CBP seizes counterfeit designer goods worth $2.6M at Ky. airport | Survey reveals flight attendants abused by medicated passengers | FlyersRights.org pushes for aviation industry reform
May 17, 2019
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Flights delayed as odor forces partial evacuation of Texas ATC tower
An air traffic control tower at Texas' Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was partially evacuated Thursday morning due to an odor, and workers rotated in and out of the building as air purifiers and fans worked to dispel the fumes. Flights arriving at the airport experienced one-hour delays and FlightStats.com noted that at least 100 flights were affected.
KTVT-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth)/The Associated Press (5/16) 
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CBP seizes counterfeit designer goods worth $2.6M at Ky. airport
US Customs and Border Protection officers seized a shipment of counterfeit goods at the Louisville Port of Entry at Kentucky's Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. The goods had an estimated value of $2.6 million and included knock-offs of Rolex watches and Michael Kors handbags.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Louisville, Ky. (5/16) 
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Survey reveals flight attendants abused by medicated passengers
Some 68% of 100 surveyed flight attendants said they have seen more passengers self-medicating over the past year. The medicated passengers can cause problems for flight attendants: 38% experienced physical abuse from a passenger on medication, 46% reported being verbally insulted by a medicated passenger and 7% said they had been sexually harassed by a medicated passenger.
Business Insider (5/16) 
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FlyersRights.org pushes for aviation industry reform
Paul Hudson, president of the consumer advocacy group FlyersRights.org, gave a presentation at the GAD Airport Development Conference in Chicago in which he proposed a series of reforms to make traveling easier on air passengers, including mandating or encouraging larger planes at congested airports, making passenger rights information easily available at airports and mandating common gates at hub airports.
TravelPulse (5/16) 
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Passenger removed from flight after joking about vodka
A passenger was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight at Los Angeles International Airport after jokingly asking if the water being distributed by a flight attendant was vodka. Sacramento County sheriff's deputies escorted the passenger off the plane; no charges were filed.
New York Post (5/15) 
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Airport Ops Spotlight
American Airlines launches new Flagship Lounge at Texas airport
American Airlines on Thursday opened its newest Flagship Lounge in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport's Terminal D. The lounge is reserved for Flagship First and Flagship Business travelers and features showers, luxury seating, hot and cold foods, wine and a selection of craft beers.
TravelPulse (5/16) 
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Pinnacle Logistics to add 500 cargo jobs at Ill. airport
Pinnacle Logistics is looking to add 500 jobs at Chicago Rockford International Airport, where the company already employs 235 workers. The airport is finishing up a $10 million expansion of its international cargo terminal and was granted $9 million to pay for expanded cargo jet parking.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (5/16) 
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Air mail came to St. Joseph, Mo., on May 12, 1926
Wardell Schoff has a collection of memorabilia commemorating the first air mail flight to arrive in St. Joseph, Mo., on May 12, 1926. His aunt, Gladys Schoff, was there and kept newspaper articles and coins struck to celebrate the event.
St. Joseph News-Press (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (5/16) 
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Commuter charter service proposed in Calif.
The Greater Folsom Partnership will test a regular charter service between California's Sacramento Mather Airport and either San Carlos Airport or San Jose International Airport. Luxe Aviation will fly the route this summer with an eight-passenger King Air 200.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (5/16) 
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Airline News Spotlight
US airlines receive tentative approval for Tokyo flights
American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines have received tentative approval to launch service to Haneda International Airport in Japan. American will offer flights from Los Angeles and Dallas; United will fly from Chicago, Washington-Dulles, Los Angeles and Newark, N.J.; and Hawaiian Airlines will offer service from Honolulu.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (5/16),  Reuters (5/16) 
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