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December 21, 2016



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Panasonic Hits Back at IFE System Vulnerability Claims

Panasonic Avionics has rejected a report issued by cybersecurity firm IOActive, which claims that the company’s in-flight entertainment systems are vulnerable to hackers. According to IOActive, the vulnerabilities could allow hackers to “hijack” passengers’ seatback displays, access their credit card information and potentially use it as an entry point to the aircraft’s wider data network. The report alleges that the vulnerability is accessible through a hidden button in Panasonic's seatback touch screens, using publicly available firmware files. In a statement responding to the claims, Panasonic called the allegations "misleading and inflammatory."

CTV News | Related Panasonic brings live TV to Turkish Airlines – Broadband TV News



Emirates President Officially Opens AIM Altitude’s Bournemouth Facility

Tim Clark, president of Emirates, officially opened AIM Altitude’s new purpose-built facility at Bournemouth Airport, located on the south coast of England. The 168,000 square-foot manufacturing plant will support 400 employees in AIM Altitude’s Cabin Interiors division. The facility includes a customer experience area to showcase existing products and a demonstration space for clients to see their products as they are being developed. “We were delighted to be able to welcome such esteemed guests to our new facility, and we are very grateful to Sir Tim Clark for his role in the official opening,” said Mark Edwards, CEO of AIM Altitude.

PAX International | Related Thompson Aero snapped up by Chinese aviation giant AVIC – The Belfast Telegraph



American Airlines Wins Antitrust Case Against Sabre

American Airlines has won $15.3 million in an antitrust lawsuit over an accusation that airline booking service Sabre was harming competition and charging inflated booking fees. The Dallas-based carrier was seeking $73 million at trial, but the Manhattan federal jury awarded just under $5.1 million. However, the sum will be automatically tripled under federal antitrust law. The jury found that Sabre’s 2011 contract with US Airways had violated federal antitrust law, but rejected a separate claim that Sabre conspired with its rivals to not compete with each other.

Reuters | Related Sabre statement on US Airways litigation – PR Newswire



Trump’s Post-Inauguration Agenda: How the President-Elect’s Decisions Could Affect the Aviation Industry

Donald Trump is set to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, and his stance on various high-profile issues could have significant ramifications for the aviation industry. In November, Trump threatened the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, promising to instead “negotiate fair bilateral trade deals”; he has also threatened to terminate the US-Cuba deal, which led to resumed air service between the former Cold War foes. The President-elect has spoken against the cost of Boeing’s contract for the new Air Force One aircraft, as well as the lifting of Iran sanctions, which had facilitated multibillion-dollar deals with Boeing and Airbus.

APEX Media | Related Delta CEO To Trump: "We Should Be The Poster Child" In Fight To Save American Jobs – Forbes



TSA to Allow Breast Milk After Obama Signs BABES Act Into Law

President Obama has signed the Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening (BABES) Act into law. The new bill, which was introduced by US Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler and Senator Kelly Ayotte, requires the Transportation Security Administration to improve how it accommodates parents traveling with breast milk, infant food and feeding equipment. Until now, security agents had been forcing parents to empty containers of breast milk exceeding the three-ounce limit. The law also requires TSA officers to receive training on how to screen breast milk, baby formula and infant feeding equipment within the next 90 days. “With the president signing my bill into law today, we will make it easier for families to travel with the supplies and food they need,” said Beutler.

Travel Pulse | Related Bébé Voyage supports Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act – eTurboNews



Strike Averted: UK Airport Workers Call Off Industrial Action

A two-day strike planned for December 23 by UK airport workers has been called off. A new pay offer was agreed upon by the United trade union on behalf of 1,500 baggage handlers and check-in staff employed by Swissport at 18 airports across the country. The airports affected would have included Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Talks aimed at averting a separate strike by British Airways cabin crew are ongoing, but the trade union’s general secretary, Len McCluskey, said progress was “painfully slow.”

Air Transport World | Related UK strikes at a glance: why, where and when is action taking place? – The Guardian



Emirates Gives First-Class Passengers a Pair of Moisturizing PJs

Emirates is giving moisturizing pajamas to first-class passengers on overnight flights. The grey sleepwear sets were devised to keep skin soft and hydrated while up in the air, and come with matching slippers, an eye mask and a pouch. Designed by Matrix, the garment features patented Hydra Active Microcapsule Technology, which releases naturally moisturizing sea kelp during movement. The Dubai-based carrier has also introduced luxury blankets, skincare from VOYA and a new range of amenity kits from Bulgari for first- and business-class cabins.

Business Traveller | Related Sleepwear Warms Passengers to Airline Brands – APEX Media




Photo of the Day

Ski trails & contrails. Captured by @eljcerne (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

X-mas tree lightens up the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphre. In #Helsinki daylight lasts 5h 49 min today. #wintersolstice

Finnair @Finnair


Association News

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APEX MultiMedia Market 2017 will take place in Berlin from April 24 to 26. #APEXMARKET is the only global industry event focused specifically on bringing together IFE buyers with the leading worldwide vendors of TV, movies, GUIs, games, audio and applications. Register now to join us at the industry’s most comprehensive in-flight content conference for connecting buyers and sellers.


> Quote of the Day

"In the space age, man will be able to go around the world in two hours – one hour for flying and one hour to get to the airport.”

Neil McElroy, United States Secretary of Defense from 1957 to 1959


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