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ATL airport busiest, but others lead in international traffic, cargo

-1 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Airport Delta Air Lines World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Atlanta World's busiest airport Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Southwest Airlines Airline
Hartsfield-Jackson still busiest, but other airports remain ahead in international traffic, cargo

15 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Airport World's busiest airport Delta Air Lines Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Airline hub Georgia
5 things to know today: Smog alert issued for metro Atlanta

2 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Georgia University System of Georgia Savannah Georgia Atlanta Georgia Southern University Delta Air Lines Statesboro Georgia Forsyth County Georgia
Booking a flight to Cuba? Here's what to expect now
As flights to Cuba's smaller cities launch, U.S. fliers face a different airport experience.         
436 points by Arizona Republic | Cuba Airport Southwest Airlines Airline José Martí Delta Air Lines Cubans Cuban convertible peso
World's busiest airports revealed
According to new figures, more than 101 million passengers traveled through the world's busiest airport in 2015.
2821 points by CNN | World's busiest airports by passenger traffic United States Airline hub Delta Air Lines World's busiest airport United Airlines World's busiest airports by cargo traffic Kasim Reed
Smog could pose problems

1 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Air pollution Air Quality Index United States Environmental Protection Agency Pollution Smog Georgia Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Hartsfield-Jackson launches project to reduce wait times for Plane Train people-mover, add capacity

79 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Public transport Train station Train Delta Air Lines Airport World's busiest airport Atlanta World's busiest airports by passenger traffic
Booking an early flight to Cuba? Here's what to expect
As flights to Cuba's smaller cities launch, U.S. fliers face a different airport experience.         
436 points by Arizona Republic | Cuba Airport Southwest Airlines Airline José Martí Delta Air Lines Cubans Cuban convertible peso
Lawsuit aims to prevent Alaska Airlines-Virgin America deal
Consumers have filed a lawsuit to block Alaska Airlines’ purchase of Virgin America ...
73 points by Las Vegas Sun | Southwest Airlines Airline Delta Air Lines Aircraft US Airways Northwest Airlines Avianca Low-cost carrier
Airline outages show need for backup plans

-1 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Airline Avianca Delta Air Lines Northwest Airlines Eastern Air Lines Douglas DC-3 Airlines Pan American World Airways
Atlanta airport to dig tunnel, expand 'plane train' route
ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's airport is embarking on a major project to extend the tunnel for the "plane train," which carries passengers between terminals, to the ground transportation area. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials say they're planning an informational meeting on Sept. 20 to discuss details of the project, one ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Delta Air Lines Atlanta World's busiest airport Airport World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Georgia Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Domestic airport
5 things to know tonight: Bishop Eddie Long recovering from a 'health challenge'

31 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Atlanta Delta Air Lines Georgia Atlanta Braves Kasim Reed Atlanta metropolitan area Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Fulton County Georgia
Frontier Airlines to launch daily service to Havana on Dec. 1 — but from Denver, you’ll have to stop in Miami first
Denver-based Frontier Airlines will launch service to Havana, Cuba on Dec. 1, with once-daily flights between Miami and the Cuban capital.
1775 points by The Denver Post | United Airlines Southwest Airlines Airline hub Delta Air Lines American Airlines John F. Kennedy International Airport Cuba US Airways
Another hot day

6 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Georgia Delta Air Lines Atlanta Weather Interstate 75 Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Climate World's busiest airports by passenger traffic
Delta and Korean Air rekindle a partnership grown frosty
NEW YORK (AP) - Delta Air Lines and Korean Air are taking steps to mend a chilly relationship, announcing an expansion of their partnership Wednesday where each airline can sell tickets on some of each other's flights. Delta will also launch a new non-stop flight from its hometown of Atlanta ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Delta Air Lines Northwest Airlines Narita International Airport SkyTeam Japan Airlines Korean Air Star Alliance John F. Kennedy International Airport
‘Engage in primitive dialogue’: Airlines sugar the pill & troll electronics travel ban
The new US and UK electronics travel ban has received mixed responses online, but airlines struggling to adapt to the new rules have come up with inventive and hilarious ways to turn the ban into a marketing opportunity. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | Mobile phone Aircraft Laptop Flight Netbook Delta Air Lines Oneworld Tablet PC
Pilot’s ‘kiddie porn was on iPad when I got it’ defense doesn’t fly
A commercial airline pilot from Texas faces up to seven years prison after a Queens jury convicted him Thursday of having sickening child porn videos on his iPad. Thomas E. Perkins, 39, of Frisco, had been on trial for two weeks on charges that he possessed a total of five videos on his device, which...
