Following the tragic incident on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, passengers lauded pilot and former US Navy fighter pilot Tammie Jo Shults' cool demeanor and heroism. "She has nerves of steel," said passenger Alfred Tumlinson.
Phil Brown, director of Orlando International Airport in Florida, praised the Transportation Security Administration for working with the airport to make improvements designed to ease checkpoint congestion. "They have added additional personnel, they have additional K-9 teams and we have worked together to reconfigure the west checkpoint, opening it up last Friday with three additional lanes," Brown said.
Passengers on a flight that landed at Houghton County Memorial Airport in Michigan on Tuesday were kept aboard the plane while Michigan State Police and the Houghton County Sheriff's Office apprehended a suspicious person. The person had attempted to access an airport computer and told airport personnel that she had a gun and wanted to be arrested.
Roof-mounted fast chargers have been installed at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to power its fleet of electric buses. The chargers deliver power in short bursts when the buses make stops along their routes.
Angie Solis took to Facebook to praise Transportation Security Administration officer Alicia Houston for the special attention and courtesy Houston gave her son, who has autism, while guiding the boy through screening. "She treated him like a person with feelings and a voice and worth. ... Thank you TSA, from the bottom of my heart for making this experience stress-free," Solis wrote.
This week, St. Louis Lambert International Airport opened an additional Precheck screening lane at its Terminal 2 Transportation Security Administration checkpoint. "The security expansion gives the TSA additional flexibility to increase passenger screenings and reduce security wait times," said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, the airport's director.
On Saturday, Wilmington International Airport in North Carolina will hold its 5th annual Autism Takes Flight event. The event allows children with autism and their families to practice going through airport check-in, security screening and baggage claim.
This week, Great Falls International Airport in Montana is hosting a sign-up event for the Transportation Security Administration's Precheck program. Travelers enrolled in Precheck don't have to remove their shoes or belts for security screening.
United Airlines has returned to St. Maarten's Princess Juliana International Airport and will provide weekly service to Newark, N.J. The airline suspended service to the island last fall after Hurricane Irma.