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August 30, 2014

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August 14, 2014

International Task Force Meets to Devise Rules for Flights Over Conflict Zones

How can another war-related air catastrophe such as the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17 be averted?

A task force of 59 government and industry experts convened by the International Civil Aviation Organization is trying to answer that question at a two-day meeting that started Thursday at ICAO’s Montreal headquarters.

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August 8, 2014

FAA Bans Flights Over Iraq As International Aviation Group Eyes New Warning Procedures

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday banned U.S. air carriers from flying in the airspace above Iraq.

The FAA order which bans flights over Iraq “until further advised,” was due to the hazards created by fighting between Sunni forces under the Islamic State banner and Kurdish and Iraqi government forces.

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August 7, 2014

CDC Director Details U.S. Efforts to Contain Ebola ‘At the Source’ With Airport Screening (Video)

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, told a House hearing Thursday that his agency has deployed teams who are working with officials in four African countries hit by the Ebola pandemic to help them screen departing passengers at the nations’ airports.

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By Tom Curry Posted at 5:27 p.m.
Airports, Security, Travel

July 28, 2014

A Bullish Global Business Travel Forecast, Shadowed by Geopolitical Risks

Spending on global business travel will reach $1.18 trillion this year, nearly 7 percent higher than in 2013, according to a forecast issued Monday by the Global Business Travel Association Foundation.

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July 24, 2014

Assaults on Public Transit Bus Drivers Prompt DOT Summit

This week, with the FAA’s ban on flights to Tel Aviv and with another plane crash Thursday, this one over Mali, it’s been hard to avoid thinking about transportation risks.

Ground-based transport can be hazardous too, as a driver on a Washington, D.C., bus learned this week when a passenger slashed him across the face in a dispute over paying a fare.

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FAA Lifts Ban on U.S. Flights to Israel’s Main Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration late Wednesday night cancelled its restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport.

The agency said it had consulted with other federal agencies “to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation.”

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July 23, 2014

Ted Cruz Sees Obama ‘Economic Boycott’ of Israel as FAA Extends Tel Aviv Flight Ban

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The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday extended its prohibition on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport for up to an additional 24 hours, following the ban it announced Tuesday.

The FAA announcement drew immediate criticism from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who said in statement, “President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands.”

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By Tom Curry Posted at 2:30 p.m.
Airports, Security

Kerry Arrives at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport Despite FAA Ban on U.S. Flights (Video)

A flight carrying Secretary of State John Kerry landed Wednesday at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to negotiate a cease-fire agreement to halt fighting between Hamas and Israel in which more than 600 people have been killed.

Kerry made the trip despite a ban imposed Tuesday by the Federal Aviation Administration on flights by U.S. airlines to Ben Gurion, Israel’s only international airport. The FAA order, which came after a rocket landed within about a mile of  the airport, has caused an awkward political rift between the United States and Israel.

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July 18, 2014

Former NTSB Chairwoman Explains Challenges in Investigation of Ukraine Shootdown

On CNBC Friday, Deborah Hersman, the former head of the National Transportation Safety Board, explained some of the difficulties facing investigators as they try to figure out exactly how the Malaysia Airlines flight was downed over Ukraine.

“This a very wide debris field, potentially nine miles long,” she said. “And they’ve got to be able to track every single piece of that aircraft so they can put it together, because the important pats are going to be the ones that tell them what happened.”

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Sen. Kirk Urges FAA to Help Airliners Defend Themselves Against Missiles

On his Five By Five blog, CQ Roll Call’s Tim Starks has the news on Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R- Ill., calling for the Federal Aviation Administration to help commercial airliners install defense systems against missile defense attacks of the type that shot down a Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine on Thursday. Tim explains the background on past civilian aircraft defense efforts.

July 2, 2014

‘Enhanced Security Measures’ Ordered for Some Foreign Airports

Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday that he had directed the Transportation Security Administration to “implement enhanced security measures in the coming days at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.”

Johnson’s statement didn’t explain what specific threat may have prompted him to order the more stringent security measures nor did it identify the airports which would be the focus of the measures.

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