-1 points by New York Post | Jury Supreme Court of the United States Delta Air Lines Judge Airline Avianca John F. Kennedy International Airport Lawyer
Travel Trouble: WOW air, where's my $92 refund?
A few months ago, my WOW air flight from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Keflavik, Iceland, was delayed. That caused me and my travel companion to miss our connecting flight to Baltimore. The next day, WOW rerouted us to Washington Dulles International Airport on Icelandair. But our car was 60 miles away...
10 points by Chicago Tribune | Southwest Airlines Washington Dulles International Airport Airline US Airways United Airlines Delta Air Lines Air France Pan American World Airways
Delta Air Lines is bringing back free meals on some domestic flights
Apparently there is such a thing as a free lunch — at Delta Air Lines. The Atlanta-based carrier announced that it will offer free meals for all passengers on several long-haul domestic flights — a service that many airlines eliminated about a decade ago in the face of tight budgets and fierce...
1 points by Los Angeles Times | Delta Air Lines United Airlines John F. Kennedy International Airport Northwest Airlines Pan American World Airways Los Angeles International Airport American Airlines Southwest Airlines
Russia’s Aeroflot named world’s most powerful airline brand
Aeroflot has been named the most powerful airline brand in the world by leading valuation and strategy consultancy, Brand Finance, with the Russian company “surprisingly” leaving reputable American and Gulf carriers behind. Read Full Article at RT.com
10 points by Russia Today | World's largest airlines Airline Air France Regional airline SkyTeam Delta Air Lines Korean Air Flag carrier
Delta: Free meals returning in coach on 'select' cross-country routes
Meal option coming on routes where Delta goes head-to-head with some of its fiercest rivals.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Delta Air Lines Los Angeles International Airport John F. Kennedy International Airport American Airlines Northwest Airlines Alaska Airlines United Airlines JetBlue Airways
Surf Air plans to offer commuter flights between Hawthorne and San Diego
All-you-can-fly membership airline Surf Air plans to begin offering commuter service between Hawthorne Municipal Airport and San Diego’s Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport. Although the Santa Monica-based airline is confident the expanded service will begin sometime in this year’s second quarter,...
61 points by Los Angeles Times | Southwest Airlines California San Diego County California Delta Air Lines Pilatus PC-12 US Airways Airports in California Montgomery Field
Demotion of Cleveland airport whistleblower appears to have been in retaliation, OSHA finds
After a nearly two-year investigation, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a preliminary finding that a Cleveland Hopkins airport employee appears to have been demoted in retaliation for blowing the whistle on runway snowplowing problems. CLEVELAND, Ohio – The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a preliminary finding that a Cleveland Hopkins International Airport employee appears to have been demoted in retaliation for sounding the alarm on runway snowplowing problems and should be reinstated to his former position as airfield maintenance manager. In a letter this week to the city of Cleveland, OSHA Assistant Regional Administrator Mary Ann Howe wrote that the results of the agency's nearly two-year investigation suggest that Abdul-Malik Ali was warranted in blowing the whistle on a lack of de-icing chemicals and inadequate staffing on snow removal crews in recent winters. (Read the full letter in the document view below.) The letter goes on to say that Ali's demotion – the day after he met with an inspector from the Federal Aviation Administration to report the deficiencies – appears to be a form of retaliation for speaking out. That could constitute a violation of a federal law that protects employees from retaliation for reporting violations of FAA rules related to air carrier safety, the letter states. "The [city] has not demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence that it would have taken the same unfavorable personnel actions in the absence of Complainant's protected activities," the letter says. Howe emphasizes that the agency's findings are not yet final and said the city has 10 business days to provide additional evidence supporting its position. OSHA also invited the city to propose a settlement. A city spokesman declined to comment Wednesday, stating that the matter is the subject of pending litigation. Ali's complaint to