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Tarmac Delay Rule Increases Flight Cancellations, GAO Says

A rule limiting tarmac delays to no more than three hours increases the likelihood airlines will cancel flights, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. In a 111-page report released Thursday, GAO said U.S. airlines were at least 24 percent more likely to cancel a flight in 2010 …

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House Panel Hears Concerns Over Proposed 4G Network

The proposed LightSquared network, a broadband wireless network integrated with satellite coverage, has raised concerns that it interferes with devices using the Global Positioning System. The House Science Committee held a public hearing Thursday to examine the issue, hearing testimony from officials from the Transportation Department, NASA and the National …

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Obama Orders Agencies to Speed Up Infrastrucuture Hiring

President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum Wednesday directing departments and agencies to identify high impact, job-creating infrastructure projects and expedite them through the permit process in order to speed job creation. The departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Interior and Transportation will each select up to three high …

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Transportation Sec. Announces New Rules for Air Travelers

Air travelers involuntarily bumped from an overbooked flight will receive double the amount of money they are eligible for as compensation, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday. LaHood announced a series of passenger protections on his official blog. The new protections also include a requirement that airlines refund any fee …

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Deal Reached, FAA Shutdown Ending

Congressional leaders reached a bipartisan agreement Thursday over legislation to extend the operating authority of the Federal Aviation Administration, ending a two-week partial shutdown that furloughed 4,000 FAA workers. The AP reports the compromise clears the way for the Senate to pass a clean extension of the FAA’s operating authority …

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FAA Shutdown to Go Into September

The House of Representatives has gone into its August recess, which means a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration will stay in effect into early September. Federal Times reports the House was scheduled to stay in session through Thursday. However, a spokesperson for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) …

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Report: DOT Recovery Act Websites Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

An official in the Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General says DOT websites launched to provide the public with information about Recovery Act funding and projects are vulnerable to cyber attacks. DOT officials launched an audit from December 2009 to July 2010 to examine if DOT’s recovery websites, which track …

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FAA Computers Remain Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks Despite Upgrades

Despite improvements at various radar facilities, the Federal Aviation Administration computer systems remain vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to a new government review. The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General said while FAA has made progress in securing some air-traffic control facilities, the majority of sites have not been upgraded. According …

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