Latest Transportation safety News

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...

Report confirms pilot's blood alcohol was 5 times over limit

Oct. 4, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed an Alaska airplane pilot involved in a fatal crash had a blood-alcohol level more than five times above the legal limit for pilots to fly. The final NTSB crash report said pilot Charles Weimer was flying under the influence when...

Weeklong crackdown on distracted driving to kick off Monday

Oct. 3, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In an effort to get drivers to keep their eyes on the road while they're behind the wheel, law enforcement officers in Georgia plan to participate in a statewide crackdown on distracted driving. State and local officers are joining a week-long nationwide enforcement effort that begins Oct....

Detroit bus drivers won't work; rides stop for thousands

Oct. 2, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Bus riders were stranded Friday in Detroit as drivers concerned about the coronavirus refused to report to work. A union official said drivers have been having conflicts with riders about wearing masks and facing other challenges. “Just because you ask someone about a mask,...

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...

Mayors plan to supplement Hawaii online visitor tracker

Sep. 29, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials are making final updates to an online application for collecting traveler information to enforce public safety measures related to the coronavirus. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim and Maui County Mayor Mike Victorino said they plan to supplement the state Safe Travels...

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...