The Office of Inspector General has recommended that the Transportation Security Administration implement a schedule for updating its manuals on handling sensitive information, track sensitive security information redaction challenges, document justifications for changes in the agency's position on such sensitive information and make the changes accessible to employees.
Redesigned Transportation Security Administration screening lanes at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport provide travelers with their own work areas, so passengers who need more time to get through security won't slow down people in line behind them.
The Federal Aviation Administration has recognized Stillwater Regional Airport with its 2017 Oklahoma Regional Airport of the Year Award. "It's very important for everyone to understand that an award like this is a product of our staff and the partnership that exists between the City of Stillwater, the Airport Authority, Oklahoma State University, the Chamber of Commerce and Visit Stillwater," said Gary Johnson, director of the airport.
A humanoid robot named Josie Pepper will assist travelers at Munich Airport in Germany for the next few weeks. Officials from the airport and Lufthansa will monitor passengers' reaction to the robot to determine whether to put similar technology in other locations.
Alaska Airlines has expanded its Wine Flies Free program to include 18 more airports on the West Coast. The program lets Mileage Plan members check a case of wine for free on domestic flights at select airports.
Virginia's Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is working to minimize traffic disruptions as it begins construction of two new security checkpoint buildings. The project is expected to take at least a year and delays are expected as soon as early March.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved a $30 million expansion of Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y. The project will include a new 20,000-square-foot international arrivals area with a permanent customs inspection facility.
In March, Hawaiian Airlines will launch freight operations between Honolulu and Kahului and Hilo, using newly delivered ATR 72-200(F) aircraft. "The freighters are LD-3 compatible, which matches with our A330-200s. This will allow a lot of small industries around the islands to hook up with international markets," said the airline's Brad Matheny.
Air Transport World has named Air Canada the 2018 Eco-Airline of the Year, noting its commitment to reducing emissions and its support for alternative fuels. "We are very pleased that ATW has recognized the effectiveness of our environmental programs, including our participation in the development and support of alternative fuels in Canada, and our efforts to contribute to healthier communities," said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada's president and CEO.
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