A failure by the U.S. and European Union to reach a new agreement next month on the provision of passenger data for transatlantic flights could ground up to 105,000 people each week, the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) director general said.
Although much has been written about managing the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) crisis, the focus has been on health care professionals and patient care. Little if anything has been written on the impact of the crisis on technical infrastructures, information management and modes of communication.
Four major IT vendors are co-developing a suite of products to automate and improve the screening of passengers and employees at U.S. airports, with the aim of making the process faster and more secure.
In what some had predicted would be judgement day for music-sharing service Napster Inc., the company revealed a plan Friday that appears set to block its users from accessing more than one million digital music files from its service.