Since 2018, Southwest has partnered with the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy to train US service members and veterans for technology careers, and it has hired five MSSA graduates so far. Southwest's employee magazine features several, including Christopher Clute, who started his Marine Corps career as a motor transport operator and now is part of Southwest's Warrior Hire program, which helps military personnel transition to civilian life.
Overtime cuts for Transportation Security Administration employees has resulted in delays in getting through security gates and bag screening areas, and the dearth of workers is causing stress and even anger among airport passengers. In an incident last week at Salt Lake International Airport in Utah, a passenger said approximately 150 people were waiting on a slow-moving line, and some passengers began yelling and trying to push closer to the gates in an effort to get to their flights on time.
An online petition started by Consumer Reports magazine is asking the three largest US airlines to allow children under 13 to sit together with their parents. The petition has garnered more than 45,000 signatures.
American Airlines is reviving its codesharing agreement with Qatar Airways, linking its Doha hub with American's US network. "Our goal is to continue to expand and deepen our global partnerships to complement American's network and create more choice for our customers," American's Chairman and CEO Doug Parker said.
United Airlines will offer complimentary sandwiches to economy passengers flying nonstop to Honolulu from Chicago, Houston, Denver, Guam, Newark Liberty International Airport and Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., starting March 1.
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $11.4 million in infrastructure grants to 19 Louisiana airports. St. Landry Parish Airport will receive $392,000 to build a perimeter fence.
Providence, R.I.'s airport will receive $4.7 million in federal funding, most of which will support renovation of restrooms and other public facilities. The airport will also update noise exposure maps and purchase land near one of its runways.
The Smart Link Plus health monitoring unit by GE Aviation and Bombardier Aviation is a free upgrade planned for 2,500 Bombardier Global and Challenger business jets later this year. It will include Avionica's aviONS onboard network system, which has an airborne data loader, remote data concentrator, cabin/flight deck server and quick access recorder.
After winning a 1965 Cessna 172 airplane in a Wings of Hope raffle, Kelly Howell of Idaho Falls, Idaho, is finally ready to achieve his dream of flying after an unfortunate incident more than four decades ago derailed him. In 1976, Howell was on the brink of earning his pilot's license when the Teton Dam broke, flooding the airport where he would have taken his final exam.
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