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ACC/SMC supported legislation passes the House
ACC
On Dec. 3, the House of Representatives passed two significant pieces of legislation that would streamline the TSA acquisition process for security screening equipment and increase stakeholder participation in TSA initiatives. The Security Manufacturers Coalition, a coalition under the Airports Consultants Council, played a large role in informing the development and drafting of both bills.
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DOMESTIC AIRPORT NEWS


Airlines sound alarm on possible security fee hike
CNN Money
Congress isn't expected to raise taxes as part of any 2014 budget deal, but it might hike some "user fees" the federal government charges businesses and individuals. A likely possibility: An increase in a passenger security fee that industry lobbyists warn could add to the price of plane tickets.
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Can airports be weatherproofed?
Scientific American via Salon
A year ago, Superstorm Sandy hammered all three international airports in and around New York City. LaGuardia International got the worst of it when Sandy's 3.7-meter storm surges overwhelmed the airport's protective berm wall system with nearly 380 million liters of water from Flushing Bay, flooding the airfield and closing it for three days.
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Baggage screening: The key to more efficient airports?
Government Security News
More than 640 million domestic air passengers hoped for a timely departure in 2012, and yet few ever considered a key part of the security process that makes timely departures possible: screening of baggage that goes into the "hold" of an airplane (more commonly known in the U.S. as "checked" baggage.)
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Fast times
Airport World
Does near field communication hold the key to faster passenger processing and delivering the dream of seamless travel? Renaud Irminger shares his insights.
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Missouri airports contribute $11 billion to state economy
St. Louis Business Journal
Missouri's system of airports has an estimated annual economic output of $11.1 billion, or 4.3 percent of the gross state product, according to a recent study by the state Department of Transportation.
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Glass exit portals: Security to leave the airport
The Associated Press via NBC News
At two small New Jersey airports, futuristic unmanned portals of bulletproof glass have replaced security officers at the exits, preventing passengers from backtracking into secure areas once they exit the plane.
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For fliers, PreCheck adds as much confusion as convenience
The New York Times
We've come out of one of the busiest travel periods of the year, and if it showed anything, it was that confusion reigned for fliers. For example, are you uncertain about when you can use your mobile device on a plane under those new rules?
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FAA has plan for drones, but is behind schedule
USA TODAY
The Federal Aviation Administration has a plan for allowing drones to fly everywhere in the country. But research and regulations are months behind the schedule Congress set to have the unmanned devices fly safely with commercial airliners by September 2015.
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TSA collects $500,000 in loose airport change. So who gets the money?
The Los Angeles Times
Those nickels and dimes left behind by harried passengers at airport checkpoints sure add up — to about $500,000 a year. But rather than let the Transportation Security Administration continue to use the unclaimed money to fund its operations, the House voted to turn it over to nonprofit groups such as the USO to provide airport rest areas for members of the military and their families.
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Atlanta airport reports increase in holiday travel
The Associated Press via Seattle Post Intelligencer
Between Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reported an increase in passenger traffic, saying more than 1.8 million people passed through.
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Chicago airports get their own radio station
USA TODAY
Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports now have their own radio stations. The 24-hour "AIR Chicago" was created for the Chicago Department of Aviation by Clear Chanel Airports, a division of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc., and features smooth jazz music interspersed with airport traffic and weather reports, business news, information about the airports and advertising.
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Get your flu shot at the airport
USA TODAY
All that sneezing and sniffling around you on airplanes and in airports is a sure sign that flu season is in full swing. And a sure sign that you should get a flu shot. Here are some of the airports where busy fliers can take care of that task, on the fly.

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TSA initiative could create passenger pileups during holidays
The Los Angeles Times
If you're getting ready to take a flight during the holidays, be prepared for more than the usual confusion at airport screenings.

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The evolution of how we build airports
The Atlantic Cities
For most people, airports are places to rush through and minimize time in. You select the security line that looks the fastest, then hunt down the free Wi-Fi.

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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


Out of the ashes: A Nairobi airport for the future
By Matt Falcus
Four months ago, Kenya's busiest airport was struck by a fire that left its arrivals terminal in ruins. Now, out of the ashes, it hopes to rebuild its infrastructure and become the busiest airport in East Africa.
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Expansion plans for Heathrow Airport are grounded for now
The New York Times
Pity the poor schoolchildren, at least when the jets scream overhead, which they do about once a minute. So Heathrow Airport will spend 1.8 million pounds, about $2.9 million, to build “super adobe” domes, designed for earthquake zones in Asia and Africa, at 21 British schools to protect children from the noise of the third busiest airport in the world.
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Ethiopian Airlines now flying to Singapore
eTurboNews
A new Star Alliance service to Addis Ababa connects Singapore to more points in Africa. Changi Airport Group welcomed the arrival of Ethiopian Airlines, the latest addition to the family of airlines operating at Singapore Changi Airport. The East African carrier will operate a thrice-weekly service between Singapore and the capital city of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia via Bangkok, utilizing the 234-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft in a two-class configuration.
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Shenzhen's new airport terminal puts the wonder back into flight
The Verge
Located just to the north of Hong Kong, Shenzhen enjoys the rare status of being a Special Economic Zone in the People's Republic of China. Holding that designation for over three decades now, the area has become a breeding ground for small electronics businesses and a big attraction for foreign investment.
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Komodo Airport at Labuan Bajo now served by Garuda Indonesia Airlines
eTurboNews
Starting Dec. 3, Garuda Indonesia launched its flights to Indonesia’s many attractive tourist destinations airports in Eastern Indonesia that are accessible only to smaller aircrafts. Using the newly acquired ATR72-600 turboprop planes, Garuda Explore now serv es daily flights from Bali to the Komodo Airport at Labuan Bajo in Flores.
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Big plans for loss-making Manston Airport, bought for £1
Global Airport Cities
"An environment where new partners are attracted to do business" will be created at Manston Airport in Kent, England, said new owner Ann Gloag as she announced her purchase for £1 plus adjustments was now finalized.
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ACC Young Professionals Innovation Competition winners selected
ACC
The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) is pleased to announce the winners of the first ever ACC Young Professionals Innovation Competition. The first place team will present their submission at the February 2014 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium in Denver, Colo. First place was awarded to a team consisting of Zach Varwig from Faith Group, LLC; Nicholas Poole from SITA; Derek McMillan from The JW Group, Inc.; and Brandon Butler from Edelman, for their submission The Smart Traveler: Industry Best Practices and Innovative Strategies on How Airports can Capitalize on the Mobile Revolution. This presentation provides a data-driven perspective of the development, implementation and monetization of airport mobile technologies and applications.
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View the latest agenda for the ACC/ACI-NA Airport Planning & NEPA Workshop!
ACC
The 2013 ACI-NA/ACC Airport Planning and NEPA Course, being held December 9 - 11, will provide you with the tools you need to plan and deliver your airports' facilities successfully in our post-recession, post-consolidation, globalized world. Jointly sponsored by Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC), the event will include lessons learned, best practices, and interactive roundtable sessions that will make you a better planner or environmental specialist. Not registered? Registration is still open and will be available on-site.
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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


TSA announces new application process for TSA PreCheck, more options to apply for expedited screening
TSA
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the first application site for its TSA PreCheck Application Program at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND), and unveiled the online pre-enrollment program at www.tsa.gov.
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