4 guns found at Chicago airport so far this month | Customs officers at N.Y. airport find cocaine in picture frames | Top airports put travelers at ease
March 24, 2017
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ICAO wants to put video cameras in cockpits
The International Civil Aviation Organization is pushing for video cameras in airliners' cockpits to capture images of flight instruments and switches, which could be helpful in accident investigations. Pilots oppose the filming of cockpit activities, contending it would violate their privacy.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/23) 
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3/28 Mexico City Airport Webinar — Parsons' Success Tips
Join the webinar with Yadira Merryman, from the $13.2b Mexico City Airport project, on how Parsons drives technology adoption to deliver successful infrastructure projects. Hear from Stellar Services & Aconex on best practices & how capital program management software can help. Register here.
Security Update
4 guns found at Chicago airport so far this month
4 guns found at Chicago airport so far this month
(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Chicago Midway International Airport have found four guns so far this month. In the latest discovery, on Wednesday, the traveler with a gun was arrested by Chicago police.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/23) 
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Customs officers at N.Y. airport find cocaine in picture frames
Customs and Border Protection officers at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday discovered 14 pounds of cocaine concealed inside a traveler's wooden picture frames. The traveler was arrested and charged with narcotics smuggling.
United Press International (3/23) 
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Trends & Technology
Top airports put travelers at ease
Many of the top airports around the world have common amenities to include hotels that attach to terminals and expedited security checks. According to a Hilton Hotels survey, most travelers choose hotels based on location, indicating frequent travelers prefer airports that offer connected full service hotels.
Forbes (3/24) 
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Safety Matters Spotlight
Column: Israeli airport a safety model worth following
Columnist Daniel Wagner, managing director of Risk Cooperative, is skeptical that a recently imposed ban on carry-on electronics from some airports will keep travelers safer, noting that the airports listed in the ban have robust security and that the ban doesn't include airports in unstable countries. Wagner touts Israel's Ben Gurion Airport, known for its tight security, as an effective model worth following.
The Huffington Post (3/23) 
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Airport Ops Spotlight
Ariz. airport runway to close for a week in June
The runway at Arizona'a Flagstaff Pulliam Airport will be closed for maintenance from the night of June 11 to the morning of June 19.
The Bryan-College Station Eagle (Texas)/The Associated Press (3/23) 
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Airports turn on the local charm
Airports are increasingly offering travelers unique amenities that entertain or showcase regional charm. For example, Colorado's Denver International Airport has an open-air plaza where travelers can enjoy a Denver-themed miniature golf course, plus events like seasonal ice skating and tastings from local distilleries.
TravelAge West (3/23) 
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Airlines to swap terminals overnight at LAX in May
A total of 21 airlines will be shuffled to different locations at Los Angeles International Airport over Mother's Day weekend. Teams will work overnight on May 12, 14 and 16 to make the changes, which are detailed in this article.
KPCC-FM (Los Angeles) (3/23) 
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Airline News Spotlight
Canadian airlines oppose airport privatization
The National Airlines Council of Canada applauded government plans to budget more funds for airport security, but decried rumors that the country's airports could be privatized. "Our organization has opposed for-profit-privatization of Canada's airports, not on ideological grounds, but because it would result in higher fees for travelers and airlines," said Massimo Bergamini, NACC president and CEO.
Travelweek (Canada) (3/23) 
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Policy & Regulatory
FAA tech center workers worry about budget, ATC privatization
Workers at the William J. Hughes Technical Center, a Federal Aviation Administration research and air traffic control operations facility near New Jersey's Atlantic City International Airport, are worried about the impact a budget lapse or air traffic control privatization could have on their jobs.
Philly.com (Philadelphia) (3/23) 
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Register for the 89th Annual AAAE Conference & Exposition
The 89th Annual AAAE Conference & Exposition is scheduled for May 7 to 10 in Long Beach, Calif. Join us for informative educational sessions, exciting exhibits, and unparalleled networking opportunities. You will return home having grown your knowledge base, feeling prepared for what lies ahead, fully informed with a network you can call upon long after the conclusion of the conference.
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