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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo a JetBlue Airways flight flies in to Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City.   JetBlue says it plans to increase the number of seats it will fill on planes starting in December. That makes JetBlue the latest airline to retreat from blocking middle seats to give passengers more space because of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

JetBlue is the latest airline to retreat from blocking seats

Oct. 29, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

The days of airlines blocking seats to make passengers feel safer about flying during the pandemic are coming closer to an end. JetBlue is the latest to indicate it is rethinking the issue. A spokesman for the carrier said Thursday that JetBlue will reduce the number of seats it blocks after Dec. 1 to accommodate...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Oct. 21, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Pay attention: Pa. is poised to fall off a budget cliff The Philadelphia Inquirer Oct. 20 Pennsylvania is staring at a fiscal cliff. It’s easy but perilous to ignore state budget minutiae amid a contentious...

Judge: NY's ejection from trusted traveler program was wrong

Oct. 13, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security illegally ejected more than 800,000 New Yorkers from the trusted traveler security programs that let vetted travelers avoid long security lines at airports, and any lingering effects after the programs were restored must be eliminated, a judge said...

FILE - This March 12, 2013, file photo shows the air traffic control tower at Chicago's Midway International Airport. Federal regulators have not taken adequate steps to protect computer systems on airliners from hackers, a government watchdog agency reported on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The agency said the Federal Aviation Administration has not developed a training program for cybersecurity or test airplane computer systems that could be vulnerable to attack. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Watchdog urges more action to protect planes from hackers

Oct. 9, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

Federal regulators have not taken adequate steps to protect computer systems on airliners from hackers, a government watchdog agency reported on Friday. The agency said the Federal Aviation Administration has not developed a training program for cybersecurity or test airplane computer systems that could be...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, early rush hour traffic rolls along I-10 in Phoenix. Traffic deaths in the U.S. fell for the third straight year in 2019, the government's road safety agency said Thursday, Oct. 1.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the downward trend is continuing into this year with people driving fewer miles due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

US traffic deaths fell 2% in 2019; 3rd straight yearly drop

Oct. 1, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Traffic deaths in the U.S. fell for the third consecutive year in 2019, the government's road safety agency reported. The downward trend is continuing into this year with people driving fewer miles due to the pandemic, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday. The...

A Boeing 737 MAX jet, piloted by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Steve Dickson, takes off on a test flight from Boeing Field, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Seattle. The MAX was grounded worldwide in early March 2019 after the second of two fatal accidents that together killed 346 people aboard almost-new aircraft. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

FAA chief tests changes to Boeing's grounded 737 Max

Sep. 30, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration, a former military and airline pilot, said Wednesday that he liked what he saw during a two-hour test flight of Boeing’s revamped 737 Max jetliner, a key step as the agency considers whether to let the plane return to flight after two deadly crashes....

This photo from video provided by KESQ-TV shows a Lockheed Martin KC-130J tanker after it made an emergency landing after colliding with an F-35B fighter jet during a refueling operation over the Southern California desert near Thermal Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The fighter pilot ejected and the other aircraft landed safely. The pilot who ejected is being treated, and nobody aboard the tanker was hurt. The jet crashed near the Salton Sea, northeast of San Diego. (KESQ-TV via AP)

Marine pilot in collision praised for keeping crew safe

Sep. 30, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The pilot of a fuel tanker showed impressive skills when he touched down safely in a remote area of California and prevented injuries among the seven other crew members after a mid-air collision with a fighter jet, a Marine Corps official and safety aviation expert said Wednesday. It was...

US lawmakers propose tighter rules for new airplanes

Sep. 29, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers who criticized regulators over the way they approved the Boeing 737 Max will propose changing the way that the Federal Aviation Administration certifies new plane designs and uses private-sector employees to perform safety analysis. Leading Democrats and Republicans on the House...

Iraqi security officials say 3 civilians killed, 2 seriously wounded in rocket attack outside Baghdad airport

Sep. 28, 2020 11:21 AM EDT
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security officials say 3 civilians killed, 2 seriously wounded in rocket attack outside Baghdad airport.
FILE - This June 19, 2015, file photo, shows the Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration building in Washington.  The Transportation Department’s Inspector General said in an audit report published Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, that the FAA and hasn't done enough research to evaluate the new risks. In addition, it says the FAA largely only updates standards after accidents and hasn't revised them since a 1991 accident. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Watchdog: FAA not prepared to update jet evacuation rules

Sep. 18, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration hasn't updated standards for emergency airliner evacuations in nearly two decades, a period when travelers have increasingly had to deal with tighter aircraft seats, more carry-on bags and support animals, a government watchdog says. The Transportation...