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11/14/2019

Record numbers of passengers are expected to travel this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice president for Airlines for America said that the Sunday after Thanksgiving is projected to be "the single busiest day ever for the US airline industry" with 3.1 million passengers expected to fly. The Transportation Security Administration projects 26.8 million passengers to pass through checkpoints between the Friday before Thanksgiving through the Monday afterward.

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11/14/2019

The Transportation Security Administration is estimating its agents will screen more than 26.8 million passengers over the Thanksgiving holiday from Nov. 22 to Dec. 2. This represents a 4% increase from last year.

11/14/2019

Chad Wolf was confirmed to be the new acting secretary of Homeland Security on Wednesday. Wolf has worked with the Transportation Security Administration under the Trump administration and during the Bush administration.

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11/14/2019

HerdX has developed a system that tracks livestock movement and uploads data to blockchain that travels up to the retail level. UPS has partnered with the company to improve traceability, and shoppers can scan a QR code to see verified health and provenance information for meat.

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11/14/2019

Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney have made "spectacular progress" in engaging suppliers to replace Turkey for the F-35, according to Lt. Gen. Eric Fick. "We began just over a year ago, very quietly but deliberately, taking actions to find alternate sources for all of those parts," he said.

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11/14/2019

Operations and maintenance of the Army's Future Vertical Lift aircraft "are likely to be more than 40 times larger than" research and development and more than twice the production costs, according to a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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11/14/2019

Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper says the service is moving toward an arsenal plane concept for its bombers. "A B-52 with a lot of hypersonic weapons on it is, I will call it a bomber, but it's certainly not dropping things down—quite the opposite, right? It's almost a missileer instead of a bomber," he said.

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11/14/2019

Boeing is using a human plus machine approach to build fuselages for its 777 and 777X aircraft, modifying an effort to completely automate the process. "It's taught us how to design for automation," said one executive of the fully automated initiative.

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KLM Cityhopper has ordered 21 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft in a deal worth $2.48 billion. "Delivering 30% lower emissions when compared to KLM's current E190s, yet still providing a further 32 seats, the E195-E2 will simultaneously increase capacity for KLM at slot constrained Schiphol Airport while also delivering huge reductions in emissions," said Embraer CEO John Slattery.

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11/14/2019

Rocket Lab has unveiled "Rosie," a new robotic manufacturing system that will accelerate production of the Electron rocket. "We can process a complete Electron now in 12 hours," said CEO Peter Beck.

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