Balancing safety and convenience is top priority for new Philly airport COO

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    A man walks through a terminal at the Philadelphia International Airport in July. The airport's new chief operating officer faces the challenge of providing a speedy and convenient trip to travelers while assuring the safety of all. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    A man walks through a terminal at the Philadelphia International Airport in July. The airport's new chief operating officer faces the challenge of providing a speedy and convenient trip to travelers while assuring the safety of all. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    An airport is the sum of many parts, most of which the average traveler never sees. But they’re all a concern to Chellie Cameron, recently named to the new post of chief operating officer for the Philadelphia International Airport. 

    “I’m really looking holistically at day-to-day operations — maintenance, security, construction, engineering — all of the different operating areas of the airport,” she explained. “We’re here to make sure things operate efficiently and the passengers have a good experience.”

    Perhaps the biggest challenge is to provide a speedy and convenient trip to travelers while assuring the safety of all. “That’s a tough balancing act that we face every day,” Cameron admitted. “And safety and security can cost a lot of money, so you have to balance that as well.”

    Chellie Cameron assessed the current state of the airport and future plans and aspirations with NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller.

     

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