the Department of Labor in 2015 states that in February of that year, he told FAA inspector Michael Stephens that his crews had been understaffed in violation of an agreement the airport had reached with the FAA three months earlier, spelling out how many field maintenance employees must be on duty to combat snow and ice. The following day, then-Airport Director Ricky Smith removed Ali from his 15-year post as manager of field maintenance. Ali said he was transferred to the job of "assistant to the deputy commissioner," instructed to clear out his office, moved to what he called a "mop closet" behind the cab booking stand on the terminal baggage level at Hopkins and given "make-work" assignments such as counting trashcans. The city responded by pointing out that Smith, at the time, was unaware of what Ali had told the FAA, and that Ali's conversation with the inspector was not the reason for his demotion. Instead, the city asserted, Smith reassigned Ali because of a long history of complaints that he was a poor manager and because of an incident – coincidentally on the day Ali spoke with the FAA inspector -- in which Ali was "too intoxicated to come into work during a snow event." Ali contends that he was off the clock at the time and was drinking a beer at home when he was ordered to return to the airport. The city called it the final straw that led to his transfer. In the following months, however, the FAA validated Ali's report of staffing shortages that led to runway snow and ice control problems. In September 2015, FAA officials sent the city notices of violations, listing dozens of dates when staffing at Hopkins fell far short of requirements, leaving inches of snow and ice uncleared from the taxiways and runways. Some of the most egregious infractions stemmed from a day in March of that year, when the airport's field maintenance crew was understaffed on all shifts -- with only four out of the required 18 maintenance operators working third shift -- despite a forecast calling for several inches of snow. As a result, snow and ice accumulated on runways, pilots refused to land, reporting poor braking conditions, and one taxiway went without anti-icing chemicals until well after midnight, the FAA found. The airport also failed to alert air carriers of the poor conditions and to deter planes from taxiing or landing on slick, hazardous surfaces, according to the FAA. The FAA proposed a civil penalty of $735,000. Last May, the city agreed to pay a $200,000 fine and pledged to improve its snow and ice control plan as part of a settlement with the agency. The city, however, has maintained that the incidents in question posed no risk to the flying public. While the FAA was investigating, Smith announced that he would be leaving the post he had held since 2006 to serve as the CEO and executive director of the Maryland Aviation Administration, responsible for overseeing public-use airports statewide. Ali's attorney, Subodh Chandra, said in an interview Wednesday that Ali feels vindicated by the findings of the FAA and OSHA. But he remains "hurt and baffled by the fact that no one presently in charge seems to be willing to do the right thing." "It is no shock that OSHA has determined that the city retaliated against Mr. Ali for reporting safety violations to the FAA," Chandra said. "But what remains shocking is the apparent continued unwillingness of the present airport administration and the mayor to take Mr. Ali out of the broom closet to which he was relegated and put him back in charge of keeping the traveling public safe. 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399 points by The Plain Dealer | Runway Southwest Airlines Airport Federal Aviation Administration Snow Delta Air Lines Airline Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
American Eagle jet hits deer on takeoff, returns to airport
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Authorities say an American Eagle flight struck a deer while taking off from the Charlotte, North Carolina, international airport, forcing it to turn around and abort a flight to Gulfport, Miss.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | North Carolina Southwest Airlines John F. Kennedy International Airport Delta Air Lines American Airlines United Airlines US Airways Wing
Lost luggage rates hit record low and canceled flights drop to 22-year low
U .S.-based airlines last year had the lowest rate of lost luggage, canceled flights and passengers getting bumped off overbooked planes in decades, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported Tuesday. But the number of discrimination complaints from passengers rose sharply in 2016 compared...
