Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Georgia's Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport discovered 126 guns in the first eight months of this year; 144 guns were found at the airport in all of 2015.
American Airlines will on Oct. 1 merge legacy systems from the former US Airways and America West Airlines with its own.
Hawaiian Airlines is considering the addition of the Airbus A380 to its fleet, a move that would make it the first US airline to purchase the A380.
Airlines such as American and United remain fans of the Boeing 757, even after 25 years, due to "remarkable and unmatched" versatility, according to author and pilot Patrick Smith. "It's profitable on both short-haul domestic as well as trans-Atlantic routes," he said.
Alaska Airlines is experimenting with a system that lets passengers flying from Los Angeles International Airport tag their own luggage with labels printed at home or at airport kiosks and then leave the bags at a drop-off station. The trial will run through Nov. 10. "The self-bag drop model works best at high-volume airports where road warriors are tech savvy and willing to try a new pilot like this," said Bobbie Egan, an Alaska spokeswoman.
The Federal Aviation Administration's safety briefing for September/October titled "Avenues to Aviation" discusses flying and non-flying careers available in general aviation as well as volunteer opportunities for pilots.
Pilots and crews from Experimental Aviation Association Chapter 1158 came together at West Bend Municipal Airport in Wisconsin to participate in a navigation challenge using no form of electronics. They were given a "top secret mission" and sent off with clock and compass to plan their routes.
At 26, Kate McWilliams is a commercial airline captain with easyJet; she started flying at 13 with the air cadets, began a formal training program at 19 and joined easyJet in 2011. She says passengers are "pleasantly surprised and impressed" when she tells them how old she is.
In an editorial, the Los Angeles Times says the city of Santa Monica has been taking steps to make its airport "so inhospitable and difficult to use ... that tenants leave and planes stop flying in and out." The piece goes on to say that the airport is a vital hub, necessary for business and emergency services as well as recreation.
Thieves have stolen seven catalytic converters over the past year from cars parked at the Nashville International Airport, including three in the past 10 days. Security teams have stepped up parking lot patrols and shuttle drivers have been asked to watch for unusual activity.
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