Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network
TSA unveils 8-year biometrics roadmap plan 
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released an eight-year plan to incorporate biometric technology, including facial recognition and fingerprints at airports across the country.
American Airlines Boeing 787-9
Cuba routes dispute puts American at odds with Southwest, JetBlue
A motion filed by American Airlines with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) that would alter how airlines schedule their routes to Cuba has generated backlash from rivals Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways.
US DOT to create aviation consumer advocate position
A little-noticed provision in the 1,200-page bill to reauthorize the FAA will create an aviation consumer advocate within the Aviation Consumer Protection Division (ACPD) of the US Department of Transportation (DOT).
US president signs FAA reauthorization bill into law
US President Donald Trump on Oct. 5 signed a bill into law to reauthorize the FAA until 2023, marking the first long-term reauthorization for the agency since late 2015 and its longest since 1982.
Spirit SVP and CCO Matt Klein
Spirit announces Orlando crew base, launches Latin American routes
Florida-based ultra-LCC Spirit Airlines has announced plans to launch a new crew base at Orlando International Airport (MCO).
US Transportation Security Administration reauthorized through 2021
The US Congress on Oct. 3 passed a bill to reauthorize the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) through 2021, marking the first reauthorization in the agency’s 17-year-history.
IATA survey reveals passengers want more real-time updates
Air travelers want airlines to deliver more real-time information to their personal devices, including updates on flight status (82%), baggage (49%) and wait-times at security and immigration checkpoints (46%), according to survey data from IATA’s latest Global Passenger Survey (GPS), released Oct. 2.
IATA: Global passenger growth, freight volumes trend up in August 
Global airline passenger growth remained strong in August, with traffic demand rising 6.5% year-over-year (YOY), slightly higher than the 6.1% increase recorded in July.
Frontier Airlines Airbus A320
FAA proposes $474,000 civil penalty against Frontier Airlines
The FAA has proposed a $474,000 civil penalty against Denver, Colorado-based Frontier Airlines, alleging the company operated hundreds of flights without required medical supplies.
Sen. Markey vows to reintroduce airline fee regulation 
US Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) declared his intention to attempt to re-regulate US carriers’ business models and predicted “a reckoning” in store for the commercial airline industry.
FAA awards $205 million airport infrastructure funding
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary Elaine Chao on Sept. 27 announced the FAA has awarded $205 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to 34 airports.
US House passes FAA reauthorization bill, extension for Senate 
The US House has passed the recently announced, five-year bill to reauthorize the FAA on a 398-23 vote.
FAA bill clears way for US government to regulate seat size 
The global airline industry has come out in strong support for the US Congress’s recently announced compromise bill to reauthorize the FAA through 2023. But a provision tucked in the bill that would clear the way for the FAA to regulate minimum seat sizes has some industry-watchers concerned Congress may be overstepping its bounds.
US House and Senate committees agree to reauthorize FAA through 2023 
US House and Senate Committee leaders have reached a final agreement on multi-year legislation to reauthorize the FAA, capping a three-year battle between Republicans and Democrats that many industry observers expected would culminate in another short-term extension for the agency.
US House could vote next week on compromise FAA bill
A compromise bill to reauthorize the FAA could be taken up by the US House as early as next week, according to a staffer on the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, who added that negotiations are on track and members remain optimistic about the prospects of passing the legislation before the fast-approaching Sept. 30 deadline.
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Aug 21, 2018

Why US Senate should not add flag of convenience amendment to FAA bill

The US lawmaking system depends on the to-and-fro of amendment additions. But Section 530, a provision hitched to the FAA Reauthorization Bill, should it become law, is a particularly egregious proposal that has grave implications for the 120 US Open Skies agreements....More

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