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TSA rethinks its approach to airline safety
The Los Angeles Times
More than a decade after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Transportation Security Administration is reassessing airline safety with an eye toward identifying the most likely threats. TSA Administrator John Pistole recently made his first appearance before Congress since the announcement that small knives, golf clubs, hockey sticks and assorted other items were no longer prohibited.
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DOMESTIC AIRPORT NEWS


Boeing sees 787 flights resuming in weeks on battery fix
Bloomberg
Boeing Co. said safety upgrades to the 787 Dreamliner's battery systems may allow commercial flights to restart within weeks, ending a two-month grounding of the composite-plastic fleet. Changes include installing a new enclosure for the battery, a focus of regulatory probes after a fire on one aircraft and smoking on another, and adjusting the charger, Boeing said in Tokyo.
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Experts: Airport security set for boom despite budget cuts
Agence France-Press via The Raw Story
The airport security sector is still expected to soar despite U.S. budget cutbacks as air traffic grows and the threat of terrorism persists, analysts say. Screening passengers and baggage as well as surveillance at airports is a business that has boomed as countries radically tightened security in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
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New Jersey Gov. Christie approves Port Authority takeover of Atlantic City International Airport
The Star-Ledger
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey could take over operation of Atlantic City International Airport as early as this summer, under an arrangement Gov. Chris Christie approved. The boards of the Port Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority, which now runs the airport, voted to authorize their respective staffs to negotiate a management agreement that would take effect July 1.
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Ed Markey goes after TSA's relaxed rule on knives
Politico
Rep. Ed Markey has launched a three-pronged attack on the Transportation Security Administration's new policy allowing pocketknives on planes: He has fired off a public letter to the head of the agency, rolled out legislation and led news conferences in Boston and Washington to overturn the rule.
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Airport tower closings grow nearer after US Senate vote
Bloomberg
A legislative effort to spare 189 privately run airport control towers from closing next month as part of automatic federal budget cuts failed when the Senate refused to take up the issue.
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America's infrastructure gets a D+. That's not as bad as it sounds.
The Washington Post
There's bad news and surprisingly good news in the latest report card on U.S. infrastructure from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The gloomy bit: America's infrastructure only warrants a D+, with the ASCE estimating that we’ll need to spend an extra $1.6 trillion between now and 2020 to patch things up.
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Airport may expand despite closed, lightly used gates
Orlando Sentinel
Orlando International Airport officials want to build a new $2.1 billion terminal with 16 gates that likely would lead to higher airfares, even though an Orlando Sentinel analysis shows 29 gates at the existing terminal have been shuttered or are rarely used.
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Small airports contribute to rural economies
The Southwest Times Record
By Arkansas Department of Aeronautics Director John Knight's count, there are 91 public airports in Arkansas. While some, like the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock and Fort Smith Regional Airport, boast commercial passenger service and multi-million-dollar facilities offering the latest and best in aviation technology, more of them are only a few steps beyond a strip of asphalt on a level piece of ground at the edge of town.
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Oklahoma airport rarely visited by planes to close despite federal funding
The Washington Post
An airport in Oklahoma that is almost never used by planes or passengers likely will be closed after the state’s aeronautics commission pulled its support for the complex. The six-member commission voted unanimously to close the Lake Murray State Park Airport in Ardmore, Okla., even though the airport receives $150,000 a year in federal funding under a grant program established 13 years ago.
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Miami International Airport passengers wait for hours due to low staffing
WSVN-TV
Federal budget cuts are hitting home and travelers are being forced to wait for hours in long lines at Miami International Airport due to the sequester. Over 7,000 passengers missed their flights or experienced long delays at MIA over the weekend. "People were cutting people off, and I was holding people off," said Brad Jones. "People were yelling and screaming. There were a couple of fights."
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Planned closure of nearly 240 air traffic control towers will strip away layer of safety
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The planned shutdown of nearly 240 air traffic control towers across the country under federal budget cuts will strip away an extra layer of safety during takeoffs and landings, leaving pilots to manage the most critical stages of flight on their own.
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It's a sin to fly
National Journal
Here is a puzzling quandary: If an industry — say, airlines — struggles under federally-mandated taxes that must be added to the price of tickets, how can a federal agency — say the FAA — not struggle under a mandatory 2.5 percent cut? Or can both the industry and the federal agency handle a little bit of belt tightening?
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American Airlines to install Airbus runway-safety technology
The Wall Street Journal
Seeking to combat the persistent hazard of airliners careening off landing strips, American Airlines is expected to become the world's first carrier to install the latest runway-safety technology developed by European plane maker Airbus on a fleet of single-aisle jets, according to people familiar with the details.
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


Mumbai airport's T2 set to outshine Delhi's T3
The Economic Times
September is an important month for the 30 million passengers that transit Mumbai, India, airport. The GVK-led consortium that operates the airport will throw open terminal 2, or T2, that it hopes will outshine Delhi airport's T3.
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Sri Lanka opens 2nd international airport
The Associated Press via Wall Street Journal
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has commissioned the country's second international airport , part of the island's bid to remake itself as a tourist destination after the end of a bitter civil war. Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, named after the president, was officially opened in his native district of Hambantota, 165 kilometers (102 miles) southeast of the capital, Colombo.
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Famed Hong Kong airport gets new lease on life
CNN
Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, formerly the notoriously challenging Kai Tak Airport, has received its first group of cruise ship passengers. Once known for its extreme proximity to residential neighborhoods, Kai Tak's runway area has been dormant for more than 15 years since it closed in 1998, replaced by the current Chek Lap Kok or Hong Kong International Airport.
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Nigeria's airport authority terminates Bi-Courtney leases
Ventures Africa
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has terminated two leases granted Bi-Courtney Limited at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja for the development and management of a four-star hotel and conference center, respectively.
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Airport entry still a hassle for foreign visitors, says US Travel
Travel Weekly
The U.S. is still handicapping its tourism industry with airport customs and entry procedures that continue to deter foreign visitors, according to new data from the U.S. Travel Association.

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Sheremetyevo to build new $200 million terminal
The Moscow News
Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport plans to build a new $200 million terminal to replace its Soviet-era Terminal B facility, Sheremetyevo CEO Mikhail Vasilenko said.

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A logical move by TSA
The Wall Street Journal
Is there actually logic in TSA's latest move? Yes, and that's apparently unsettling to some.

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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


Small pocket knives: More support than you might think
The TSA Blog
TSA is always assessing our policies, ensuring that they are based on the latest intelligence, best practices, and focused on mitigating the most serious threats to the traveling public. Of course anytime we modify these policies, the public has questions regarding the reason why.
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TSA PreCheck begins at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
TSA
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the start of TSA PreCheck operations at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). Under TSA PreCheck passengers traveling domestically who are select Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits.
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