The Transportation Security Administration has identified and will discipline officers who allowed 11 passengers to walk unscreened through a security checkpoint at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. "TSA takes this violation of procedures very seriously and is taking immediate action to prevent any further occurrence," a TSA spokesman said.
Hawaiian Airlines has launched a new program called Opinions Take Flight, in which passengers can earn loyalty points in exchange for providing feedback about their experiences. Currently the program is running in the US, but Hawaiian plans to expand internationally in the future.
Stock analysts say Berkshire Hathaway could seek to buy a major airline, citing the company's 2016 investments in American Airlines, United Continental Holdings and Southwest. "We view a full-scale acquisition of an airline by Berkshire as a possibility and not worth dismissing, particularly if the stocks weaken," said Morgan Stanley analysts led by Rajeev Lalwani.
Alaska Airlines is supporting the United Negro College Fund, adding the organization as a Charity Miles partner. The program allows Alaska Airlines loyalty program members to donate miles to UNCF that will support students as they fly to college tours, travel to and from school and home, and participate in leadership development programs.
American Airlines, the Chicago Cubs and Advocate Children's Hospital recently gave nine current and former patients under the age of 14 and their families a trip to the Cubs' spring training camp in Arizona. The families spent time with the baseball team on the all-expenses-paid trip.
Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at airports nationwide last week found 61 guns, 54 of them loaded. Other forbidden items included a concealed butane torch, knives and an ax.
Southwest Airlines on Wednesday celebrated 35 years at Missouri's Kansas City International Airport. The airline served two non-stop destinations from the airport in 1982; today it serves 30.
The Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund is looking to sell its 36% stake in Brussels Airport. If the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, which owns a 39% stake in the airport, declines to buy out Macquarie, the company's share will be sold at auction.
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