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6/27/2017

The debut of new uniforms by American Airlines and Southwest Airlines included extensive testing and prototyping. American introduced new uniforms last year as a way to unify branding following the 2013 acquisition of US Airways, and Southwest unveiled its new look this month.

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6/27/2017

Nicholas Calio, president and CEO of A4A, is calling on Congress to reject any attempt to remove the cap on the airport tax, known as the Passenger Facility Charge, as they review FAA reauthorization bills, noting, "Already, flyers are taxed at nearly 21 percent on a typical domestic round-trip ticket. If this new amendment is adopted and the FAA reauthorization becomes law, airports would be free to raise the PFC as high as they wanted, until flyers' pockets are turned inside out."

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6/27/2017

JetBlue Airways is working with Customs and Border Protection to let passengers on some flights opt to use their faces instead of typical boarding passes. Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Adam Schwartz says the program raises privacy issues: "We can change our bank account numbers, we even can change our names, but we cannot change our faces," he said. "And once the information is out there, it could be misused."

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6/27/2017

Transportation Security Administration officers screening luggage at Boston's Logan International Airport on Sunday found a 20-pound live lobster packed in a cooler. The TSA, which allows travelers to check lobsters packed in clear plastic spill-proof containers, said the lobster "cooperated quite nicely with the screening process."

6/27/2017

Travelers navigating Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport can use a website to get turn-by-turn directions on their smartphones. "The fact that there is no app necessary -- that travelers at our airports can use it simply by going to fly2houston.com on their smart device -- offers another powerful and valuable tool to our customers," said Kathleen Boyd of the Houston Airport System.

6/27/2017

China's Beijing New Airport will be the largest airport in the world when it opens in 2019. The airport's terminal building will feature gardens and a central hub to make it easier for travelers to find their way.

6/27/2017

Michigan's Gerald R. Ford International Airport has opened a new consolidated security checkpoint halfway between the facility's concourses. The new checkpoint is part of the airport's $45 million Gateway Transformation Project.

6/27/2017

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to airports in Maine, including more than $2.1 million slated for improvements to runways and taxiways at Portland International Jetport.

6/27/2017

The Oregon Senate has voted to create driver's licenses compliant with Real ID that will be accepted for air travel by the Transportation Security Administration. State residents who want the licenses will be required to pay an extra fee to cover the cost of Real ID compliance.

6/27/2017

Members of Washington's Civil Air Patrol participated in a statewide "Perfect Storm" crisis-response exercise, with members performing ground search and rescue, airborne reconnaissance, photography and radio communications. The Washington Wing Civil Air Patrol has 744 adult members and 626 cadets, and it operates a fleet of 23 vehicles and 14 aircraft.

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