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FDA Warns Virginia Lab for Illegally Marketing Unproven Genetic Tests

A suite of genetic tests used to predict a person’s response to specific medications is being marketed illegally by its manufacturer, Inova Genomics Laboratory, as the tests aren’t backed by scientific data, alleges the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Ethics, Government Regulation, Bioethics, Inova Genomics Laboratory, U S Food and Drug Administration Read

In Defense of Not Grounding the 737 MAX… Even Though It’s Now Grounded

When the 737 MAX operating Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed on takeoff from Addis Ababa last Sunday, the pressure immediately began to mount. Since this accident happened during the same phase of flight as the Lion Air accident last year, the dots were instantly connected… even if they shouldn’t necessarily have been. Calls to ground the airplane mounted from all sides except from those who actually fly the thing. Everyone caved quickly except for the US and Canada. Then yesterday, the ...
Tags: Travel, California, US, Canada, New York Times, Faa, Boeing, United, Max, Government Regulation, Southwest, Addis Ababa, Ntsb, Ethiopian Airlines, Lion Air, 737

Air Travel Played a Pivotal Role in Reopening the Government

After more than a month, the government shutdown has ended… temporarily. Why am I writing about this on an airline industry blog? Well, because the reason for its ending appears to be air travel-related. Now the industry needs to remain united to ensure that this doesn’t happen again if when the temporary funding expires on February 15. I don’t need to rehash just how bad this shutdown has been for the entire country on every level. But for air travel, the impact was particularly acute. ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Cdc, Atlanta, New Jersey, Delta, Associated Press, Tsa, Seattle, Faa, Laguardia Airport, Federal Aviation Administration, Government Regulation, Southwest, Trump, Hawai

3 Links I Love: Brexit’s Impact, O’Hare Terminal Plans, Flying Air France La Premiere

This week’s featured link: Statement: Current Flights Protected, but Future Growth at Risk from No Deal Brexit – IATACurious what the real impact of Brexit would be on flights if there’s no deal? IATA lays it out clearly. There is little impact on the US, but between the UK and the Continent… capacity could have to be cut. Two for the road: Here are the 5 ideas being proposed for O’Hare’s massive expansion – Chicago TribuneThe five proposals for O’Hare big new terminal projec...
Tags: Travel, UK, La, Israel, US, Chicago, Paris, Hare, Brexit, Government Regulation, Links I Love, Air France, Bernie, IATA, O Hare, ORD - Chicago/O'Hare

3 Links I Love: Fixing WestJet, Tip Your Flight Attendant, Aloha 767

‘We’ve just grown too big, too fast:’ CEO Ed Sims taps the brakes at WestJet – Calgary HeraldFor years people have said WestJet had bitten off more than it could chew, and last year that finally proved to be true. Now we get to watch Ed try to get the airline back on track, and I’m looking forward to seeing what that means. This Airline Wants You to Tip Your Flight Attendants – ThrillistEven though this has been around for 3 years, it’s just making the news this week. Tipping flig...
Tags: Travel, Ed, United, Government Regulation, Links I Love, Frontier, Westjet, Hawaiian, Ed Sims, WestJet Calgary, Aloha Boeing, BlogYou

DOT Finally Makes Operational Statistics Accurate

It took years of fighting, regulation, and delays but the DOT has finally started to publish a useful look at airline operational performance.  Now you can see the stats by brand (including regional airlines) and not just by operating airline.   I think this rolled out last month, but the data has been published going back to the beginning of the year.  That means when you see an airline’s numbers now, they’ll include the massive regional operations.  There are five airlines impacted by this ch...
Tags: Travel, US, Alaska, Delta, American Eagle, United, Lufthansa, Dot, Government Regulation, Operations, Virgin America, Interestingly United, ExpressJet, Ohana, United Express, Delta Delta

California Vows to Work Toward National Emissions Standard (While Voting to Keep Its Own)

California regulators voted on Friday to mandate an adherence to Obama-era federal vehicle emissions standards for cars sold in the state, regardless of Trump administration efforts to weaken the standards. It’s the latest salvo in a war between the Golden State and the current administration, which aims to strip California of its ability to self […] The post California Vows to Work Toward National Emissions Standard (While Voting to Keep Its Own) appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Obama, California, Regulation, Autos, Automotive Industry, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Emissions, Cafe, Fuel Economy, Government Regulation, Trump, Nhtsa, Golden State, News Blog, Fuel Regulation

Fee Regulation: Congress Should Give Up and Airlines Should Shut Up

Fall must nearly be here.  The air is crisp, leaves are changing colors, and Congress is trying to regulate airline fees.  It’s a time-honored tradition, and one so dependable that I was able to reuse the image below from a previous post.  Even some of those faces are the same. As usual, I think this latest plan is a bad one, but I also wish American would stop throwing around threats about what will happen if this comes to fruition.  It’s not helping. The plan this time (aka Fee Regulatio...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, Texas, Congress, Senate, House, Airlines, Faa, American, Dot, Government Regulation, Doug, Doug Parker, Senate FAA

