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Airbus Announces Progress on Biotechnology Solution for Aviation Security Issues

Earlier this week Airbus announced that it, along with California-based biotechnology and artificial intelligence company Koniku Inc., has made a “significant step” forward in the development of a "disruptive biotechnology solution" for aircraft and airport security operations by extending research to include biological hazard detection capabilities. The two companies originally entered into a cooperation agreement back in 2017.  The cooperation agreement brought together the expertise of Airbus in sensor integration and aviation security operations with the expertise of Koniku in…

A Week of Positives for an Ailing Airline Industry

The airline industry has ailed in pain for the last several months because of a virtually unprecedented downturn in travel demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Airlines across the globe have been reporting multi-billion dollar losses and load factors in the single digits. This week, though, a new trend emerged.…

TSA PreCheck: Then and Now

Millions more passengers every year will have the opportunity to capitalize on a simple airport security experience in the U.S. as nine more airlines joined the Transportation Security Administration's TSA Precheck program Feb. 22. Those nine airlines, which include Air India, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Eastern Airlines, Elite Airways, EVA…

What Does the U.S. Government Stand to Gain By Privatizing…

Last week, it became public that the Transportation Security Administration, also known as the TSA, considered privatizing its operations at 150 airports across the U.S, roughly 35 percent of 440 airports served by the TSA. The airports that were targeted are regional airports that are only served by aircraft with…

Opinion: The TSA Should Not Eliminate Security Checkpoints at Smaller…

Earlier this week, CNN obtained internal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) documents which suggested the agency was considering eliminating security checkpoints at numerous airports around the nation that are only served by aircraft with under 60 seats. This works out to over 150 airports, meaning nearly 35 percent of the 440…

Leaked TSA Program Watches Unsuspecting Travellers

A secret program, dubbed “Quiet Skies," ran by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was leaked on Saturday by The Boston Globe. The hidden program targets travelers who “are not under investigation by any agency and are not in the Terrorist Screening data base,” according to a TSA bulletin posted in…

Leave Laptops and Liquids in Bags? American and TSA Unveil…

American Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) unveiled new screening technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 8 on Tuesday, marking the start of a new partnership between American and the TSA to increase safety while also streamlining the security screening process. The centerpiece of the new partnership…

Higher Ticket Fees Proposed in New TSA Budget

On Monday, President Trump proposed an increase to the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) fees placed on airline tickets in order to upgrade the agency's current technology, as part of an effort to make the airport screening process more streamlined and efficient. The $71 million upgrade will most likely see TSA fees…

ANA’s 8-Hour Flight to Nowhere

Japanese airline All Nippon Airways, or ANA, made headlines Wednesday when flight 175, their scheduled 11-hour flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Tokyo’s Narita Airport, turned back to LAX mid-flight when the crew reported an “unauthorized passenger” onboard the aircraft after 4 hours flight time. CNN reported that the…

Is Europe Ready For a Uniform “TSA PreCheck” Program?

Last week the United States' Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it has made TSA PreCheck available for Lufthansa passengers. The program allows US citizens and permanent residents to travel through airport security faster, with benefits of not having to take off their shoes, belts or removing laptops from their…