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DHS Drops Mandatory Face Scan Plan After Backlash

TechCrunch reports: Homeland Security has confirmed it will not expand face recognition scans to U.S. citizens arriving and departing the country, days after it emerged the agency proposed making the scans for citizens mandatory. The department, whose responsibility is border protection and immigration checks, said in a government filing that it wanted to “amend the regulations to provide that all …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Catering Truck Goes Wild At O’Hare

Gizmodo reports: An out of control, apparently furious, and driverless catering cart that was spinning in wild circles on the tarmac of Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on Monday was laid to its final rest by a quick-witted worker who prevented it from hitting a plane by slamming into it with another vehicle. American Osteopathic Association chief executive Kevin Klauer …

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Chaos At Newark Airport After Evacuate Alarm [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Panicked travelers abandoned carry-on bags and scrambled for the exits at a Newark Liberty International Airport terminal on Monday night, just as the busy three-day Labor Day weekend was drawing to a close. An Alaska Airlines employee at Gate 30 in Terminal A grew suspicious of two male passengers as they were about to board …

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1100+ Flights Canceled, Airports Close Ahead Of Dorian

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Palm Beach International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will close today as Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida. The state has suspended tolls on major highways in advance of the storm, under orders from Gov. Ron DeSantis. Tolls have been suspended on Florida’s Turnpike, Alligator Alley, the Sawgrass Expressway, the SR 528 Beachline Expressway, SR 417 …

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TSA Agent’s Suicide Temporarily Closes Orlando Airport After Panicked Travelers Rush Past Security Screening

Orlando’s ABC affiliate reports: A Transportation Security Administration agent was killed Saturday morning after jumping from a hotel balcony into the atrium of Orlando International Airport, authorities said. The incident caused the Federal Aviation Administration to briefly ground all flights, causing delays and massive lines at security checkpoints, which were closed because of the suicide. Sgt. Eduardo Bernal, a spokesman …

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Aviation Unions Issue Dire Shutdown Warning: There’s No Telling When The Entire System Might Break Down

Politico reports: Pilots, air traffic controllers and flight attendants are warning that aviation safety is “deteriorating by the day” as the shutdown drags on, and suggested that there’s no telling when “the entire system will break.” Leaders of three unions issued a statement late Wednesday evening saying their concern is growing for their employees, airlines and the public. “In our …

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Drone Sightings Halt Flights At Newark Airport [VIDEO]

Bloomberg reports: The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted flights at Newark Liberty International Airport after a drone sighting. The civilian aircraft was spotted north of the New Jersey hub at an altitude of 3,500 feet, FAA spokesman Greg Martin said Tuesday. The U.S. government last week unveiled a long-awaited set of proposals to dramatically expand civilian drone flights while also …

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Thousands Of Flights Cancelled Due To Massive Storm

The New York Times reports: The Great Plains were digging out, the Great Lakes were being walloped and the Northeast was bracing for impact on Saturday as a huge snowstorm raced across the Northern states. The storm, which complicated travel and busted plans for the three-day weekend across much of the country, caused problems from Kansas, where the governor declared …

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Donations Pour In For Unpaid TSA Security Workers

The Associated Press reports: The shutdown has brought an outpouring of generosity to TSA agents and other federal employees who are working without pay. Food, financial help, haircuts and toiletries are among the donated goods and services. On Wednesday, donations of diapers, juice, garbage bags, canned soup and boxes of Ramen noodles were being unloaded onto luggage carts at the …

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Atlanta Airport: Plan For Three Hours To Clear Security

The Associated Press reports: Passengers at the nation’s busiest airport are feeling the pinch of the government shutdown and it’s coming in the forms of long security lines. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is warning passengers to give themselves at least three hours to clear security. Issues with screenings have prompted several airports – including Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Miami …

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Houston Airport Closes Terminal Over TSA Staffing

Click 2 Houston reports: The ticketing and security checkpoint at George Bush Intercontinental Airport’s Terminal B remained closed Monday because of a shortage of TSA workers, who are not being paid during the government shutdown. A Houston police officer could be seen blocking the ramp to the passenger drop-off area of Terminal B early Monday morning. There have been reports …

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MIAMI: Shutdown Forces Airport To Close Terminal

The Miami Herald reports: With more federal security screeners refusing to work without pay, Miami International Airport plans to cut off access to one of its terminals over the weekend in order to send TSA workers to busier checkpoints, a spokesman said Thursday night. Closing of the security checkpoint at Terminal G is set to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, …

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TODAY: Air Traffic Controllers To Rally Against Shutdown Outside US Capitol Building After Getting $0 Pay Stubs

Politico reports: Air traffic controllers, who are working through the government shutdown, won’t be getting a paycheck for their last two weeks of work, their union confirmed Thursday morning. Pay stubs reading a net pay of zero dollars were distributed Thursday morning, including one for a controller at a major air traffic control hub outside of Washington, D.C. shared with …

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UK’s Heathrow Halts Departures After Drone Sighting

The BBC reports: Departures at Heathrow have been stopped after a drone was sighted, the airport says. A Heathrow spokeswoman said the airport was working with police to “prevent any threat to operational safety”. She said: “As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause.” It comes after …

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Airport Security Lines Grow As TSA “Sickout” Continues

Forbes reports: Security lines at airports across the country are starting to grow long as nationwide action from TSA workers starts to take its toll. On Friday, CNN reported that the agency, which is responsible for operating security checkpoints at airports across the country, was suffering from staffing shortages as a function of the government shutdown. Starting on Sunday, the …

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LONDON: Arrests Made In Airport Drone Attack [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: A 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the “criminal use of drones” that forced the shutdown of London’s Gatwick international airport for several days, affecting 140,000 holiday travelers. Police said the pair were from the small town of Crawley, near Gatwick. No one had claimed responsibility for the bizarre incidents that …

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“Drone Attack” Closes London’s Gatwick Airport [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: A drone attack at one of the UK’s busiest airports has left tens of thousands of passengers facing major disruption. Gatwick’s runway has been shut since Wednesday night, when two devices were seen flying over the perimeter fence. The airport said a drone had been spotted “in the last hour” and the runway would not open “until …

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Dulles Launches Facial Recognition Boarding [VIDEO]

Next Gov reports: Some international travelers can leave their boarding passes and passports in their pockets when flying out of Dulles International Airport thanks to a new facial recognition boarding technology that went into operation Thursday. The new veriScan system developed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority—with guidance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection—scans the faces of travelers approaching the …

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SEATTLE: Man Steals And Crashes Empty Airliner

The Associated Press reports: An airline worker stole an empty Alaska Airlines plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington on Friday night, and the National Guard scrambled two fighter jets to chase the aircraft, which crashed on a sparsely populated island in Puget Sound, officials said. No passengers were aboard the 76-seat Horizon Air Q400 turboprop plane, which was stolen …

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Lousy Smarch Weather: 3700+ Flights Cancelled

The New York Daily News reports: The fourth New York City nor’easter of the month arrived Wednesday, bringing the familiar litany of woe: Massive airport delays, whipping winds and the threat of up to 15 inches of snow. The first flakes began falling during the morning rush hour, with the effects felt immediately at La Guardia, Kennedy and Newark Airports …

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