Airline passengers worried about privacy in an age where
airlines and the government are sharing their personal information
have been calling the Air Transport Association, as the government
continues to move toward using information like credit reports to
weed out potential hijackers.
And there doesn't appear to be an easy answer on the horizon.
ATA members met with Nuala O'Connor Kelly Friday. She's the chief
privacy officer at the Homeland Security Department. But the
meeting apparently didn't yield much in the way of solutions to the
thorny issue of balancing privacy with protection.
There's more life in store for critical components for
commercial aircraft. That's the result of an advanced laser peening
technology developed by researchers from Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory and a New Jersey firm.
The payoff is already proving huge: turbine engine parts that last
longer, reduced maintenance costs, and annual savings of hundreds
of millions of dollars.