Easterwood Airport in College Station, Texas, is set to receive $4 million in federal grants. The money will be used to improve the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint area and add a cafe to the secure side of the facility.
Reps. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., have introduced House legislation that would improve Transportation Security Administration worker protections by shielding whistleblowers, guaranteeing collective bargaining rights and providing protections against discrimination based on age or handicap.
Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., writes the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act will re-establish the US as a leader in aviation. "America can have the safest aviation system in the world, as well as the most efficient, cost-effective and advanced system," he writes. "We don't have that today, but under the AIRR Act, we can."
Nicholas Calio, president and CEO of Airlines for America, testified before Congress on a bill to reform the air traffic control system. "US airlines connect the world like no other industry can and this legislation marks a historic step toward making our Air Traffic Control system the best it can be," said Calio. "Delivering a more efficient system with proper governance, funding and accountability will bolster our nation's first-rate safety record and make flying better -- and at no additional cost to travelers."
Three of five defendants accused of smuggling guns aboard passenger planes flying from Georgia to New York now face upgraded charges of aggravated enterprise corruption, which could see them incarcerated for life. The three had faced charges of enterprise corruption.
Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley International Airport found 16 driver's licenses and 16 credit cards in a variety of names in a man's carry-on bag. The traveler was arrested on forgery and access device fraud charges and is now in the county jail.
Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at New York's LaGuardia Airport stopped two travelers with razor blades concealed in a shoe, baseball cap and a bottle of cologne. The travelers were detained by Port Authority Police and face charges of criminal possession of a weapon.
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