Transportation Report

Teen arrested for tweeting airline threat

A Dutch teenager has been arrested for tweeting a terrorist threat to American Airlines, according to multiple reports.
The teenager, a 14-year-old girl, tweeted Sunday "Hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.”

American Airlines responded to the tweet by saying it was contacting law enforcement officials.


DOT chief launches infrastructure bus tour in Ohio

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is launching his national bus tour to push lawmakers to approve a new round of road and transit funding with three stops in Ohio on Monday.

Foxx is scheduled to visit Lockbourne, Dayton and Norwood, Ohio, as he argues for a new transportation funding bill.

The bus tour comes as lawmakers face a Sept. 30 deadline to approve new transportation funding before the current legislation expires. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has projected that the transportation department’s Highway Trust Fund will go bankrupt as early as August without congressional action.


NFL player arrested for airport bomb threat

National Football League player Aldon Smith was arrested over the weekend at the Los Angeles Airport for allegedly suggesting to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials that he was had a bomb, Reuters reports.

Smith, who plays for the San Francisco 49ers, was angry after being selected for additional screening by TSA officials. 

Los Angeles International Airport Police Sergeant Karla Ortiz said Smith was arrested by airport police for making the false bomb threat, according to the report.


Bill filed to reauthorize ‘BrandUSA’ tourism campaign

A bill has been filed in the House and Senate to reauthorize a tourism campaign that is credited with attracting 1.1 million visitors to the U.S. and creating $32 million worth of economic activity in 2013. 

The program, known as BrandUSA, is a public-private partnership that is funded, in part, with money that is collected from fees that are paid by international travelers for visa applications when they visit the U.S.

The legislation to reauthorize the program, which has been dubbed the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act, is intended to renew the BrandUSA program until 2020.


Senate Dems demand DOJ intervene in GM recall

Several Senate Democrats demanded Friday that the Department of Justice intervene in the General Motors recall of millions of cars because of faulty ignition switches.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sent Attorney General Eric Holder a letter Friday asking for his help.


NTSB investigating college bus tour crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating a college bus tour crash in California that resulted in the deaths of 10 people, the agency said on Friday.

The bus, which was carrying high school students from Los Angeles, was traveling to visit Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.

The trip was cut short, when the bus was struck by a FedEx truck Thursday afternoon, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.