Relaxing of airport screening regimen coming in fits, starts The Washington Times Share More than a decade after terrorists used planes to attack the United States, the Transportation Security Administration slowly has carved out a series of exceptions to its strict airport-screening rules, allowing some passengers to avoid at least some of the inconveniences and intrusions that rank-and-file passengers withstand. More
Congressmen question FAA over Massachusetts wind project The Associated Press via The Boston Globe Share Two powerful congressmen asked the Federal Aviation Administration to answer whether it ruled that a Massachusetts offshore wind project wasn't a danger to airplanes because of political pressure. In a letter to the FAA's Acting Administrator, U.S. Reps. Darrell Issa and John Mica referred to internal FAA documents, obtained by an opponent of the Cape Wind project, in which FAA employees repeatedly refer to the high-profile politics of the first-in-the-nation project. More
D/FW Airport plans for international expansion Dallas Business Journal Share Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is planning for significant growth in international destinations in the coming decade, a change that could position it to be one of a few "global portals" in the world. When it comes to international flying, D/FW Airport currently hosts 12 airlines that serve 48 international destinations. More
Working out ... at the airport The Wall Street Journal Share Airports - famous for long stressful waits and greasy hot dogs on warming rollers - have gone on a health kick. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and San Francisco International Airport both now offer free yoga rooms in terminals. Several airports, including Indianapolis, Cleveland, St. Louis and DFW, have laid out half-mile walking paths through terminals in conjunction with the American Heart Association, hoping to turn "mall walkers" into "terminal walkers." More
Bob Hope Airport in Burbank reopens as Hollywood film location The Los Angeles Times Share Bob Hope Airport in Burbank has reopened its gates to Hollywood for the first time in more than a decade, after prohibiting film shoots there since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The tragedy put the nation's entire air transportation system on high alert. In the weeks and months after the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, security requirements put a heavy demand on the regional airport's staff. More
Flight plan: Airport business development rates state support Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Share Allegheny County is eager to start the next phase of development on land at Pittsburgh International Airport, if it can persuade state officials to provide funds for infrastructure improvements. County officials envision a complex of office buildings, research and development space, a hotel and jet hangars on a 195-acre parcel just west of the airport. More
5 cool airport bars to spend a layover in Forbes Share Between delayed flights and security holdups at the airport, let's be honest: Sometimes you need a drink. Not just cookie-cutter watering holes, airport bars have come a long way, with signature cocktails, local brews and eye-catching decor that give you somewhere to pass the time in style. Forbes Travel Guide found five airport bars that stand out in the crowd. More
New Bradley Terminal would nearly double airport gates Hartford Courant Share An ambitious expansion of Bradley International Airport, with an additional terminal and parking garage, would benefit the region's economy while making travel smoother for Connecticut residents and visitors, according to a detailed new plan. More
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Probe into airport Metro flaws, August-end re-start unlikely New York Daily News Share A two-member expert panel will fix responsibility on the construction defects that led to the suspension of the Airport Metro Express service, even as major flaws were found by an inspection committee. Officials said the August-end deadline to re-start the 23-km service between New Delhi Railway Station and the Indira Gandhi International Airport, and further to Dwarka's Sector 21, may also not be met in view of the nature of flaws. More
Puerto Rico's main airport draws two final bids Reuters Share Two consortia looking to expand holdings in the global aviation infrastructure submitted final competing offers to privatize Puerto Rico's main airport as soon as the year's end, according to the Caribbean island's government. Grupo Aerpuertos Avance and Aerostar Airport Holdings LLC delivered final offers to run the Caribbean's busiest airport for the next 40 years. More
Fourth ACC/TSA Security Capabilities Day sets record attendance ACC Share Over 150 security consultants, manufacturers and other specialist gathered in Arlington, Va., for the fourth ACC/TSA Security Capabilities Day. Keynote remarks and summarization of TSA reorganization efforts were provided by TSA Office of Security Capabilities (OSC) Assistant Administrator Kelly Hoggan and OSC Deputy Administrator Susan Tashiro. Sessions addressed recapitalization, checked baggage, cargo and TSA acquisitions and attendees spoke highly of the TSA’s engagement and openness with industry. ACC looks forward to continuing to work closely with the OSC team. Special thanks to Cheryl Vauk with Productive Solutions, Renae Polk from OSC, Cassie Beamer with LeighFisher and all the OSC support staff that helped make this event possible.
House committee reviews FAA's Contract Tower Program C-SPAN Share The FAA is planning for sequestration. David Grizzle, the FAA's Air Traffic Organization, Chief Operating Officer says the agency is in the early stages of examining various scenarios should the automatic cuts happen. His comments came during a House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee hearing on the FAA's Contract Tower Program. More
Guidance for quantifying the contribution of airport emissions to local air quality ACRP Share TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 71: Guidance for Quantifying the Contribution of Airport Emissions to Local Air Quality addresses procedures for using air quality models in combination with on-site measurement equipment to prepare a comprehensive assessment of air pollution concentrations in the vicinity of airports. More