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TSA chief tells Congress, he knows agency's reputation is bad but working to improve image
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Just in time for the summer travel season, House lawmakers gave an earful to the chief of the Transportation Security Administration with complaints about post-9/11 restrictions on carry-on items aboard planes. One lawmaker wondered about letting passengers carry weapons on board to fight terrorists, but the TSA official at a contentious hearing said that was a non-starter. More

Domestic Airport News

How airlines spend your airfare
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
On an airline flight with 100 passengers, how many people does it take, on average, to cover the costs of the trip? Slightly more than 99 of them. That's a vivid way of showing how small profit margins are for airlines and why they try so hard to pack planes so full. More

Sea-Tac airliner tests could yield quieter, more efficient landings
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shortly after 11 p.m. Monday evening, Alaska Airlines flight 432 from Los Angeles was the first passenger flight into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport guided down to the runway by signals from a satellite. More

TSA scanners pose negligible risk to passengers, new test shows
The Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Full-body scanners used for security screening at the nation's airports do not expose passengers to dangerous levels of radiation, according to a new independent analysis of the security devices. The study by the Marquette University College of Engineering concluded that radiation from so-called backscatter scanners passes beyond a passenger's skin to reach 29 different organs - including the heart and brain. But the radiation levels are considerably lower than those of other X-ray procedures such as mammograms, the study said. More

House passes $46 billion homeland security spending bill, with disaster relief funds included
The Associated Press via The Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The GOP-controlled House passed a $46 billion measure funding the Homeland Security Department, including more than $5 billion in disaster relief spending that complies with a budget agreement last summer opposed by tea party conservatives. The 234-182 vote was unusually partisan. Homeland security programs traditionally have enjoyed widespread support, but the Obama administration issued a veto threat against the bill in a protest over unrelated budget cuts proposed by Republicans in excess of last summer's budget and debt deal. More

Plans advance to make Pittsburgh airport a Pennsylvania hub
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A consultant has been hired to help with a bid to make Pittsburgh International Airport a hub for travel within Pennsylvania. The Allegheny County Airport Authority board hired Texas-based Mead & Hunt Inc. to develop possible business plans, including costs and flight schedules, for airlines that might be interested in starting service between Pittsburgh and 13 other airports in the state, including Latrobe, DuBois, Erie, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Lancaster and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. More

North Dakota airports getting $10.6 million in grants
The Associated Press via Devils Lake Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Airports across North Dakota are sharing in federal grants totaling nearly $10.6 million. North Dakota's congressional delegation says the money awarded through the federal Transportation Department is for infrastructure projects. More than a dozen airports are getting grants. More

Study: Georgia airports create a half-million jobs
Athens Banner-Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Airports in Athens, Winder and Jefferson are responsible for 780 jobs and have a $45 million economic impact, according to a state Department of Transportation study. The study shows the importance of airports to growing the state's economy, DOT officials said. More

LaHood, Senate committee hammer 'lousy' EU airline emission trading rules
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and a panel of lawmakers took turns hammering a proposed requirement that airlines operating in European countries trade emissions. Appearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, LaHood said the proposed European Union emission trading system was a "lousy, bad policy." More

International Airport News

Airports raise their game for business passengers
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you want a snapshot of the kind of passengers who use London's small but well-located city airport, you need only look at a couple of its retail outlets. The bookstore in the departures area apparently sells more business and management-related titles than any other in the chain while, right across from it, the top-end jewelry store does a roaring trade in expensive pieces. More

Ferrovial's BAA refinances London airport loans
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British airports operator BAA said it had completed a 2.75 billion pounds ($4.24 billion) refinancing of its loan facilities for Heathrow and Stansted airports in London. BAA, owned by Spanish group Ferrovial, said the new deal was made up of 2 billion pounds in credit and 750 million pounds in standby facilities. The new credit facilities mature in June 2017, and replace similar facilities that were due to mature in August 2013. More

ACC News

Incorporating IT into capital projects
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Register now for the ACC Institute webinar "Incorporating IT into Airport Construction Projects." This webinar will use airport project examples to teach best practices for the procurement and implementation of IT systems in airport construction programs from perspective of an Airport IT Manager, an Airline IT Infrastructure Program Manager, and a Deputy Airport Terminal Construction Program Manager. This webinar is also eligible for 1 professional development hour (PDH). More


FAA Office of Airports Safety Management System (SMS)
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On August 2010, the FAA's Office of Airports issued FAA Order 5200.11, FAA Airports (ARP) Safety Management System, to implement ARP's requirements for a Safety Management System (SMS). This desk reference supplements FAA Order 5200.11 by clarifying the requirements and processes of the ARP SMS. This document primarily focuses on the procedures for complying with the Safety Risk Management (SRM) component of SMS. More

Actions needed to address challenges and potential vulnerabilities related to securing inbound air cargo
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has taken three primary actions since October 2010 to enhance security of inbound cargo on passenger and all-cargo aircraft. More


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