Although ATA Airlines this week downplayed reports it was seeking to cut its operations at Chicago Midway Airport in an effort to stave off bankruptcy, analysts say it is likely the airline will reduce its presence there if it is to survive. One analyst says he thinks ATA Airlines is "probably looking at ways of adjusting what they are doing at Midway ... but when the dust settles, they are going to be flying."
The TSA yesterday officially revealed a new government-run passenger pre-screening system, Secure Flight, which will still use airline passenger records and commercial data services to compile and analyze data but will not use computer algorithms for individual risk assessment. TSA Administrator David M. Stone said the new system differs from the previous one, called CAPPS II, because it places a "very intense focus on known or suspected terrorists."
Jeppesen Sanderson, the company that invented the printed flight chart used by most commercial airline pilots, is working on replacing paper charts with 3-D navigation systems. The 3-D system would display images of the terrain around an aircraft along with navigational information on a computer monitor.
American Airlines said in an SEC filing that its fuel bill will increase by $1 billion this year due to higher oil prices. The airline said fuel costs, combined with lower average fares, likely will cause its third-quarter revenue to dip. Analysts expect the carrier to lose more than $300 million this year.
Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson said he will lead a commission to review the biometric ID systems being put into place for the US-VISIT program. "This will ... make sure we develop biometric capability in a way that is fully integrated," Hutchinson said.