Tampa, Fla., airport rated 3rd best in North America | Britain aims for new technology to identify explosives in carry-ons | New Orleans airport in top 10 fastest-growing US airports
October 20, 2017
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FAA recommends airlines ban large devices from checked bags
In a recent Federal Aviation Administration report, the agency urges airlines to ban large electronic devices, such as laptop computers, from checked baggage. Tests have found that the devices' lithium-ion batteries, if they overheat near an aerosol spray can, could explode and lead to an uncontrollable fire.
Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)/The Associated Press (10/19) 
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Tampa, Fla., airport rated 3rd best in North America
Travel website Sleeping in Airports has rated Florida's Tampa International Airport as the third best North American airport. The airport was lauded for its wide restaurant selection, friendly staff, plentiful power outlets and free Wi-Fi.
Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (10/19) 
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Britain aims for new technology to identify explosives in carry-ons
Britain's Department of Transport has introduced a $3.9 million fund to develop technology that would detect explosives in carry-ons without passengers having to remove items from their luggage. "We need to embrace and encourage the talent from industry that will allow us to stay several steps ahead of those who wish us harm," said Ben Wallace, Britain's security minister.
Reuters (10/19) 
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New Orleans airport in top 10 fastest-growing US airports
Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans saw more than 5.5 million passengers pass through its gates in 2016, up 4% from the year before, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. This record number of passengers resulted in the airport reaching the top 10 of the country's fastest-growing airports.
The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (10/19) 
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Hilton hosts passport booth at Chicago's O'Hare
Hilton Hotels and Resorts is hosting a booth at Chicago O'Hare International Airport this weekend to encourage people to travel more by applying for a passport. In addition to applying, attendees can get their passport photo taken and ask questions of a US State Department representative.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (10/19) 
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International airport on Amazon's must-have list for 2nd HQ
Amazon has emphasized that proximity to quality air travel is important in its pending decision to choose a US city for its second headquarters. "Travel time to an international airport with daily direct flights to Seattle, New York, San Francisco/Bay Area and Washington, D.C. is also an important consideration," according to a request for proposals issued by the online retail giant.
CNNMoney (10/19) 
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Airline News Spotlight
American Airlines offers Premium Economy on some Australia-US flights
Passengers aboard American Airlines 787-9 Dreamliner select flights from Australia to the US will enjoy its Premium Economy service, which offers more leg room, upgraded premium seats and improved food and beverage options. The new service will begin Oct. 31.
Australian Business Traveller (10/18) 
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United Airlines, AIG ink travel insurance agreement
United Airlines, AIG ink travel insurance agreement
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United Airlines has signed a deal with AIG to offer travel insurance to the airline's customers. The multiyear deal will offer insurance that covers trip cancellation, baggage loss and emergency medical services to its passengers in the US and 15 other countries.
Fox Business (10/18) 
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Airlines, airports disagree over fee hike before Congress
Airlines and airports are at odds over a proposed fee increase Congress is considering. Airports have supported more funding to modernize and expand their facilities. Congress is expected to make a decision soon.
USA Today (10/18) 
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TSA Administrator Pekoske confirmed to speak at AAAE Security Summit
Register today for the 17th Annual AAAE Aviation Security Summit on December 5 and 6 at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Va. to hear Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske speak about his priorities for the agency, and his efforts to drive innovation in aviation security and raise the security baseline across the globe. The AAAE Aviation Security Summit is one of the top attended aviation security conferences with over 250 critical airport and aviation industry leaders interacting with policymakers from TSA, CBP, DHS and Congress. View the full conference agenda here.
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