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US Mulls Extending In-Flight Electronics Ban to European Airports

The Trump administration is considering extending its ban on large electronic devices in hand luggage on flights from 10 Middle Eastern airports to include departures from Europe. According to British officials, the UK is among the countries that may be affected by the move. Gillian Christensen, a spokesperson for the US Department of Homeland Security, responded to The Guardian with a statement saying, “We’ve said we will continue to evaluate the threat environment and make determinations based on that assessment, but we have not made any decisions on expanding the current restrictions.” APEX CEO Joe Leader commented on the news, saying, “Having the electronics ban spread to the European Union for flights to the United States would damage the personal freedom integral to international air travel."

The Guardian | Related APEX MEDIA SPOTLIGHT: ELECTRONICS BAN – APEX MEDIA

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VIDEO: APEX MultiMedia Market Day 1 Insights

At APEX MultiMedia Market in Berlin, exhibitors talked about how airlines could better cater content to their passengers. “Airlines spend a lot of money on content," says Timothy McGuckin, design director, EMEA, Massive Interactive. “We want to make sure [it gets] to the viewer in an appropriate and innovative way.” And Charles Dawes, senior director of Marketing, TiVo, gave a sneak peek into his Education Day presentation tomorrow. “[Millennials] have huge appetites but they have very little patience. We’ll be discussing some of the research findings.”

APEX Media | Related PHOTOS: APEX MULTIMEDIA MARKET 2017 IN BERLIN – APEX Media

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Alitalia’s Future Uncertain After Workers Reject Draft Rescue Plan

Alitalia’s future has been plunged into uncertainty after its workers rejected a restructuring plan yesterday. The proposal, which was agreed upon by management and trade unions 10 days earlier, aimed to save the loss-making airline from collapse by cutting 1,700 jobs and trimming some salaries by eight percent. Alitalia employees voted against it, betting that the government would be asked to call in an administrator to draft an alternative rescue plan. Alitalia’s board members are reportedly meeting today to consider whether to enter special administration, whereby Italy’s government will appoint a commission to assess whether the airline can be overhauled or should be wound up.

Reuters | Related ALITALIA STAFF VOTES ON COST-CUTTING TO AVOID BANKRUPTCY – SKIFT

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Do Apple’s Recent Hires Suggest It's Entering the Satellite Broadband Market?

Apple may soon be involved in developing commercial satellites, following the recent hires of John Fenwick and Michael Trela, two Google executives with expertise in satellite design and operations. In a regulatory filing last year, Boeing revealed a plan to provide broadband connectivity through more than 1,000 satellites in low earth orbit. According to Tim Farrar, a satellite and telecom consultant at TMF Associates, sources at last month’s Satellite 2017 conference said the project was being funded by Apple. “It’s not hard to discern why Apple might want to consider a satellite constellation,” he wrote on TMF's blog, noting that SpaceX’s 2016 business plan estimated it could earn $30 billion from satellite Internet by 2025.

Bloomberg | Related GOOGLE PATENT FILING HINTS AT HOW SPACEX’S SATELLITE BROADBAND NETWORK COULD WORK – GEEKWIRE

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US Air Marshal Leaves Loaded Firearm in Aircraft Toilet

A US federal air marshal left a loaded firearm in an aircraft lavatory on a transatlantic flight from Manchester to New York earlier this month. The gun was subsequently found by a passenger who handed it to a cabin crewmember. The marshal failed to immediately report the incident to her superiors, as is required, until several days later and was assigned to another flight within a few days. The Transportation Security Administration said it was aware of the incident but declined to comment, other than saying it was reviewing the circumstances. “You can’t have inept people leaving weapons in a lavatory,” said Craig Sawyer, a former air marshal. “If someone with ill intent gets hold of that weapon on an aircraft, they are now armed.”

The Economist | Related HOW AIRPORT SECURITY MAY CHANGE UNDER TRUMP – CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER

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Senate Democrats Probe DHS Over Claims of Religious Bias in Global Entry Program

A group of US Senate Democrats is investigating whether members of the Global Entry trusted traveler program had their status revoked because of their religion. In a letter sent to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last Friday, the lawmakers cited media reports alleging that travelers with Arab- and Muslim-sounding names had their membership rescinded without explanation. If true, they said such measures would be discriminatory and in violation of the constitution. Officials quickly dismissed the claims, with the US Customs and Border Protection Agency describing them as “completely false.” The agency said the reports were due to confusion over who was included in the US travel ban, and that those affected now had their Global Entry memberships reinstated.

The Hill | Related TRUMP TRAVEL BAN: NEW ORDER TARGETING SIX MUSLIM-MAJORITY COUNTRIES SIGNED – THE GUARDIAN

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World’s Three Busiest Airports Retain Their Positions in ACI’s Latest Ranking

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport retained its position as the world’s busiest airport in 2016, handling an estimated 104 million passengers, according to Airports Council International. Preliminary statistics indicate that passenger traffic at ATL grew by 2.6 percent compared to a year earlier, while Beijing Capital International Airport held second spot with 94 million passengers and an annual growth of five percent. Dubai International stayed in third place, but tops ACI’s busiest international passenger traffic rankings. Los Angeles International jumped from seventh to fourth place with an eight percent increase in traffic, followed by Tokyo Haneda in fifth and Chicago O’Hare in sixth.

Business Traveller | Related JETBLUE LANDS AT HARTSFIELD–JACKSON IN ATLANTA – ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
Photo of the Day
 

Changing Landscapes. Captured by @zoeicaimages (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

Happy #NationalVolunteerWeek! Doug has been a Green Coat at YVR since 1989 & Ina can usually be found in Int'l Departures. Thx, Green Coats!

Vancouver Airport @YVRAIRPORT

 
 
 

Association News

Caught on Camera at #APEXMarket

APEX Media has been snapping photos and interviewing attendees at APEX MultiMedia Market in Berlin over the past two days. Check out the album to see if you were caught on camera while chatting about movies, and watch interviews with Massive Interactive and TiVo on data, design, content discovery and millennials. Stay tuned for more photos and videos tomorrow, and get ready to hear from the industry’s innovative minds on topics ranging from closed captioning to social media during tomorrow’s Education Day sessions.

 
 

Register for APEX TECH to Join the Conversation

In-flight entertainment no longer stands on its own as a niche market; it’s now part of a broader ecosystem that integrates all content markets around common standards, specifications and workflows. APEX, the thought-leader in IFE technology, has reached out to the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the Moving Picture Experts Group and MovieLabs to ensure that IFE is part of this larger ecosystem, adopting its standards and ensuring the integration of IFE profiles into these workflows. Whether you are an airline, a post-production facility, an IFES supplier, or applications provider, you need to be part of these conversations. APEX TECH is where these conversations begin. Register now for this year’s event taking place on June 13–14 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

"Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response."

ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER

 
 

Until tomorrow

 
 

ABOUT APEX

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.

 
 

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