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March 13, 2013

American Airlines: TSA should reassess plan to allow small knives
American Airlines has added its voice to the growing chorus of critics of the Transportation Security Administration’s proposed policy change allowing small knives in carry-on bags. “We encourage the TSA to reassess its proposed revisions to the prohibited items list,” wrote Will Ris, senior vice president at American. Delta Air Lines and US Airways have also voiced concern over the TSA policy change. ABC News (3/12) CNN (3/13) The Hill/Transportation blog (3/12)

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Security Update

Man at Dulles stopped with smoke grenade
A flier at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., was stopped with a smoke grenade in his carry-on bag. He was not arrested but the item was confiscated. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (3/12)

Trends & Technology

DOT: Airlines achieved 81% on-time arrival rate in January
U.S. airlines posted an 81% on-time arrival rate in January — a slight dip compared with 83.7% during the same period last year, the Transportation Department reports. However, the figure is an improvement from 76.6% recorded in December. USA Today (3/12) TravelPulse (3/12)

Airport Ops Spotlight

Airports turn to mobile computing for workers
As travelers increasingly turn to mobile devices at airports, airport employees are also using mobile computing. Los Angeles International Airport has plans to allow staff to use iPads while in the field. “Three or four years from now, we’ll have every enterprise app extended via a mobile app,” said Dominic Nessi, the airport’s chief information officer. Investor’s Business Daily (3/8)

FAA: Towers will be kept open only due to national interests
Officials at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida have until Wednesday to respond to the Federal Aviation Administration about why the airport’s air traffic control tower should be kept open. “Negative impact on the national interest is the only criterion the FAA will use for deciding to continue services to an airport that falls below the activity threshold,” according to a letter from the FAA. Organizers of the Lakeland-based Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In say they are set to hire private air traffic controllers if necessary. The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) (3/7)

Policy & Regulatory

Boeing receives approval for 787 battery fix from FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a proposal by Boeing to fix battery issues faced by the 787 and to begin test flights. “Today’s approval from the FAA is a critical and welcome milestone toward getting the fleet flying again and continuing to deliver on the promise of the 787,” Boeing Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney said in a statement. FlightGlobal.com (U.K.) (3/12) The Wall Street Journal (3/12) Bloomberg Businessweek (3/13) The Seattle Times (3/13)

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