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14-11-2007
Israel Advises Denver, Beefs up Ben Gurion Perimeter Safety
The latest U.S airport to consult with Israel on security policies and procedures in Denver, which is conducting a comprehensive operations review in anticipation of rapid growth; Denver has issued more than $1 billion in bonds to fund expansion projects through 2013, reports Rocky Mountain News, including the addition and reconfiguration of security lanes. In Israel, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) equipped with weapons and cameras have begun to assist jeep-mounted security personnel in their patrols of the perimeter fence at Ben-Gurion, reported Haaretz.

Extracted from Washington Aviation Summary, November 2007

14-11-2007
Future Customer Check-in Facility at Sea-Tac
Alaska Airlines launched the first phase of its “Airport of the Future” check-in facility as Seattle-Tacoma International (Sea-Tac), which replaces traditional ticket counters with islands of check-in kiosks and bag-check stations designed to reduce wait times. The first island features 11 kiosks and 16 bag check stations. When completed, the facility’s three islands will offer 50 check-in kiosk and 56 bag-check points. The system will serve Horizon customers as of February 2008. Alaska first introduced the concept in 2004 in Anchorage and has implemented smaller versions in Los Angeles, Boise, Puerto Vallarta and several other Alaskan locations. Meanwhile, Sea-Tac’s new baggage conveyor belt system is $92 million over budget and two years behind schedule, reports the Post-Intelligencer, attributed by the Port of Seattle to the project’s complexity and contractor mistakes. The contractor, G&T Conveyor, blames poor design and management and continuous changes.

Extracted from Washington Aviation Summary, November 2007

12-11-2007
Tubby Tax Plan for air travellers
Obese airline passengers should be charged a ‘tubby tax’, health experts proposed yesterday.

Under the plans, they would be made to pay for each kilo they weigh above a set limit, in the same way as excess baggage has to be paid for.

Dr John Tickell, an expert in nutrition and weight control who heads the Australian team making the proposal, said: ‘Airlines are buying fuel and if you are carrying a heavy weight on a plane it is you who should be paying for it.

04-11-2007
Comfy are you?
Beds, bellboys, chefs, saunas: as premium pampering just gets silly, Matt Rudd asks, What about the rest of us?
I can just about cope with the news that Singapore has put double beds in its spanking new superjumbo’s first class. And that both Jet and Emirates have private suites for their most valued customers. And that every other airline apart from Ryanjet and Easyair seems to be putting in proper flat beds for its pampered premium passengers. That’s all just fine. Well, it isn’t, but I can bear it. If you’re paying £5,000 to get from A to B, I’m happy for you to stretch out a bit while you do it. Relatively.
What I can’t stomach are the not-so-little extras that seem to have become de rigueur in the race to get the posh passengers’ dollars. It’s becoming simply ridiculous.
Hotel-style check-in

02-11-2007
Vancouver Success Story
Madrid-based Aldeasa, one of the world’s most successful duty free operators, has revamped the retail offering at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Marking Aldeasa’s first North American location, the concessionaire offers 13 duty free shops at YVR. A full range of luxury brands including Cartier, Bvlgari, Montblanc, Hugo Boss, Burberry, Escada and Hermes are now available, as is western Canada’s very first MANGO clothing boutique.

Health and wellness products are available at Your Vitamin Store, Canada’s first airport vitamin shop, and other notable outlets include Aldeasa Kids, The Gourmet Store and Thinking Canada, which specialises in British Columbian souvenirs.

Says Christopher Gilliland, YVR’s manager for retail sales and services: “Aldeasa’s new duty free programme is a great complement to the unique selection of products, services and restaurants featured at YVR.”

Extracted from Airport World/August-September 2007



30-10-2007
Jet Lag Triggers Mental Illness
Researchers at the Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical School in Israel say the link between jet lag and psychiatric disorder has been underestimated. They suggest it could trigger existing or new cases of affective disorders such as depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks and various phobias, It might also be involved in schizophrenia.

The scientists say many examples of psychotic symptoms occur during long-distance trips, including cases of transit paranoid reaction – a condition blamed on changes of environment, such as unfamiliar surroundings and the presence of strangers, and a sense of isolation.




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