TSA Stepping Up Random Security Screenings For Airport Workers

TSA Stepping Up Random Security Screenings For Airport Workers

There’s a good chance you’ve been waiting (patiently) in the airport security line, preparing to take off your shoes, your belt, remove your laptop, and place everything on the belt, only to see an airport employee breezily walk through the side gate with a quick flick of their badge. That scenario will likely be less and less frequent around the country as the Transportation Security Administration plans to increase random checks of airport and airline employees.  [More]

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Thousands Of Flights Canceled, Delayed As Storm System Wreaks Holiday Travel Havoc

Even if you haven’t had to fly anywhere yesterday or today, you’re likely aware that there’s a large storm system currently duffing up air travel across the U.S. Time to break out the leftover egg nog and reconcile yourself to the inevitable nog hangover, travelers, as thousands of flights have been canceled or delayed already. [More]

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Best Buy’s Geek Squad Deploys To Help Air Travelers For Free

Best Buy’s Geek Squad is setting up an outpost in an unexpected location. They’re deploying tech support teams to the airport nearest Best Buy headquarters, Minneapolis-St. Paul International, to help travelers with their electronics, provide a free charging station and computers for public user, give away gadget prizes, and of course to promote their brand to thousands of people of people who travel to, from, or through the airport. [More]

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Workers At Seven U.S. Airports Set To Strike Wednesday Night

Travelers at seven of the country’s busiest airports may experience delays or other issues tomorrow as thousands of airport workers plan to strike Wednesday night protesting poor working conditions and threats related to their efforts to unionize. [More]

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Lack Of Windows 3.1 Technicians Causes Traffic Backup At French Airport

In your office, there might be an ancient, dusty computer lurking in a corner that no one remembers to take to the electronics recycling place. Maybe it runs some scary-old operating system like Windows 95, and you wouldn’t use it for a mission-critical function. Would you? At Orly airport outside of Paris, France, the breakdown of a program that provides weather and visibility updates to pilots grounded dozens of planes. The problem: that program only runs on Windows 3.1. [More]

Feds Investigating After 20 Laser Strikes Aimed At Aircraft Reported Across The U.S. In One Night

Feds Investigating After 20 Laser Strikes Aimed At Aircraft Reported Across The U.S. In One Night

Federal investigators have been kept busy this year investigating laser strikes at the nation’s airports, but in just one night, their workload jumped by quite a bit: more than 20 laser incidents were reported overnight between Wednesday at Thursday, at airports across the country.

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Airlines 4 America estimates the 10 busiest airports in the U.S. during the Thanksgiving holiday.

More Than 25M Travelers Expected To Hit The Skies This Thanksgiving

If you’re planning to fly the friendly skies in order to visit family and friends this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, you’ll have plenty of company in the form of nearly 25.3 million other travelers.  [More]

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Traveler Accused Of Smuggling 11 Pounds Of Liquid Cocaine In Olive Oil, Vinegar Bottles

Perhaps you have a secret ingredient for adding a little kick to your salad dressing, but if it’s cocaine, law enforcement officials aren’t going to let you keep it: U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport say a passenger arrived with 11 pounds of liquid cocaine packed inside oil and vinegar bottles in his luggage. [More]

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Chicago Residents Want City To Buy Their Homes, Claiming Living Near O’Hare Airport Is A Noisy Nightmare

A group of residents living near O’Hare International Airport are suing the city of Chicago, seeking to make the city buy their homes. They claim their houses have become unlivable after a spike in jet noise from O’Hare, after a new runway opened two years ago.

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Bride & Groom’s “TNT” Wedding Favors Spark Evacuation At Denver Airport

No matter how clever it is to put you and your intended’s initials on glass jars filled with fancy bath salts and topped with wax seals and fuses — “T” and “T” becomes “TNT, get it? — it’s not a great idea if you’re headed to the airport. See, the Transportation Security Administration can’t let something labeled as an explosive through without thoroughly checking things out, which, in this case, turned into an evacuation of the Denver International Airport.

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98-Year-Old Traveler Says Airline Rolled Her Into Baggage Claim, Forgot About Her

98-Year-Old Traveler Says Airline Rolled Her Into Baggage Claim, Forgot About Her

Every year, a 98-year-old woman who lives in Spain flies to Texas to visit her daughter. She took American Airlines this year, and everything went well until she arrived at Dallas-Fort Worth airport, where she was supposed to be met by an attendant. A miscommunication meant that instead, she was left in the baggage claim, strapped to a wheelchair and unable to find anyone to help her. [More]

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Newark Airport Terminal Locked Down Sunday Night After Security Breach

People traveling through Newark Liberty International Airport on Sunday were in for a bit of a wait, as authorities locked down Terminal C for more than two hours after a man breached security. [More]

Two Newark Airport Stores Will No Longer Sell Drones

Two Newark Airport Stores Will No Longer Sell Drones

It isn’t just the skies around Newark Liberty International that have been seeing drones lately — until recently, two stores inside the airport were selling unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Guy Late For His Flight Accused Of Running Onto Airport Ramp In Attempt To Stop Departing Plane

Guy Late For His Flight Accused Of Running Onto Airport Ramp In Attempt To Stop Departing Plane

It might sound like a scene from a romantic comedy: A man is on his way to his high school reunion, but he’s late for his flight, he goes all out in his efforts to keep the plane from leaving without him, he reunites with his former love, all ends well, etc. Except in real life, police weren’t pleased with a man accused of running into a secure area of the Denver Airport to try to halt a departing plane he was supposed to be on.

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Suitcase Cam Shows What It’s Like To Be Luggage At The Airport

Have you ever ever wondered what it’s like for your checked luggage at the airport? Where does it go, what does it see, who touches it — does it make suitcase friends along the way? While many of those questions remain unanswered, a new video shot from the point of view of a piece of baggage cruising around behind the scenes at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is definitely mesmerizing.

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Pilots Report Seeing Drone In The Path Of Several Planes Near Newark Airport

It’s not a bird and it’s not a plane, but a drone is a very dangerous thing to have in the air when it’s not supposed to be, as officials in New York and New Jersey would like to remind people after a spate of recent drone sightings. In the latest incident, crews on four different flights spotted a drone in the path of airplanes near Newark Airport on Sunday.

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Parents: Remember To Check Your Kids’ Carry-On Bags Because Hatchets, Grenades Aren’t Allowed On Planes

Parents, we are not here to tell you how to be a parent. But might we suggest you oversee your child’s packing efforts before you head to the airport? You know, just in case said kid decides to include a dangerous weapon in their carry-on bag.

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Reminder: An Airport Runway Is Not A Safe Place To Drive, Intoxicated Or Not

Reminder: An Airport Runway Is Not A Safe Place To Drive, Intoxicated Or Not

It might be a tempting stretch of road, but the only wheels that should be hitting the runway at an airport belong to planes. In a recent example of such unsafe behavior, police say a drunk driver drove through fences and onto an active runway at the Louis Armstrong International Airport near New Orleans on Wednesday afternoon.

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