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Foxx says airport congestion deserves attention
USA TODAY
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told a travel conference on Nov. 20, that attention drawn to crowded airports like a story in USA TODAY could persuade the public and Congress to provide more funding. Foxx told the U.S. Travel Association conference that airports, highways and rail are all becoming more crowded — and the country expects to add 90 million people by 2042. But he said the problem isn't insurmountable.
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DOMESTIC AIRPORT NEWS


More BWI passengers travel with ease as TSA PreCheck expands to Southwest Airlines
CBS
Going through airport security just got easier for millions of Americans now that Southwest announced it’s joining the TSA PreCheck program. Keeping your shoes on is a luxury most flyers haven’t experienced through airport security in years. But it’s just one of the perks now available to millions of travelers at BWI thanks to Southwest joining the TSA PreCheck program.
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Tampa, Fla., airport to unveil 20-year, $4.2 billion plan
The Tampa Tribune
Tampa International Airport officials on Nov. 21, will unveil a 20-year business plan with nearly $4.2 billion in expenditures, focusing on extending the life of the main terminal, alleviating user congestion and guiding airport business development south and east. A session to obtain public input is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 22, at the boardroom on the third floor of the main airport terminal.
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Officials say spaceport could bring big bucks to Colorado
Aurora Sentinel
Proponents of a Colorado spaceport told an aerospace and aviation task force at the Adams County Economic Development office in Westminster on Nov. 14, that as airports grow, so does the economy. The Colorado Spaceport, based at Front Range Airport, aims to change the way people travel by offering suborbital flights and creating a new hub for the aerospace industry and space tourism in the state.
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Local congressmen push to ban guns at airports
NBC
Three Georgia Congressman have reintroduced legislation to ban guns in public, non-secure areas in and around airports nationwide. Right now, common areas like sidewalks and ticket counters are fair game for those with the proper permits at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.
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Syracuse, NY, airport renovation introduces new 'exit portals'
CNYCentral.com
On the way out of Syracuse's airport terminal, the new exits get some strange looks. Syracuse, N.Y., is one of the first airports in the country to have the new exit portals. Previously the exits were monitored by police or security guards who stood in the hallway. Callahan says security will respond to any indication of trouble in the portals but not having to staff them round the clock should save money in the long term.
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Tampa expansion plans life extension to existing infrastructure
By Matt Falcus
Tampa International Airport is planning to increase capacity without building any new terminals in a revised plan, following its stalled 2009 attempt to meet predicted growth demands. With around 17 million annual passengers, Tampa's existing terminal infrastructure could feasibly cope with another 8 million passengers. However, officials are still pushing to progress with plans to increase capacity to 34 million before the current 25 million capacity is reached in 2015.
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Lawmakers: Pre-TSA areas 'soft targets'
The Hill
House members said areas in airports before Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints need to be more secure in the wake of a shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month. The lawmakers were speaking at a hearing of the House Homeland Security transportation subcommittee on Nov. 14.
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Study: Some airports will feel holiday crush year-round
USA TODAY
Within the next decade, 24 of the country's busiest 30 airports will become as congested twice every week as they are on Nov. 27, before Thanksgiving, according to a travel-industry study obtained by USA TODAY. Several of those airports threatened with year-round congestion — Chicago O'Hare, Phoenix, Houston Bush, Charlotte and Newark — each double their average number of passengers for the holiday, according to the study by Cambridge Systematics for the U.S. Travel Association.
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Larger planes may force airport to extend wingspan regulations
Aspen Daily News
Given current trends in the aircraft industry, Pitkin County, Colo., will likely need to extend its wingspan restriction and work with the Federal Aviation Administration on new regulations if commercial flights are to continue in Aspen. That’s according to airport director Jim Elwood and two industry consultants, who briefed the county commissioners on Nov. 19, on the first part of a three-phase study on aviation trends.
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Orlando Sanford Airport's growth tied to hassle-free flying
Orlando Sentinel
In the past two decades the Sanford airport has grown rapidly from a sleepy aviation field into Central Florida's second-largest airport, handling nearly 2 million passengers a year. It has seen a nearly 15 percent jump in passengers since last year, and a 50-fold surge since the early 1990s when the airport hosted barely 40,000 fliers. By comparison, Orlando International Airport, the nation's 13th-busiest, serves about 35 million passengers annually.
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Terminal F renovations feted at Philadelphia International Airport
Daily Times Transportation
Stilt walkers and ballet dancers pranced about Nov. 20, in a steel, glass and aluminum structure where an airfield once stood as officials, employees, and the traveling public celebrated the completion of the first phase of Terminal F’s expansion at the Philadelphia International Airport. Construction began on the 70,000 square-foot, $127 million project two years ago as a way to accommodate the needs of the burgeoning passenger base through the commuter terminal. It opened in phases last month.
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Charlotte Douglas International Airport seeks to become major solar producer
Charlotte Observer
Solar panels could soon sprout over Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s parking decks and between runways, making the airport one of the largest solar energy producers in the state. The airport put out its request for proposals Nov. 18. Charlotte Douglas, N.C., is looking for a private company to install and operate the panels, and hopes to have a contract before City Council for approval by late January.
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Airports add outlets to serve power-parched passengers
USA TODAY
Airline passengers with electronic devices parched for pre-flight power often get creative about charging up their gadgets. "We've noticed people sitting on the floor next to an outlet, moving airport seating to be closer to an outlet, or even unplugging things like an ATM to get electricity," said Chantel Minish, spokeswoman for Alabama's Huntsville International Airport (HSV).

