Siemens to provide electric motors for start-up Eviation’s plane

Eviation has designed an all-electric plane it calls Alice, an aircraft that seats nine passengers. Finding a battery that packs enough power to fly a plane is one of them. Eviation’s Alice plane would have a maximum takeoff weight of 14,000 pounds. The Alice planes seat nine passengers and a single charge will be able to carry it 650 miles, according to Eviation. European budget airline easyJet last year said it wants to fly nine-seat electric planes made by Wright Electric by 2027.


Eviation has designed an all-electric plane it calls Alice, an aircraft that seats nine passengers. Finding a battery that packs enough power to fly a plane is one of them. Eviation’s Alice plane would have a maximum takeoff weight of 14,000 pounds. The Alice planes seat nine passengers and a single charge will be able to carry it 650 miles, according to Eviation. European budget airline easyJet last year said it wants to fly nine-seat electric planes made by Wright Electric by 2027.
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Siemens to provide electric motors for start-up Eviation's plane

An electric-plane start-up that’s planning to fly a battery-powered passenger plane is getting a boost from German industrial conglomerate Siemens, which will make a motor for the aircraft, the companies said Wednesday.

Eviation has designed an all-electric plane it calls Alice, an aircraft that seats nine passengers. It is planning to fly it at the Paris Air Show in July.

Aircraft manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus along with engine makers including Rolls-Royce have been researching or investing in battery-powered flight, but challenges remain before travelers take off in all-electric planes.

Finding a battery that packs enough power to fly a plane is one of them.

Eviation’s Alice plane would have a maximum takeoff weight of 14,000 pounds. The battery weighs 7,000 pounds.

“It’s a huge battery with some aircraft built around it, if you will,” Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay told CNBC.

The Alice planes seat nine passengers and a single charge will be able to carry it 650 miles, according to Eviation.

The start-up is part of a growing number of companies that want to provide an option beyond costly regional or private flights or lengthy car rides. Last October, for example, hybrid-electric plane company Zunum Aero, which is backed by Boeing and Boeing- and JetBlue Airways, picked an engine supplier — French company Safran — and is aiming to test its planes this year. European budget airline easyJet last year said it wants to fly nine-seat electric planes made by Wright Electric by 2027.

Eviation plans to ship its aircraft to buyers in 2022.

Other challenges remain before these aircraft get to market, including convincing regulators they’re reliable.

“It’s coming, but you won’t be able to fly on an electric aircraft from London to Paris soon,” said Robert Thomson, an aviation analyst at consulting firm Roland Berger.

Eviation faces competition to bring electric flight to the masses. There are more than 100 electric-aircraft projects worldwide, Thomson said.

“People seem to be spending real money on it,” Thomson added.

Few of those projects are for large commercial airlines, and most are either electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, known as eVTOL, or small planes.

Another challenge is ensuring that the planes are indeed greener since some electric grids are fed by fossil fuels like natural gas or coal, said Thomson.


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Southwest feuds with mechanics’ union over ‘unprecedented’ number of out-of-service planes

Southwest Airlines is planning to investigate maintenance issues that have kept an “unprecedented” number of aircraft out of service and prompted flight cancellations as a feud heats up between the carrier and its mechanics’ union. Southwest since last week has canceled more flights than its rivals. Southwest and its roughly 2,400 mechanics have been in contract negotiations for more than six years and the airline said the issues began after the last round of talks. Southwest’s outsourcing of ma


Southwest Airlines is planning to investigate maintenance issues that have kept an “unprecedented” number of aircraft out of service and prompted flight cancellations as a feud heats up between the carrier and its mechanics’ union. Southwest since last week has canceled more flights than its rivals. Southwest and its roughly 2,400 mechanics have been in contract negotiations for more than six years and the airline said the issues began after the last round of talks. Southwest’s outsourcing of ma
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Southwest feuds with mechanics' union over 'unprecedented' number of out-of-service planes

Southwest Airlines is planning to investigate maintenance issues that have kept an “unprecedented” number of aircraft out of service and prompted flight cancellations as a feud heats up between the carrier and its mechanics’ union.

Southwest says that on any given day it plans to have roughly 20 aircraft out of its fleet of about 750 Boeing 737s out for maintenance but that number has more than doubled in recent days. Southwest since last week has canceled more flights than its rivals.

On Wednesday, Southwest had canceled more than 400 flights as snow, sleet and heavy rain crossed the U.S. A day earlier, the carrier had canceled 191 flights, compared with 32 by regional carrier Mesa Airlines and 24 by American Airlines, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware.

