Maj. Michelle Curran served in combat in Afghanistan before becoming the only female fighter pilot on the Thunderbirds -- the demonstration team for the US Air Force that performs daredevil acrobatics in the air. While she knows joining the military isn't for everyone, she says she hopes the team's performances inspire others to "chase a dream that they didn't think they could do because they saw what we can do."
Teachers and administrators gathered in Denver for the AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium. Also this week, we're looking into Mooney's sudden shutdown, and trying on a new headset from Bose. Watch AOPA Live This Week.
A loaded handgun was found in the carry-on of a West Virginia woman at Pittsburgh International Airport on Wednesday. The Transportation Security Administration said the gun was the 33rd found at the airport this year.
New technology called Hexwave, which was designed by the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, can be used in conjunction with Transportation Security Administration agents to help keep airports safe. The technology uses low-power radar to determine if individuals are carrying weapons.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport officials are making improvements to baggage handling and other issue since opening last week. "Overall, we are seeing improvements in airport operations since day one as airport staff, airlines, tenants and passengers familiarize themselves with the new terminal," Aviation Director Kevin Dolliole said.
Record numbers of passengers are expected to travel this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice president for Airlines for America said that the Sunday after Thanksgiving is projected to be "the single busiest day ever for the US airline industry" with 3.1 million passengers expected to fly. The Transportation Security Administration projects 26.8 million passengers to pass through checkpoints between the Friday before Thanksgiving through the Monday afterward.
The Transportation Security Administration is estimating its agents will screen more than 26.8 million passengers over the Thanksgiving holiday from Nov. 22 to Dec. 2. This represents a 4% increase from last year.
HerdX has developed a system that tracks livestock movement and uploads data to blockchain that travels up to the retail level. UPS has partnered with the company to improve traceability, and shoppers can scan a QR code to see verified health and provenance information for meat.