Transportation Security Agency employees improperly encouraged JetBlue Airways to turn over passenger data to a contractor working with the defense department, an internal agency report said. The report, issued by Nuala O'Connor Kelly, privacy officer for the Department of Homeland Security, recommended U.S. agencies, airlines and foreign governments establish clear privacy guidelines.
A new head for the Eurofighter has been appointed by the three defense companies in the consortium that is building the jet fighter. Aloysius Rauen, head of EADS's military aircraft division was named head of the Eurofighter by Britain's BAE Systems, Italy's Alenia Aerospazio, and the French-German group EADS.
The biennial Asian Aerospace exhibition is set to open in Singapore this week. With Asia recovering swiftly from war, terrorism and SARS, the region is seen as holding a bright future for the aerospace industry.
Last year, Lockheed Martin widened its lead over Boeing, its next biggest competitor for defense contracts. But the aerospace manufacturer may have challenges ahead, with its F/A-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter facing Congressional criticism and its plans for unmanned aerial vehicles uncertain.
The judge in the United Airlines bankruptcy proceedings appointed an independent examiner to investigate whether there was an agreement between the airline and unions regarding retirement benefits. United's flight attendants and machinists asked the court to determine whether the carrier induced employees to retire by guaranteeing their benefits would not be cut.