Southwest shares ended the day down more than 5 percent on Wednesday after the company trimmed its revenue outlook for the first quarter on a larger-than-expected impact from the partial government shutdown.

The airline declared an “operational emergency” at several maintenance bases last week, and added its Dallas hub to the list Tuesday, telling scheduled mechanics to show up at work or risk termination.

Southwest and its roughly 2,400 mechanics have been in contract negotiations for more than six years and the airline said the issues began after the last round of talks.

“On Feb. 12, just days after our last negotiations session with [the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association] we experienced an unprecedented number of out-of-service aircraft in four specific maintenance locations despite no change in our maintenance programs, no changes in leadership, and no changes in our policies and procedures,” Southwest’s COO, Mike Van de Ven, said in a statement Tuesday night.

Van de Ven apologized to customers for the cancellations and delays, and said the airline is ramping up use of third-party maintenance workers as much as possible “which allows our Southwest mechanics to work the increased workload of maintenance tasks they have identified.”

Southwest’s outsourcing of maintenance work has been a sore spot in contract negotiations with the union.

Van der Ven said that the union “has a history of work disruptions.”

The union fired back that the airline is “scapegoating” its technicians and that the mechanics “will continue to do our job as expert craftsman, for the safety of Southwest’s passengers.”

“For Southwest’s leadership to connect the airline’s self-declared ‘operational emergency’ to collective bargaining negotiations is simply an attempt to divert attention away from the airline’s safety issues,” said Bret Oestreich, national director of the union, in a statement.

The mechanics rejected a contract offer in September for a 14.8 percent increase in pay right away, 3 percent annual increases and $91 million in ratification bonuses. The union had sought a 16.7 percent pay raise.

“No matter how small an issue we may find with an aircraft, we have an obligation mandated by operation of our [Federal Aviation Administration] issued licenses to repair it and make the aircraft airworthy,” Oestreich said late Wednesday afternoon. “It is our hope that the Southwest management will join this commitment to restoring our safety culture and looking at this transition not as an ‘operational emergency’ but rather the beginning of a new normal.”


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Southwest Airlines declares ‘operational emergency’ after number out-of-service aircraft doubles

Southwest Airlines told its mechanics on Friday that it is experiencing an “operational emergency” due to an unusually high number of grounded jets — and demanded they show up for work or risk termination, according to a company memo issued on Friday and seen by CNBC. “To take care of our customers, we are requiring all hands on deck to address maintenance items so that we may promptly return aircraft to service,” Southwest’s statement said. “At the same time, our operational planners have been


Southwest Airlines told its mechanics on Friday that it is experiencing an “operational emergency” due to an unusually high number of grounded jets — and demanded they show up for work or risk termination, according to a company memo issued on Friday and seen by CNBC. “To take care of our customers, we are requiring all hands on deck to address maintenance items so that we may promptly return aircraft to service,” Southwest’s statement said. “At the same time, our operational planners have been
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Southwest Airlines declares 'operational emergency' after number out-of-service aircraft doubles

Southwest Airlines told its mechanics on Friday that it is experiencing an “operational emergency” due to an unusually high number of grounded jets — and demanded they show up for work or risk termination, according to a company memo issued on Friday and seen by CNBC.

On Friday, 100 Southwest flights were cancelled, more than any other U.S. airline, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware, and more than 1,000 were delayed.The airline usually plans for having as many as 20 aircraft removed from service for unexpected maintenance issues every day.

However, each day this week, the percentage of out-of-service aircraft among its available fleet of about 750 Boeing 737s has been double the daily average, “with no common theme among the reported items,” the airline said in statement.

“To take care of our customers, we are requiring all hands on deck to address maintenance items so that we may promptly return aircraft to service,” Southwest’s statement said. “At the same time, our operational planners have been working in the background to minimize the impact to our Customers.”

The airline — which has been in contract talks with its mechanics since 2012 — told mechanics that if they are “alleging illness” they must provide a doctor’s note when they return to work or risk losing their jobs, according to the memo.

“The uptick in maintenance items we experienced over the last few days have resulted in a slight increase” in cancellations, a Southwest spokeswoman told CNBC, but declined to provide a breakdown between disruptions caused by either maintenance or weather. On Saturday, 39 Southwest flights were canceled, more than other airlines, according to FlightAware.