White House and California Still Discussing Emission Rules, Incredibly

Considering that the Trump administration’s Safer and Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles proposal specifically calls for the revocation of California’s power to set its own emissions rules, it’s miraculous that the Golden State is still willing to discuss the issue. But here we are. Administration officials and members of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) […] The post White House and California Still Discussing Emission Rules, Incredibly appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Government, White House, Regulation, Autos, Automotive Industry, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Emissions, Cafe, Fuel Economy, Government Regulation, Trump, Nhtsa, Golden State, California Air Resources Board CARB

Fueling the Opposition: EPA Staff Had Serious Reservations About CAFE Rollback Proposal

Staff at the Environmental Protection Agency had major disagreements over the decision to rollback corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for the coming years, according to documents released last week. The matter echoes an event in May where science advisers for the EPA claimed the agency had ignored its own research in order to rationalize […] The post Fueling the Opposition: EPA Staff Had Serious Reservations About CAFE Rollback Proposal appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Government, Regulation, Autos, Automotive Industry, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Emissions, Cafe, Fuel Economy, Government Regulation, Nhtsa, News Blog, Fuel Regulation

EPA and NHTSA Officially Release Fuel Economy Plan, California Decidedly Pissed

After months of discussion, circulating drafts, and arguing with the State of California, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration formally unveiled their plan to rewrite the existing corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) rules and replace them with something far less stringent. The proposal would freeze the presiding standards in 2020 under […] The post EPA and NHTSA Officially Release Fuel Economy Plan, California Decidedly Pissed appeared first on...
Tags: California, Government, Green, Regulation, Autos, Automotive Industry, Epa, Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, Emissions, Cafe, Fuel Economy, Government Regulation, Nhtsa, Elaine Chao, News Blog

Replacement EPA Boss on Board With California Gas Confab

Following Andrew Wheeler’s appointment as acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, he extended an invitation to the California Air Resources Board to discuss emission regulations — a matter which former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt seemed less inclined to discuss with the state. Mary Nichols, chairman of the board, said Wheeler reached out to state officials and […] The post Replacement EPA Boss on Board With California Gas Confab appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Regulation, Wheeler, Autos, Automotive Industry, Epa, Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, Emissions, Scott Pruitt, Cafe, Fuel Economy, Government Regulation, Nhtsa, Carb, California Air Resources Board

3 Links I Love: More EAS Cuts, Boeing and Embraer Cuddle Up, Hope for Mexico City

This week’s featured link: US DOT terminates EAS availability at 21 communities – ch-aviation It’s that time again when the Department of Transportation culls the list of essential air service markets. This year, 21 airports are in danger of losing their service, though we know not all will be kicked out. Two for the road: Boeing to take over Embraer unit, taking on Airbus-Bombardier – Reuters The big two aircraft manufacturers have consolidated their power. Soon after Airbus closed on the de...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, US, Mexico City, Airbus, Boeing, Department Of Transportation, Government Regulation, Links I Love, Bombardier, Embraer, Embraer 190, Airbus Bombardier Reuters

The Incredible Challenge of Improving Airports in Hawai’i

The vacation chugs along. I’m back with regular posts on July 3. For mainland visitors, the airports of Hawai’i probably seem better than they are. The out-dated terminals with open air areas can feel like a slice of paradise, but in reality, nearly every airport in Hawai’i needs a great deal of work. In fact, other than Hilo, every major airport in the state is over capacity, but projects are slow to develop. Part of the problem is the unique way in which the airports in Hawai’i are governe...
Tags: Travel, Maryland, US, Alaska, Department Of Transportation, Government Regulation, Maui, Hawai'i, Hawai, Honolulu, Hawaiian, Blaine, Kona, Diamond Head, Hilo, Kahului

Delta to India: Anatomy of a Masterful Press Release

I generally expect airline press releases to bend the truth. I know that releases will gloss over the negatives and focus on the positives; that’s what companies do. I also know that they will find some tortured way to spin any change into being good for the consumer even if the benefits are questionable at best. Writing these releases should be considered an art. There’s a way to say questionable things without lying, and the closer you get to that point, the more successful it seems the r...
Tags: Travel, White House, India, US, Qatar, United States, Middle East, Amsterdam, Delta, United Arab Emirates, Ed, Mumbai, East Coast, Etihad, United, Air India

