Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly calls on customers to join efforts in supporting a plan to transform the air traffic control system. "We need your help in urging Congress to modernize our skies, and deliver the transformational ATC reform that our customers deserve," Kelly writes. "I am asking you to please take a moment of your time and visit modernskies.org to learn more about ATC reform. ... I am absolutely confident that the voice of our loyal customers can prevail in this challenge and together we can help modernize our skies!"
Travelers interested in enrolling in the Customs and Border Protection's Global Entry program can now apply at the Lambert–St. Louis International Airport in Mo. Once approved, travelers are allowed to use special kiosks to speed re-entry into the US. Enrollment also includes membership in the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program, which gives travelers access to expedited airport security screening lanes.
Hawaiian Airlines transported 4.3% more passengers in January on a year-over-year basis. Last month, the carrier flew 884,990 passengers. Revenue passenger miles also increased by 5.2% for the month, while load factor rose 2.9%.
Russell Chew and David Grizzle, who both have previously served as chief operating officer of the Federal Aviation Administration, support efforts to modernize the air traffic control system. "Funded by operators who use the system and free of federal budget politics, the independent air traffic control organization would be positioned to improve its services by upgrading the system's infrastructure and updating its procedures," they write.
Southwest Airlines employees volunteered at J.E. Moss Elementary school in Nashville, Tenn. Around 200 employees donated their time for various tasks.
Malia Mahi, a flight attendant for Hawaiian Airlines noticed vacationers were attempting to take home lava rocks, which is against federal law. When Mahi informed the family, they returned a box of rocks and black sand to her. "It's our kuleana [responsibility], to educate those who are simply unaware," she wrote in a blog post.
American Airlines expanded its menu of complimentary in-flight entertainment on Feb. 1. Free content now includes 60 television shows, hundreds of albums and contemporary movies.
Richard Foss, author of a book about airline food, said cooking technology now allows a variety of foods to be served on aircraft. "Food in the Air and Space: The Surprising History of Food and Drink in the Skies" looks back at decades of in-flight dining.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority are partnering to offer workers at Port Columbus International Airport training on spotting human trafficking. The two agencies produced a 25-minute training video available on DVD and YouTube.
Transportation Security Administration officers discovered a loaded gun at Port Columbus International Airport. The gun was in a traveler's carry-on bag. TSA spokesman Mark Howell said the traveler faces a civil fine of up to $7,500 for a first offense, in addition to any criminal charges brought by local police.
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