Car drivers think they're safer than commercial truck drivers, a study by Verizon Connect and Wakefield Research has found, but just 3% of severe crashes involve commercial trucks. In the survey, most drivers said they'd seen a commercial truck driving dangerously, including speeding and changing lanes abruptly.
An American Airlines pilot completing the final flight of his 35-year career gave his wings to a 2-year-old boy with Down syndrome who was completing his first air trip. Capt. Joseph Weis gave his AA Captain wings to the boy at Miami International Airport, after he and his mother happened to sit next to the pilot's wife on the flight from Spain.
This summer, 34 college students gained firsthand experience working with Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air in different departments such as Maintenance and Engineering, and Marketing. One intern, Kamia Bradley, worked as a flight operations intern where she was able to visit 17 destinations and create connections throughout the Alaska network such as Capt. Tara Wright, who was a part of Alaska's first all-female African-American flight crew.
Miami International Airport is set to unveil its new $324 million automated baggage system, which aims to triple efficiency, allowing the Transportation Security Administration to screen an estimated 7,000 bags per hour. Up to nine miles of new and re-routed conveyor belts, 12 new explosive detection machines, 52 new baggage screening stations, 102 new robot tables and a new reconfigured screening room are included in the improvements.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina will break ground in December on a $600 million expansion and renovation of its terminal lobby. Airport officials have released a video introducing the project to passengers and explaining how the five-year project will be completed while maintaining services.
American Airlines, JetBlue and United Airlines all offer programs that allow children with sensory disabilities to familiarize themselves with the experience of air travel. Meanwhile, several airports have created multi-sensory and quiet rooms for autistic children that are meant to calm sensory sensitivities.
Southwest Airlines works to support inclusion through relationships with organizations such as Disability:IN, a nonprofit that collaborates with companies to help people with disabilities receive equal access to jobs and business opportunities. Southwest provided transportation to Diversity:In's Annual Conference this year.
Mexico will permit BasicMed pilots to fly to the country beginning Dec. 10, which is positive news for the 51,000 US pilots who have earned the aviation medical certification. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Mark Baker praised the decision, saying it's "clear that Mexico and the Bahamas recognize that thousands of pilots are safely flying under this program, and we hope Canada will soon follow."
Nearly 200 trees in the runway protection zone at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Idaho, have been removed over concerns that they are obstructing views of the takeoff zone and compelling pilots to pull up earlier on takeoff. Removal of roots and stumps -- the second stage of the process -- will start this month.
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