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  • Regulatory Waiver Clears the Sky for Private Partnership, Innovation, and Competition

    September 21, 2020
    Three months have passed since the FAA granted a special waiver to the drone delivery company Zipline International. Early last week, Walmart announced a partnership with Zipline to “launch a first-of-its-kind drone delivery operation in the U.S.” to distribute health and other wellness products. This innovation could have substantial health and economic benefits.  
  • CEI Opposes Federal Government Coercing a State into Assisting with Federal Law Enforcement

    July 22, 2020
    Last Friday, CEI took a stand for federalism and separation of powers through an amicus brief. These constitutional principles are critical to the constitutionally limited government that ensures our freedom. Our system of government is designed to accommodate differences of opinion on how it should be run. This was done by allowing each state to decide for itself how it wanted to operate.
  • EPA Sends Proposed Aircraft GHG Rule to White House for Review

    May 8, 2020
    On May 1, the EPA sent its first-ever proposed rule on aircraft greenhouse gas emissions to OMB for review. Promulgated pursuant to the Clean Air Act, the proposed rule comes at a time when the airlines are struggling badly because of the COVID-19 crisis and can ill afford potentially expensive new obligations.
  • CEI Submits Comments to DOT on Aviation Consumer Protection Authority Modernization

    April 24, 2020
    Today, CEI submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s notice of proposed rulemaking in the matter of Defining Unfair or Deceptive Practices. At issue is past backdoor re-regulatory activity that perversely harms consumers under the banner of consumer protection. Fortunately, the current DOT has signaled it does not want to engage in the abuses of its predecessors.
  • Fly the (Greenhouse) Friendly Skies, If You Can Still Afford to under the House COVID-19 Bill

    March 24, 2020
    Airports haven’t been this empty since after 9/11, so it is not surprising that airlines would be recipients of tens of billions of assistance in the proposed House COVID-19 stimulus legislation. But House Democrats are using the occasion to try to force through unrelated environmental measures that would raise the cost of flying.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Modernizing its Aviation Consumer Protection Authority

    February 21, 2020
    Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced a new proposed rule that would “align its definitions of unfairness and deception with the principles set forth by the Federal Trade Commission,” which “is intended to provide regulated entities and other interested parties greater clarity and certainty about the Department’s interpretation of unfair or deceptive practices in the context of aviation consumer protection rulemaking and enforcement actions.” This is great news for consumers and their aviation service providers.
  • Department of Homeland Security’s "Trusted Traveler" Programs Now Privilege Mexican Nationals over U.S. Citizens from New York

    February 6, 2020
    Late yesterday, it was reported that the Department of Homeland Security has suspended entry of New Yorkers into four “trusted traveler” programs. Today, the department released the letter it sent to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles announcing this sudden change in policy. Trusted traveler programs came about following the great expansion of the national security state following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In a nutshell, screening for both domestic and international travelers was reoriented to presume everyone was a potential terrorist, and then carved out screening exceptions and creating expedited screening lanes for those who willingly submit and pay for enhanced pre-screening.
  • Department of Justice Wrong to Block Sabre Acquisition of Farelogix

    December 18, 2019
    On January 27th, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) will attempt to block travel technology company Sabre Corporation from purchasing communications protocol innovator Farelogix, Inc. This will be the DOJ’s first time back at bat after striking out in June 2018 against AT&T’s ultimately successful acquisition of Time Warner. Unfortunately, it’s a good example of overzealous antitrust regulation.
  • CEI Leads Coalition Letter Supporting Airport Financing Reform

    October 16, 2019
    Today CEI led a coalition letter in support of H.R. 3791, the “Investing in America: Rebuilding America’s Airport Infrastructure Act,” the bipartisan airport financing reform legislation introduced by Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).
  • New $7.5 Billion Tariffs against European Union

    October 3, 2019
    The Trump administration has announced tariffs on $7.5 billion of goods from the European Union. This time, it is being done with the World Trade Organization’s blessing. Here is what is different about these tariffs—and what isn’t.


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