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Full body scanner up and running well at Wisconsin airport
A full body scanner is winning praise from travelers at La Crosse Municipal Airport in Wisconsin now that technical issues have been resolved and the staff fully trained. It’s one of 165 airports nationwide to have such a machine. The Transportation Security Administration says the machine helps keep security lines shorter. WEAU-TV (Eau Claire, Wis.) (4/9)


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Trends & Technology

Atlanta airport will open new international terminal in May
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will unveil a new international terminal May 16. The airport will add 12 international gates, but passenger traffic has fallen short of projected estimates. “You can’t build something today that meets your needs for today,” said airport General Manager Louis Miller. “We’re building for the future.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (4/8)

Airlines upgrading, improving their airport lounges
Airport clubs and lounges are being upgraded and improved with “innovative and cool” offerings as the airlines take steps to attract the revenue-generating business passenger. “As competition for the lucrative business traveler has intensified, airlines are pumping money into their lounges, adding more comfortable seating and power outlets, plus upgrading snacks, drinks and other amenities,” Nancy Trejos writes. USA TODAY (4/10)

Higher fuel costs may result in reduced capacity, higher fares
The higher cost of fuel for airlines could lead to reduced capacity, as well as higher airfares this summer. Steve Lott, spokesman for Airlines for America, said fuel costs will represent 35% of operating expenses for airlines this year. In 2010, fuel costs were 30% of operating expenses. The Denver Post (4/8)

Policy & Regulatory

EU, U.S. to share information on passengers
The European Union and the U.S. have agreed to share passenger information as part of a new accord. The EU will vote on the final text of the Passenger Name Record accord on April 19. The agreement will allow the countries to share passenger information, which could include up to 60 fields and sub-fields. This article by an attorney and privacy advocate critiques parts of the agreement. The Hill/Congress blog (4/9)

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