December 17, 2014
ANTHONY REYNOLDS got fired on Sunday, Dec. 7. Before that, the 51-year-old West Philadelphia native worked as a cabin cleaner at the Philadelphia International Airport making $8.50 an hour. For nearly six months Reynolds left work disappointed because his employer denied him a wage increase to $10.88 an hour, which was mandated by Philadelphia voters and Mayor Nutter. Over those six months, Anthony worked through the Ebola scare despite inadequate safety procedures, he supported his co-workers when they striked for better conditions and he testified twice in City Council about his working conditions.
October 29, 2014 |
A LACK OF protection from Ebola won't fly for subcontracted airport workers. Employees trying to unionize as well as representatives from SEIU, a labor union that represents more than 1.9 million workers in the U.S. and Canada, gathered at Philadelphia International Airport yesterday to voice concerns about potential exposure to the virus. "We need to replace fear with facts," said Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., who spoke at the event. "This virus doesn't know hierarchy. It doesn't know the CEO from the person doing the cabins in the airplane.
October 27, 2014 |
It was a disaster waiting to happen. At 10 a.m. Saturday - as scheduled - a startling bang and a few puffs of multicolored smoke kicked off a carefully planned emergency-preparedness exercise at Philadelphia International Airport. Strewn across the runway were more than 100 volunteer victims and an American Airlines jet. "I can't feel my leg!" one victim called out. The live drill, required every three years by the Federal Aviation Administration, had begun. As the airport's Engine 78 arrived first on scene, the air-traffic control tower declared a major aircraft incident at the highest level.
October 23, 2014 |
All passengers arriving in the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will now be required to fly into one of the five airports that have enhanced screening for the deadly Ebola virus, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday. The additional travel restrictions, designed to prevent the spread of Ebola, mean that travelers from the three West African countries hardest hit by the disease, if not flying into one of the five U.S. airports with increased screening, will have to rebook their flights.
October 10, 2014 |
Five U.S. airports that receive the vast majority of travelers from the countries of West Africa hit hardest by Ebola will begin new screening procedures for passengers who may have been exposed to the deadly virus. Philadelphia International Airport is not one of them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that it would send staff to the five airports, starting Saturday at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, which receives nearly half of all travelers to the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
August 27, 2014 |
American Airlines and its merger partner, US Airways, are renovating a warehouse at Philadelphia International Airport to include refrigeration for pharmaceuticals and other health-care products. When it opens this fall, the temperature-controlled plant will be able to handle four to five times the current amount of perishable, time-sensitive, and valuable airfreight, including vaccines and blood products, that arrive and leave in the belly of planes on US Airways and American passenger flights.
June 30, 2014 |
For 20 years, Richard Schwarz rented cars at affordable rates on weekends at Philadelphia International Airport. By combining airline promotions, frequent-flier miles, and deals offered by the rental companies, the Center City resident said he could snag a weekend bargain starting at $15 or $16 a day. No longer. It just got $8 a day more expensive to rent a car at Philadelphia airport. The Pennsylvania legislature approved, and Gov. Corbett signed into law in November, a transportation funding bill that included an $8-a-day "customer facility charge" to pay for the design, construction, and eventual operation of a consolidated car-rental facility.
June 11, 2014 |
The low-paid airport workers who cheered when Mayor Nutter signed an executive order in May that extended minimum wage benefits to subcontractors such as them are not cheering anymore. Three weeks have passed since the mayor's order, applying the $10.88 minimum wage requirement to subcontractors, went into effect. But the paychecks of many of those airport workers still reflect $7.50 hourly wages. The order applies to any bids or proposals issued after May 20, and starting Jan. 1, all proposals and contracts will include a $12-an-hour minimum wage requirement.
May 16, 2014 |
The price tag for the long-discussed expansion of Philadelphia International Airport, including a controversial new runway, has grown to a total $7.47 billion - more than $1 billion above the last estimate. CH2M Hill, the Denver-based engineering and construction firm hired by the city to lead the project-management team, recalculated the numbers based on 2013 dollars. The old tab, $6.4 billion, was based on 2010 financial data. The Federal Aviation Administration's original estimate was $5.2 billion in 2005.
May 12, 2014 |
It is a peaceful neighborhood, filled with the sounds of chirping birds, barking dogs, and children playing on manicured lawns. Until an airplane takes off or roars in for a landing. The constant rumble of engines at Philadelphia International Airport is part of the sound track of Tinicum Township, Delaware County, home to 4,000 people and two-thirds of the airport. For years, it also was a reminder of the looming threat that the city of Philadelphia would seize and raze 72 houses in Tinicum as part of a massive expansion project.