The Transportation Security Administration in 2017 levied $1.45 million in civil fines against travelers accused of improperly packing guns in their checked luggage or bringing guns to airport security checkpoints.
Three new airlines have joined the Transportation Security Administration's Precheck program: Norwegian Air, Icelandair and Via Airlines, with the latter effective Nov. 1. Fifty-six domestic and international airlines now participate in the program.
Texas' Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is taking advantage of its location in the center of the metropolitan area by leasing land to developers. Building projects include warehouses, office space and hotels.
South Carolina's Charleston International Airport will offer its first transatlantic service on April 4, when British Airways launches twice-weekly nonstop seasonal service to London. The carrier will use Boeing 787-8 jets for the route, configured with 154 seats in economy class, 25 in premium economy and 35 in business class.
Texas' Austin-Bergstrom International Airport expects to complete work on a nine-gate expansion project in the spring and is already planning to build an additional 32 gates. The airport is the second-fastest-growing in the US, having seen passenger traffic increase 39% between 2007 and 2017.
Minnesota's Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is expecting heavy passenger traffic this weekend. Many of the state's schools will be closed so teachers can attend the Minnesota Educator Academy's annual conference.
Airlines for America President and CEO Nicholas Calio wrote about the recent passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act and what it means for travelers and shippers. "For the first time in decades, the FAA finally has the ability to execute a long-term vision, providing certainty for the millions of passengers and countless businesses that rely on access to safe, affordable travel and shipping options every day," he wrote.
Hawaiian Airlines sponsored the Wyndham Destinations Corporate Surf Challenge, which was held on Oct. 12. Proceeds from the event benefited the FSHD Global Research Foundation, which supports research seeking a cure for facioscapulohumeral dystrophy.