3 Links I Love: White House and State Dept Spar Over Open Skies, Allegiant Loses, Alitalia May Go It Alone

This week’s featured link: Navarro clashes with State Department over UAE airline deal – Associated Press Remember how I said there were differing views on the impact of the US agreement with the UAE? Well, that was quite the understatement. There are actually differing views between the State Department (which is correct) and the White House (which is not). This is pretty embarrassing, to say the least. I’ll have more on this next week when I talk about Delta’s decision to go back into Mumb...
Tags: Travel, White House, US, Canada, Italy, Emirates, Delta, Associated Press, Vancouver, State Department, Mumbai, Etihad, Uae, Alitalia, Government Regulation, Qatar Airways

Differing Views on Whether the Agreement Between the US and UAE Is Worth Anything

After years of fighting, it looked like we had an official end to the dispute between the three biggest US airlines and the three big Middle Eastern ones. Now, however, there seems to be a dispute over the only provision that really mattered all that much: whether Emirates and Etihad could operate fifth freedom flights from the US to places like Europe and Asia. There’s more to the agreement, but this is really the crux of the argument, and neither side seems to agree on, well, what exactly wa...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, New York, Milan, US, Qatar, United States, Middle East, Emirates, Delta, Dubai, Etihad, Uae, Government Regulation, Peter Navarro

Thinking Through DOT’s Surprising FAA Oversight Memo

You may have heard yesterday something about how the Department of Transportation (DOT) was investigating maintenance practices at Allegiant and American. That’s not exactly right, there’s another layer involving the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) here, but regardless it was quite the surprise to a lot of people. I should clarify. Nobody was surprised to see Allegiant getting additional scrutiny, but why was American singled out? At first, I wondered if this was just a case of poor mem...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Faa, American, Dot, Government Regulation, American Airlines, Allegiant, Office of Inspector General, Federal Aviation Administration FAA, Gareth Williams, Department of Transportation DOT, FAA Oversight of Air Carrier Maintenance Programs, FAA Hotline

A Bill to Allow Foreign Airline Ownership in the US Won’t Do What They Think It Will

Every so often, the debate over who should be able to own an airline in the US heats up. Just a couple weeks ago, Rep Dave Brat (R-VA, better known as “that guy who beat Eric Cantor”) introduced HR 5000, also known as the Free to Fly Act. The goal is to bring in a flood of new competition to the US airline industry by removing restrictions on foreign ownership. That sounds nice and all, but it’s not going to have the desired effect. I should start by saying that I think foreign ownership shou...
Tags: Government Regulation

American and Qantas Try to Hook Up Again, Warn of Doom and Gloom If Shot Down

Back in 2015, American and Qantas tried to gain US government approval to expand a joint venture to include anti-trust immunity for flights between the US and Australia/New Zealand. This seemed like a fairly standard request at the time, but the Department of Transportation (DOT) surprisingly shot it down. Now, the airlines are trying again, armed with more data showing the public benefits of joint ventures. (There is that is a worthwhile read.) The application itself is long-winded and so...
Tags: Travel, Australia, La, US, Los Angeles, Delta, Sydney, New Zealand, Qantas, Dallas, American, Auckland, Ati, Air New Zealand, Dot, Government Regulation

Trump Gets Tough on the Middle East Airlines… Or Possibly Not

If you saw the news earlier this week that President Trump had addressed the gulf carrier subsidy issue, you could be forgiven for being extremely confused. What happened was reported in very different ways depending upon the interpretation, so you ended up seeing headlines like these: Trump resists calls to crack down on Persian Gulf airlines – The Hill U.S. Plans Qatar, U.A.E. Talks on Airline Subsidies – Bloomberg Which is it? Is Trump taking action or not? The answer is… we don’t know. ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, London, Obama, La, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, US, Qatar, Frankfurt, Middle East, Emirates, Delta, Dubai

Southern Airways Express Serves Small Cities… And Makes Money

My ongoing, unorganized series looking at the demise of small city service in the US has been pretty depressing. Sure there are some ideas on how to help mitigate the destruction, but that’s often more theory than anything. Today, however, is different. Little Southern Airways Express is reinventing small city service in Pennsylvania, and the airline is actually making money doing it. Sure that requires Essential Air Service funding for the model to work, but not everyone can make a go of it...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Minneapolis, US, Pennsylvania, Bradford, Altoona, Baltimore, Denver, Pittsburgh, Government Regulation, Southern, Southwest, Mark, Harrisburg, Mid Atlantic

How the Experts Think We Can Improve Small Community Air Service

The problem of declining small city service is far from being resolved, and I have a few posts lined up to address the issue. Recently, I wrote about a couple dozen small US cities that are at risk of losing their air service. Today, I’m looking more at the solutions. Specifically, the Department of Transportation (DOT) decided to put together a working group to tackle this. The result of that group’s study was published in May under the tantalizing title “Report of the Working Group On Impr...
Tags: Travel, US, Faa, Pittsburgh, Dot, Government Regulation, Bruce Willis, Roanoke Virginia, Essential Air Service, Department of Transportation DOT, College Station Texas, Cape Air, Southern Airways Express, Small Community Air Service, Working Group On Improving Air Service, United Throw