-2 points by Los Angeles Times | Discrimination Airline Sexism Aircraft Baggage handler Gender Delta Air Lines Overbooking
Growth motivates new Detroit Metro Airport CEO
Joseph Nardone inherits facility that served 34.4 million passengers in 2016, a million more than the year before        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Delta Air Lines Northwest Airlines SkyTeam Spirit Airlines Metro Detroit Southwest Airlines World's busiest airports by passenger traffic
Berkshire raises stakes in airlines, Apple
Investments in American Airlines Group, Delta Air Lines and United Continental Holdings rose to $2 billion each        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett Airline Southwest Airlines Delta Air Lines GEICO Omaha Nebraska Bill Gates
Three people busted for carrying guns at LaGuardia Airport
Three people were busted after trying to bring guns on their flights at LaGuardia Airport.
152 points by Daily News | Southwest Airlines LaGuardia Airport Texas Airline American Airlines JetBlue Airways Dallas Delta Air Lines
EXCLUSIVE: Hotel near JFK ordered to pay $65G for price gouging
A company that owns a hotel near John F. Kennedy Airport will have to pay more than $65,000 for gouging hundreds of consumers.
122 points by Daily News | New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport John F. Kennedy New York JetBlue Airways Delta Air Lines Long Island United Airlines
Allegiant Air launches service in Cleveland; 4 things to know about Hopkins' newest carrier
Industry experts expect the competition among Spirit, Frontier and now Allegiant to stimulate demand and drive down airfares in Cleveland even more. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Exactly how cheap are Cleveland travelers? We're about to find out. Starting Wednesday, the nation's three largest ultra-low-cost airlines will compete head-to-head at Cleveland Hopkins, the only mid-size airport in the United States where they'll fly to so many overlapping destinations. Industry experts expect the competition to stimulate demand and drive down airfares in Cleveland even more. Newest to the competition is Allegiant Air, the Las Vegas-based carrier that is leaving the Akron-Canton Airport after less than two years and moving to Cleveland Hopkins. Its first flight from Cleveland is Wednesday. Eventually, the carrier will serve 11 nonstop destinations from Cleveland, competing against Spirit Airlines or Frontier Airlines (or both) on at least seven of those routes. Critics of these bare-bones carriers say you get what you pay for: no in-flight entertainment, no peanuts and seats that don't recline. Even worse, they say, when weather or mechanical problems lead to delays and cancellations, passengers are sometimes stranded for days. Credit the dismantling of the United Airlines hub in 2014 for all this intense interest in Cleveland. Since United shuttered its hub, Hopkins has seen major expansions from several airlines, including Frontier, Spirit and JetBlue. Allegiant, founded in 1997, is different from most other carriers, even other low-cost airlines. Cleveland's ultra-low cost carriers COMPARING PRICES We picked a random week - the week of March 13 - and looked for the cheapest one-way fare available from Cleveland to four destinations on three competing airlines. We found some rock-bottom prices: Fort Myers/Punta Gorda Allegiant: $49 Frontier: $51 Spirit: $49.19 Orlando/Orlando Sanford Allegiant: $41 Frontier: $39 Spirit: $38.19 Phoenix/Phoenix-Mesa Allegiant: $67 Frontier: $99 Fort Lauderdale Allegiant: $42 Spirit: $39.99 COMPARING ON-TIME ARRIVALS Allegiant Percentage on time: 69 percent Average delay: 79 minutes Frontier Percentage on time: 71 percent Average delay: 67 minutes Spirit Percentage on time: 75 percent Average delay: 64 minutes Source: FlightStats; figures for January 2017 Here's what you need to know about Cleveland's newest carrier: Leisure destinations only Allegiant targets the leisure travel market exclusively, primarily north to south. From Cleveland, the airline will fly to six cities in Florida, plus Phoenix, New Orleans, Austin, Myrtle Beach and Savannah/Hilton Head. Many times, Allegiant flies into smaller, alternative airports (including Orlando Sanford, Punta Gorda and Phoenix-Mesa). Elsewhere, they fly into big, international airports, as in Austin, New Orleans and Fort Lauderdale. In addition to focusing only on leisure destinations, the airline also flies only on the most popular travel days. To New Orleans, for example, the carrier is flying Fridays and Mondays only, hoping to capitalize on weekend travelers. Allegiant is beginning with twice-weekly flights on all of its Cleveland routes, except Orlando Sanford (three times a week), Punta Gorda (three times a week) and St. Pete-Clearwater (four times a week). Fees, fees, and more fees Like its low-cost cousins, Allegiant entices travelers with super-low base fares that buy