e-cigarette with batteryE-Cigarettes May Face Flight Restrictions –Airport officials in Massachusetts are asking regulators to consider categorizing e-cigarettes as hazardous materials because of concerns over their lithium-ion batteries.  The request comes after a smoldering bag was removed from a JetBlue flight at Logan International Airport.  Lithium-ion batteries already face strict air freight regulations and have been the blamed for an increasing number of aircraft fires in recent years.

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WHO Opposes Ebola Flight Bans – This week, Korean Air announced plans to suspend flights to Kenya due to concerns over the Ebola virus.  This news comes after other airliners including British Airways and Emirates have reduced flights in the region.  The World Health Organization (WHO) reiterated its previous statement not recommending bans on international travel or trade citing that the virus is not airborne and thus unlikely to be transmitted during travel.  To date, over 1,000 people have died during latest outbreak of the virus in West Africa.

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Preliminary Deal in ILWU Grain Dispute – A tentative agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association could mark the end of a two-year labor dispute.  Over one fourth of U.S. grain exports travel through the Pacific Northwest Terminals effected by the disagreement which centered on workplace rules.  This dispute is separate from the ILWU’s ongoing negotiations for a West Coast Labor contract with terminal operators.

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