Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said he plans to introduce legislation that would require airport screenings to be performed by private firms. Mica said the Transportation Security Administration should be in an oversight role, rather than conducting airport screenings. "TSA should be a security and intelligence agency," he said.
Hawaiian Airlines has finalized an order with Airbus for 16 A321neos. "With its slightly smaller size, we'll be able to open new markets that are not viable for wide-body service, while also being able to augment service on existing routes to the West Coast of North America," said Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley.
Representatives from the U.S. and 16 other countries are meeting this week in Montreal to discuss reducing aviation emissions. The International Civil Aviation Organization has tasked the group with drafting a plan to curb global emissions. "ICAO's states remain strongly engaged as they continue to review the feasibility of several market-based measure options for international aviation, on the basis of a wide range of environmental and economic criteria," said Raymond Benjamin, secretary general for ICAO.
Around 80,000 federal workers at airports will receive reduced schedules once budget cuts from sequestration begin in April. The workers affected by sequestration include customs agents, airport security screeners and air-traffic controllers.
Many airlines have completed test flights using biofuels. The military's efforts to develop biofuels are also progressing, which could ultimately result in cost reductions and further advance commercial aviation use.