A Fly Jamaica Airways crew member was arrested on March 17 and charged with federal smuggling charges after Customs and Border Protection officers at New York's John F, Kennedy International Airport discovered nine pounds of cocaine hidden under the man's pants. "This seizure is another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of illicit drugs," said CBP official Leon Hayward.
A man was arrested at Tennessee's Nashville International Airport and charged with felony possession with intent to sell, deliver or manufacture a controlled substance after Drug Enforcement Administration agents found 25 pounds of marijuana in his luggage. The man arrived on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle.
The Transportation Security Administration has promised Florida's Orlando International Airport 75 more officers, two more K-9 teams and three new checkpoint screening lanes. Airport officials have complained about long checkpoint wait times and say they are looking into switching to a private screening company.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston boasts a Q barbecue restaurant featuring an elaborate copper-clad venting system that sends tantalizing aromas over the tarmac. The restaurant uses two cords of wood per week to fuel the smoker and chefs prepare meals using knives tethered to tables.
Oman's new $4.4 billion Muscat International Airport has welcomed its first flight, Oman Air flight WY462 from Iraq. The facility has parking spaces for 59 aircraft and has a capacity of 20 million passengers per year.
Changi Airport in Singapore has received Skytrax World's Best Airport Award for 2018, the sixth year in a row the airport has claimed the top honor. The award is based on the results of 13.73 million customer surveys.
Airports in North Dakota saw 2% more passengers in February than in the same month last year, according to North Dakota Aeronautics Commission numbers.