Airport officials in California are hoping for a smooth holiday travel season. They expect millions of travelers to pass through airports in the Southern California area and are urging passengers to plan ahead for their flights and arrive at the airport early. Airports are trying to accommodate the rush of traffic by providing extra parking, and airlines are increasing staff and adding self-service kiosks in airport terminals.
Congressional budget writers are urging NASA to continue interviewing pilots as part of a federal air safety project. They noted that the project could help identify situations that could lead to crashes. NASA has ended the program, and it at first refused to disclose its findings, but NASA Administrator Michael Griffin has said he will make some data public.
A recent survey found that nearly 70% of travelers have used a self-service kiosk to change their itinerary or for check-in. Meanwhile, self-service bag-check stations at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport have caused the number of on-the-job injuries to decline among baggage handlers.