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Asof July, American Airlines lost four bags for every 1000 travelers.Consequently, on 21 August, the company launched a free live baggagetracking system on their website. Customers can locate their bags inbetween the check-in counter and baggage claim by accessingAA.com/baggage website. The customers select ‘track your bags’section and then enter their last name, the record locator found onthe boarding pass or the bag tag number on the baggage claim ticket.AAdvantage frequent flier members track luggage information on theironline profiles that are also provided by Delta Airlines and USAirways. The locator is accessible on mobile websites, but it is yetto be added on the American Airlines app.

TheGovernment and industry aim to implement safeguards or bulk shipmentbans on lithium-chemistry batteries by air. ICAO bans the bulkshipments of lithium-metal but not lithium-ion batteries. Thosementioned above are non-rechargeable however, they cannot beextinguished by the aircrafts’ halo suppressants in case of a fireoutbreak. As for the lithium-ion batteries, the aircrafts’ halosuppressants can suppress fire but fail to prevent cell-to-cellthermal runaway propagation. Consequently, ALPA is waiting testing onthe capabilities of the fire suppression systems to determine thesafe number of lithium-ion batteries for shipment by air.

Theimplementation of the REAL ID Act passed by the Congress in 2005shall render driver licenses from New York, Minnesota, Louisiana,American Samoan and New Hampshire invalid for security clearance bythe year 2016. It is due to their noncompliance with minimum-securitystandards established by the Act for state-issued driver’s licensesand identification cards. Acceptable forms of identification shallinclude passports, U.S. military I.D.s, permanent resident cardscards from DHS trusted traveler programs like Global Entry and NEXUSamong others. The Act is implemented in phases since April 2014 ingovernment offices and military facilities. The final stage involvesI.D.s valid for boarding aircraft scheduled to take effect no soonerthan 2016.