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Southwest Airlines unveiled new gates at Dallas Love Field that feature flat-screen TVs along with power outlets and USB plug-ins for travelers. "We're calling it our extreme makeover -- Southwest style," said Southwest CEO Gary Kelly.
Nine U.S. airports, including San Francisco, Washington Dulles, Las Vegas and Seattle-Tacoma, have installed airport-owned, common-use kiosks that allow travelers to check in for more than one airline. The kiosks are often placed in vacant terminal areas to draw travelers away from congested airline counters and improve flow.
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly says he's not planning to cut back on the airline's expansion plans, even though he is concerned about a slowing economy and softening demand for air travel. "We're a little cautious about the economy and some of the weakness that we saw early in the year," he said.
Legislators are questioning the FAA's ability to supervise contractors as the nation moves to a satellite-based air traffic control system. Problems that surfaced after Lockheed Martin took over some FAA facilities responsible for giving noncommercial pilots weather and other information were cited as a source of concern. FAA officials say the agency has learned from its mistakes.