A proposal that would require all airport, airline and contract workers with access to runways, tarmac areas, aircraft and baggage systems to have Social Security numbers would affect thousands of jobs at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Officials say more than 2,000 of the workers who have access to those areas are eligible to work in the U.S. but are not U.S. citizens.
A near collision at Newark Liberty International Airport last week has prompted an FAA investigation. A Boeing 737 arriving at the airport came within 300 feet of a commuter jet that had taxied onto the same runway.
Airports need new technology designed to prevent airplane collisions, and the FAA should speed up efforts to put it in place, said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., especially at busy New York-area airports. The FAA indicated that Newark, LaGuardia and Kennedy airports are scheduled to have the advanced ground surveillance radar technology in place by 2010.
Freezing rain forced airlines to cancel more than 400 flights Sunday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Flights out of Midway Airport were not affected. Poor weather also delayed flights out of New York's LaGuardia Airport on Monday.