Southwest told the mechanics it would assign them overtime, and would only honor vacation or shift trade requests that had already been approved, according to the memo, which was first reported by the Chicago Business Journal.


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UK to send new aircraft carrier loaded with F35 jets into South China Sea

The United Kingdom will deploy its new aircraft carrier, loaded with two squadrons of F-35 aircraft into the politically-fraught South China Sea. British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson confirmed in a speech Monday morning that the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth will sail into waters that are the subject of dispute between China and other nations. The £3 billion ($3.9 billion) carrier’s outing will also sail into the Middle East and Mediterranean and will be officially a mixed U.K./U.S. Enha


The United Kingdom will deploy its new aircraft carrier, loaded with two squadrons of F-35 aircraft into the politically-fraught South China Sea. British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson confirmed in a speech Monday morning that the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth will sail into waters that are the subject of dispute between China and other nations. The £3 billion ($3.9 billion) carrier’s outing will also sail into the Middle East and Mediterranean and will be officially a mixed U.K./U.S. Enha
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UK to send new aircraft carrier loaded with F35 jets into South China Sea

The United Kingdom will deploy its new aircraft carrier, loaded with two squadrons of F-35 aircraft into the politically-fraught South China Sea.

British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson confirmed in a speech Monday morning that the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth will sail into waters that are the subject of dispute between China and other nations.

At an address given to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, Williamson said Britain was the second largest investor in the region and it must display “hard power” and “lethality” to help protect interests.

The £3 billion ($3.9 billion) carrier’s outing will also sail into the Middle East and Mediterranean and will be officially a mixed U.K./U.S. deployment.

“Significantly British and American F-35s will be embedded in the carrier’s air wing. Enhancing the reach and lethality of our forces (and) reinforcing the fact that United States remains the very closest of partners,” Williamson said.

The U.K. defense minister did not confirm exact dates for the mission.


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Take a look at the Boeing jet that may take you to your next business meeting at supersonic speeds

In November, the defense giant announced its experimental supersonic plane had entered production. Lockheed’s X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft, which is designed to cruise at 55,000 feet and reach speeds of about 940 miles per hour, is expected to create a noise level akin to the sound of a car door closing. Current regulations ban commercial supersonic aircraft from operating over land. Read more: Lawmakers pave the way for the return of supersonic flightBut Lockheed Martin and NASA wa


In November, the defense giant announced its experimental supersonic plane had entered production. Lockheed’s X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft, which is designed to cruise at 55,000 feet and reach speeds of about 940 miles per hour, is expected to create a noise level akin to the sound of a car door closing. Current regulations ban commercial supersonic aircraft from operating over land. Read more: Lawmakers pave the way for the return of supersonic flightBut Lockheed Martin and NASA wa
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Take a look at the Boeing jet that may take you to your next business meeting at supersonic speeds

Last year, NASA awarded Lockheed Martin a contract worth nearly $250 million to develop an aircraft capable of reaching supersonic speed without creating the deafening sonic boom that comes with breaking the sound barrier. In November, the defense giant announced its experimental supersonic plane had entered production.

Lockheed’s X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft, which is designed to cruise at 55,000 feet and reach speeds of about 940 miles per hour, is expected to create a noise level akin to the sound of a car door closing.

Current regulations ban commercial supersonic aircraft from operating over land. New companies like Boom Supersonic are trying to make use of the technology for transoceanic routes, with backing from investors like Richard Branson and Japan Airlines.

Read more: Lawmakers pave the way for the return of supersonic flight

But Lockheed Martin and NASA want to advance the technology through noise reduction to overturn regulations. The new experimental plane is designed to return supersonic air travel to routes over land. The last such flight was by the Concorde in October 2003.


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Body found in wreckage of plane carrying soccer player Sala, investigators say

Air accident investigators said on Monday they had found the wreckage of the missing aircraft carrying Premier League soccer player Emiliano Sala on the seabed near Guernsey and that a body was visible inside. “Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police.” The AAIB said it had now concluded it was the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, i


Air accident investigators said on Monday they had found the wreckage of the missing aircraft carrying Premier League soccer player Emiliano Sala on the seabed near Guernsey and that a body was visible inside. “Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police.” The AAIB said it had now concluded it was the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, i
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Body found in wreckage of plane carrying soccer player Sala, investigators say

Air accident investigators said on Monday they had found the wreckage of the missing aircraft carrying Premier League soccer player Emiliano Sala on the seabed near Guernsey and that a body was visible inside.

