Transportation Security Administration officers will continue to screen airport travelers despite the government shutdown, TSA Administrator David Pekoske said.
Six airport passenger screeners employed by Covenant Aviation Security at San Francisco International Airport pleaded guilty to helping smugglers move drugs through checkpoints in exchange for bribes. The investigations that led to the pleas began in 2013; the screeners were sentenced to between one and four years in prison.
Sussex police removed a British Airways pilot from a plane at England's Gatwick Airport and arrested him on suspicion of performing an aviation function while his alcohol level was over the prescribed limit. The flight was delayed for more than two hours.
More than two dozen high school students from California's Burbank Unified School District are participating in Airport Academy, a five-day course that teaches them about airport operations. "So we have this wonderful resource here, so why not share it and expose our young people to careers in aviation?" said Lucy Burghdorf, Hollywood Burbank Airport spokeswoman.
Portland International Jetport in Maine is the first airport in the nation to use 100% recycled aircraft de-icing fluid. The airport has been collecting used de-icing fluid for six years to protect local groundwater and is now having contaminants removed so the fluid can be reused.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport served 9.14 million passengers in 2017, up 8.5% compared to 2016.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., writes that putting air traffic control in the hands of a private corporation would be tantamount to handing control to airlines, which have their own troubles with technology. "The Government Accountability Office, an independent, nonpartisan agency, found that taxpayers might have to bail out the corporation if it cannot pay to operate a safe system," he writes.
David Pekoske, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, said the agency will make a significant investment this year in airport security checkpoint technology, including automated checkpoint lanes. TSA is already testing 3D luggage scanners, and Pekoske said more airports will adopt the technology in the coming months.
American Airlines announced 52 new nonstop flights in 2018, including hourly weekday shuttle flights between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and New York's LaGuardia Airport. "Many of the new routes are focused on connecting smaller cities to one of American's major hubs to create new city pairings for customers," said American Airlines executive Vasu Raja.
United Airlines will use Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft for its first and last daily flights between Duluth International Airport in Minnesota and Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The carrier's other daily flights between the cities will continue to use 50-passenger jets.