October 11, 2006

According to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the United States has reached an agreement with the European Union on the sharing of Passenger Name Records (PNRs) between Europe-based airlines and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Henceforth, U.S. Customs will be able to share PNR data with other governmental counter-terrorism agencies, such as the FBI. "I am also encouraged that the agreement will allow the department to receive PNR data earlier," said Chertoff, "thus increasing our ability to identify potential terrorists."

Ground was broken yesterday on a new taxiway system at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The new paths will ease congestion by allowing planes to taxi around runways instead of waiting to cross over them.