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Transportation items queued up for Congress
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Blink and you might miss it. Congress returned Monday for a brief two-week work session before the election season truly hits the homestretch. Good thing the transportation to-do list is far shorter than it was when the House and Senate got started in January. More

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A speedier trip through airport security could come within a decade
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These days air travelers are used to shoes off, laptops and liquids out and hands up for a body scan when they go through airport security. But the checkpoint of the future could make screening a comparative breeze, not just faster but stress-free as well. More

FAA misses first unmanned aviation deadline
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Only five days after the acting administrator confidently affirmed that the Federal Aviation Administration would meet its goals for integrating unmanned aerial vehicles into national airspace, the agency let a congressionally mandated deadline slip. More

House bill ends second bag checks on some flights
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The House took steps to eliminate a requirement that passengers flying from certain foreign airports have their checked bags screened a second time when they arrive in the United States and continue on an additional flight. More

TSA concedes growth of airport screening lanes is unsustainable
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The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) acknowledged it is running out of space at airport checkpoints. Since its inception in 2002, TSA has deployed more than 6,500 pieces of screening technology equipment at US airports, including about 800 body-scanning machines. But TSA GM-passenger screening program Domenic Bianchini, speaking at the Airports Council International-North America/World Conference and Exhibition in Calgary, said the pace of growth of airport checkpoints must be curtailed. More

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FedEx becomes first US airline to launch NextGen trial
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The Federal Aviation Administration has chosen FedEx Express and Memphis International Airport as a proving ground for a text message-based enhancement of flight management computers. FedEx officials said about 70 aircraft, Boeing 777s and MD-11s, are equipped to participate in trials of the FAA's data communications technology. More

GOP report on 9/11 anniversary eve: Make TSA 'smarter, leaner'
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Republicans are suggesting ways the Transportation Security Administration can be "rebuilt" into a "smarter, leaner organization" ahead of a hearing on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The House Homeland Security Committee's Transportation Security subcommittee released a report finding that TSA could be more effective by reducing its number of employees. More

Survey: Fliers switch to tablets rather than laptops
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The percentage of airline passengers using tablet computers is nearly equal to the percentage using laptops, a recent survey shows. About 37 percent of 2,682 travelers surveyed say they use tablets while flying - a percentage point less than those using older-technology laptops, according to the online survey conducted by FlightView, which sells travel apps for mobile phones and daily travel information for airline and airport digital displays and websites. More

How secure is the Dayton, Ohio, airport?
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In the post 9/11 world, airport security has focused on denying a terrorist access to an aircraft's cockpit. But several widely publicized incidents this year - at a Utah airport, another in Philadelphia and a third at JFK Airport - have intensified attention on the vulnerability of airport perimeters. While federal authorities largely manage and operate the security system encountered by travelers, security at the fence is the responsibility of local authorities. More

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International Airport News

Gensler proposes floating Thames airport to ease airport congestion in London
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Suffering from crippling congestion at its famous Heathrow Airport, the British government recently put out a call for a modern design solution. Gensler, an international architectural firm that's designed hotels and stadiums around the world, recently unveiled its pitch: a floating airport that would be built not on the shoreline, but right in the middle of the River Thames. More

Berlin air show to give glimpse of delayed airport
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The ILA Berlin Air Show will bring some long-awaited action to the city's new airport, a source of embarrassment to Germany's capital following multiple delays to its opening. A spotless new runway, so far unused for commercial flights, will finally feel the burn of rubber as flying displays show off aircraft including the Eurofighter jet and Eurocopter's new high-speed helicopter X3. More

China offers $1.1 billion loan deal to Nigeria to build airport terminals, light rail in capital
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Nigerian officials say the Chinese government has offered the West African nation a $1.1 billion loan to build airport terminals and a light rail line in its capital city. A statement issued by Nigeria's Finance Ministry said the loans would be offered through China's Exim Bank. The ministry said the airport terminals, to be built in Abuja, Enugu, Kano and Port Harcourt, will cost about $500 million. More

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Statement of John W. Halinski Deputy Administrator, United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security
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TSA Deputy Administrator John W. Halinski said, "Chairman Rogers, Ranking Member Jackson Lee, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks against our nation." More

The GA survey is underway
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The FAA's 34th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Survey for 2011 data is underway and available online at  "Reducing GA fatalities is a top priority of the FAA and our goal is to reduce the GA fatal accident rate by 10 percent by 2018," said FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta. "By taking the time to participate in the FAA's GA survey, owners and operators share valuable data that help the entire GA community." More

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