The Chicago City Council's Aviation Committee has hired the Israel Airports Authority to review technologies, facilities and security protocol at O'Hare and Midway airports in the wake of the April passenger-dragging incident. The initial review will cost $245,000 and is slated to take five months, while a second phase will cost $500,000.
American Airlines is leading a group of carriers that has committed a combined $900 million to pay for new restaurants, retail shops and infrastructure improvements at Philadelphia International Airport. "In my 15 years at the airport, this is the largest investment that the airlines have made at one time," said Rhett Workman of American.
Greenbiz talks with Aaron Stash, manager of environmental strategy for United Airlines, about the company's award-winning sustainable efforts with aviation biofuels and the commitment among company leaders to give back to their communities.
Alaska Airlines recently gave about 1,200 students a look inside its maintenance facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, guided by 350 volunteers from the airline. The students had the opportunity to fly a 737 simulator and tour secure areas of the hangar while watching commercial air traffic come and go.
Rockwell Collins' latest in-flight entertainment solution for airlines features more than 800 TV shows, movies and news feeds available for streaming.
A New York man was sentenced to 24 years in prison for smuggling more than 880 pounds of marijuana on 11 commercial flights from San Francisco to Charlotte, N.C., over a five-month period in 2014 and 2015. Lavon Williams was convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana.
Sita Lab has introduced Kate, a robotic check-in kiosk that will independently move to busy or congested areas of an airport to provide airlines with greater flexibility in managing peaks in passenger flow. Using existing Sita data such as Day of Operations Business Intelligence and FlightInfo API, Kate can identify where additional check-in kiosks are required in order to reduce passenger wait times.
A passenger calling fellow travelers "lesbians" and "Hillary" was voluntarily removed from a United Airlines flight before departure from Shanghai because he was upset about being denied an upgraded seat. The flight, originally en route to Newark, N.J., was delayed for three hours and forced to divert to San Francisco due to crew rest regulations.
Long-term plans presented by Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina call for a full-service hotel to be built on the site of the current control tower, along with an automated people mover that would feed into a potential light-rail line. The hotel would be built when the Federal Aviation Administration moves to a new control tower in 2020, and the people mover would connect the airport's parking deck to nearby Wilkinson Boulevard.
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