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April 2, 2013

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TSA budget cuts arise from consolidated spending bill
The Transportation Security Administration faces budget cuts from the fiscal year 2013 consolidated spending bill. The agency “is working diligently to analyze the fiscal year 2013 appropriations bill and sequestration impacts, and is developing a plan to implement this budget in a way that minimizes the impact on operations and our workforce,” TSA said. Homeland Security Today (4/1)

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Security Update

Flight attendants urge fliers to push repeal of TSA knife policy
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA was expected to hand out leaflets at eight U.S. airports on Monday. The handouts urged fliers to sign a petition to repeal the Transportation Security Administration’s policy change that would let small knives on flights. American City Business Journals/Pittsburgh (4/1)

Trends & Technology

Airlines try to keep peace between families, business travelers
Some airlines have developed programs to keep travelers with children from disturbing business travelers. AirAsia X, based in Malaysia, offers separate seating for families traveling together. “A majority of people love the idea of having the choice, including families with kids,” said CEO Azran Osman-Rani. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/1)

Airports try to become less attractive sites for birds
Reported collisions between aircraft and wildlife rose to 11,590 in 2012, according to Federal Aviation Administration. Birds are the most common form of wildlife that collide with aircraft, and airports have taken steps such as removing ponds and trees with fruit or seeds that attract birds. USA Today (4/1)

Policy & Regulatory

Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge on DOT rules
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge by three U.S. airlines against Department of Transportation rules that require taxes and fees to be included in advertised airfares. Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Allegiant Air argued the rules violated the free-speech rights of carriers. Bloomberg Businessweek (4/1) The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (4/1)

American Airlines, Orbitz reach agreement on dispute
Orbitz and American Airlines have reached a settlement in their legal dispute. Both companies declined to comment on the terms of the settlement, which resolved a court case dating back to April 2011. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)/The Associated Press (4/1) Reuters (4/1)

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