Authorities reveal hack of Australian airport's IT systems | Police called to Heathrow amid widespread flight cancellations | Canadian airport to scan arriving travelers' faces
December 11, 2017
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NYC bus, subway lines shut down after Monday morning explosion
A suspect who had been wearing an explosive device was taken into custody Monday morning after an explosion near Times Square in New York City, prompting the evacuation of some bus and subway lines. Police say at least four people were injured in the explosion.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (12/11),  National Public Radio (12/11) 
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Security Update
Authorities reveal hack of Australian airport's IT systems
Australian authorities say a Vietnamese hacker, using a contractor's credentials, stole security information about Perth International Airport including building plans. Radar and aircraft operations systems were reportedly not affected by the breach.
ComputerWeekly (UK) (12/11) 
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Police called to Heathrow amid widespread flight cancellations
Police were called to London's Heathrow Airport after wintry weather on Sunday forced the cancellation of about 150 British Airways flights and the airline prepared to close its business lounge by 11:30 p.m. A British Airways spokesperson said the move was precautionary and that police "were not called upon to help with any problems, they simply offered their assistance as escorts to help customers leave as quickly as possible".
The Express & Star (U.K.) (12/11) 
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Trends & Technology
Canadian airport to scan arriving travelers' faces
Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Canada has installed kiosks equipped with facial scanning technology to speed up processing for international travelers. Travelers use the kiosks to fill out customs declarations, scan their passports and have their faces scanned before a Canada Border Services Agency officer checks the kiosk's work and completes its entry processing.
CBC News (Canada) (12/8) 
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Safety Matters Spotlight
Flight returns to Newark airport due to smoke in cockpit
United Airlines Flight 1048, bound for Cancun, Mexico, on Friday, returned to New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport shortly after takeoff due to smoke in the cockpit. Passengers were moved to another plane and the flight departed about two and a half hours late.
NJ Advance Media (Morristown, N.J.) (12/8) 
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Airport Ops Spotlight
Detroit Metropolitan Airport plan runway project in spring 2019
Officials from Michigan's Detroit Metropolitan Airport held an informational meeting last week to discuss the planned reconstruction of runway 3L-21R and its taxiways. The project is due to launch in spring 2019.
The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.)/The Associated Press (12/8) 
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Memphis, Tenn., airport to seek bids for new maintenance compound
Next month, Tennessee's Memphis International Airport will solicit contract bids on a new $35 million maintenance compound that will house snow removal equipment, maintenance shops and airport police. The project is part of $500 million in planned improvements at the airport.
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free content) (12/8) 
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Butte, Mont., airport to open new terminal in early 2018
Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Mont., will unveil its passenger terminal in February. The new terminal offers mountain views and plenty of light, and is designed to foster a good first impression.
The Montana Standard (Butte) (12/10) 
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Pittsburgh airport to receive $12.4M per year in state gambling revenue
Pittsburgh International Airport will continue to receive $12.4 million annually in Pennsylvania gambling revenue. The airport uses the money to lower its debts and to offer airline incentives.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/8) 
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Airline News Spotlight
United flies sick kids from Cleveland to the "North Pole"
United Airlines on Saturday flew about 100 sick children from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to the "North Pole," where they were greeted by Santa and a plethora of Disney and comic book characters. The event was staffed by United Airlines personnel donating their time and included gifts for the children and their families.
WKYC-TV (Cleveland) (12/10) 
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