27 Small US Cities Have Air Service on the Chopping Block

As I scrolled the list of cities that would no longer qualify for Essential Air Service earlier this month, I felt that same helpless frustration that always hits me when the topic of small city air service comes up. Air service to small cities has gotten worse nearly across the board for the last couple decades, and nobody seems to have any solutions. Looking at these 27 cities, however, can help explain a lot about why this is happening. To remain in the Essential Air Service program, airpo...
Tags: Travel, La, US, San Francisco, Alaska, Bradford, Altoona, Victoria, Great Lakes, Baltimore, United, Pittsburgh, Dot, Government Regulation, Prescott, Phoenix

If This is How US Trade Law Is Supposed to Work, Then I’m Not a Fan

219.63% If the decision from the Department of Commerce goes final, that’s the amount of the countervailing duty (CVD) that an American-based airline would need to pay on top of the purchase price if it wants to fly a Bombardier C-Series aircraft. That is a staggering number, and it’s protectionism at its finest. The most immediate impact is obviously on Delta which is expecting its first C-Series to be delivered next year. While I hope cooler heads will prevail, I fear we may never see a C-...
Tags: Travel, UK, US, Chicago, Canada, Commerce, Middle East, Northern Ireland, Delta, World Trade Organization, Gm, WTO, Airbus, Boeing, United, Government Regulation

The Back Door Way to Regulate Against Adding More Seats on Airplanes

I’m back from vacation, and I hope you enjoyed the 72 Hour series on the Alaska Milk Run while I was gone. Now comes the hard part… to figure out what to cover considering all that happened since I went away. One thing that stood out to me was something that actually happened early in my vacation. This is a longshot, but a ruling by a federal appeals court could pave the way toward de facto legislation of seat sizes on aircraft. Those of you who support this shouldn’t get your hopes up, but ...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Alaska, Airlines, Faa, Seats, Government Regulation, Southwest, Federal Aviation Administration FAA

U.K. Prepared to Ban Internal Combustion Engines by 2040

Britain will ban the sale of all new gasoline and diesel cars starting in 2040 as part of the government’s plan to reduce air pollution and copy France. The strategy, fronted by U.K. environment secretary Michael Gove and transport secretary Chris Grayling, would not only ban the future sale of internal combustion engines, but also provide a governmental incentive program […] The post U.K. Prepared to Ban Internal Combustion Engines by 2040 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: France, Government, Regulation, Britain, Electric Vehicles, Michael Gove, Chris Grayling, Autos, EVs, Diesel, Emissions, Government Regulation, Bans, News Blog, U.K, Cash-for-Clunkers

VW Executive Charged in U.S. Emissions Probe to Plead Guilty

Oliver Schmidt, former top executive at Volkswagen’s environmental and engineering center in Michigan, is ready to plead guilty in a U.S. District Court in Detroit next month. Schmidt is charged with 11 felony counts relating to VW’s diesel emissions scandal and may be eligible for a maximum sentence of 169 years, according to federal prosecutors. While the […] The post VW Executive Charged in U.S. Emissions Probe to Plead Guilty appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Cheating, Government, Vw, Autos, Michigan, Volkswagen, Detroit, Emissions, Legal Action, Government Regulation, Dieselgate, U S District Court, VW Group, SCHMIDT, News Blog, VW emissions scandal

Foreign Airlines Should Be Able to Fly Within the US and Lose Money if They Want

There’s a fun-filled cycle of hate in the US airline industry that works in a specific way. First, something bad happens (legroom gets cut, traveler gets dragged off an airplane bleeding, person forced to pee in a cup, you name it). Then there are cries for airlines to stop being so mean. Finally, inevitably, people started putting out their own solutions; one of which is always that foreign airlines should be allowed to fly within the US. After a fair bit of negative news over the last mont...
Tags: Travel, US, Qatar, Etihad, United, Jetblue, Lufthansa, Government Regulation, Travelers, Springfield, Dubuque, Gary Leff, Foreign Airlines, United IAG

When the Blockchain Meets the Road

An Exciting Future vs. Government Regulation -- The future of human travel is exciting. We conquered the skies when the Wright brothers took flight in 1903, only after turning our attention from the invention of the underground railway in London in the late 1800s. Since then, we’ve come to traverse the skies and subterranean tunnels packed in giant metal tubes, crammed ...
Tags: London, Government, Innovation, Road, Blockchain, Government Regulation, Wright, DSRC