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TSA mission left muddy after backtrack on pocket knives
Bloomberg
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration's plans to loosen rules in place since 2001 appear stalled even as lawmakers, airlines and the public want changes in an approach the agency calls one-size-fits-all.
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10 US airports you're likely to breeze through
USA TODAY
For a traveler to breeze through any major airport, plenty of stars have to align. Security waits need to be short, terminals easy to navigate, intra-airport transportation abundant, and flights punctual. And while some fastest-airport lists focus on a single element — say, airports with the best on-time departure records — USA TODAY has decided to highlight airports that performed well across categories to deliver fast passage.
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The summer of long customs waits
The Wall Street Journal
Three-hour lines at U.S. Customs checkpoints have caused so many travelers to miss connections that Miami International Airport set aside an auditorium filled with cots as an overnight shelter. At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, chairs are on standby, ready to be rushed in for extra-long immigration-hall waits.
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FAA to propose sensor-only runway landings
Flightglobal
The US Federal Aviation Administration is set to take the first step towards allowing pilots to land an aircraft using only sensors to see the runway. A notice of proposed rulemaking will be published on June 11 in the Federal Register that would lift the requirement for pilots to rely on natural vision within 30.5 meters (100 feet) of the touchdown point of the runway.
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Despite smaller industry, network connectivity remains
Swelblog
The aim of the paper series is to examine and analyze the past, current, and anticipated future trends of small community air service in the United States.
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Orlando International Airport unveils $1.2 billion expansion plan
Orlando Business Journal
The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority wants to spend $1.2 billion during the next five years on new and renovation projects at Orlando International Airport.
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Bomb experts check out potential airport threats
Orlando Sentinel
About once a day, a passenger at one of South Florida's three major airports tries to take an item through security that could be mistaken for a bomb. Rather than evacuate terminals and alert police bomb squads, the Transportation Security Administration calls in explosive specialists, who usually determine it was a false alarm, allowing passengers to catch their planes.
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Learn how airports can accommodate the growing desire for self-service while eliminating passenger pain points by engaging passengers in the process from check-in to boarding.
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Balanced budget approved for Bob Hope Airport
The Burbank Leader
Burbank Bob Hope Airport commissioners approved a budget that managed to hold airline landing fees steady despite the airfield's continued struggles with declining passenger counts. The spending plan includes funding for a new transportation center and replacement of the runway lighting system.
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How a merger could affect Congress' favorite airport
NPR via WBUR-FM
If the US Airways-American Airlines merger announced earlier this year is approved, the combined airline would control two-thirds of the takeoff and landing slots at Reagan National Airport, outside Washington, D.C.
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


Pena Nieto considering new airport as Mexico City reaches limits
Bloomberg
Mexico is studying a plan to build a new airport for its capital, among other potential measures, to alleviate congestion in the busiest hub in Latin America, President Enrique Pena Nieto said.
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Europe's small airports face challenges
The New York Times
For the first time in 16 years as managing director of Linz Airport in northern Austria, Gerhard Kunesch teamed up recently with his local chamber of commerce for help in securing new business.
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Holograms greet fliers at airport security
Zagat
The future is here folks. And her name is Carla. The reportedly $26,000 holographic avatar instructs travelers in line at Boston Logan International Airport in how to prepare for security screenings. Similar "virtual assistants" work 24-7 at airports in Istanbul, Long Beach, Dubai, Washington Dulles and Macau.
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Industry veteran Craig Richmond named new CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority in Canada
The Canadian Press via GlobalPost
Vancouver Airport Authority has announced the appointment of veteran executive Craig Richmond as the its new president and CEO. Richmond, a former military fighter pilot, has held positions as CEO at six different airports in three countries while with Vantage Airport Group, a for-profit company half owned by the Vancouver authority.
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San Diego airport dog bathroom keeps pets and owners happy
The Huffington Post
San Diego International Airport doesn't discriminate against any of its travelers — including the small, furry kind.

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Port Authority gains approval to run Atlantic City International Airport
The Press of Atlantic City
The South Jersey Transportation Authority will pay the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey $500,000 a year to take over operations of Atlantic City International Airport.

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$82 million Google airport terminal set
ABC News
A new $82 million facility at San Jose International Airport that will support the personal aircraft of Google executives and other Silicon Valley executive fliers is scheduled to break ground this fall.

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ACC NEWS


Two weeks left to save on registration rates to the ACC Summer Workshop Series
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Find out how current legislation and regulation affecting the FAA/TSA will impact your firm at the annual ACC Summer Workshop Series. This conference provides an opportunity for participants to discuss a wide range of technical airport development and security issues with key decision makers. Technical experts from the consultant community, FAA, TSA and other agencies will discuss new and pending Advisory Circulars, guidelines, regulations and legislation. Tuesday, July 2 is the last day to receive discounted registration rates to this unique event!
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ACC welcomes new member
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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


Repairing and Maintaining Airport Parking Structures While in Use
ACRP
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 47: Repairing and Maintaining Airport Parking Structures While in Use provides information on developing and implementing successful maintenance and repair strategies for in-use airport parking structures that involve the least impact on the airport patrons, revenue stream, and facility operations.
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ACRP Report 87: Procuring and Managing Professional Services for Airports
ACRP
This Handbook is intended to be useful for all airports — regardless of size, location or governing structure — in refining their practices for procuring and managing professional services. This Handbook will demonstrate the importance of establishing effective, clearly written procedures; well-defined roles and responsibilities; a flexible approach to developing and managing the scope-schedule-cost of services; a transparent and accountable process for soliciting, selecting, and contracting services; and a communication plan and policy for maintaining a trusting relationship and predictable performance in the delivery of those services.
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