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More Airports Getting Enhanced Scanners

The Hill - The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday that 29 airports across the country would get body scanners for their security checkpoints that include technology to avoid capturing specific images of passengers' bodies.  Read More>

ATA Fights Obama Tax Proposal

The Hill - The lobbying group for airlines announced this week that it was taking off with an online campaign to fight President Obama's proposal to decrease the federal deficit by increasing taxes on flights.  Read More>

EU Carbon Trading Plan Legal

Reuters - European rules forcing all airlines to pay for carbon emissions are within the law, an adviser to Europe's highest court said on Thursday, in the latest stage of a bitter battle between the European Union and the aviation industry.  Read More>

NextGen Hitting Turbulance

ABC/AP - The government's program to modernize the nation's air traffic control system has run into serious problems that threaten to increase its cost and delay its completion, a government watchdog said.  Read More>

Less Pitch And More Room

WSJ -

German airline Lufthansa shoehorned 8% more seats into some of its planes by squishing rows of new seats two inches closer together.  Passengers love it.  Read More>

TSA to Check Validity of ID/Boarding Pass

CNN - In a move that could improve security and keep airport lines moving, the Transportation Security Administration early next year will begin testing machines that match a traveler's boarding pass with his or her government-issued ID, while verifying that both documents are authentic.  Read More>

TSA to Launch Risk-Based Security Pilot Program

ABC News - Select travelers going through four U.S. airports may find it easier getting through security if they volunteer more personal information to the government.  Read More>

Lan, Tam Must Pick One Alliance

Aviation Week - Chile’s antitrust court will approve LAN Airlines’ merger with Grupo TAM but only if they drop at least one of their global alliances, support cabotage in Chile’s domestic market, return some slot allocations and open their frequent flyer program to other airlines for five years.  Read More>

Study: Adjust UK Fees On Air Travelers

Travel Weekly - A study commissioned by the major US airlines calls for a sharp rise in Air Passenger Duty (APD) on short-haul flights to allow a cut in tax on long haul.  Read More>

TSA Rolls Out "Known Traveler" At Select Airports

MarketWatch - The Transportation Security Administration is rolling out changes to airport security procedures aimed at helping passengers, especially frequent flyers, get through the screening process easily and more quickly. Read More>

Firm Claims Bio-fuel Breakthrough

Brighter Energy Org - San Francisco-based joint venture AliphaJet, Inc., has developed and successfully demonstrated a “highly cost-effective” catalytic method for making jet biofuel from renewable plant products or animal fats.  Read More>

SkyTeam News

Australian Business Traveler - Virgin Australia and Delta will begin codesharing on trans-Pacific flights between Australia and Los Angeles' LAX airport, the airlines have revealed.  Read More>

Round 2 - Airlines Denounce Pilot Rest Rules

Reuters - Big U.S. airlines told the Obama administration on Thursday complying with a regulation in the works to combat pilot fatigue would cost $2 billion a year and over time cut 27,000 jobs directly tied to the industry.  Read More>

Airlines Protest Fee Reporting Proposal

Aviation Week - Airlines are lambasting U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) proposed rules to collect more detailed information on amounts and types of ancillary revenue collected, calling them costly “public utility-type reporting requirements” that have no place in an industry deregulated more than 30 years ago.  Read More>

Playing Airline CEO

WSJ - If hard-core road warriors could design an airline, what would they want?  Read More>

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