The 28-year-old Argentina-born forward had been en route from Nantes in western France with pilot David Ibbotson to make his debut for Welsh team Cardiff City when the plane is believed to have crashed into the sea on Jan. 21

“The object is wreckage from the missing Piper Malibu aircraft,” Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch said in a statement.

“Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police.”

The wreckage was found on Sunday following a privately-funded underwater search which began after two seat cushions were discovered on the French coast that likely belonged to the aircraft.

The AAIB said it had now concluded it was the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, issuing an underwater image of the crashed plane with part of its registration number — N264DB — clearly visible.

“The image shows the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration,” the AAIB said. “We intend to publish an interim report within one month of the accident occurring.”


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Boeing delivers tankers to Air Force after 2-year delay

The Air Force accepted the first delivery of planes despite outstanding issues with the aircraft. The Air Force will also withhold 20 percent of its payment to Boeing until progress is made on aircraft deficiencies. “Well, there’s always technical issues when you take a new weapon systems like this, and actually there are fewer technical issues than there are on most major procurements that we do,” U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told CNBC Thursday in an exclusive interview. “But Boeing


The Air Force accepted the first delivery of planes despite outstanding issues with the aircraft. The Air Force will also withhold 20 percent of its payment to Boeing until progress is made on aircraft deficiencies. “Well, there’s always technical issues when you take a new weapon systems like this, and actually there are fewer technical issues than there are on most major procurements that we do,” U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told CNBC Thursday in an exclusive interview. “But Boeing
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Boeing delivers tankers to Air Force after 2-year delay

The Air Force accepted the first delivery of planes despite outstanding issues with the aircraft. Boeing has agreed to foot the bill for software and hardware upgrades for the camera system used in refueling operations and the Air Force will finance the redesign of the tankers’ boom, which is used to deliver fuel to an aircraft.

The Air Force will also withhold 20 percent of its payment to Boeing until progress is made on aircraft deficiencies.

“Well, there’s always technical issues when you take a new weapon systems like this, and actually there are fewer technical issues than there are on most major procurements that we do,” U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told CNBC Thursday in an exclusive interview.

“But Boeing has a fixed-price contract that they have been working to and they have agreed with the Air Force to fix the items that we have found that are problematic,” she added. “So, we are ready to take the next step which is operational test and evaluation and get these aircraft in the hands of our airmen.”

Boeing, which is also the world’s second-largest defense firm, bagged a significant number of Pentagon contracts in 2018.

The defense giant is scheduled to release its fourth quarter and 2018 financial results before the market opens Jan. 30.


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Fatalities on commercial passenger aircraft rise in 2018

The fatality rate on passenger jet aircraft worldwide jumped in 2018 after airlines recorded zero accident deaths on passenger jets in the prior year, according to a Dutch consulting firm and an aviation safety group. Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network both reported on Tuesday there were more than 500 deaths stemming from passenger airline crashes in 2018, but emphasized that fatal crashes remain rare. To70 estimated that the fatal accident rate for large commerc


The fatality rate on passenger jet aircraft worldwide jumped in 2018 after airlines recorded zero accident deaths on passenger jets in the prior year, according to a Dutch consulting firm and an aviation safety group. Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network both reported on Tuesday there were more than 500 deaths stemming from passenger airline crashes in 2018, but emphasized that fatal crashes remain rare. To70 estimated that the fatal accident rate for large commerc
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Fatalities on commercial passenger aircraft rise in 2018

The fatality rate on passenger jet aircraft worldwide jumped in 2018 after airlines recorded zero accident deaths on passenger jets in the prior year, according to a Dutch consulting firm and an aviation safety group.

Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network both reported on Tuesday there were more than 500 deaths stemming from passenger airline crashes in 2018, but emphasized that fatal crashes remain rare.

To70 estimated that the fatal accident rate for large commercial passenger flights at 0.36 per million flights, or one fatal accident for every 3 million flights.

That is up from 2017’s 0.06 per million flight rate and above the most recent five-year average of 0.24 per million flights. There were 13 deaths in 2017 in two fatal crashes worldwide, but both were on regional turboprop aircraft.

Over the last two decades, aviation deaths around the world have been falling. As recently as 2005, there were 1,015 deaths aboard commercial passenger flights worldwide, the Aviation Safety Network said.

Despite the increase, 2018 was still the third safest year ever in terms of the number of fatal accidents and the ninth safest measured by deaths, the Aviation Safety Network said.

