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Airport Executives Seek to Expand Trusted Traveler Program Beyond Elite Fliers

February 14, 2012 Alexandria, VA — The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) — the world’s largest airport organization, representing thousands of men and women across the country who manage and operate the nation’s airports — pledged its support today in working collaboratively with the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection to grow the PreCheck trusted traveler program to accommodate additional fliers as quickly as possible.

“Airport executives long have advocated for the adoption of a robust, nationwide trusted traveler program to better identify and scrutinize potential threats while improving passengers’ experiences at the airport,” AAAE President Chip Barclay said.  “The recent announcement by TSA that the agency intends to bring its PreCheck trusted traveler program on-line quickly at additional airports is welcome news, and airport executives are eager to play an active role in the successful deployment of the program at their facilities.

“Airport executives anticipate great success with the PreCheck program and recognize that the next challenge will be moving from a largely airline-centric program in operation at a handful of airports to one that is operational for large numbers of travelers at airport facilities across the country,” Barclay added.  “Airport operators are uniquely situated and qualified to play a key role in assisting TSA in efficiently and effectively growing participation in PreCheck or a similar trusted traveler program.”

Barclay noted that over the past decade, AAAE and individual airports have worked closely with TSA and the technology community to implement specific programs, including Registered Traveler (RT).  In roughly one year, the RT program enrolled more than 250,000 travelers at 24 airports, proving the security and efficiency benefits that adoption of these programs provides.

PreCheck in its current form is available only to certain elite travelers on specific airlines and participants in the CBP Global Entry program. Barclay said that airport executives would like to see the program expanded to accommodate as many additional travelers as possible in an airport-centric, community-based effort.  Barclay added that while airline-based programs and Global Entry are good avenues in enrolling qualified participants, additional efforts will be needed to accommodate a broader range of qualified travelers — a goal that airports, the traveling public, and the government share.

Additional views from AAAE were outlined in a letter sent today to TSA Administrator John Pistole and CBP Acting Commissioner David Aguilar, which can be viewed here.

“Airports are confident that in partnership with TSA they can help facilitate the deployment of a robust trusted/known traveler program that focuses on enhanced security above all else in addition to expediting the travel experience,”  Barclay said.  “We are eager to work with Administrator Pistole and his team to make the promises of PreCheck a reality for a broad range of qualified travelers at airports across the country.”

ABOUT AAAE

Founded in 1928, AAAE (www.aaae.org) is the world’s largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE’s 5,000-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

February 14, 2012 I Written By

I'm Dave and I am a proud Avgeek. It goes way beyond liking airplanes. It is a passion that cannot be subdued.

AAAE Recognizes 57 Airports For Training Excellence

Alexandria, Va. — The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) has recognized 57 airports with an ANTN Digicast Excellence in Airport Training award for training completed in calendar year 2011. The award winners are:

  • Aspen/Pitkin County Airport
  • Augusta Regional Airport
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
  • Blue Grass Airport
  • Centennial Airport
  • Charlotte County Airport
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport Authority
  • Chicago Rockford International Airport
  • Dallas Love Field
  • Daytona Beach International Airport
  • Dothan Regional Airport
  • Elmira Corning Regional Airport
  • Evansville Regional Airport
  • Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority
  • Gainesville Regional Airport
  • Griffiss International Airport
  • Hilton Head Island Airport Fire/Operations
  • Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority
  • Jack Brooks Regional Airport
  • Jackson Municipal Airport Authority
  • Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Training Academy
  • Kenai Municipal Airport
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
  • Lakeland Linder Regional Airport
  • Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport
  • Little Rock National Airport
  • Louisville International Airport
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Morristown Municipal Airport
  • N.W. Arkansas Regional Airport Authority
  • Nantucket Memorial Airport
  • Naples Municipal Airport
  • New Bedford Regional Airport
  • New Castle Airport
  • Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport
  • Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport
  • Palm Springs International Airport
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
  • Port Columbus International Airport
  • Pueblo Memorial Airport
  • Purdue University Airport
  • Rapid City Regional Airport
  • Republic Airport
  • Rickenbacker International Airport
  • Roanoke Regional Airport Commission
  • San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport
  • Scottsdale Airport
  • St. George Municipal Airport
  • Tallahassee Regional Airport
  • Teterboro Airport
  • The University of Oklahoma Max Westheimer Airport
  • Tweed New Haven Airport
  • University Park Airport
  • Van Nuys Airport
  • Wichita Airport Authority
  • Will Rogers World Airport

The award signifies that airport employees and others working at each facility have completed a certain amount of federally mandated airport-specific and continuing education training using ANTN Digicast’s Web-based training system. The award levels are based on total training programs watched and total number of employees trained at each airport. Levels vary based on the airport’s hub size. Each winning airport is presented with a plaque marking the achievement.

“An Excellence in Airport Training award underscores an airport’s commitment to improving operations, safety, and overall preparedness through advanced training,” said Joan Lowden, AAAE senior vice president of communications and general manager of AAAE’s Airport News and Training Network (ANTN) division that produces ANTN Digicast. “ANTN Digicast is designed to be used by airports nationwide as a cost-effective, efficient way to help comply with federally mandated training needs and advanced training curriculum, and we’re honored to recognize the ones that maximize the system’s usefulness.”

Airports that subscribe to ANTN Digicast have unlimited access to the service’s training programs, which currently number some 500 videos. Topics covered range from operations, ARFF, security, customer service, FAA required recurrent training, and more.  ANTN Digicast training is designed for airport employees as well as tenants, such as airline workers and subcontractors, who work at an airport.

Digicast programming is accessible online via any Web-enabled computer, and the system tracks training on a per-user basis, allowing airports to demonstrate to regulators that their employees have completed required recurrent training.

For more information on ANTN Digicast, visit www.antndigicast.com.

ABOUT AAAE

Founded in 1928, AAAE (www.aaae.org) is the world’s largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE’s 5,000-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

February 7, 2012 I Written By

I'm Dave and I am a proud Avgeek. It goes way beyond liking airplanes. It is a passion that cannot be subdued.