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November 5, 2015
ISSUE | AIRPORT SECURITY Maddening delay After a nearly 10-hour flight from a wonderful vacation in Italy, my wife and I stood in line Thursday at Philadelphia International Airport for more than an hour. We waited with more than 200 fellow travelers to use the new kiosk system to clear security and customs. Many of the kiosks were not working, and the process was unfamiliar and frustrating. The staff tried to be supportive, but they admitted the system was overwhelmed when two or three flights arrived at the same time.
NEWS
October 10, 2015 | By Khalil Williams, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Barrett knows about flying. His brother worked on airplanes and flew in helicopters during the Vietnam War. And Barrett flew with a buddy years ago while the man was working toward his commercial pilot's license. But the 55-year-old software trainer from Glenmoore, Chester County, had never seen aircraft like this before. "The people who [fly] these things, I couldn't imagine [flying] them myself," Barrett said. Barrett was at the Chester County G.O. Carlson Airport in Coatesville on Thursday as the "Wings of Freedom" tour was in the second day of its three-day exhibition.
NEWS
September 13, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia International Airport will receive a $100,000 federal grant to improve signs and signals at an intersection of a runway and a taxiway. The Federal Aviation Administration said the grant "is for designing and modifying the marking and signage for the intersection of Runway 35 and Taxiway S. " The north-south runway is known as 17-35, and the improvements are part of "a national initiative to identify airport risk factors that might contribute to runway incursions," said FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Airline passengers flying into Philadelphia the week before Pope Francis' visit will be able to purchase a regular fare ticket on the SEPTA's Regional Rail Airport Line to go from Philadelphia International Airport to Center City. On Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, when the pope will be here, SEPTA will sell rail passes for the train outside Tranportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints in Terminals A, B, C and D. The Papal Passes will be available at the airport only on Saturday and Sunday, SEPTA said.
NEWS
August 28, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
To accommodate passengers and employees at Philadelphia International Airport during the pope's visit, SEPTA will run its Airport Regional Rail Line in and out of the city every 30 minutes all day and evening, but with stops at only two other stations. In interviews Wednesday, SEPTA officials described rail- and bus-route adjustments for people leaving the airport on Sept. 26 and 27, and for workers and travelers heading there. The Airport Line will be an express to University City and Jefferson Stations.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a pipe dream hatched by firefighters at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida: to build a 9/11 memorial at the NASA center to honor the hundreds of firefighters and others killed when the World Trade Center towers collapsed in a terrorist attack. And they wanted to add an artifact - a 7-foot-long steel beam - recovered from the rubble at the towers. The space center firefighters raised the money to build a pair of concrete scale replicas of the twin towers. But persuading the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to give them the relic took several years.
NEWS
August 13, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standard & Poor's downgraded its "A+" rating to "A" on Philadelphia International Airport's revenue bonds. The ratings agency said the outlook was "stable" for the airport's debt. "The downgrade reflects our assessments of PHL's additional borrowing plans," S&P credit analyst Joseph Pezzimenti said. He cited "high carrier concentration, moderately high exposure to connecting traffic, marginal S&P adjusted debt-service coverage, relatively weak liquidity position, and moderately high airline cost structure.
NEWS
July 15, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
GOD KNOWS we all make mistakes, but there's one phrase you probably should never utter at an airport-security checkpoint: "Ohhh man, I forgot that was in there!" (OK, also maybe a few others, like anything that involves cupping your hands around your mouth and yelling, "Hey everybody . . . !" But we digress.) In the post-9/11 world, firearms and explosives obviously sit at the top of any list of items that can't be stuffed into your carry-on bag. But statistics show that the number of firearms confiscated at airport-security checkpoints across the country has been climbing steadily for seven years, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
NEWS
July 2, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
WITH MUCH fanfare, a new airport lease agreement came in for a final and smooth landing yesterday after a somewhat turbulent journey to Mayor Nutter's desk. Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke jointly signed the five-year lease between Philadelphia International Airport and the airlines that use the city-owned facility. Under the lease agreement, effective today, airline subcontractors must pay $12 an hour to about 2,000 airport workers, including baggage handlers, aircraft cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
After two days of intense negotiations, airlines at Philadelphia International Airport and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) reached an agreement on "labor peace" language in a new five- to seven-year lease with the city. Beginning July 1, about 2,000 workers employed by airline subcontractors, including skycaps, wheelchair attendants, aircraft cabin cleaners, and baggage handlers, will be paid $12 an hour, in keeping with a "living wage" standard approved by Philadelphia voters in May 2014.
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