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Planes That Fly Over US Pose Security Threat: Expert

Flights passing over, not landing in nation could house 'dirty bomb'

(Newser) - The thousands of cargo and passenger flights that fly over but don't land in the US each week aren't subject to full security screenings—and pose a potentially deadly risk to Americans, reports the Washington Post . The cargo aboard these flights isn't screened to federal standards, and passenger names aren't... More »

Crash Renews Focus on Developing World's Air Safety

Yemen crash prompts concerns

(Newser) - After yesterday’s Yemeni Airbus crash, international watchdogs are taking a closer look at airline safety in developing countries, Bloomberg reports. The European Union may add Yemen to a list of more than 90 dangerous airlines from around the globe. Regulators in developing countries “tend to be under- supported... More »

Airlines Need Steeper Prices, a Shakeout, to See Profits

Industry knows crisis management, but future hazy

(Newser) - The airline industry, an old hand at crisis aversion, is holding its own in the recession by cutting costs, along with fares, the Wall Street Journal reports. But higher prices to consumers—and a major shakeout—would be needed to get even close to profitability. The industry expects to lose... More »

Jumbo Jet Flies on Veggie Oil

Boeing 747 powered by biofuel

(Newser) - A Boeing 747 powered by a mixture of aviation fuel and vegetable oil flew on a two-hour test flight which is being hailed as a technological and ecological milestone. The Air New Zealand passenger jet was powered in part by oil from the jatropha plant, reports the BBC. More »

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