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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Feb 28, 2010

Experts split on Israeli-style security at U.S. airports. Experts appear divided over Israeli-style behavioral detection efforts at U.S. airports. "The most practical thing is to look at things instead of people," says Rusty Rook of the University of Chicago, arguing that the size of the U.S. aviation system makes it difficult to import the Israeli model. But Rafi Ron, the former security director at Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport, says using security officers trained to spot suspicious behavior is the best way to stop terrorists. "We focus on people rather than on things," says Ron, who now heads a security consulting firm in Dallas. Feb 26, 2010

U.S. lifts travel advisory for Syria. The State Department has lifted its travel warning for Syria, according to the country's official news agency and an embassy official. Relations between the U.S. and Syria appear to be warming as President Barack Obama has announced the nomination of the first U.S. ambassador to the country since 2005. Feb 22, 2010

Air Uganda It has been confirmed by Air Uganda that they will fly daily, starting February 22, to Kigali, Rwanda, while Dar es Salaam will be served six times a week except Saturdays. Here an expansion to daily flights is also planned sometime in the future. Feb 23, 2010

Air Zara Mid last week saw the formal launch of flights by Air Zara from Dar es Salaam to the countryOs political capital of Dodoma, using an Embraer 120 turboprop aircraft with 30 seats. The airline already flies between Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar and Arusha but seems intent to add further domestic routes in due course. The source mentioned as likely destinations Mwanza, Tabora, and Kigoma. No information was offered on plans to fly into the region or beyond. Feb 22...

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