you a seat only. Most travelers need more: A checked bag is $20, a carry-on is $15 - but only if you pay for it when you buy your ticket. Otherwise, it's $45 or $50 (one-way). The price for an advanced seat assignment varies by flight, but starts at $10. And yes, of course, you'll pay for your Coke and chips. Allegiant also continues to charge an $8 fee to use a credit card to buy a ticket. The company also makes a big chunk of revenue from travelers who buy hotel rooms, rental cars and other vacation amenities on its site. Reliability and safety concerns Allegiant also saves money by flying older, used airplanes. Its fleet of 85 planes is the oldest among major U.S. carriers, with an average age of 22 years. When these older planes break down - and they do - it can create havoc for an airline that only flies to a destination two or three times a week. The Internet has an abundance of stories from unhappy Allegiant passengers, who have missed half of their vacation (or can't get home) because of flight delays and cancellations, caused by mechanical or weather issues. A bigger problem, according to the Tampa Bay Times, is whether the airline's planes are safe. The newspaper in November published the results of a major analysis of Federal Aviation Administration records, which concluded that Allegiant planes are four times as likely to fail during flight as those operated by other major U.S. airlines. The paper studied 65,000 records from 2015, and found that the average U.S. airline had about three unexpected landings caused by mechanical problems for every 10,000 flights. Allegiant had 12. The FAA last year cited Allegiant for a series of minor procedural infractions and required the airline to file a plan to address the findings, which it did last fall. In response to the newspaper's findings, Allegiant CEO Maurice Gallagher Jr. acknowledged that the airline needed to make some changes. "I don't disagree with the thrust of your numbers," he said in an interview with Times reporters. "We want to be well-known as being reliable and on time, and obviously safe, and that's an important part of our brand. And we're going to make sure we do those things. But if you stub your toe, step up and own it and move on." The airline is in the midst of phasing out its oldest airplanes, MD-80s that have been flying for nearly three decades. Last July, the carrier made its first-ever order for new airplanes, contracting with Airbus for 12 new A320s. Where they fly AllegiantFrontierSpirit Austin Atlanta Atlanta Destin, Fla. Cancun Boston Fort Lauderdale Charlotte Dallas Jacksonville Denver Fort Lauderdale Myrtle Beach Fort Myers Fort Myers New Orleans Houston Las Vegas Orlando Sanford Las Vegas Los Angeles Phoenix-Mesa Los Angeles Myrtle Beach Punta Gorda Minneapolis-St. Paul New Orleans Savannah/Hilton Head Orlando Orlando St. Pete-Clearwater Phoenix Tampa Portland Raleigh-Durham San Diego San Francisco Seattle Tampa Source: the airlines; note that not all routes have started and many are seasonal Cleveland's debut At least initially, Cleveland's new routes will be flown with a combination of MD-80s and Airbus 319s and 320s (to check which planes are used on which routes, see seatguru.com). The carrier kicks off its service in Cleveland with a Wednesday afternoon flight to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. On Thursday, flights begin to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Punta Gorda and Savannah/Hilton Head. And Friday: Austin, New Orleans and Phoenix. Flights to Myrtle Beach start in April and to Destin, Florida, in May. With those 11 destinations, Hopkins will have more Allegiant destinations than any northern city except Cincinnati. Allegiant spokeswoman Krysta Levy said the airline has been pleased with ticket sales so far. "Northeast Ohio has always been an important area for Allegiant, and we're excited that we get to serve even more travelers with more new service for the area." In addition to its short history at Akron-Canton, Allegiant also flies to several destinations from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. Cleveland's launch, however, marks a major expansion by the carrier - in a region that already has several low-cost carriers battling for customers. Tom Reich, an aviation consultant based in Washington, said he thinks Cleveland can support the additional capacity. "The pie is large enough," said Reich, director of air service development at AvPORTS, an airport management company. "Allegiant is coming to Cleveland because they see there's still a vacuum. If they thought the market was already saturated, they wouldn't come in." Todd Payne, chief of marketing and air service development at Hopkins, said Allegiant's aim is to actually grow the pie - by enticing more people to travel. "Air fares are going to continue to drop, for sure," he said. "This is a new test for their industry. Let's see how they do."
