Hearing on Weapons Rules

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is scheduled to hold a public hearing today on proposed amendments to regulations on carrying or shipping weapons on planes at Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport. The proposed changes would require passengers to transport a weapon in a locked, hard-sided container. The current rules require only that the weapon be "deactivated to the extent possible." In October, the authority voted to ease restrictions on where weapons can be carried in airports. Speakers at a public hearing complained that the meaning of "deactivated" was unclear.

The forum will be at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Dulles, 2300 Dulles Corner Blvd., Herndon. Written comments can be sent to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, 1 Aviation Cir., Washington, D.C. 20001, or e-mailed to airportsregs@mwaa.com. Comments must be received by tomorrow. The text of the proposed amendments are at www.mwaa.com.

New BWI Ice Cream Shops

Columbia-based ice cream retailer MaggieMoo's said it will open two stores at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in April, one in Pier B, near Southwest Airlines gates, and the other in Pier D, near United and America West gates. The shops will offer more than 20 flavors of ice cream, waffle cones, smoothies, milkshakes and malts.

Scooters Bought for BWI

The Maryland Transportation Authority has bought nine Segway Human Transporters -- high-tech, two-wheeled scooters -- for police officers at BWI. The airport has been testing several Segways on loan since April.

BWI Garage Renovations

The hourly garage at BWI is undergoing a year-long renovation that will require each garage level to be closed as it is cleaned, repaired and sealed. Lamps will be installed, the elevator will be replaced and the stairways will be repainted. Level 5 and part of Level 4 will be closed until December for the project's first phase.

New Flights

* As part of a nationwide re- structuring of its flight schedules, US Airways will add six destinations from its hub at National on Feb. 6. The new flights will include four daily nonstop round trips each to Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago's O'Hare International, as well as three daily nonstop round trips each to Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental. On that date, US Airways will also reduce the daily nonstop round trips from National to Syracuse from five to three and increase flights from National to Tampa from three to five. At Dulles, US Airways will begin a daily nonstop round trip to Philadelphia.

* AirTran Airways will resume nonstop daily service between BWI and Grand Bahama Island on Nov. 18. Service had been suspended since Sept. 3 because of damage to Freeport International Airport from Hurricane Frances.

-- Compiled by LILA ARZUA