May 8, 2013 |
THE FEDERAL Occupational Health & Safety Administration has launched an inspection into working conditions at Philadelphia International Airport in response to a series of complaints filed last week on behalf of subcontracted baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants. The inspection, which can take up to six months, is a standard response to work-condition complaints, OSHA spokeswoman Leni Fortson said. The complaints allege that some airport workers employed by the subcontractor PrimeFlight Aviation Services, which does business in Philly with US Airways, United and Southwest, do not receive training on how to help handicapped passengers, are exposed to blood and other bodily fluids without protection and are forced to use faulty equipment.
May 3, 2013 |
HOUSTON - A man who had fired a gun inside a ticketing area at Houston's largest airport was killed after being confronted by a law enforcement official during an incident that sent people in the terminal scrambling and screaming, police said Thursday. It's unclear whether the man fatally shot himself or was killed by a Homeland Security agent who had confronted him, said Houston police spokesman Kese Smith. The man's name was not released by police, but they said he was about 30 years old. Police say the man walked into the ticketing area in Terminal B at Bush Intercontinental Airport around 1:35 p.m. and fired at least one shot into the air. The agent, who was in his office, came out and confronted the man, telling him to drop his weapon, but the man refused, police said.
May 2, 2013 |
Air-traffic controller furloughs ended over the weekend. Snarled operations that caused delays for travelers, especially in the New York City area, are back to normal. But no one knows for sure what the legislation untangling the situation, passed by Congress and signed by the president, will mean for 149 small airport traffic-control towers slated for reduced hours or closure June 15 because of the federal spending cuts. Airfields affected by the closures - including Trenton-Mercer Airport, where Frontier Airlines now flies to 10 cities, and the Harrisburg, Latrobe, and Lancaster airports in Pennsylvania - are hopeful the transfer of up to $253 million from an airport-improvement program to prevent reduced operations and staffing through Sept.
April 29, 2013 |
Airlines survived $147-a-barrel oil, a financial collapse on Wall Street, and a recession in 2008 by doing two things: slashing capacity - fewer flights, different-size aircrafts, recalibrated routes - and charging annoying fees for everything from baggage to "choice" seats. Nationwide, there are 8 percent fewer airplane seats with passengers in them than five years ago, according to airline analyst Daniel McKenzie, of Buckingham Research Group in New York. He recently analyzed which cities got hardest hit with seat cuts and which had the most growth.
April 24, 2013 |
Gridlock hit commercial flights at some East Coast airports Monday, as 1,500 air traffic controllers were forced to take a mandatory furlough day due to federal budget cuts. Flights into New York and Newark, N.J., were delayed an hour and 23 minutes in Newark; 2 hours and 43 minutes at John F. Kennedy airport; and one hour and 43 minutes at LaGuardia airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration website. Philadelphia International Airport experienced delays of 15 minutes or less, which is considered normal, according to the FAA website.
April 22, 2013 |
You may have heard about the airline that charges passengers according to how much they weigh, which I think is a great idea. Because airline travel isn't humiliating enough. Never mind that when you stand in the security line, you have to undress in front of perfect strangers. First you take off your shoes, so you can stand there awkwardly in your bare feet. You lose three inches, but you gain ringworm. Next you have to take off your belt. It is not embarrassing at all to have to lift up your shirt and unfasten your belt, especially if you have to suck in your belly.
April 21, 2013 |
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Atlantic City International Airport was evacuated for three hours Friday after a U.S. Transportation Security Administration employee discovered a suspicious item in a family restroom. The small package was determined by a New Jersey State Police bomb squad not to be a security threat, said Kevin Rehmann, a security and communications manager for the airport. Rehmann said the package was found shortly before noon, just after another unattended item was discovered near the Midlantic Jet Aviation terminal, a separate area adjacent to the airport's main terminal used for charter flights and private jets.
April 6, 2013
Airport-tower closings delayed WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is delaying the closing of 149 airport control towers until mid-June, to deal with legal challenges. The first 24 closures, to accommodate automatic spending cuts, had been scheduled for Sunday. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that the closures would be delayed until June 15. Trade groups representing companies that operate the towers under FAA contract filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Washington.
April 1, 2013
By Ray LaHood and Michael Huerta America's aviation system is the largest and the safest in the world, and at the U.S. Department of Transportation, we work around the clock to keep our nation flying safely. As we undergo the difficult process of making drastic, across-the-board budget cuts required by Congress under so-called sequestration, we will not deviate from our safety mission. It's important to remember that these cuts were never meant to go into effect. Sequestration was intended by Congress to force action on the deficit - not ever to become law. So it's no surprise that these cuts are painful.
March 31, 2013 |
CAIRO - A commercial airliner left Egypt for Iran on Saturday in what was the first direct passenger flight between the two countries in more than three decades, Egyptian airport officials said. Cairo-Tehran relations have warmed since the June election of Egypt's Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi. Diplomatic relations were frozen after Egypt signed its 1979 peace treaty with Israel and Iran underwent its Islamic Revolution. Cairo airport officials say a private Air Memphis flight departed for Tehran carrying eight Iranians, including two diplomats.