1096 points by The Plain Dealer | Southwest Airlines Airline Low-cost carrier US Airways Airline hub Airport Delta Air Lines AirTran Airways
Wi-Fi calls on planes OK? Answer is loud and clear: No
The Transportation Department has received more than 7,000 comments that almost universally urge a ban against Wi-Fi calls on planes.       
73 points by USA Today | Flight attendant Airline Delta Air Lines US Airways Southwest Airlines Pan American World Airways Aircraft Avianca
Crazed pilot rants about politics and divorce over plane intercom
A hysterical pilot dressed in civilian clothing took over an intercom on a San Francisco bound-flight and starting ranting about politics and her divorce, according to a report. The early morning diatribe at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport continued until the unnamed pilot–who was scheduled to charter the flight– was overcome by tears, and removed from the...
2280 points by New York Post | Airline Southwest Airlines Delta Air Lines US Airways Twitter United Airlines Aircraft Airport
JetBlue joins American in scaling back service to Cuba
When the Obama administration announced an agreement last year to allow regularly scheduled flights into Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years, major U.S. airlines stumbled over each other to get access to the island nation. But now JetBlue says it is reducing its service to Cuba, becoming...
86 points by Los Angeles Times | Cuba Delta Air Lines American Airlines Los Angeles International Airport Southwest Airlines Northwest Airlines Alaska Airlines United States
Rock musician charged with having loaded gun on Delta flight
ATLANTA (AP) — Rock guitarist Rick Derringer told a federal air marshal that he keeps his gun with him on commercial airline flights 30 to 50 times a year, and was only detained last month at Atlanta's airport near the…
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Delta Air Lines Airline Georgia George Wallace Avianca Northwest Airlines John F. Kennedy International Airport United States
Video shows moment plane’s engine catches fire at JFK Airport
This is the moment an airplane engine catches fire at John F. Kennedy International Airport, dramatic footage shows. The Buenos Aires-bound Argentina Airlines flight 1201 moves down the runway when a loud boom sounds off, and the jet is surrounded by an orange flash of light. The small fire occurred around 11 p.m. Thursday. By...
15 points by New York Post | Airport Delta Air Lines JetBlue Airways John F. Kennedy International Airport John F. Kennedy Aircraft United Airlines Eastern Air Lines
Plane engine catches fire just before takeoff at JFK
A plane engine fire caused delays at John F. Kennedy airport Thursday night, officials said. A representative for the Port Authority confirmed an Argentina Airlines flight 1301 bound for Buenos Aires experienced a small engine fire around 11 p.m. just prior to takeoff. By the time Emergency Service crews responded, the flames were already out,...
24 points by New York Post | John F. Kennedy Miami John F. Kennedy International Airport Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Airport Delta Air Lines Buenos Aires Avianca
Trump shows interest in privatizing air traffic control
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told airline and airport executives Thursday that he is interested in privatizing America’s air traffic control system and improving the nation’s airports and roads, which he called obsolete.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Southwest Airlines Federal Aviation Administration Air traffic control Airport Airline United Airlines Delta Air Lines Privatization
Jason Derulo accuses American Airlines of racial discrimination
"If I wasn't Jason Derulo, I wouldn't be here right now," he said. "I'd be in f—king cuffs. It's 100 percent racial."
43 points by New York Post | Southwest Airlines Airline Aircraft Airport American Airlines Avianca Delta Air Lines Pan American World Airways
Delta Airlines accused of denying mandated sick leave to workers
Delta Airlines and three other carriers have denied workers mandated sick leave, according to the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs.
