Senators in both parties voiced objection to President Donald Trump's proposed budget plans to decrease funding for airport security programs while increasing passenger security fees. Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., members of the appropriations subcommittee on homeland security, said they opposed Trump's plan to generate more revenue by raising the airline passenger security fee from $5.60 to $6.60 for each connecting flight.
With the Aug. 1 launch of round-trip United Airlines flights to Chicago and Denver, Columbia Regional Airport in Missouri is upgrading its security and facilities to better handle the increase in passengers. Additions will include possibly eight Transportation Security Administration officers, 40 seats in the upstairs terminal and 172 spaces in two parking lots.
FedEx Cross Border is using the Powered Buy Platform by BlueSnap to enable smooth international transactions for shipping customers. The platform supports transactions in more than 100 currencies worldwide and hundreds of payment types, including PayPal, ApplePay and Visa Checkout.
Virgin Australia has launched its codeshare with Air Canada, now using its code on flights from Los Angeles to Calgary, Alberta; Montreal and Toronto. Air Canada added its code on Virgin domestic flights from Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, to 10 locations across Australia and New Zealand.
Aviation Maintenance Technician Day was this week. American Airlines' Al "Blackie" Blackman, Carla Flor of JetBlue Airways and Paul Germain of FedEx are all technicians who are carrying on the legacy of being the "unsung heroes" of flight.
Alaska Airlines was a pioneer in using automated systems to address customers' questions when it launched Ask Jenn almost 10 years ago. Now Lufthansa, KLM, Volaris and Aeromexico are using Facebook Messenger's chatbot to answer the most common questions.
Southwest Airlines is sending customized works of art to its most frequent flyers via email through its Heart of Travel initiative. The airline worked with artist Joshua Davis to create these special surprise works of art, based on the individual customer's travel history.
Transportation Security Administration screeners found 33 guns in 2016 and another 13 so far this year at security checkpoints in Florida's Jacksonville International Airport. In addition to finding one passenger attempting to carry 191 rounds of ammunition onto a plane, security officials in Jacksonville have found loaded guns, to power drills and a bowling pin in carry-on bags.
Several changes have been made at Western Nebraska Regional Airport in Scottsbluff that have led to upgrades in security. Among the improvements are more cameras, using roller gates and moving a gate at the hangar area to one near the terminal.
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