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Nov 13, 2006

Lawmakers may push for mandatory cargo screening. Congressional Democrats may push for legislation requiring airlines to screen all cargo on passenger airliners. Some observers say such a rule would force airlines to consider ending cargo service. Freight produces 4% of airlines' annual revenue, according to the Air Transport Association. "Cargo on passenger aircraft is a very important reality in terms of the overall economy," says James May, Air Transport Association president and CEO.

Nov 10, 2006

Advancements in airport security stalled by bureaucracy?. Technology experts predict that eventually inconspicuous probes and detectors will screen travelers and allow them to avoid long security lines. However, they say government bureaucracy has discouraged development of new technology. Instead, some companies are taking existing technology and trying to market it to the TSA. Nov 8, 2006

Airport projects eligible for $41.2B in federal aid, FAA says. Airports will have $41.2 billion in infrastructure work eligible for federal aid over the next five years, says a new FAA report. The FAA study shows fast-growing sectors include pavement reconstruction, security and runway safety work. Nov 8, 2006

Atlanta airport

All five Hartsfield-Jackson runways back in full use. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport's runways are back in full use with the completion of repairs to illuminated signs for night operations. The reopening took place one day early, after the two-month, $91.5 million repaving project was completed. Nov 8, 2006

Chicago O'Hare airports

Several airports offer flu shots. Chicago O'Hare is one of several U.S. airports that offer travelers the chance to buy a flu shot. O'Hare has a kiosk located next to a candy shop in its United Airlines terminal. Other airports offer the shot at clinics inside terminals. Nov 9, 2006

Dallas/Fort Worth airport

Dallas/Fort Worth aims to increase revenue from stores, concessions. Officials at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport believe adding more airport concessions and stores will boost revenue. They note that annual revenue would increase by $30 million if each traveler spent $1 more in the terminals. "We have more than 150,000 people walking through our terminals with money in their pockets, and they're hungry and they want to shop," says Joe Lopano, who heads D/FW's marketing efforts. "We want to capitalize on that." Nov 9, 2006

Denver International Airport

Demand rebounds after London scare. Demand for travel has recovered since the August terrorism scare in London. At Denver International Airport, September traffic jumped 16.1% from year-ago levels. "The industry was hurt by what happened in August, and DIA's numbers probably would've been up even more if it weren't for that," aviation consultant Mike Boyd says. "But the industry is recovering. It looks like it's going to be a very strong 2007." Nov 9, 2006

Los Angeles Airport

Sliced power cable delays flights to LAX. Authorities say a construction accident at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday briefly delayed flights around the U.S. Crews working on a runway accidentally cut a power cable, blacking out guide lights on a neighboring runway. FAA officials say 49 flights to LAX were delayed an average of 56 minutes.

Nov 9, 2006

Philadelphia airport

Broken conveyor belt delays Philadelphia flights. A broken conveyor belt at Philadelphia International Airport has delayed flights and forced some flights to depart without luggage. The belt carries outbound bags from US Airways' international check-in counters to a ground-level sorting area. It has broken down six times in the last week. Nov 9, 2006

Seattle-Tacoma airport

Seattle-Tacoma airport joins cargo screening program. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will soon start participating in a program to test the feasibility of screening commercial air freight. San Francisco International Airport and an unnamed Midwestern airport also are part of the $30 million program. Congress will use the results to determine new screening requirements for cargo. Nov 8, 2006

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