United Airlines plans to serve gourmet popcorn from Garrett Popcorn, based in Chicago, aboard select flights. Starting next month, the Garrett Mix, a mix of cheese and caramel popcorn, will be available on flights longer than two hours.
An undercover unit with Homeland Security tested the efficacy of Transportation Security Administration passenger screening at Minnesota's Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The team was able to slip by with forbidden materials in nine out of 12 tests.
JetBlue Airways announced plans to add a route from LaGuardia Airport in New York City to Boston starting in October. "Increased competition in the congested New York market opens the door to better service and lower fares for our hometown New York customers," said Robin Hayes, president and CEO of JetBlue. Meanwhile, JetBlue is also boosting service from Boston to Cleveland.
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas served 4.1 million passengers in March, a 5.5% increase on a year-over-year basis. The number of domestic passengers rose 6.2% for the month, while the number of international passengers dropped 1.1%.
Anne Murray, senior director of marketing communications at Southwest Airlines, outlined how Southwest communicates with customers. "All great communication plans come out of lots of research and listening to your customers and then sort of formulating the magic of how to bring that to the marketplace," she said.
Oregon's Redmond Municipal Airport announced that Transportation Security Administration officers may turn away passengers with home-printed boarding passes if the agency's scanners can't read the printed codes. A traveler with an unscannable pass will be required to present an electronic boarding pass, print a new pass at an airport kiosk or request a pass at the check-in counter.
A man was arrested after he arrived in India with four bullets in his bag. The man said he underwent screening at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Georgia's Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, but officers failed to detect the bullets. The TSA is investigating.
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will host a Starting Our Adventure Right event on April 30. The SOAR program offers travelers with autism and up to three companions a guided tour of the airport and the opportunity to experience procedures like check-in, passenger screening and boarding.
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