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April 9, 2013

Flight attendants want a chance to testify on knife policy
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants is not happy that it was left off a panel that will testify in a House hearing on Thursday on the Transportation Security Administration’s policy reversal that would allow some knives on planes. “The Stakeholder Perspectives hearing would have been an optimum opportunity for flight attendants to finally contribute to the policy discussion,” said the union, which represents American Airlines’ employees. The Hill/Transportation blog (4/8)

Security Update

Officials describe item that cleared Detroit terminal
Authorities say that the Detroit Metro Airport?s North Terminal was evacuated on April 1 after they found three electronic items duct-taped, wrapped and positioned together that appeared to be a possible bomb. The man with the items in his carry-on bag was cited for a misdemeanor. WWJ-TV/WWJ-AM (Detroit) (4/6)

Trends & Technology

Airline performance in 2012 ranked highly, report says
U.S. airlines achieved the second-best performance scores in 2012 in 23 years, according to a report. “Over the 20 some year history we’ve looked at it, this is still the best time of airline performance we’ve ever seen,” said Dean Headley, a business professor at Wichita State University in Kansas who co-wrote the report. USA Today/The Associated Press (4/8) Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Money & Co. blog (4/8) (4/8)

Demand for air travel increased in February, IATA says
Passenger demand for global air travel rose 3.7% in February as compared to the same month last year, the International Air Transport Association said. “February’s performance was good news. Demand for air travel continues to rise on economic optimism and improved business confidence,” said Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of IATA. Air Transport World (4/8)

Policy & Regulatory

Lawmakers ask FAA to reconsider tower closures
Lawmakers from several states are asking the Federal Aviation Administration to find a way to avoid closing 149 air-traffic control towers. The FAA recently delayed the closure date until June 15. “We hope this delay will allow the FAA time to reconsider its decision, and we’ll continue to work to make sure they do,” said a group of Connecticut lawmakers. The Hill/Floor Action blog (4/8)

2 Los Angeles City Council committees to examine LAX plan
Two Los Angeles City Council committees plan to consider modernization plans for Los Angeles International Airport this week. The Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee and the Planning and Land Use Management Committee will make their recommendations to the full City Council. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (4/8)

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