2539 points by Daily News | Delta Air Lines Airline Eastern Air Lines Avianca John F. Kennedy International Airport Pan American World Airways Flight attendant Northwest Airlines
Passenger traffic up in 2016 at Detroit Metro Airport
Nearly a million more airline passengers used Detroit Metropolitan Airport in 2016 than in the previous year.        
6 points by Detroit Free Press | Metro Detroit Southwest Airlines Wayne County Michigan Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Detroit Delta Air Lines World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Airport
Detroit Metro passenger traffic up second straight year
Metro had 34.4 million passengers come through its gates in 2016        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Delta Air Lines Southwest Airlines Airline Northwest Airlines Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Low-cost carrier Airline hub US Airways
Passenger traffic up in 2016 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) - Nearly a million more airline passengers used Detroit Metropolitan Airport in 2016 than in the previous year. Passenger traffic topped $34.4 million last year at the airport in Romulus, southwest of Detroit. Officials partly credit the 960,000 increase to new domestic and international service. The Wayne ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Metro Detroit Southwest Airlines Wayne County Michigan Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Detroit World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Delta Air Lines Romulus Michigan
DHS security report gravely worried that would-be terrorists could be among US airport insiders
A fresh report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) voices concern that lone-wolf attacks could be carried out at US airports by individuals with access to secure areas, such as employees, who currently number around 900,000 people. Read Full Article at RT.com
218 points by Russia Today | Security Terrorism Airport security Infrastructure security Delta Air Lines National security Airline Transportation Security Administration
Travelers are unhappy with new Cleveland Hopkins International Airport shuttle stops
Passengers are unhappy with the new pick up and drop off location for shuttles at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - For a recent flight, Glenn Reichart parked his car at the Airport Fast Park lot on Snow Road like usual. On the five-minute shuttle ride to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the Hudson native befriended a 90-year-old World War II veteran. The man, whose name he never got, was confused about how to get to the ticketing area from the shuttle's drop-off location. After unsuccessfully trying to give directions, Reichart led the man to the United Airlines counter. "It can be very confusing compared to the curbside before," said Reichart, who  personally isn't that bothered by the move. Off-site and long-term parking shuttles used to drop off passengers just outside of ticketing in the main airport terminal. But since May 2015, the pick-up and drop off location for most shuttles has moved to the limo lot, which is past the main roadway and requires taking two escalators to access. Passengers say the new location is confusing and burdensome. Nearly two years ago, the airport underwent a $36 million terminal facade and parking canopy project and relocated shuttle buses from the main roadway because of traffic flow during construction. The renovation wrapped up last summer but shuttles still haven't returned to the main roadway. "I'm just surprised it's taken them 21 months," said Libby Thuning of Amherst, who was waiting for a shuttle last week after her flight from Ft. Lauderdale. Timeline for change When The Plain Dealer last wrote about the relocation of the airport shuttles in September, Fred Szabo, the airport's interim director at the time, said staff was analyzing the issue and developing a long-term ground transportation plan. There is not yet a timetable on when Robert Kennedy, who this month was named the airport director, will make a decision on how to proceed, said Michele Dynia, communications manager for Cleveland Hopkins. "The new director has walked the drop-off locations with staff and listened to passenger comments. He still plans to review the work already performed and look at examples from other airports for possible solutions," Dynia said. Cleveland Hopkins renovations: What to look for, what travelers think (photos) Shuttle drivers initially were told they would be able to use the main roadway starting in mid-2016 when the renovations were set to be complete, said Crystal Rodin of Berea, who has driven for Airport Fast Park for the past five years. "It's just a big hassle," Rodin said. "It's an inconvenience to our passengers." Airport Fast Park uses the limo lot, which is somewhat removed from the main terminal. The limo lot is the drop-off site for all shuttles from the orange lot, a hotel or an off-site parking lot. After getting off the shuttle, travelers need to take an escalator down to the lower level where the RTA station is, then take another escalator up to the ticketing area. When arriving at the airport by shuttle - either from the orange lot, a hotel or an off-site parking lot, travelers now are dropped off at the limo lot. Here's the path they