Airport | Aviation Security

Petition to reconsider 1996 TWA flight 800 crash denied

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has denied a petition for reconsideration of its findings in the investigation of the 1996 TWA flight 800 crash.

The petition was filed in June 2013 by a group called The TWA 800 Project. Petitioners claimed a "detonation or high-velocity explosion" caused the crash. To consider the petition, the NTSB assembled a team of investigators not previously associated with the original investigation.

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Morpho hopes to revolutionize detection of radiation with launch of SourceID

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Alexandria, VA-based Morpho, a high-technology company in the Safran group providing security solutions, is gearing up to launch SourceID, a handheld device for detecting and identifying sources of radioactive emissions. The new technology it utilizes will make it more powerful than the devices currently in service, the company says.

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Leidos awards Smiths Detection multi-million dollar order to support U.S. airports

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Edgewood, MD-based Smiths Detection has announced a multi-million dollar order from Leidos, the prime contractor of the Transportation Security Administration’s Integrated Logistics Support contract, for supplies, parts and services to be provided at some 400 airports across the U.S.

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Advanced Air Cargo Screen Plan announced by CBP

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cbrne_detection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it is formalizing and expanding an Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot program that revises the time frame for transmission by pilot participants of a subset of mandatory advance electronic information for air cargo.

CBP regulations implementing the Trade Act of 2002 require advance information for air cargo to be submitted no later than the time of departure of the aircraft for the United States (from specified locations) or four hours prior to arrival in the United States for all other locations.

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FAA reminds passengers not to fly with fireworks

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airport_aviation_security

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration is reminding passengers who are flying this July 4th holiday to leave their fireworks at home. Fireworks pose a significant fire risk to aircraft in the air and on the ground and are not permitted in carry-on or checked baggage.

“Safety is our top priority and we want everyone to arrive at their destination safely,” FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta said. “The public can help us by leaving these dangerous items out of their luggage.”

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FAA bars drones near airports

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airport_aviation_security

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published a Federal Register notice on the safety of model airplanes and small drones that includes a new rule making it illegal to fly the vehicles within five miles of an airport.

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NTSB determines inadequate monitoring of airspeed led to crash of Asiana flight 214

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airport_aviation_security

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that Asiana flight 214 crashed when the airplane descended below the visual glidepath due to the flight crew's mismanagement of the approach and inadequate monitoring of airspeed. The Board also found that the complexities of the autothrottle and autopilot flight director systems, and the crew's misunderstanding of those systems, contributed to the accident.

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FAA awards environmental grant to DIA

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infrastructure_protection

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Denver International Airport (DIA) an environmental grant of $442,500 to reduce emissions and improve air quality at the airport through the FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program.

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Oregon court agrees with ACLU, rules No Fly List unconstitutional

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airport_aviation_security

In a landmark ruling, a federal judge in Oregon has struck down as unconstitutional the government’s procedures for people on the No Fly List to challenge their inclusion. The decision came in an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit brought on behalf of 13 Americans who found themselves on the list without any notice, reasons, or meaningful way to get off it.

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L-3’s ProVision 2 security scanner chosen for primary passenger screening by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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cbrne_detection

L-3 Security & Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) announced today that it has received an order for 65 ProVision 2 checkpoint security scanners from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Schiphol is implementing new checkpoint security screening aimed at streamlining and improving the passenger experience. The ProVision 2 will perform primary screening at the airport’s five new central security stations located at the main terminals and transfer areas.

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