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  • TSA says needles in sandwiches should not raise terror concerns
    Sewing needles found in turkey sandwiches served on a commercial fight should not spark fear of terrorism, according to the Transportation Security Administration. TSA spokesman David Castelveter said the TSA conducts ongoing inspections to ensure airlines and contractors comply with security requirements. Some experts speculate that the needles were put in the sandwiches by a disgruntled employee for catering company Gate Gourmet, not by a terrorist. Nevertheless, they also point out that catering is one aspect of security that could be improved. USA TODAY (7/17) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • International travelers mistakenly skip customs in Atlanta
    A dozen international travelers on a Delta Air Lines flight were allowed to skip the customs checkpoint when they arrived at the Atlanta airport this week. The travelers were allowed to go straight to the baggage claim. Airport personnel later made the airline aware of the mistake. "Delta regrets the error and the inconvenience, however, the safety and security of our customers is Delta’s number one priority. We continue to investigate the episode," an airline spokesman said. WSB-AM (Atlanta) (7/17) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analysts forecast solid travel growth amid economic, election concerns
    The hotel and airline industries should experience solid gains for the rest of the year despite lingering worries over the European economy and the upcoming U.S. presidential election, analysts say. Observers point to steady growth in business- and leisure-travel demand as signs of impending growth in the travel industry. "There doesn’t seem to be anything related to the U.S. economy that’s weakening travel habits at this point, whether we’re talking about leisure or business," said Will Marks, a hotel analyst with JMP Securities. Reuters (7/17) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • First-phase expansion of Conn.’s Bradley airport to cost $650M
    Connecticut officials are proceeding with a proposal to expand Bradley International Airport to accommodate anticipated growth in passenger traffic. The plan’s first phase would cost an estimated $650 million and focuses on demolition of the airport’s existing Terminal B, site preparation work and building part of a new terminal. The construction plan — designed to be based on demand — would reduce Terminal A’s 23 gates to 20, while the new terminal would add 19 gates. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (7/10) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • D/FW sets sights on international expansion
    Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport plans to add a significant number of international flights over the next five years, officials say. Airport CEO Jeff Fegan envisions adding between 18 and 26 direct flights to a number of cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Istanbul and three South American cities. “These are all markets that we’ve had discussions with, or we’ve had indications from airlines, or from our outside experts that these are markets that can be supported,” Fegan said. American City Business Journals/Dallas/DBJ Confidential blog (7/17) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • JetBlue plane is the latest laser target
    The number of incidents involving lasers beamed at commercial jetliners continues to grow, officials say. Earlier this week, someone aimed a laser at the cockpit of a JetBlue flight in New York. More than 1,519 such incidents have been reported this year. One crew member reported minor injuries, but the plane landed safely. Twenty-eight people have faced charges related to shining lasers at aircraft since June 2011. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (7/17) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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