An editorial in the Dallas Morning News applauds Southwest Airlines' decision that cats and dogs are the only emotional support animals allowed to fly in the passenger cabin, and that travelers who say they need the animals for assistance are required to provide medical documentation.
The FedEx Express Mid-Atlantic Hub at North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport is looking to hire about 400 workers in the coming months. "We have significant pickup and delivery operations at the Greensboro hub that will only grow with this expansion," FedEx spokesman Jim Masilak said.
United Airlines' MileagePlus rewards program has been voted Favorite Frequent-Flyer program by the readers of Trazee Travel. "We are extremely proud that our customers voted MileagePlus as the favorite frequent-flyer program. United continues to build and improve our loyalty program that provides great value for all of our members, while offering a variety of earning and redemption opportunities," said Luc Bondar, United's MileagePlus president and loyalty program vice president.
AOPA reports that it has helped 5,700 pilots regain currency under its Rusty Pilot seminar program, which launched in 2014. The program offers local seminars that help pilots get back up to speed on GA changes since they last flew and become recurrent without the need for a checkride.
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa Cobb describes a daytrip that started with a short flight to New Jersey's Ocean City Municipal Airport. "The airport is popular, and several couples and families of beachgoers clad in swimsuits and trunks have also flown in, tied down, and headed through the FBO to the ocean just a couple of blocks away," she writes.
Texas' Athens Municipal Airport will spend $1.5 million to seal its runway and repair a cracked taxiway and apron. City officials have allocated $150,000 for the project, with the remaining 90% of funds expected to come from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation.
Chile's civil aviation authority on Thursday received 11 bomb threats, prompting nine flights in Chilean, Argentine and Peruvian airspace to make emergency landings. No explosives were found and police are trying to trace the origin of the threats.
Police in Anchorage, Alaska, boarded an arriving flight recently to remove a woman who was reported to be smoking and sleeping on the floor of the aircraft. The woman was arrested and held on existing warrants; she may face federal charges of interference with a flight crew.