“If the accident rate had remained the same as ten years ago, there would have been 39 fatal accidents last year,” Aviation Safety Network’s chief executive, Harro Ranter, said in a statement. “This shows the enormous progress in terms of safety in the past two decades.”

On Oct. 29, a Lion Air-operated Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed into the Java Sea after takeoff from Jakarta, killing 189.

In May, a Cubana flight of a Boeing 737-201 crashed just outside Havana airport, killing 112 people. In March, 51 of 71 on board died after a US-Bangla Airlines plane crashed on landing at Nepal’s international airport.

In February, a plane operated by Saratov Airlines crashed in Russia after taking off from Stepanovskoye, killing all 71 people aboard, while the same month an Aseman Airlines flight crashed into a mountain in Iran, killing 66 people onboard.

The United States suffered its first accident death involving a U.S. airline since 2009 in April, when a fan blade on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737’s jet engine broke apart in flight, shattering a window and nearly sucking a woman out of the plane.


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Gatwick airport says working to allow limited flights

Britain’s Gatwick Airport reopened on Friday after a rogue drone saboteur wrought travel chaos for hundreds of thousands of Christmas travellers by playing cat-and-mouse with police snipers and the army. After the biggest disruption at Gatwick, Britain’s second busiest, since a volcanic ash cloud in 2010, Gatwick said its runway was open and that a limited number of aircraft were scheduled for departure and arrival. “Gatwick’s runway is currently available and a limited number of aircraft are sc


Britain’s Gatwick Airport reopened on Friday after a rogue drone saboteur wrought travel chaos for hundreds of thousands of Christmas travellers by playing cat-and-mouse with police snipers and the army. After the biggest disruption at Gatwick, Britain’s second busiest, since a volcanic ash cloud in 2010, Gatwick said its runway was open and that a limited number of aircraft were scheduled for departure and arrival. “Gatwick’s runway is currently available and a limited number of aircraft are sc
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Gatwick airport says working to allow limited flights

Britain’s Gatwick Airport reopened on Friday after a rogue drone saboteur wrought travel chaos for hundreds of thousands of Christmas travellers by playing cat-and-mouse with police snipers and the army.

After the biggest disruption at Gatwick, Britain’s second busiest, since a volcanic ash cloud in 2010, Gatwick said its runway was open and that a limited number of aircraft were scheduled for departure and arrival.

“Gatwick’s runway is currently available and a limited number of aircraft are scheduled for departure and arrival,” the airport said.

“Gatwick continues to advise passengers to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport as departures and arrivals will be subject to delays and cancellations.”


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Another suspected drone sighting again shuts down London Gatwick, hours after it reopened

London Gatwick again halted departures and arrivals on Friday after reports of another drone sighting near the airfield of the second-busiest airport in Britain snarled travel during one of the busiest travel periods of the year. The airport suspended operations on Wednesday after two drones were sighted near its runways. Air safety regulators have sounded alarms about the threats of drones near aircraft and airfields, as the devices become more popular and easily obtainable. Researchers at the


London Gatwick again halted departures and arrivals on Friday after reports of another drone sighting near the airfield of the second-busiest airport in Britain snarled travel during one of the busiest travel periods of the year. The airport suspended operations on Wednesday after two drones were sighted near its runways. Air safety regulators have sounded alarms about the threats of drones near aircraft and airfields, as the devices become more popular and easily obtainable. Researchers at the
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Another suspected drone sighting again shuts down London Gatwick, hours after it reopened

London Gatwick again halted departures and arrivals on Friday after reports of another drone sighting near the airfield of the second-busiest airport in Britain snarled travel during one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

The airport suspended operations on Wednesday after two drones were sighted near its runways. It remained closed on Thursday after more drones were spotted and the military was called in to help local law enforcement as they struggled to find the operator of what authorities called an “industrial” drone.

The incident underscores how easily a drone can cripple air travel. Air safety regulators have sounded alarms about the threats of drones near aircraft and airfields, as the devices become more popular and easily obtainable.

Government authorities in the U.S. and elsewhere have warned about the dangers if drones potentially collide with airliners. Researchers at the University of Dayton this summer released video of a test of how a drone could damage an aircraft. They released video of a 2.1-pound DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter tearing into the wing of a small propeller plane.

“The incident today where unauthorized drone activity impacted flight operations at Gatwick airport clearly demonstrates that [unmanned aircraft system] operators’ intent to cause disruption or harm, which can create significant risks to the safety and security of the populace,” U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman McLaurine Klingler told CNBC.


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