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Congress approves aviation spending bill.

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Congress has approved a USD60bn aviation spending bill after the Bush administration agreed to shield all air traffic control jobs from privatisation.

The bill reportedly includes USD3.4bn for airport grants in 2004, increasing by USD100m each year for the next three years; pays for air traffic controller salaries and for modernisation of air traffic control facilities; authorizes USD2bn in grants for airports to install bomb-detection machines in their automated baggage handling systems or other related construction projects; allows cargo pilots to be armed; and a self-defence training programme for flight attendants.

The bill now requires approval from President Bush, reported The Associated Press.

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