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Cargo screening requirement takes effect in December, TSA says

May 18, 2012

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Cargo screening requirement takes effect in December, TSA says
By December, airlines must screen all cargo packages on flights to the United States, the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday. The 9/11 Commission recommended screening cargo on all flights, and the requirement has remained in the federal rule-making stage since 2009. “Harmonizing security efforts with our international and industry partners is a vital step in securing the global supply chain,” TSA Administrator John Pistole said. “By making greater use of intelligence, TSA can strengthen screening processes and ensure the screening of all cargo shipments without impeding the flow of commerce.” The Hill/Transportation blog (5/17)

Security Update

Fireworks, air rifle found in carry-on bags at Newark
Transportation Security Administration agents detected fireworks in a traveler’s carry-on bag at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. In a separate incident at Newark, agents discovered an unloaded air rifle in a traveler’s bag. In both cases, the travelers surrendered their items and were allowed to continue their travels. The Seattle Times (5/17)

Maynard H. Jackson Jr. terminal at Atlanta airport debuts at last
The new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport opened its doors Wednesday after a four-year building process and lengthy legal challenges. The $1.4 billion terminal adds 12 gates to the world’s busiest airport and seeks to make Atlanta a more attractive hub for the growing international market. “It’s really going to open up new opportunities for Atlanta to grow. It’s going to become a gateway not just to Atlanta, but to the world,” said airport General Manager Louis Miller. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (5/16)

Airline News Spotlight

Southwest puts off delivery of 30 Boeing jets amid rising costs
Southwest Airlines has deferred delivery of 30 Boeing 737-800 aircraft until 2017-2018 as it struggles to hit its profit targets. The action will save the company $1 billion and allow it to maintain pricing power with a flat or slightly reduced fleet size in the coming year. Bloomberg Businessweek (5/16) The Wall Street Journal (5/16) Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (5/16) Air Transport World (5/17) Reuters (5/16)

American Airlines can change nonunion agreements, judge rules
A judge has ruled that AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines, can alter agreements with nonunion employees during bankruptcy. “While the changes required are difficult, all employee groups are being called on to share fairly and equitably in reaching American Airlines’ cost reduction targets on our path to be more competitive and successful in the future,” said Missy Cousino, a spokeswoman for American Airlines. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review (5/16) Bloomberg Businessweek (5/16)

Delta plans to cut trans-Atlantic routes after Labor Day
Delta Air Lines plans to trim capacity by 5% on trans-Atlantic routes after Labor Day. Ed Bastian, president of the second-largest airline in the U.S., says the carrier will cut capacity for the full year by up to 4%. Yahoo!/Reuters (5/17)

Policy & Regulatory

Man may face five years in prison for shining lasers at aircraft
A Florida man faces up to five years in prison for pointing a laser at a commercial jetliner leaving Orlando International Airport. Glenn Stephen Hansen, 49, pleaded guilty to the charges this week. He aimed a laser at commercial aircraft at least 23 times from January to March, according to prosecutors. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (5/16)

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