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Citing ‘basic physics,’ judge berates FAA for shrinking airline seats

WASHINGTON — If you’re convinced your plane seat gets smaller with each vacation, that your cramped knees and crushed hips are not just a function of your expanding girth, that you’re being gradually and intentionally squished bit-by-bit like a slowly ...

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Schumer wants more legroom on planes

NEW YORK — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants to require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish seat-size standards for commercial airlines, which he says now force passengers to sit on planes “like sardines.” The New York Democrat told The Associated ...

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FAA chief orders review Chicago air traffic snarl

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing security practices and how it deals with unexpected incidents throughout its air traffic control facilities following last week’s fire at a Chicago-area air traffic facility, agency administrator Michael Huerta said Monday. ...

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Drones for moviemaking face likely FAA approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, said ...

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Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The news sent Amazon’s shares up nearly 5 percent in ...

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In-flight phones: Others likely to follow FAA’s lead

LONDON — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says it is relaxing restrictions on the use of smartphones and other electronics inside flights by American carriers. Passengers are still barred from making calls or downloading data off a cellular network, but ...

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FAA OKs air passengers using gadgets on planes

A passenger checks her cellphone before a flight, Thursday in Boston. The Federal Aviation Administration issued new guidelines Thursday under which passengers will be able to use devices to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music, from the time they board to the time they leave the plane. AP Images

WASHINGTON — Airline passengers will be able to use their electronic devices gate-to-gate to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music — but not talk on their cellphones — under much-anticipated guidelines issued Thursday by the Federal ...

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FAA investigating report of drone spotted near JFK

NEW YORK — The FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a pilot’s report that he spotted a small unmanned aircraft at New York’s Kennedy Airport. The Alitalia pilot told air traffic controllers that he saw the aircraft as ...

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FAA forecast: High air fares most of this decade

WASHINGTON — Air fares are likely to stay high throughout this decade, as passenger travel grows but airline capacity shrinks, according to a government forecast issued Thursday. In its annual economic analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration said travelers won’t get ...

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House extends aviation programs

WASHINGTON — The House has approved a temporary extension of Federal Aviation Administration programs, avoiding a shutdown of the agency as lawmakers work out their last remaining differences on a long-term plan. A bill to extend FAA programs through Feb. ...

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