Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at New York's Buffalo Niagara International Airport discovered a loaded gun in a man's carry-on bag. Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police confiscated the weapon.
Airlines are leveraging social media to keep track of their customers' complaints, needs and preferences. "It allows us to pinpoint customer feedback to a specific location. If someone raises an issue, it gives our lounge staff the ability to step in and resolve the problem," said Jo Boundy, head of digital communication at Qantas.
The International Air Transport Association is looking into the creation of an agreement that will enable flight crews to subdue passengers that exhibit unruly behavior. The group will bring up the rule at its March conference. "Unruly passenger behavior ... is on the increase," said Tim Colehan of the Geneva-based group. "It is a problem which our crews and other travelers face every day."
The Transportation Security Administration houses found objects that couldn't make it past screening at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The room is packed with everything from hammers and staple guns to knives and brass knuckles.
Since the end of November, there have been three incidents of people shining laser lights into airplane cockpits. Last year, President Barack Obama signed into law a measure that makes pointing lasers at aircraft a federal felony offense. Many pilots now train to deal with a laser being aimed at their planes.