Luke Borders celebrated his 16th birthday with his first solo flight, thanks to a scholarship from California's Santa Ynez Valley Airport Authority. The Airport Day flight training scholarship is in its sixth year.
Federal authorities are seeking to seize $36,000 that was found on a man when he was going through security at Logan International Airport earlier this year. Officials believe the cash is related to drugs.
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport in Nevada plans to install facial recognition software at all of its international gates soon to be used by US Customs and Border Protection agents. The software is already in use with one airline and will be used with 19 airlines once installation is completed.
A UK man was arrested after he made bomb threats on a plane at Ibiza Airport, which caused the plane to be evacuated and delayed for five hours. Police said the man was drunk and he is expected to be brought before a judge.
A few airports are starting to welcome non-passengers beyond the security that became so much tighter in recent decades. The most notable US example is Pittsburgh International Airport's "myPITpass" program, which allows nonflyers to "check in" at a separate counter during the slow hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Syracuse Hancock International Airport saw 250,207 travelers in August, the highest passenger count at the New York facility since 1990, and traffic has increased more than 12% in the first half of 2019. The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority said increased traffic is due primarily to carriers choosing to fly larger aircraft.
Lisa Wieland, who took over as CEO of the Massachusetts Port Authority in June, has made boosting traffic at Worcester Regional Airport a top priority. The airport's passenger volume is up more than 50% this year and its economic output has doubled in five years, she said, but the business community needs to join in an effort to persuade flyers to choose the still underutilized facility over Boston's Logan Airport.
United Airlines is playing "a major role" in the Hurricane Dorian relief effort, carrying supplies and personnel "on an almost daily basis" to the Bahamas from its hubs at Houston and Newark, N.J. United is working through its partnership with Airlink, an organization that connects its aviation partners with NGOs responding to humanitarian crises.
UPS and Norton Healthcare have partnered to launch a career program that provides enrolled students who work at UPS Worldport with 100% paid in-state tuition, book reimbursement and career coaching, among other tools. "What this means for a student is they can concentrate on their education. They can pursue a career on a part-time or full-time basis in a post-secondary school, and they can graduate debt-free," UPS Airlines' Tracy Roberts said.