For the second time in a month, a written bomb threat has been found in the lavatory of a commercial airliner. A spokesman for Logan International Airport says an American Airlines flight attendant found the latest threat while conducting a pre-flight inspection of the 757 scheduled to fly from Boston to Miami. After deplaning passengers, the aircraft was moved to the end of a runway, where investigators with bomb-sniffing dogs determined there were no explosives on board.
Two employment agency workers who helped illegal aliens get fake ID badges for jobs at O'Hare International Airport were sentenced to federal prison on Wednesday. Nearly two dozen immigrants placed through Ideal Staffing Solutions were arrested in 2007 with counterfeit credentials that allowed them inside the airport's secure area.
The Transportation Security Administration said it will greatly expand its use of controversial scanners that enable screeners to see through travelers' clothes, revealing hidden weapons. Some lawmakers, however, have labeled the body scanners as intrusive, and the House approved an initiative that allows the TSA to use the scanners only when passengers are flagged by other screening measures.
Fliers in Columbus, Ohio, will have an easier time at check-in after the airport installs an inline baggage screening system under a $35.2 million federal stimulus grant. The system should be completed by late 2011, and passenger facility fees will be used to pay the airport's $15.7 million share of the total bill.
Another deadline passed this week for a long-term FAA budget, and aviation industry groups have united to urge Congress to focus on the issue. With 10 million jobs and $1 trillion at stake, 32 trade groups are insisting that the Senate pass a comprehensive reauthorization bill rather than another stopgap measure. The FAA's current budget was slated to expire Sept. 30, though lawmakers have extended the authorization through Dec. 31 while they search for a long-term solution.