Airport screeners agree on first-ever labor contract with government The Associated Press via The Washington Post Share The union representing nearly 45,000 airport screeners has reached a first-ever collective bargaining agreement with the Transportation Security Administration. The agreement comes more than a year after TSA head John Pistole agreed to grant screeners limited union rights for the first time since the agency was formed in 2001. More
FAA chief says drones will force change at agency The Washington Times Share For the Federal Aviation Administration, regulating the skies is about to get much more complicated. The FAA's acting administrator, Michael P. Huerta, told drone industry leaders gathered in Las Vegas that the agency is poised to "realign" itself to prepare for the coming explosion of unmanned aerial vehicles. More
Lemonade? Live music? Airports ease travel stress NBC News Share The busy summer travel season can make the airport experience the most stressful part of any leisure or business trip. To help travelers relax, many airports offer some form of summertime entertainment. For example, San Francisco International Airport has a You Are Hear summer concert series, Dulles International Airport hosts a Jazz Series and Vancouver International Airport offers DJs, live entertainment, free samples of treats and sweets, and $10 lunch specials all summer long during its popular, pre-security Take-Off Fridays celebrations. More
New runway and taxiway expected at CVG WXIX-TV Share The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is getting a new runway and taxiway courtesy of a federal grant worth $17.6 million. Both Runway 18L-36R and its parallel taxiway Sierra are used extensively by several airlines that rely on Cincinnati as a hub. More
Durbin, Quinn announce $16.7 million investment in Illinois airport infrastructure Aledo Times Record Share U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced that several Illinois airports have received a total of $16,691,639 in grants through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for infrastructure improvements and upgrades. "Today's grants will allow airports in Illinois to make needed improvements and upgrades to help them serve travelers more safely and efficiently," said Durbin. More
American Airlines to deliver bags to home, office, hotel - for a fee The Los Angeles Times Share The newest airline service to be offered for an extra fee comes from American Airlines, which will deliver your luggage to a home, office or hotel so you can skip the baggage carousel. The new service will cost passengers $29.95 for one bag, $39.95 for two bags and $49.95 for three to 10 bags. American is partnering with BAGS VIP Luggage Delivery for the service. More
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Japan airports test biometric-reading system ZDNet Share Two Japanese airports are testing a new identification system that uses machines to read travelers' biometric data stored in their passports in a bid to speed up immigration procedures. According to The Japan Times, Tokyo's Haneda airport and Chiba Prefecture's Narita airport will participate in the trial to determine if facial and other biometric data stored on electronic passports can be accurately read on machines to identify the holders. More
Tesco launches UK's first virtual supermarket at Gatwick airport The Guardian Share Tesco has launched the U.K.'s first virtual supermarket at Gatwick airport in the hope bored holidaymakers waiting for their flights will want to order a delivery for when they return. The country's biggest supermarket chain wants to cash in on the rise of smartphone users and has set up 10 screens in the airport's departure lounge with images of its most popular products. More
Abu Dhabi airport contractors near $1.1 billion finance deal Reuters Share The consortium building Abu Dhabi's new airport terminal is close to securing a 4-billion dirhams ($1.1 billion) financing deal, which will be mainly sharia-compliant, banking sources said. A deal would mark the second major regional project finance venture to rely on Islamic financing facilities this month. More
Gittens named recipient of ACC Aviation Award of Excellence ACC Share ACC is pleased to announce the selection of ACI Director General Angela Gittens as the recipient of the 2012 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence. Gittens - who held executive positions in consulting and at three of the largest U.S. airport systems before joining ACI World in 2008 - was chosen for the extraordinary breadth of her contributions to the aviation industry, her ability to be a strong advocate on behalf of many aviation stakeholders and her leadership on local, federal and global levels. The award will be presented at a luncheon on Nov. 6, 2012 at the 34th ACC Annual Conference & Exposition in Bonita Springs, Fla.More
ACC participation in ASAC continues ACC Share On behalf of the ACC members, ACC President Paula Hochstetler is actively participating in three of the five TSA Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) Sub-Committees. The goal is to maximize the opportunities for ACC members to contribute.
International: ACC Safety & Security Committee members Art Kosatka with TranSecure and Susan Prediger with SP Consulting, LLC have agreed to lead one of three International Sub-Committee initiatives: 'Identify security best practices currently implemented globally' Air Cargo: Draft recommendations are currently being evaluated Risk Based Security: Expanding Pre Check participation will be the sole focus of this sub-committee.
Lessons Learned from Airport Safety Management Systems Pilot Studies ACRP Share TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 37: Lessons Learned from Airport Safety Management Systems Pilot Studies provides airport operators with data and experience from safety management system (SMS) pilot study airports. The report addresses SMS pilot study program management; SMS components design, development, and deployment; and SMS challenges and benefits. More
FAA charts course for GA airports Aviation International News Share Building on a study called "General Aviation Airports: A National Asset," the FAA said it will use the information to give the general public a better understanding of GA airports in the community and within the national air transportation system, and how they serve the public interest. More