Carrier right-sizing and a challenging economy among top issues for airports

Explains Willis, “Privatization is not something that you create and then walk away from. What happens is a relationship change. You change from managing a workforce to managing a contract.

“You have to map out how you plan to bring an airport through the initial implementation ... transparency and public outreach is important.”

TSA: Checkpoint Technology

“I think the future for now is AIT (advanced imaging technology) for people-screening,” says Robert Kane, assistant administrator for security technology at TSA. “We are seeing a very high-acceptance rate [among the public] despite the press otherwise.”

Kane says TSA would like to consolidate the footprint of the checkpoint. “We would like to see the walk-through metal detector go away as a side-by-side capability,” he adds. “Throughput-wise, we have to make sure the technology can get to where we need on the throughput before we start pulling the metal detectors out.”

Remarks TSA Kane, “People are comparing AIT to the walk-through metal detector and that’s the wrong comparison.

“What we are seeing is the limiting factor continues to be the x-ray screening of accessible property, and the impact of the way people are traveling with more carry-ons is significantly impacting the throughput at checkpoints.

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