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Transportation Department’s Fix for Airlines’ Tech Problems is To Do Nothing

August 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow From the U.S. to U.K. to India and elsewhere, technical failures have been plaguing the commercial aviation industry in recent years. We’ve counted 24 major disruptions in the U.S. since 2015. Yet, the Transportation Department has no plans to try regulate the industry into technical resiliency. A spokesperson for the...

The Transportation Department's Fix For Airlines’ Tech Problems is to Do Nothing

August 19, 2016 From the US to UK to India and elsewhere, technical failures have been plaguing the commercial aviation industry in recent years. We’ve counted 24 major disruptions in the US since 2015. Yet, the US Department of Transportation has no plans to try to regulate the industry into technical resiliency. A...

Federal Government Finds Few Buyers for Its Paywalled Immigration Data

August 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government says it doesn’t want to release data about who’s entering the country because it charges for that information. But no one has purchased access to the databases in more than two years, records reveal. I’m suing for the data in question, which include anonymous immigration records and...

The Government is Finding Few Buyers For Its Paywalled Immigration Data

August 8, 2016 The US government says it doesn’t want to release data about who’s entering the country because it charges for that information. But no one has purchased access to the databases in more than two years, records reveal. I’m suing for the data in question, which include anonymous immigration records and...

The DHS Proposal to Shorten Security Lines Asks Airlines to Give Up Over $1 Billion

May 19, 2016 The Department of Homeland Security has asked airlines to waive checked baggage fees as a temporary solution to alleviate long lines at airport security checkpoints. That’s a billion dollar ask. US airlines collected $3.8 billion in bag fees in 2015, according to the Department of Transportation, with over a $1...

The TSA's Airport Security Line Problem, In a Single Chart

May 18, 2016 The limits of America’s aviation security apparatus are quickly being exposed as the country’s peak travel season begins. Lines at Transportation Safety Administration checkpoints have been reported to take hours, while in prior years it took mere minutes to pass through security. The reasons for the seemingly endless lines in...

Trump May Be the Military’s Least-Liked GOP Presidential Candidate in a Long Time

May 11, 2016 Active-duty career military personnel would vastly prefer Donald Trump as president over Hillary Clinton. To even a casual observer of US politics that should be unsurprising; the military has for years preferred candidates from the political right. A new survey conducted by Military Times find that 54% would vote for...

Trump May Be the US Military’s Least-Liked GOP Presidential Candidate In Over a Decade

May 10, 2016 US active-duty career military personnel would vastly prefer Donald Trump as president over Hillary Clinton. To even a casual observer of US politics that should be unsurprising; the military has for years preferred candidates from the political right. A new survey conducted by Military Times find that 54% would vote...

TSA Airport Security Lines Are Getting Longer, Causing Passengers to Miss Flights

April 12, 2016 The peak summer travel season in the US is months away, but the lines at airport security already are getting unbearable. The Chicago Tribune reports that 1,000 American Airlines passengers missed flights at O’Hare International Airport in March because of long security lines: Since it started monitoring TSA wait times...

Relax, Your Driver’s License Will Still Be Accepted at Airport Security

December 28, 2015 On Dec. 22, the Department of Homeland Security alerted state officials in Illinois and Missouri that their exemptions to a federal identification standard will end. In practice, this means that driver’s licenses from those states wont be valid to pass through security at various federally operated or regulated facilities—such as...

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