs about 180 workers in Fort Worth. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

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