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November 16, 2011

Europe Bans X-Ray Scanners, Lady Gaga Channels Pan Am Flight Attendant: Final Call

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A Burkhart Grob glider (N404DW) basks in the sun at Katama Airpark, Marthas Vineyard, Mass. (Photo by Matt Molnar)
A Burkhart Grob glider (N404DW) basks in the sun at Katama Airpark, Marthas Vineyard, Mass. (Photo by Matt Molnar)

A Burkhart Grob glider (N404DW) basks in the sun at Katama Airpark, Marthas Vineyard, Mass. (Photo by Matt Molnar)

• Pan Am-fever has spread to Lady Gaga. [The Sun]

• Fearing a potential cancer threat, Europe has banned the full-body x-ray scanners used so prolifically in the United States. Meanwhile, the U.S. TSA has again delayed testing despite new reports questioning their safety. [Scientific American, ProPublica]

• Meanwhile, a new report published by the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, titled “A Decade Later: A Call for TSA Reform”, says the agency is a bloated, ineffective bureaucracy in need of an overhaul.

• The bright side of the Dept. of Transportation’s tarmac delay fines: Airlines have a harsh, punitive motivation to take care of their passengers. The dark side: Airlines will simply cancel more flights. [The News Tribune]

• The small city of Lancaster, Calif. is going to watch its residents all day, every day, using a specially equipped Cessna C-172 . [Wired]

• A flash mob takes over a terminal at Dubai International Airport:



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