Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network
US House bill would stop diverting TSA passenger security fees
A bipartisan group of US lawmakers have introduced legislation to ensure that revenue collected by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to fund its operations will no longer be diverted for non-security uses.
US legislators introduce bill to mandate secondary cockpit barriers 
A bipartisan group of US lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require all commercial aircraft operating in the US be retrofitted with secondary cockpit barriers to prevent terrorist attacks similar to 9/11.
US Rep. DeFazio: Flag of convenience practices need more scrutiny
US Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has renewed calls for Congress to scrutinize “flag of convenience” business models that allow carriers to operate out of countries with less-expensive labor markets than their home countries.
Bill introduced to protect FAA funding in future US government shutdowns
Two key US lawmakers overseeing federal transportation policy have introduced a bill that would keep the FAA fully funded during any future lapse in appropriations.
Airport exec urges US Congress to lift cap on PFC funds
The top executive at Spokane International Airport (CEG) in Spokane, Washington, called on the US Congress to lift the cap on Passenger Facility Charge Program (PFC) funds, saying that “the status quo is not working when it comes to funding airport infrastructure.”
IATA: 2018 global air cargo demand harmed by year-end slump
Global air cargo demand weakened in 2018, pressured by a slowdown in freight volumes in the final months of the year.
JetBlue A321
JetBlue asks DOT to consolidate oneworld, SkyTeam JV applications 
JetBlue Airways requested the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to consolidate antitrust immunity (ATI) applications from the proposed oneworld and SkyTeam transatlantic joint ventures (JVs).
US aviation industry cautiously optimistic about deal to end shutdown
The US aviation industry welcomed news that Congress and the White House have struck an agreement to reopen the government for three weeks, while expressing disappointment that the temporary truce won’t be enough to provide stability to government workers who have gone over a month without receiving their paychecks.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX
Southwest 2018 profit down 27%; US shutdown may delay Hawaii service
Executives from Southwest Airlines announced the carrier’s planned expansion into Hawaii will likely be delayed for months, a result of the ongoing US partial government shutdown, which has furloughed the FAA workers needed to certify the new routes.
US Sen. Warner: Air safety, security in jeopardy as shutdown lingers
US Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) warned of dire consequences for the air travel system if thousands of FAA workers, air traffic controllers and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents miss their second paycheck, as the ongoing partial government shutdown—now in its 34th day—shows no sign of letting up.
US lawmaker questions FAA decision to recall safety inspectors
A top-ranking Senate Democrat has voiced concerns about the legal justification for the FAA’s decision to recall approximately 3,000 safety inspectors and engineers to return to work without pay amid the longest government shutdown in US history.
TSA absences, wait times spike over US holiday weekend
US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers called out of work over the holiday weekend at the highest rate since the partial government shutdown began Dec. 22, 2018, while staffing shortages contributed to increased wait times at several large-hub airports.
Air Italy A330-200
US lawmaker ‘highly skeptical’ of Qatar Airways’ support of Air Italy 
Rick Larsen (D-Washington), the new chairman of the of the US House Transportation Committee’s subcommittee on Aviation, said he is “highly skeptical” of Qatar Airways’ financial support of Air Italy, a Milan-based carrier that is preparing to launch new routes to the US.
TSA maintains normal wait times, but shutdown worries persist 
Wait times at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport checkpoints leveled off on Jan. 16, but US lawmakers remain anxious that the respite will not last if the ongoing partial federal government shutdown drags on into February.
Rendering of CRJ900 in Air Canada Express livery
Jazz pilots endorse new labor contract; airline to expand fleet 
Pilot leaders from Canadian regional carrier Jazz Aviation endorsed a tentative agreement for a new contract Jan. 15, on the same day Jazz’s parent company Chorus Aviation Inc. and Air Canada announced terms to extend their capacity purchase agreement (CPA) through 2035 and increase the Jazz fleet with an additional 14 Bombardier CRJ900s.
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