Ron Malin, Transportation Security Administration federal security director of Utah, recently gave a presentation to the Salt Lake City International Airport's Airport Advisory Board. Malin showed board members a collection of items recently found in passengers' bags, including grenades, replica grenades, guns, toy guns, knives and more.
United Airlines plans to donate unused toiletries from its amenity kits through a partnership with Clean the World. United is the first airline to join Clean the World, which also partners with hotels and bed-and-breakfasts.
Airlines are backing a plan to build a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, Mo. "We believe the new terminal concept maximizes the dollars spent for both customer convenience and operational effectiveness," said Steve Sisneros, director of airport affairs for Southwest Airlines, to the city council. The council is also considering a plan to renovate the existing terminals.
JetBlue Airways is looking at adding long-range aircraft from Airbus to its fleet. "The A321LR is something we are looking very seriously at," said JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes. "We think the incremental amount of complexity that provides is very manageable."
Sandra Pineau-Boddison, senior vice president of the customers division at United Airlines, started working for the carrier 26 years ago in food services. "I had a great mentor who continually challenged me early in my career, which really prepared me for opportunities with the company," she said.
Philip Ma, manager of brand advertising content at JetBlue Airways, said dynamic ads on digital platforms have proven successful for the carrier. "For example, when temperatures go underneath a certain degree, we will advertise to you," Ma said. "We saw a huge conversion rate after that."
Andrew Rhoades, an employee of the Transportation Security Administration, testified before Congress that he was instructed to racially profile Somali-Americans traveling through the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. "On April 8, 2016, my supervisors asked me profile Somali imams and other Somali community members," he said.
The Barksdale Air Force Base Defenders of Liberty Air Show will take place this weekend in Louisiana. The airshow first took flight in 1933. "Barksdale Airmen enjoy the support of the Shreveport-Bossier community and greater Ark-La-Tex region year-round," said Maj. Phil Ventura. "The airshow is a great opportunity for us to open our doors for one weekend to educate, inspire, entertain and ultimately say thanks to the public. We look forward to having you as our guests."
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