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New rules could bump emotional-support animals from planes

The days of passengers bringing their pets on airplanes as emotional-support animals could be ending. The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed that only specially trained dogs qualify as service animals, which must be allowed in...

 

US experts concerned about Iran's handling of crash probe

U.S. and Canadian accident investigators are uncertain how much access they will get to evidence that could prove whether Iran shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, and there were fears Friday that the probe might already be compromised by the...

 

Boeing papers show employees slid 737 Max problems past FAA

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill lashed out at Boeing on Friday after the release of a batch of emails and text messages in which company employees questioned the safety of the now-grounded 737 Max, called the aircraft a "joke" and talked about how they...

 

American Airlines vows to share Boeing proceeds with workers

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines said Thursday it is negotiating with Boeing Co. over compensation for the airline's grounded planes and expects to share some of the proceeds with employees. American had 24 Boeing 737 Max jets when the...

 

Boeing ousts its CEO after two deadly 737 Max crashes

NEW YORK (AP) — Boeing ousted CEO Dennis Muilenburg on Monday with no end in sight to the crisis that has engulfed the vaunted American aircraft manufacturer since the crash of two of its 737 Max airliners. The Boeing board had supported...

 

Families of crash passengers want wider review of Boeing Max

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration will face questions about whether the agency is too cozy with Boeing when he testifies this week before a congressional panel. The chairman of the House Transportation Committee says he plans to ask...

 

DHS retreats on possible facial screening of US citizens

DALLAS (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is backing away from requiring that U.S. citizens submit to facial-recognition technology when they leave or enter the country. The department said Thursday that it has no plans to expand facial recogn...

 

DHS may require US citizens be photographed at airports

DALLAS (AP) — Federal officials are considering requiring that all travelers — including American citizens — be photographed as they enter or leave the country as part of an identification system using facial-recognition technology. The Departm... Full story

 

UPS CEO talks about holiday shipping, drones, Amazon threat

DALLAS (AP) — Online shoppers are becoming more demanding — impatient might be a better description — and that is good for UPS. Profit at United Parcel Service Inc. is rising partly because next-day and second-day deliveries in the U.S. are...

 

FAA to test whether packed planes affect evacuation time

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The size of your seat and how much legroom you'll get on a future flight could be decided by 720 Oklahomans taking part in a first-of-its-kind test to determine if jam-packed planes slow emergency evacuations. Frequent flyers...

 

Boeing, FAA both faulted in certification of the 737 Max

A panel of international aviation regulators found that Boeing withheld key information about the 737 Max from pilots and regulators, and the Federal Aviation Administration lacked the expertise to understand an automated flight system implicated in...

 

Southwest pilots' union sues Boeing over grounding of plane

DALLAS (AP) — The union representing Southwest Airlines pilots is suing Boeing, saying its pilots are losing money because the company rushed an unsafe plane into service only to have the 737 Max grounded after two deadly crashes. The Southwest...

 

Southwest pilots see February or March return of Boeing Max

PLANO, Texas (AP) — Pilot-union leaders at Southwest Airlines say it could be February or March before their airline resumes flights using the Boeing 737 Max. That's much later than projected by either Southwest or Boeing. The union officials say...

 

US economy could shrug off oil prices if disruption is brief

DALLAS (AP) — The price of gasoline crept higher after a weekend attack devastated Saudi Arabian oil output, but if the disruption to global supplies is short-lived, the impact on the U.S. economy will probably be modest. Prices spiked Monday by...

 

Customs and Border Protection outage snarls major airports

DALLAS (AP) — Travelers flying into the United States on Friday ran into long lines at major airports nationwide because of a temporary computer outage that affected the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. Airports warned travelers — both...

 

H. Ross Perot rose from poverty to self-made billionaire

DALLAS (AP) — H. Ross Perot rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty to become a self-made billionaire who twice ran for president with a mixture of folksy sayings and simple solutions to America's problems. His 19% of the vote in 1992...

 

NTSB: Crew spoke of engine trouble before deadly Texas crash

DALLAS (AP) — Seconds before a small plane crashed at a suburban Dallas airport, killing all 10 people on board, the crew commented on a problem with the left engine, federal officials said Tuesday. The Beechcraft BE-350 King Air struggled to gain...

 
 By David Koenig    Regional    June 30, 2019

American Airlines tech leader talks about outages, hackers

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A government report this month highlighted the frequency of computer outages at airlines, which can stop passengers from checking in for flights, and even prevent planes from taking off. American Airlines canceled about 3,0...

 

US raises forecast for summer gasoline prices

Gasoline for that summer road trip will cost a bit more than experts in the federal government were expecting just a month ago. The government is also predicting higher prices for crude oil despite an increase in U.S. production. That's because globa...

 

Financial pressure mounts to fix Boeing's troubled jetliner

Boeing is facing mounting pressure to roll out a software update on its best-selling plane in time for airlines to use the jets during the peak summer travel season. Company engineers and test pilots are working to fix anti-stall technology on the...

 

FAA defends its reliance on aircraft makers to certify jets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fire from lawmakers on Capitol Hill over the two deadly Boeing crashes, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday defended the agency's practice of relying on aircraft makers to help certify their own...

 

Boeing to make safety feature standard on troubled Max jets

Boeing will make standard on its troubled new airliner a safety feature that might have helped the crew of a jet that crashed shortly after takeoff last year in Indonesia, killing everyone on board. The equipment, which had been offered as an...

 

5 things to know about Boeing's problems over new airplane

Investigators at a lab in France and a field in Ethiopia are looking for clues into the second deadly accident involving Boeing's newest jetliner, while DNA testing has started to identify the remains of victims. As the investigation proceeds, more...

 

Regulators challenge Boeing to prove its Max jets are safe

Aviation regulators worldwide laid down a stark challenge for Boeing to prove that its grounded 737 Max jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty software might have contributed to two crashes that killed 346 people in less than six months....

 

Pilots have reported issues in US with new Boeing jet

Airline pilots on at least two U.S. flights have reported that an automated system seemed to cause their Boeing 737 Max planes to tilt down suddenly. The pilots said that soon after engaging the autopilot on Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, the nose tilted...

 

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