Air Canada is offering vacation packages to Iceland as the carrier prepares to launch its service to Reykjavik in June. The seasonal service aboard Air Canada Rouge will feature four weekly flights from Toronto and three from Montreal.
Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Chicago Midway International Airport have found four guns so far this month. In the latest discovery, on Wednesday, the traveler with a gun was arrested by Chicago police.
CNBC's Phil LeBeau takes an inside look at air traffic control congestion and how an upgraded, improved ATC system can make flying better for travelers. "The congestion on the ground continues to grow at the largest airports in the country," LeBeau reports. American Airlines executive Lorne Cass says the biggest priority is that the ATC system needs to be upgraded.
Charles Leocha, chairman and founder of Travelers United, is urging members of Congress against imposing an airport tax increase on airline passengers. "PFC user fees are already exorbitant and aviation consumers are paying enough," Leocha writes.
Southwest Airlines became an industry leader in brand consistency in 2013 when it launched a three-year plan to introduce its now-iconic heart symbol to the public. "For Southwest, the heart represents warmth, compassion, care and the 'heart' of its employees," Katie Sehl writes.
The International Civil Aviation Organization is pushing for video cameras in airliners' cockpits to capture images of flight instruments and switches, which could be helpful in accident investigations. Pilots oppose the filming of cockpit activities, contending it would violate their privacy.
Customs and Border Protection officers at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday discovered 14 pounds of cocaine concealed inside a traveler's wooden picture frames. The traveler was arrested and charged with narcotics smuggling.
Many of the top airports around the world have common amenities to include hotels that attach to terminals and expedited security checks. According to a Hilton Hotels survey, most travelers choose hotels based on location, indicating frequent travelers prefer airports that offer connected full service hotels.
Columnist Daniel Wagner, managing director of Risk Cooperative, is skeptical that a recently imposed ban on carry-on electronics from some airports will keep travelers safer, noting that the airports listed in the ban have robust security and that the ban doesn't include airports in unstable countries. Wagner touts Israel's Ben Gurion Airport, known for its tight security, as an effective model worth following.
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