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On Friday, the Transportation Security Administration debuted new software for the airport’s body scanners that eliminates “passenger-specific” images, instead showing security screeners a generic, computer-generated outline of a person.
Airlines are being told that terrorists are considering surgically implanting explosive devices into humans for terrorist attacks.
WFAA-TV (Channel 8) has posted the radio communication to air traffic controllers from Southwest Airlines Flight 812, which developed a hole midflight in April.
French jet manufacturer Airbus has told airlines that early indications from the Air France Flight 447 data and voice recorders is that there was no major fault with the aircraft that led to the June 2009 crash, according to today's Wall Street Journal (subscription required).
HANK KRAKOWSKI, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Traffic Organization, resigned several days ago. He had drawn criticism for a series of incidents in which air traffic controllers were discovered asleep on the job. Unfortunately (and predictably), Mr Krakowski's departure doesn't seem to have made his underlings any less tired. On Saturday, yet another air traffic controller was found snoozing, this time in Miami. It's the sixth such incident so far this year.
The National Transportation Safety Board issued its preliminary summary of events of Saturday's Gulfstream G650 accident in Roswell, New Mexco.
As I, and other aviation reporters, continue to write about Southwest Flight 812's mid-flight hole in its fuselage, we look to industry experts to explain complicated issues like metal fatigue, lap joints, and double current eddy inspections.
Southwest Airlines early Saturday decided to ground 81 of its older airplanes for emergency inspections after another airplane developed a hole in its roof during flight.
Southwest announced early this morning that it is grounding 79 Boeing 737s in its fleet to check for metal fatigue.
Uh, a show of hands wishing we could have thrown this Super Bowl last week? Yeah, I thought so. We just sort of "wasted" what was, to me, the best January weekend I've seen here in my near-decade of North Texas living.
GULET MOHAMED is an American teenager who has been detained in Kuwait for nearly a month. He says he was beaten by Kuwaiti authorities. He also says he was questioned by the FBI multiple times even though he repeatedly asked for his lawyer. (Under American law, custodial interrogations are supposed to stop in most cases as soon as the subject asks for counsel.) The US government could have good reasons to be suspicious of Mr Mohamed: after all, he did travel to Somalia and Yemen, two hotbeds of anti-American radicalism, in 2009. Mr Mohamed, his family, and his lawyer claim the teen was learning Arabic and getting in touch with his roots.
2010 was not a particularly good year for airline safety. Data put together by Ascend, which provides information to the aviation industry, show that the year's rate of one fatal accident for every 1.3m flights compared poorly with one per 1.5m in 2009 (the safest year ever). Similarly, the number of fatal accidents rose from 23 in 2009 to 28 in 2010. And passenger deaths on passenger revenue flights rose from 609 to 726, of whom 472 died in four main accidents.
Continental Airlines has put out a response to a French court's decision finding it and a mechanic criminally responsible for the 2000 crash involving an Air France Concorde SST. Says Continental:
THE debate over the new policies of America's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) grew to a dull roar last week. Activists upset by the airport security agency's new "scope or grope" (i.e., full body scanners or full-body pat-down) policies launched their less-than-successful "opt out day" protest.
In the 15 days since ZA002, Boeing's second of six 787 flight test aircraft, suffered a fire in its aft electrical equipment bay, forcing a fleet-wide halt in certification testing, the airframer is days, if not hours, away from releasing its findings of its investigation and disclosing the impact to the aircraft's first delivery, say company and industry sources.
A video is being widely circulated showing a shirtless boy receiving secondary screening from a Transportation Security Officer (TSO). A passenger filmed the screening with their cell phone and posted the video on the web.
That reported mystery missile launch off of California? Well, the Pentagon may not have been able to figure it out but someone else did. Apparently it was just an airplane contrail with some atmospheric conditions helping create an optical illusion.
YOU probably didn't realise this, but sky marshals—the undercover federal agents who are secretly on board many US flights—almost always fly first class. The airlines, naturally, don't like this arrangement.
Today, the international community took a significant step forward on aviation security – the adoption of an international declaration to enhance global aviation security. TSA does not conduct screening overseas; however, the U.S. works with over 190 countries as part of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to collaboratively enhance and strengthen aviation security standards worldwide.