must take to the ticketing area: "I don't know how people who aren't from here know," said Kevin Hocevar of Cleveland, who flies a few times every quarter. "There are multiple levels." Even for the seasoned travelers, navigating the route from limo lot to ticketing is a tricky one. Despite signs marking the way, it's a long path that involves passing through three different levels of the airport. Sam Jordan of Youngstown sees that confusion on the faces of his customers. He runs See the World Tours and leads groups of travelers from across the country on sight-seeing trips. The groups depart from Cleveland Hopkins about every month, and Jordan is disappointed in the new location of the shuttles. "I like it better when it's at the airport itself. A lot of my people are 50-plus and dragging suitcases," said Jordan, who took a shuttle from the nearby Crowne Plaza hotel lot. "...They've accepted it because there's no other choice." The old location of the shuttles was not without its faults though, he said. Shuttles used to drop off passengers in the middle aisle of the main roadway, leaving people to "dodge cars" to get into the ticketing area. The waiting game But in the limo lot, the canopy erected to shield passengers often is not wide enough to accommodate travelers and their luggage, and many people end up walking in front of the parking shuttles, Airport Fast Park's Rodin said. And, while the canopy does offer protection from the wind, it's not an ideal waiting area, according to Marcina Alston of Los Angeles and Michele Washington of Columbus. "I wish they were a little more convenient so we didn't have to stand in the elements," Washington said while waiting for a shuttle from the Sheraton hotel lot. "The other night, when we came in, it was freezing." "This is very inconvenient," said Alston, who originally is from Cleveland and flies back a few times a year. "When we first were dropped off here, I was shocked." The two agreed that having heaters in the canopy area would help make the wait time better. Doris Dawson of Mansfield and her husband, Delbert Dawson, headed back inside the main airport building to wait for their shuttle from Days Inn to get out of the January weather last week. From there, they could watch for an approaching shuttle and then race outside and through the canopy tunnel to try to get on their shuttle before it filled with other travelers. It's more challenging for drivers to expeditiously pick up passengers because of the limited size of the limo lot, Airport Fast Park's Rodin said. Companies are only permitted to have one shuttle waiting for passengers at the airport at a time. Plus, shuttles no longer have designated drop off spots by company, so passengers don't always know exactly where to wait to catch their rides. "We had assigned doors before," Rodin said. "When people came out, there wasn't so much confusion." Joe Tortorelli, who is from Illinois and works for the regional Piedmont Airlines, however, said the shuttle situation was "pretty easy" to navigate. "It's not that far of a walk. At most airports, you have to walk this far," said Tortorelli, who was visiting Cleveland Hopkins for the first time and waiting for a shuttle at the limo lot.  The drop off and pick up location for shuttles from the brown lot at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport now is located at the north end of the baggage claim level. While not quite as far away as the limo lot, the drop off and pick up location for brown lot shuttles still is more of a hike than it used to be. 
324 points by The Plain Dealer | United Airlines Delta Air Lines Airport Southwest Airlines Runway Star Alliance CommutAir Chautauqua Airlines
Official: 3 dead in plane crash near west Georgia airport
A fire official says three people are dead following a plane crash near a small airport in western Georgia. WSB-TV reports Bud Benefield, a deputy fire chief for Carroll County, confirmed the crash ...
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Scenes from Metro Airport, 1931-2008
      
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Woman dragged off Delta flight pleads guilty
Rhima Coleman was dragged off a Delta flight by an officer for allegedly failing to follow boarding procedures        
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Apple, Google, Uber join fight against Trump travel ban
SEATTLE (AP) — Dozens of tech companies, including behemoths like Apple, Google, and Facebook, are siding with Washington state and Minnesota as they fight President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the…
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Travelers arrive in U.S. to hugs and tears after ban is lifted
Travelers from the seven predominantly Muslim countries targeted by President Donald Trump enjoyed tearful reunions with loved ones in the U.S. on Sunday after a federal judge swept the ban aside.Airlines around the world allowed people to board flights as usual to the United States. One lawyer wait...
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Your in-flight movie screen is going extinct
Book a domestic flight on any of the Big Three U.S. airlines, and you won't be sure whether the seat in front of you has a screen. Some do, while most don't. Eventually maybe none will.
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