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Anchorage, Alaska, airport planners eye Fairbanks to help smooth growth in cargo traffic
The Associated Press via Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage's airport planners are considering Fairbanks as a possible outlet for the expected growth in air cargo volume in Alaska's largest city. Anchorage handles the second-highest volume of cargo among airports in the U.S. But continued growth between North America and Asia is expected to outstrip capacity at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in the future, which could mean more delays.

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Airport execs clash with TSA over dropping exit lanes
USA TODAY
Airport executives clashed Nov. 5, with Transportation Security Administration officials over the agency's decision to stop staffing exit lanes for passengers between arriving flights and the baggage claim. John Halinski, TSA deputy administrator, told a security conference of the American Association of Airport Executives the agency is trying to save $88 million a year from staffing the posts at one-third of airports that have TSA officers there.

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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


U.S. Department of Commerce to lead aerospace trade mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil
U.S. Department of Commerce
The U.S. Commercial Service and Industry and Analysis are organizing an Aerospace and Aviation Trade Mission to Brazil from May 12-16, 2014. The purpose of the mission is to introduce U.S. firms to Brazil’s readily expanding market for aerospace and aviation products and services. The mission to Brazil is designed for U.S. aviation and aerospace manufacturers and service providers, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises, interested in long-term business opportunities in Brazil, as well as the trade associations/organizations that represent them.
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US Airways adds 19th Trans-Atlantic destination from International Gateway at Philadelphia
AviationPros.com
This summer, US Airways customers will be able to take advantage of new non-stop daily service from the airline's international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport to Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh. For the first time, the airline will operate flights to and from Edinburgh Airport on 176-seat dual-class Boeing 757 aircraft between May 23, 2014 and Oct. 1, 2014.
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San Diego and Tijuana to share an Airport
Slate
Construction has begun on a new terminal that will let travelers at the Tijuana airport cross directly into San Diego, Calif. Travelers will have to pay a fee to cross the 500-foot bridge across the border fence to a new customs station, but the plan will eliminate long waits at the border crossing for San Diego travelers who have already been using Tijuana as a second airport, particularly for international flights. The plan has been under consideration since the early ‘90s, and the link is supposed to be in operation next year.
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ACC NEWS


David G. Peshkin, P.E. elected 2014 Board of Directors Chair
ACC
The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) is pleased to announce the election of David G. Peshkin, P.E. of Applied Pavement Technology, Inc. as chair of the 2014 ACC board of directors. Peshkin assumed the position at the ACC membership meeting on Nov. 12, during the 35th ACC Annual Conference and Exposition in Tucson, Ariz.
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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


Debris detection system now Operational at Logan Airport
FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) unveiled the first automated detection system in the U.S. for debris on airport runways that covers an entire runway length. The system to detect Foreign Object Debris is fully installed and operational on Boston Logan Airport's busiest runway, 9/27.
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TSA studies emergency response in wake of LAX shooting
USA TODAY
The head of the Transportation Security Administration is studying how to speed the emergency response and bolster airport security after a recent shooting rampage in Los Angeles. At a House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing Nov. 14, several lawmakers questioned how closely TSA officers are in contact with armed police officers when precious minutes are at stake.
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FAA dedicates new Boise control tower and Terminal Radar Approach Control
FAA
The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Nov. 14, dedicated a new, $33 million, state-of-the-art airport traffic control tower and Terminal Radar Approach Control at Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field. “Boise Airport plays a critical role in serving the aviation needs of the West,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Safety is our highest priority and this new facility will enhance safety and efficiency in the Boise area.”
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TSA defends behavior detection program
CNN
Longer lines at airport checkpoints would result from eliminating a nearly $1 billion Behavior Detection Officers program, the head of the Transportation Security Administration told a congressional committee Nov. 14. The Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT, program trains officers to identify terrorists before they act by looking for passengers showing signs of stress, fear or deception.
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