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Airports open but cancellations linger

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Most commercial airports in Florida reopened Tuesday, but activity was limited and hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed as the state recovered from Hurricane Irma. American Airlines said the storm forced it to cancel more than 5,000 flights over several days, cutting into revenue and profit.

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Bill Nelson gets drones-at-airports intercept program into FAA reauthorization bill

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson‘s concern about unpiloted drones flying near airports led him to take steps in Senate action Wednesday to stop them. Florida’s senior senator had the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee insert a pilot program to deter them into the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill. Senate Bill 2658, which ranking Democrat Nelson of Florida and Chairman Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, had marked up and approved by the committee, also includes new protections for airline passengers hit with…

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Bill Nelson wants limits on drones around airports

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is meeting with Florida’s airport directors as part of a push to garner support for new technology that could protect airports and other sensitive areas from drones. Nelson was in Orlando on Friday meeting with airport directors from Orlando, Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Clearwater and Panama City. Nelson is hoping to insert a measure into legislation that would help airports install technologies that could thwart unwanted drones. The technologies would be able to shut down drones…

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Stuck waiting: Ground delays at U.S. airports on rise

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On a recent morning, Delta Air Lines Flight 435 pushed back early from the gate at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Passengers watched the safety video and settled in for a six-hour trip. Then they waited. And waited. Still within sight of the gate, their jet sat motionless because of airport congestion. It wasn’t until 30 minutes after passengers buckled in that they were finally in the sky. It’s a scene playing out across the country. According to…

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