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April 15, 2013

30,000-Foot View

TSA to proceed with policy change on small knives
The Transportation Security Administration is moving ahead with a policy change on April 25 that will allow passengers to carry small folding knives. TSA Administrator John Pistole has not changed his mind on the policy despite opposition from flight attendants. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/15)

Security Update

No bomb scare, just a sandwich at JFK
Jason Michael Cruz and Matthew Okumoto were detained at New York’s JFK airport Thursday after an officer overheard Cruz tell his friend he had “the wrong kind of bomb.” It was later revealed that he was talking about a sandwich dubbed “The Bomb.” New York Post (4/13)

Trends & Technology

United celebrates Earth Month with fuel-conservation goal
United Airlines has set a goal to conserve 85 million gallons of fuel in 2013 in honor of Earth Month. “I am proud of the actions we take every day throughout the year that help shape a more sustainable future for our customers, our co-workers and the communities we serve,” said United President and CEO Jeff Smisek. American City Business Journals/Chicago (4/12)

Airlines raise airfares by $4
Delta initiated a price increase of $4 on most round-trip flights on Thursday. The increase was quickly matched by United, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue, making it the first successful broad-based airfare increase of the year. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (4/12)

Android app is not capable of hijacking planes, FAA says
The Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Administration are refuting claims by a technology consultant that aircraft can be hijacked with an Android app. “The described technique cannot engage or control the aircraft’s autopilot system using the FMS or prevent a pilot from overriding the autopilot,” the FAA said. The Register (U.K.) (4/13)

Safety Matters Spotlight

Boeing 737s receive inspection order from FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered inspections on pins used to attach tail panels to the fuselage for Boeing 737 jets. The pins may suffer from corrosion due to “an incorrect procedure used to apply the wear and corrosion protection surface coating,” the FAA said. The Wall Street Journal (4/14) Google/Agence France-Presse (4/14)

Policy & Regulatory

Lawmakers ask FAA for rationale on tower closures
Lawmakers are asking the Federal Aviation Administration to provide the rationale for plans to close 149 air-traffic control towers. “It is deeply troubling that the agency seems intent on proceeding with the closure of key air traffic control assets absent adequate safety data and study,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to the FAA. The Hill/Transportation blog (4/12)

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