Record numbers of passengers are expected to travel this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice president for Airlines for America said that the Sunday after Thanksgiving is projected to be "the single busiest day ever for the US airline industry" with 3.1 million passengers expected to fly. The Transportation Security Administration projects 26.8 million passengers to pass through checkpoints between the Friday before Thanksgiving through the Monday afterward.
At least two people have died in Venice as 6 feet of water has flooded 85% of the city, including St. Mark's Square and the cathedral, Ducal Palace and some other historical tourist attractions, where raised platforms now provide a viewing area. Most public transport is still working, but several hotels, which are providing guests with disposable rain boots, lack electricity or enough pumps.
HerdX has developed a system that tracks livestock movement and uploads data to blockchain that travels up to the retail level. UPS has partnered with the company to improve traceability, and shoppers can scan a QR code to see verified health and provenance information for meat.
Southwest Airlines will begin applying scannable, barcoded labels to cargo next year, expanding a technology it launched for passenger luggage in 2019. Cargo will be labeled as it is unloaded from trucks, and scanned during loading and unloading of the plane. "Historically, the number one ask from any shipper is better visibility to where the freight is," said Wally Devereaux, the airline's cargo chief.
Cooperative, global standardization is the key to realizing blockchain's potential, says Dale Chrystie, a business fellow and blockchain strategist at FedEx. "Where authenticity is critical, we think blockchain will be transformative, which gets you to some of the early very interesting use cases like global clearance, pharmaceuticals, and aircraft parts," he said.
Pittsburgh International Airport will use $18.7 million in federal funding towards a new $30 million cargo processing facility, and expanded taxiway and apron to service the addition. The new cargo facility will allow FedEx and UPS to bring in larger aircraft.
Senator Richard Shelby, R-Ala., announced that Thomasville Airport in Thomasville, Ala., will become the site of a new regional airport and will be rechristened Southwest Alabama Regional Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration approved the transition.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has awarded Orlando Melbourne International Airport $3.9 million dollar grant to build new taxiways and airport aprons. The airport will also extend an access road and make water and sewer improvements.
FedEx will be chartering Bei Bei, the National Zoo's panda, to his new home in China later this month on a Boeing 777-Freighter from Dulles International Airport. The carrier has been working for the last eight weeks to make the trip as comfortable as possible for Bei Bei, who will have complimentary snacks, a window seat and his preferred temperature of 65 degrees during the flight. Capt. John Hunt will pilot the flight along with three crew members, as well as a zoo attendant, veterinarian and loadmaster. The plane, which has been called Panda Express, will receive a special detail to commemorate the trip.
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport is ready to bring online a $12.5 million baggage inspection system that will allow Transportation Security Administration officials to speed up the inspection process. The Florida airport is still working on a revamp of its parking and internal roadways.
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