Airlines for America predicts that 9 million more passengers will fly this summer compared to last year. Airports will likely be most crowded on Thursdays and Fridays, said John Heimlich, chief economist for A4A.
Travelers at Nice Cote d'Azur Airport in France who mistakenly bring prohibited items to the security checkpoint can now deposit the items with Tripperty. The passengers have 21 days to go online and decide if they want to pick up the item, have it shipped or donate it.
Mark Laustra, vice president of Analogic, writes that computerized tomography technology is a way to speed up security lines and make the entire airport experience more pleasant for travelers. Benefits will be felt throughout the airport, he writes, as money is freed up to enhance service and retail options.
Hector International Airport in North Dakota was evacuated Thursday morning after a smoke alarm sounded, causing some flights to be delayed. Authorities determined there was no fire and the terminal was reopened.
A JetBlue Airways flight bound for Boston returned to New York's Buffalo International Airport due to a bird strike. Passengers were accommodated onto other flights; the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.
Jacksonville International Airport in Florida is offering an expanded schedule of flights and the additions have led to longer security lines. Airport officials are working to get more Transportation Security Administration officers and advise travelers to arrive two hours before their scheduled departures.
Tampa International Airport in Florida expects a 4% increase in summer passengers compared to last year. To prepare for the higher numbers, the airport has added security lanes and fully staffed departments that work with passengers.
Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana has four early morning flights leaving within 70 minutes of each other and just one Transportation Security Administration screening line. Travelers stuck in the line have missed some flights and airlines have delayed others to allow passengers time to clear security.
Tax cuts in the US will enable United Technologies to invest $15 billion in its workforce and research in coming years. The company plans to boost manufacturing capacity and hire tens of thousands of workers.