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Nation Jan 21Record number of guns seized at U.S. airports in 2015
WASHINGTON — Federal officials say a record number of airline passengers were caught last year trying to take guns on planes, and most of the weapons were loaded.
Politics Jan 10Report: Government not ensuring airline pilots’ skills are sharp
The government is falling short in ensuring airline pilots keep up their flying skills and get full training on how to monitor sophisticated automated control systems in cockpits, according to the Transportation Department's internal watchdog.
Nation Jan 08United Airlines fined $2.7M for tarmac delays, mistreatment of passengers with disabilities
WASHINGTON — United Airlines drew a $2.7 million fine from the government on Thursday for violating rules aimed at protecting disabled passengers and preventing long tarmac delays.
Nation Jan 05Deliberate acts cause more airline deaths than accidents
WASHINGTON — There were more airline deaths worldwide due to deliberate acts in 2015 than from accidental air crashes, for the second year in a row, according to an industry tally.
Nation Dec 28Most helicopters unprotected as bird strikes rise, FAA warns
WASHINGTON -- Government researchers warned 10 years ago that changes were needed in helicopter designs to prevent birds from crashing through windshields and disabling pilots. Today, dangerous bird strikes are on the rise, but there are still no safety standards…
Nation Dec 08Auto safety ratings to include collision prevention systems
The government on Tuesday announced plans to update its safety rating system for new cars to include whether the car has technology to avoid crashes, in addition to how well it protects occupants in accidents.
Nation Dec 08Busy air traffic control facilities lack enough controllers
Thirteen of the nation's busiest air traffic control facilities are suffering from a shortage of air traffic controllers, a problem that demands "urgent attention," a government watchdog told lawmakers on Tuesday.
Politics Dec 03Congress overwhelmingly backs 5-year transportation bill
WASHINGTON -- After years of stymied efforts to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems, Congress found the sweet spot for passage on Thursday -- a 5-year, $305 billion bill laden with enough industry favors, parochial projects,…
Nation Dec 01Congress reaches deal on 5-year transportation bill
WASHINGTON — The House and Senate have reached agreement on a 5-year, $281 billion transportation bill that would increase spending to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems — a legislative feat that lawmakers and President Barack…
Politics Nov 21Aviation task force recommends registration of even smaller drones
An aviation industry task force is recommending that operators be required to register drones weighing as little as a half a pound, a threshold that could include some remote-controlled toys, industry officials said.