Plane searched after threat, cleared for takeoff | Suspicious item in carry-on prompts shutdown of Va. airport concourse | Lufthansa Innovation Hub launches online check-in site for any airline
June 23, 2017
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Kaggle, DHS host competition to improve threat recognition
Kaggle, DHS host competition to improve threat recognition
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The Department of Homeland Security and the Kaggle data science community are hosting a competition that asks data scientists to improve threat recognition algorithms used by the Transportation Security Administration. The winning solution will win $500,000.
TechCrunch (6/22) 
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Security Update
Plane searched after threat, cleared for takeoff
American Airlines Flight 1704 was preparing to leave for Charlotte, N.C., when officials at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport ordered passengers to deplane and searched the aircraft. The search, which was prompted by an unspecified threat, found nothing and passengers were rescreened before reboarding.
Las Vegas Sun (6/22) 
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Suspicious item in carry-on prompts shutdown of Va. airport concourse
Concourse B of Virginia's Norfolk International Airport was closed for more than 3½ hours Thursday morning after Transportation Security Administration officers discovered a suspicious item in a scan of a passenger's carry-on bag. The Norfolk Police Department bomb squad determined that the item was not a threat and the concourse was reopened.
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (6/22) 
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Trends & Technology
Lufthansa Innovation Hub launches online check-in site for any airline
The Lufthansa Innovation Hub's AirlineCheckins.com website enables check-ins on any airline that provides online check-in service.
Frequent Business Traveler (6/21) 
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Safety Matters Spotlight
Mechanical problem forces London-bound flight to return to N.C.
American Airlines Flight 730, bound for London from North Carolina's Charlotte Douglas International Airport, was diverted back to the airport after the crew reported possible issues with the plane's flaps. The plane circled the area for about four hours to burn fuel before landing safely.
The Decatur Daily (Ala.)/The Associated Press (6/22) 
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Airport Ops Spotlight
An inside look at Orlando, Fla., airport security
The Transportation Security Administration offered a rare inside look at security technology and procedures at Florida's Orlando International Airport. Luggage is scanned from a variety of angles to give technicians a good look at items of concern, dogs help screen passengers and security features are embedded in boarding passes.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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Airline News Spotlight
FedEx named among most civic-minded US companies
The Points of Light organization has named FedEx among the top 50 civic-minded companies in the US. The Civic 50 list "showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business," the group said.
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (subscription required) (6/21) 
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Southwest connects Louisville, Ky., to Boston with same-plane service
Louisville, Ky., is welcoming same-plane service to Boston on Southwest Airlines and hoping the temporary route will be made permanent. "Louisville is a great market for Southwest, and Boston is a major destination for many cities throughout the US," said Southwest's Dan Landson.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Louisville, Ky. (6/21) 
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Policy & Regulatory
US, European aviation officials to meet next week for security talks
Aviation officials from the US and Europe will meet next week in Brussels to discuss ways to prevent the widening of a ban on laptops to include flights from Europe to the US. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has said airlines and airports can avoid the ban by meeting stricter security standards.
Reuters (6/22) 
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