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U.S. FAA POSTS THIRD VIDEO IN AIRPORT SAFETY VIDEO SERIES
Friday, May 20, 2016

Source: FAA

WASHINGTON - The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted the third video designed to further enhance airport safety. The video outlines the success of previous initiatives to enhance airport safety and the national efforts underway to further reduce the risk of runway incursions at U.S. airports.

The video also discusses the FAA’s collaborative partnerships with the aviation community to improve runway safety at airports. To view the video, go to: http://www.faa.gov/airports/safety-video-series/.

The FAA launched the safety information video series last year to provide the airport community with information to help them continue to operate the nation’s airports safely and efficiently.

To receive an e-mail alert when the FAA releases a new safety video, please visit http://www.faa.gov/airports/safety-video-series/and click on the subscribe button.

Source:  U.S. FAA
Associated URL: http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=85552
Source Date: May 20, 2016
Author: U.S. FAA  
Posted: 05/23/2016

 
 
PASSENGER AIRLINES EMPLOYMENT ON THE RISE
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Source: US BTS, DOT

WASHINGTON - The United States scheduled passenger airlines employed 3.9 percent more workers in March 2016 than in March 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DoT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported. March was the highest monthly total (406,113) since August 2008 and was the 28th consecutive month that U.S. scheduled passenger airline full-time equivalent (FTE) employment exceeded the same month of the previous year.

Month-to-month, the number of FTEs rose 0.5 percent from February to March. Scheduled passenger airline categories include network, low-cost, regional and other airlines.

The four network airlines that collectively employ two-thirds of the scheduled passenger airline FTEs reported 2.9 percent more FTEs in March 2016 than in March 2015. Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines increased FTEs from March 2015. The fourth network airline, American Airlines, which has merged with US Airways, reported 3.3 percent more FTEs in March 2016 than American and US Airways reported separately in March 2015. July 2015 was the first month for which the two merged airlines submitted a combined report. Month-to-month, the number of network airline FTEs rose 0.5 percent from February to March. Network airlines operate a significant portion of their flights using at least one hub where connections are made for flights to down-line destinations or spoke cities.

The six low-cost carriers reported 9.6 percent more FTEs in March 2016 than in March 2015. Allegiant Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Virgin America, JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines reported increases while Frontier Airlines reported reduced FTEs. Month-to-month, the number of low-cost airline FTEs rose 4.2 percent from February to March, rising for the 12th consecutive month. Low-cost airlines operate under a low-cost business model, with infrastructure and aircraft operating costs below the overall industry average.

The 12 regional carriers reported 0.4 percent more FTEs in March 2016 than in March 2015. Eight regional airlines - PSA Airlines, Mesa Airlines, Compass Airlines, Horizon Air, SkyWest Airlines, GoJet Airlines, Republic Airlines and Endeavor Air - reported increased employment levels. The others reported decreases. Month-to-month, the number of regional airline FTEs rose 0.3 percent from February to March. Regional carriers typically provide service from small cities, using primarily regional jets to support the network carriers’ hub and spoke systems.

The four network airlines employed 66.1 percent of the 406,113 FTEs employed by all scheduled passenger airlines in February, the six low-cost carriers employed 19.7 percent and the 12 regional carriers employed 12.4 percent. The three airlines with the most FTEs in March - American, Delta and United - employed 63.4 percent of the month’s total passenger airline FTEs. From 2007 to 2016, the network share of FTEs rose from 64.8 percent to 66.1 percent, the low-cost share rose from 17.6 percent to 19.7 percent and the regional airline share dropped from 14.7 percent to 12.4 percent.

American employed the most FTEs (97,723) in March among the network airlines, Southwest employed the most FTEs (50,911) among low-cost airlines, and Envoy Air employed the most FTEs (10,658) among regional airlines. The top three employers in the industry are network airlines.

Source:  U.S. DoT/BTS
Associated URL: http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/press_releases/bts029_16
Source Date: May 19, 2016
Author: U.S. DoT/BTS 
Posted: 05/23/2016

 
 
U.S. DOT BANS E-CIGARETTES FROM CHECKED BAGGAGE
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Source: US DOT

WASHINGTON - In its continuing efforts to improve transportation safety, the United States Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration today issued a final rule which prohibits passengers and crewmembers from carrying battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices (e.g., e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, personal vaporizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems) in checked baggage and prohibits passengers and crewmembers from charging the devices and/or batteries on board an aircraft.

The final rule follows the agency’s interim final rule (IFR) issued on October 30, 2015 and is consistent with a similar amendment in the 2015-2016 Edition of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions).

On January 22, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a Safety Alert for Operators, which recommended that air carriers require their passengers to carry e-cigarettes and related devices exclusively in the cabin of the aircraft. Also, on June 9, 2015, the ICAO published an addendum to the 2015-2016 ICAO Technical Instructions which prohibits the carriage of e-cigarettes in checked baggage and restricts the charging of these devices while on board the aircraft.

Passengers may continue to carry e-cigarettes for personal use in carry-on baggage or on their person, but may not use them on flights. The Department’s regulatory ban on the smoking of tobacco products on passenger flights already included the use of electronic cigarettes. Nevertheless, to prevent passenger or crewmember confusion, the Department has amended its existing airline smoking rule to explicitly ban the use of e-cigarettes aboard aircraft.

The final rule does not prohibit a passenger from carrying other devices containing batteries for personal use (e.g., laptop computers, cell phones, cameras, etc.) in checked or carry-on baggage, nor does it restrict a passenger from transporting batteries for personal use in carry-on baggage.

An e-cigarette is a battery-powered device that simulates tobacco smoking by producing a heated vapor, which resembles smoke.

The final rule is effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. For a copy of the final rule, visit: http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PHMSA/DownloadableFiles/Files/Final_Rule_as_Sent_to_FR.pdf.

Source:  U.S. DoT/FAA
Associated URL: https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-bans-e-cigarettes-checked-baggage
Source Date: May 18, 2016
Author: U.S. DoT/FAA 
Posted: 05/20/2016

 

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