American Airlines is launching its new "basic economy" service Feb. 10, offering travelers a low-cost, no-frills option when booking travel. United Airlines is rolling out a similar program.
Security will be tightened at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport as travelers stream in to attend the inauguration of Donald Trump. Canine teams will help man Transportation Security Administration security checkpoints, smoothing departures.
Transportation Security Administration Administrator Peter Neffenger, who will leave his post as Donald Trump is sworn in as president, improved the agency by shortening airport security checkpoint wait times and implementing a standardized training program for officers.
Airlines hired 416,046 full-time workers in November, the highest number since 2005, marking three straight years of hiring growth for the industry. Alaska Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines all reported an increase in hires.
The airline industry is a major contributor to the US economy, but progress to modernize the nation's skies has been slow and erratic, writes Robert Puentes, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation. "Only an entity outside the direct control of government (as well as congressional appropriators) will have the necessary independence to implement needed modern technologies at the pace needed to meet demand."
FedEx Express is upgrading its Memphis International Airport control tower. "The project includes equipment upgrades and improvements to the observation deck and work areas," said FedEx spokesman Jim Masilak.
A United Airlines plane was backing away from the gate when it bumped into a fuel truck Thursday morning at LaGuardia Airport, authorities said. The plane's right winglet was damaged.
Customs and Border Protection officers processing international travelers arriving at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday discovered cocaine concealed in a box of beef patties. The traveler was arrested and charged with drug smuggling.
The Etihad Airways Premium Lounge, located in Terminal 4 at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, offers a luxurious retreat for harried passengers. The lounge features a bar, restaurant and plenty of comfortable seating.
Airports in Houston are using travelers' cell phone Bluetooth signals to track checkpoint wait times in real time. "The tracking is anonymous and uses a variety of filters to ensure both anonymity and accuracy, and then uses that data to provide an average time for travelers passing through the checkpoints," said Houston airports spokesperson Bill Begley.
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