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May 29, 2014
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AAAE 86th Annual Conference & Exhibition
The AAAE 86th Annual Conference & Exhibition provided an opportunity to network among aviation professionals and was an ideal setting for visiting one of the largest exhibit halls filled with aviation products and services.

The event took place May 18-21, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. Topics discussed included risk-based security solutions and the long-term outlook for FAA reauthorization. The conference, sponsored by 84 companies, also featured 207 booths with aviation products and services.

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Security News 
  • Boxer presses TSA on teen stowaway flier breach
    Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., penned a letter to John Pistole, the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, looking for answers into a security breach last month that allowed a teenager to fly from California to Hawaii in the plane's landing gear. "I was shocked to find out that your agency had completed a three-month-long inspection and found San Jose International Airport to be in full compliance with the TSA-approved Airport Security plan only three weeks before a 15-year-old boy was able to breach the airport perimeter fence and climb undetected into the wheel well of a parked aircraft," she wrote. Pistole fired back that systems don't always work 100% of the time. The Hill (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TSA Instagram account is an entertaining look at confiscated articles
    The Transportation Security Administration's Instagram account depicts a veritable "best of" list of items confiscated by the agency's officers at airport security checkpoints. Some of the forbidden items travelers have tried to bring on planes include a throwing star, bear mace, a taser disguised as lipstick and a novelty alarm clock bomb. Vox (5/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Policy & Regulatory 
  • With comment period closed, FCC considers allowing cellphone calls on planes
    FILE - This Oct. 31, 2013 file photo shows a plane passenger checking her cell phone before a flight in Boston. While one government agency considers allowing cellphone calls on passenger planes, another now wants to ban them. The Transportation Department signals that it wants to impose a ban on inflight cellphone calls, just two months after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to pursue lifting the current ban. The FCC regulates wireless communications, while the transportation department regulates issues affecting airline passengers.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)  
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    The Federal Communications Commission has closed its comment period on a proposal to allow cellphone use on commercial passenger planes. The comments are mostly in support of keeping the ban on cellphone use that has been in place since 1991, with fliers expressing horror at the idea of being trapped on planes listening to loud passengers' phone conversations. USA Today (5/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Congressman objects to FAA's proposed change to building height limits
    Rep. James Moran, D-Va., is concerned about a rule change proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration that would put tighter limits on the height of buildings around airports. "It's going to cost local communities millions of dollars, and ultimately billions of dollars, in economic growth," Moran said. The FAA has said the rule change is necessary to prevent deadly accidents that could occur if crippled planes flying with one engine have to weave between buildings when they try to land. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (5/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Trends & Technology 
  • Best airports to surf the Internet
    Travelers seeking the best airports for complimentary Wi-Fi should put Dallas-Fort Worth on their list, one reviewer says, because not only has the airport offered free wireless for several years, it also offers fast connection speeds. Other top airports for free surfing: Helsinki Airport, Changi Airport in Singapore, Seoul's Incheon Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (5/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DHS official: Program has cut customs wait times by 40%
    Alejandro Mayorkas, the deputy secretary for Homeland Security, said a new program has slashed customs wait times by around 40% at two U.S. airports. "Improving the experience of travelers to the United States is an economic imperative," Mayorkas said. "We have to do a better job." The Reimbursable Services program allows private entities to pay for upgrades and expanded staffing for Customs and Border Protection. San Antonio Express-News (5/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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