The Transportation Security Administration would save money if travelers who fly frequently were allowed to enroll for free in PreCheck, the agency's expedited screening program, according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois.
Columnist Nick Farrell reacts to a picture of 70 laptop computers abandoned by passengers at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport by suggesting that business people unhappy with their company-issued equipment follow suit. "Airport security is the ideal place to abandon an unwanted laptop," he writes.
A United Express flight from Houston to Mexico diverted to San Antonio, Texas, after an issue with its landing gear. Passengers and crew aboard the Embraer E175 evacuated safely after the collapse of the plane's nose gear on Sunday.
Officers from Pennsylvania's Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority Police Department took a group of children holiday shopping at Target. "Our police department is hoping this event produces a lot of smiles and long-lasting holiday memories for everyone involved," said LNAA Police Chief Timothy Koder.
LiLou, a spotted Juliana pig, joined the San Francisco airport's Wag Brigade as part of its team of therapy animals. "When we learned of LiLou being certified, and met her, we knew this had the potential to be a very popular addition at SFO," said Doug Yakel, airport spokesman.
Connecticut's Bradley International Airport has opened Escape Lounge, a first-class-style lounge open to travelers willing to pay a fee of up to $45. The lounge is located past security, near Gate 1 on the East Concourse.
The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners on Thursday approved environmental and aesthetic plans for a proposed project, dubbed LAX Terminal 1.5, that would connect Terminals 1 and 2 at Los Angeles International Airport. If the Los Angeles City Council approves the plan, the new area could open in 2019.
Southwest Airlines will begin to roll out a new domestic reservations system this month. The system will be used to sell tickets beginning this month, and in May will take over day-of-flight functions such as issuing boarding passes and checking bags.
Pilots and flight attendants are drawing record wages, benefits and profit-sharing as airlines enjoy boom times, writes Justin Bachman, but airport workers are being left behind. Workers who clean planes, push wheelchairs and handle bags are often employed by low-bidding contractors who keep wages down.
The US Department of Transportation has approved an application by Norwegian Air International to offer flights to and from the US.
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