Complaints about stolen items have prompted officials at Pittsburgh International Airport to warn travelers to keep a close eye on their possessions as they pass through security. In the past year, police have received a dozen complaints about stolen items, including at least two involving a traveler stealing another traveler's laptop. The TSA warned travelers who are stopped for additional screening to continue to be mindful of their possessions. "Make the officer there aware that you might be a little concerned about your items. They're going to tell you to keep an eye on it," said TSA spokesman Jeff Martinelli.
Montana's Helena Regional Airport is among the latest airports to receive a new Transportation Security Administration scanner that displays only generic images of travelers. ?The use of this technology enhances privacy protections while maintaining a high level of security,? said TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers. The TSA has installed about 170 scanners at U.S. airports.
Delta Air Lines and US Airways posted profits of $124 million and $48 million, respectively, compared with losses in the previous year and predicted a strong summer travel season based on steady demand growth. Observers are predicting that airlines will try for further airfare increases to capitalize on the strong demand.
JetBlue Airways posted a profit of $30 million for its first quarter, compared with a profit of $3 million in the same quarter last year. First-quarter revenue increased 19% on a year-over-year basis on a capacity boost of 12%. "Despite an uncertain economic environment, we delivered record revenue performance and fully offset the increase in fuel costs with higher revenues," said CEO Dave Barger.
US Airways says a merger with American Airlines would create $1.2 billion a year in new value and would reduce labor costs. "There is a tremendous amount of value created by merging US Airways and AMR, and we can and should use a portion of that to give employees more than AMR can on a stand-alone basis," said US Airways President Scott Kirby. An AMR representative didn't respond to Kirby's comment.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has proposed legislation that would speed up removal of Canada geese from a wildlife refuge near a New York airport in a bid to reduce the number of bird strikes on planes. The Federal Aviation Administration this year has received reports of 1,090 bird strikes through March 31.
Registration now open for the Transportation Security Clearinghouse Workshop
Registration is now open for AAAE’s Transportation Security Clearinghouse Workshop on May 22 and 23, at the new AAAE Conference Center in Alexandria, Va. This annual workshop allows airport and air carrier representatives to discuss and learn the latest policy updates and technology and tools available to best comply with the evolving Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements regarding background checks for aviation workers, including Security Threat Assessments and fingerprint-based Criminal History Record Checks. Click here to register today. Discounted registration rates expire on April 6!