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North Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would strip control of the Charlotte airport from the city and create a regional authority to run it instead. The measure concerns Mayor Anthony Foxx. But it’s gained the support of others, including the chairman of the airport’s Advisory Committee.

It got us wondering – does the city have any legal recourse if it loses its airport? To answer that question, we turned to UNC-Chapel Hill public law and government professor Frayda Bluestein. She spoke with “Morning Edition” host Duncan McFadyen.

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  Thursday's official news of a merger between US Airways and American Airlines brought a sigh of relief to Charlotte, which seems poised to maintain its prominence as a major hub. But WFAE's Julie Rose reports there's reason for some caution amid the optimism.

Adie Tomer of the Brookings Institution has one word for Charlotte – Cincinnati. It was a major hub for Delta back in 2008 when the airline merged with Northwest. Everyone was breathing a sigh of relief there, too, says Tomer.

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A power struggle is afoot over Charlotte's airport. The city council has long overseen it, but soon Republican lawmakers from Mecklenburg County will introduce a measure that would strip control of the airport from city hands. The plan has sparked anxiety and accusations as WFAE's Julie Rose explains.

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The Transportation Security Administration has long been criticized for reacting to threats, rather than proactively preventing them: Someone tries sneak a liquid bomb onto a plane, so TSA limits the amount of liquid travelers can carry on.  A guy disguises a bomb in his underwear so TSA installs bodyscanners at airports.  But yesterday, the head of TSA was in Charlotte pitching a more targeted approach to airport screening. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

Guns At Airports Hit New High In 2012

Jan 3, 2013
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2012 was a banner year for guns in U.S. airports. The Transportation Security Administration seized more than 1,500 firearms at security checkpoints last year. That's up 14 percent over the previous year. 

Atlanta led the list with 115 firearms seized at security checkpoints in 2012, according to preliminary TSA numbers.  That makes some sense, since Atlanta is the busiest airport in the country. 

Charlotte Airport

Demolition will begin in the next two weeks on hourly parking decks at the Charlotte Airport to make way for a new seven-story parking tower. Aviation Director Jerry Orr says parkers will soon need to give themselves extra time getting to the terminal.

"For close to a year starting in the spring there will be no walking access to parking," says Orr.

He says the airport has plenty of shuttle buses to handle the extra passengers, but will increase the frequency of bus trips. 

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Millions of people will pass through airports this holiday season, tossing trash into cans that will combine with waste from restaurants and airlines into a mess. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is now the first in the nation to put worms to work dealing with its waste.  WFAE's Julie Rose got an inside look at the process – and the man behind it.

Bob Lucas is not about to judge you for tossing that plastic bottle in the trash as you board your flight.

The much-anticipated arrival of Southwest Airlines at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport will not bring more flights or cheaper fares, says Aviation Director Jerry Orr.

Southwest will fly six flights a day from Charlotte beginning next April. But AirTran - which Southwest is replacing -  flew seven flights daily, including three to Atlanta. Southwest will fly to Baltimore, Chicago, Houston and Orlando, but not Atlanta. 

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A taxi will be the first impression many DNC attendees get of Charlotte and the city has gone to great lengths to make sure it's a good one. Last year, most cab companies were kicked out of the airport and strict rules implemented for those that remain. |

Angry taxi drivers unsuccessfully sued to block the move and complained they would lose their livelihoods. WFAE's Julie Rose reports on the outcome of that controversial change.

Airport Shoeshiner With A Rich Story

Aug 24, 2012

Charlotte Douglas International is one of the busiest airports in the world. On average, over 100,000 passengers make their way through the concourses each day. And occasionally, a few of them stop for a shoe shine. At Concourse D, there's one shoeshiner with a thick African accent, a soul patch, and an interesting story to tell. 

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