American Airlines has purchased 3D bag scanning machines that the airline plans to install at eight US airports once the machines are approved by the Transportation Security Administration. "We are always looking at ways to invest in technology that enhances global aviation security while improving the customer experience," said American's Kerry Philipovitch.
Air Canada says it wants to enter into a joint venture with United Airlines now that Canadian regulators may be more open to the idea. The two airlines attempted to coordinate their cross-border flights in 2012, but the plan was stymied by Canadian regulators, citing concerns that the deal would hurt competition.
Nicholas E. Calio, president and CEO of A4A, tells CNBC's "Squawk Box" that consumers do not deserve to be treated like "piggy banks" while many airports are diverting about $1 billion per year in revenues to other purposes. Calio urged elected officials to hold the line against uncapping the airport tax hikes on the traveling public. "We are going to fight this because our passengers pay too much already in taxes and fees," Calio said. "What we have here are the airports and some politicians wanting more, and it's unnecessary."
EnCore's Lift seat has been designated the preferred seat for the Boeing 737 aircraft, complementing the aircraft's interior colors scheme. "Boeing spends so much time and effort in the Boeing Sky Interior and thinking about perception of space and perception of in-flight comfort, but the big missing piece for them is they had no influence over the seat, which is such a big piece of passenger experience -- the thing you actually sit [in]," said EnCore's Elijah Dobrusin.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved language in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that will separate the FAA and air traffic control. Under the bill, ATC will be transferred to a nonprofit entity.
American Airlines is moving to the IBM cloud this summer under a long-term agreement signed last year. "We wanted to ensure the [cloud] provider would be a champion of Cloud Foundry and open-source technologies so we don't get locked down by proprietary solutions," said American's Daniel Henry.
United Airlines' push to embrace mobile technology included the distribution of more than 50,000 devices to everyone from pilots to baggage handlers. "Of the 87,000 employees that we have at United Airlines, more than 60,000 of them don't work behind a desk -- they're pilots, flight attendants, customer service agents, ramp agents, baggage handlers, etc.," said Linda Jojo, United's chief digital officer.
Immigration lawyers are preparing to monitor US airports when President Donald Trump's travel ban is implemented on Thursday. "Our hope is unlike the chaos that previously occurred, there will be a much smoother and much less traumatic result," said attorney Caitlin Bellis of Public Counsel in Los Angeles.
An American Airlines flight from Boston to Los Angeles was diverted to Denver International Airport because of a disruptive passenger. Denver police boarded the plane and arrested the man before the plane went on to Los Angeles.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport boasts amenities designed to ease travelers' stress, including therapy dogs, a yoga studio, comfortable seating and a children's play area. Interested travelers can pay to use a Minute Suite to catch a nap or to watch TV.
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