Frontier flight diverts to Denver due to disruptive passenger | Lawmaker: Illegal gold entering Miami a US security threat | GAO: TSA screening equipment out-of-date
December 6, 2019
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DHS drops plan to require facial scans of US citizens
DHS drops plan to require facial scans of US citizens
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The Department of Homeland Security will not proceed with a proposal to require all US citizens to submit to facial scans when entering and exiting the country.
TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (12/5) 
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Frontier flight diverts to Denver due to disruptive passenger
A Frontier Airlines flight traveling from Cincinnati, Ohio to Las Vegas, Nev., landed at Denver International Airport on Thursday after a passenger became disruptive during the flight.
Las Vegas Sun/The Associated Press (12/5) 
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Lawmaker: Illegal gold entering Miami a US security threat
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said illegal gold minding in Latin America is a threat to US national security, noting Miami International Airport is the nation's "leading gateway of gold." False documents can be created or purchased, rendering the gold "virtually impossible" to trace, said Patrick Lechleitner of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (12/5) 
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Trends & Technology
GAO: TSA screening equipment out-of-date
The Government Accountability Office has reported that some of the security screening equipment used by the Transportation Security Administration no longer meet current standards due to lapses in maintenance or outdated technology.
CNN (12/6) 
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TSA screened a record-breaking number of Thanksgiving travelers
The Transportation Security Administration screened a record-breaking 26 million passengers and crew members between Nov. 22 and Dec. 2, as well as 16 million checked bags. The Sunday after Thanksgiving was the single busiest travel day in the history of the agency, which reports that 99.8% of passengers waited less than 30 minutes in security lines.
TravelPulse (12/5) 
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Waze-like route optimization for aircraft to hit the market
APiJET has won approval to begin marketing a flight-optimization technology that finds the fastest and most fuel efficient routes, much as Waze does for cars. The company tested the technology, which it will market as Digital Winglets, earlier this year in partnership with Alaska Airlines.
GeekWire (12/4) 
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Austin, Texas airport to harness solar power
Texas' Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is working with a local utility provider who plans to purchase solar power from panels on top of the airport's parking garage. The power purchase agreement will be used to support a community solar project.
KVUE-TV (Austin, Texas) (12/5) 
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Safety Matters Spotlight
Ark. airport employs dog to scare off geese
Arkansas' Bentonville Municipal Airport's newest employee is a border collie who is being retained, along with a handler, to shoo geese away. Flyaway Geese has sold more than 600 dogs over the last 20 years, placed not only at airports but also at parks, golf courses and military bases.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock) (free registration) (12/5) 
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Airport Ops Spotlight
Okla. airport issued $765K for upgrades
Oklahoma's Shawnee Regional Airport will receive a $765,000 grant through the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program for repairs and resurfacing of the runway and taxiway pavements and repairs to the storm system infrastructure.
The Shawnee News-Star (Okla.) (11/23) 
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Va. airport receives foundation grant for runway expansion
The Harvest Foundation has awarded $863,000 to Blue Ridge Airport to fund an environmental study and design work in preparation for extending a runway. The funds will "accelerate" infrastructure upgrades at the airport, which received $7 million in federal grants for expansion of the terminal apron, new hangars and relocation of a road.
Martinsville Bulletin (Va.) (12/4) 
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Airline News Spotlight
Hawaiian to celebrate Maui-Las Vegas flight with vacation giveaway
To celebrate the launch of its new route between Maui's Kahului Airport and Las Vegas, Hawaiian Airlines will give a four-day Las Vegas trip, complete with a stay at the Golden Nugget Hotel and a rental car, to the winner of a drawing. The winner must be present at the Maui Sunday Market on Dec. 15 and have bags packed, as the flight leaves just a few hours later.
Maui Now (Hawaii) (12/4) 
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