Travel News Report
Jun. 12, 2013

Perry adds transportation to special session
The Texas Tribune
Gov. Rick Perry has added transportation funding to the agenda of the special session. In his directive, Perry asked the Legislature to consider the "funding of transportation infrastructure projects" during the 30-day session, which began late last month.More

American, US Airways name merged airline leadership
USA Today
US Airways top executives will hold more of the the top leadership spots at the new American Airlines. The merging carriers announced the leadership that will run the combined company when the merger closes. More

Great Wolf Lodge survey shows dad makes today's family travel plans
When it comes to planning the annual family vacation, moms have traditionally taken charge. However, a new survey conducted by Research Now on behalf of Great Wolf Lodge, shows that when it comes to planning this year's family trip, dads have a say, too — and that many are even in the driver's seat. What do dads really want in a vacation? The results may be surprising.More

TSA chief defends allowing knives on planes
Los Angeles Times
Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole has delayed a plan to let passengers carry small pocketknives on planes for the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But it is clear from a speech he gave at George Washington University that he still supports allowing knives on planes.More

Acting IRS chief vows travel and event spending diligence
Business Travel News
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform blasted the Internal Revenue Service for excessive spending on a 2010 conference in Anaheim. The furor over that event, including a now-infamous "Star Trek" parody training video, echoes criticism of a controversial General Service Administration conference held the same year that ultimately led to GSA administrator Martha Johnson's resignation.More