Electronic devices larger than a cellphone are one of the main subjects of intensified screening for carry-on bags by the Transportation Security Administration at 10 test airports in the US. The Department of Homeland Security said the heightened security at these sites, which are not being named, is not connected to a March decision to ban carry-on devices on flights to the US from 10 Middle Eastern and African countries.
Fort Wayne International Airport in Indiana is providing a converted restroom inside the main terminal as a relief area for service animals and other pets. The relief area, which took three months to complete, is handicapped-accessible and features a fire hydrant, absorbent grass turf, plastic bags for solid waste and a faucet with sprayer to wash the artificial grass.
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz has pledged to "redouble our efforts to be more customer-focused in everything we do," speaking at a shareholders' meeting. United's stock price reached its highest point in a year on Wednesday.
Boeing has been tapped by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to work on the Experimental Spaceplane program. Boeing will design the XS-1 hypersonic aircraft capable of low Earth orbit, combining the capabilities of a rocket and airplane.
Lockheed Martin has decided against pursuing the Navy's over-the-horizon missile program, saying the company's offering "would not be fully valued." Both Boeing and Lockheed Martin believe the Navy has favored Kongsberg/Raytheon's Naval Strike Missile.
Cooperation between Russian and India is breaking down on the development of a fifth-generation fighter aircraft after Russia demanded more than $7 billion. "India is not in a position to pay this kind of money, and the aircraft project appears to be lost," said one official.
Aerion and GE Aviation have partnered to develop three engines to power the supersonic AS2 business jet. A joint study will determine the turbofan engine requirements.
The Trump administration added at least $1.5 billion to its requested Air Force space budget. The proposal bodes well for the OCX ground control system program.
Former Chairman Fred Hochberg says the US Export-Import Bank could be among the most powerful tools the US has when it comes to staying globally competitive, especially as China exerts its influence on world trade. "One of my Chinese counterparts (China has four different export banks) once told me that China was prepared to do whatever it takes to back exporters and win deals for Chinese companies," he writes.
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