Charlotte Douglas International Airport is adding four new gates to be utilized by American Airlines. The additional gates will be added to Concourse E, which is already under renovation. CLT Interim Director Brent Cagle noted that Charlotte has benefited from the AA/US Airways merger through steady growth in domestic air service options and passenger traffic.
Southwest brought 120 high school students from across America to its three-day recruiting event in Dallas focused on the children of current employees. "The genius of tapping into this group is that they already love Southwest," said spokeswoman Emily Samuels.
Maryland's Hagerstown Regional Airport was third statewide in total business revenue and No. 2 in jobs in 2014, according to a study by the Maryland Aviation Administration. "I think it's definitely a boost to the local area and the economy; seeing those numbers, it's very beneficial," said Phil Ridenour, airport director.
Travelers enrolled in the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program are upset that the agency allows nonregistered travelers to use expedited airport security lanes. The lanes, where travelers don't have to remove their shoes and belts, are designed to expedite screening for PreCheck members who have passed background checks and paid a fee to participate.
The Airplane Kits Act introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would require the Federal Aviation Administration to direct airlines to update their medical kits to better accommodate children.
Reporter Erin Shields got a look at some items travelers have left behind after passenger screening at Virginia's Washington Dulles International Airport. Sunglasses, belts, laptop and tablet computers, canes, backpacks and a single shoe are among the property waiting to be reunited with their owners.
Transportation Security Administration Administrator Peter Neffenger told the House Committee on Homeland Security that all TSA screeners would be retrained by the end of September. "My highest priority is to ensure solutions to the recent covert testing failures," he said.
FireChat is adding a private messaging capability using cell phone antennas to transmit messages without connecting to the Internet. The technology could enable in-flight text messaging between passengers.
Crew Training International is banking on a looming pilot shortage to fill the rolls for its pilot training program. "The U.S. has significant advantages over other training locations, most notably normally good weather, comparatively reasonable fuel prices, English language immersion and ample air space," CEO Alan Mullen.