Facial-scanning technology can be used to expedite boarding and entry for international travelers, and has already detected two travelers using false identification. Privacy advocates are concerned about how data collected with facial scans are used and stored.
Colorado's Denver International Airport served a record-breaking 6.1 million passengers in July. It was the airport's 10th consecutive month setting new passenger-traffic records and the first time the facility has seen more than 6 million passengers in a single month.
Indianapolis International Airport is one of 15 airports nationwide using computed tomography scanners to inspect the contents of passengers' carry-on bags. Screeners can rotate the image created by the scanner, allowing them to better identify the bags' contents.
As Southwest Airlines has grown, so has Maryland's Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where the airline offers more than 240 departures daily. "Our presence at BWI has played an instrumental role in our route development all along the East Coast, and it continues to be a focal point of our plans for the future," said Southwest CEO Gary Kelly.
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Several airports including South Carolina's Charleston International Airport have suspended operations as Hurricane Florence threatens the Southeast. Airlines have offered complimentary schedule changes, capped some fares, and waived pet and baggage fees. Flight disruptions could continue after the storm has passed if the Federal Aviation Administration restricts air traffic to accommodate emergency services.
Hawaiian Airlines will on April 4 launch nonstop service between Boston Logan International Airport and Honolulu, the longest domestic flight in US history. The 10-hour flight will be available five days a week and operated with 278-seat Airbus A330 jets. "We see Boston as a terrific opportunity. We're also encouraged by all the growth in long-haul and international services in Boston in recent years. It gives us the confidence about the market ... to have the opportunity to grow," said CEO Peter Ingram.
JetBlue Airways reported 4.72 billion revenue passenger miles for August, up 6.7% compared with August 2017. Available seat miles were up 4.8% for the month, and load factor was 88.7%, up 1.6 percentage points over last year.