All flights to or from Wuhan, China are suspended and many airlines are working with customers who have flights booked to China to delay or cancel with minimal issues in response to growing fears about the rapidly-spreading coronavirus. Several airlines are also allowing crew and staff to wear masks at work and providing extra sanitizing wipes to passengers.
On Friday, a woman who was late to the gate for her flight from Arizona's Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport claimed she had a bomb in her checked bag. Authorities conducted a security sweep, and the woman was arrested for making a false terrorism report.
A passenger arriving at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport from Las Vegas was escorted off the plane after exhibiting flu-like symptoms after having recently returned from China. The passenger did not meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria for testing, but Southwest Airlines said the measure was taken out of an "abundance of caution."
Pittsburgh International Airport has pledged to the "2030 Challenge" with goals to reduce emissions and energy and water use by 50% in the coming decade. It is the first airport in the world to take on that challenge, in conjunction with its terminal modernization plans.
Alaska Airlines has adopted a new line of uniforms the company says are the first to be certified by Oeko-Tex for safety and sustainability. The line, created by Seattle designer Luly Yang, includes 90 pieces of clothing and accessories that respond to employee feedback for pockets and comfort. The uniforms will be rolled out through the year.
American Airlines donated its last retired MD-80 aircraft to Lewis University. Students saw immediate benefit as they watched airline workers change out an engine that won't be staying with the plane. The donation gives the school a more modern aircraft with newer avionics for aviation maintenance students to work on.
UPS plans to train 130,000 delivery drivers to spot sex trafficking victims. "It's not just about our employees, but it's truly about our community," UPS' Danelle McCusker Rees said, adding: "This issue impacts everyone."
United Airlines is contributing $25 million to a $44 million upgrade for restrooms at Newark Liberty International Airport. The redesign project is part of $80 million in restroom upgrades at airports run by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which is footing the rest of the bill.
Progress continues on Memphis International Airport's $245 million renovation project. The airport posted photos of ongoing construction, which began in January 2019 and is expected to take two years to complete.
Uber's Elevate plan to launch an electric vertical takeoff and landing air taxi service in Dallas, Los Angeles and Melbourne in three years is still on track, but the company needs to make headway on garnering community acceptance, reducing noise and ensuring affordability. "We're entering the next phase of Elevate, which is all about the preparation of cities for these incredible vehicles which we're all realizing are very real and well along the path of certification," Uber's Mark Moore said.