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Charlotte Douglas International Airport Joins More Than 400 Airports in Selecting AAAE's Transportation Security Clearinghouse

Companies mentioned in this article: American Association of Airport Executives

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Transportation Security Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) has been selected by Charlotte Douglas International Airport to provide designated aviation channeling services. This contract award will allow Charlotte Douglas International Airport to benefit from the Clearinghouse's comprehensive solution for the secure and efficient channeling of applicant data for aviation worker background checks.

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The Clearinghouse pioneered aviation channeling in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks to help airports comply with new background check requirements for aviation workers. Initially founded as a public-private partnership between the Clearinghouse and TSA, the agency has since authorized two alternate vendors to provide designated aviation channeling services to the nation's airports. The Clearinghouse is the only provider exclusively dedicated to airports both on a technical level as well as with federal advocacy efforts by leveraging the decades of AAAE security policy staff expertise.

"Secure and efficient badging operations are essential not only for mitigating the insider threat to our aviation system, but also for supporting and enhancing airport customer service and tenant relationships," said Carter Morris, Executive Vice President for AAAE Services.

TSA regulations require biographically based Security Threat Assessments (STA) and biometrically based Criminal History Records Checks (CHRC) be conducted for all badged airport workers. As Charlotte Douglas International Airport's selected designated aviation channeler, the Clearinghouse will be responsible for processing all biographic and biometric data for the badged population at the airport.

"We are pleased to be continuing our long standing partnership with the AAAE Clearinghouse," said Brent Cagle, CLT's Interim Airport Director. "AAAE and the Clearinghouse are uniquely positioned to understand both our short and long term needs in the badging office and beyond."

About Charlotte Douglas International Airport: CLT's Mission is to serve as an economic engine of the Carolinas, facilitating the movement of people and goods, creating jobs and enterprise and sustaining a higher quality of life. In 2012, the Airport launched CLT 2015. It includes a new 7,000-parking space deck, expansion of Departures/Ticketing and Arrivals/Baggage Claim and roadway in front of the terminal. The terminal expansion will accommodate additional checkpoint lanes and reconfigure the ticket counters and the Arrivals/Baggage Claim lobby. In 2010 CLT the Airport received the award for "Best Airport" from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in recognition for its quality service and economical value to airline customers.

About the AAAE Transportation Security Clearinghouse: The Clearinghouse was founded in the aftermath of the September 11(th) terrorist attacks at the request of airports and the federal government. Recognizing the need to ease the compliance burden on airport operators, the Clearinghouse quickly got to work to bring background check response times down from several weeks to just mere hours.

Media Contact: Gwen Basaria, American Association of Airport Executives, (703) 824-0500, Ext. 187, gwen.basaria@aaae.org

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SOURCE American Association of Airport Executives