The Transportation Security Administration has installed automated security screening lanes at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's main terminal. The airport is the nation's seventh to receive the technology, which speeds up passenger screening.
JetBlue Airways' test of facial recognition boarding technology was a hit with passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport. The system snapped pictures of passengers and compared them with their passport photos with nearly 100% accuracy, speeding up boarding.
A4A's Nicholas Calio says the proposed "FAIR Fees Act," which would allow federal bureaucrats to determine what US airlines charge for ancillary and other services, would drive up the cost of airfare for millions of flyers at a time when fares are at historically low levels. "A one-price-fits-all approach would eliminate the ability of customers to choose what product works best for them. Airlines would have fewer opportunities to distinguish their offerings -- which serve many travelers who could not otherwise afford to fly -- and the current growth of air travel would decrease, particularly in smaller communities." Calio notes that if "Congress moves in the direction of the pre-1979 regulation days, the nation will return to a period in which flying was cost prohibitive and less accessible to millions of Americans."
Hawaiian Airlines is implementing a flexible rebooking policy for affected customers flying on its own or codeshare flights to, from and through Boston Logan International Airport or New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport today.
Air Canada is developing its own loyalty program and is looking for a bank to be a partner in the effort. The program is expected to have a net value of $1.6 billion.
Several airlines added flights this week in an effort to get passengers out of Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands ahead of Hurricane Maria. Carriers are also capping fares for travel departures from areas in the path of the storm.
Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Georgia's Augusta Regional Airport on Tuesday found a loaded gun in a passenger's carry-on bag. Officers from the Richmond County Marshal's Office escorted the traveler away from the checkpoint and allowed him to put the gun in his car.
Amadeus IT Group SA has launched a pop-up check-in system that can be used to let groups check their bags at a remote location and arrive at the airport unencumbered. The system uses cloud-based technology to access airline passenger processing systems and can be used almost anywhere.
Cockpit touch screens are among the most promising safety enhancements for new airliners, according to research scheduled for release today at an international avionics conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. Pilots from 60 airlines participated in simulations at the Netherlands Aerospace Centre, and the tests showed that touch screens allowed pilots to respond to emergencies faster than traditional displays.
Illinois' Quad City International Airport has received more than $3 million in federal grants. The funding will be used to replace runway lighting and to update the airport's master plan.
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