California's Department of Motor Vehicles will set up booths at airports and county fairs to share information on how residents can apply for the Real ID driver's licenses that meet Department of Homeland Security requirements. As of October 2020, airline passengers will be required to present Real IDs or other federally approved identification in order to board aircraft.
Graffiti artist Mario Figueroa Jr., known as Gonzo247, is partnering with the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Texas' William P. Hobby Airport to paint a 1969 Hawker jet, and the public is invited to watch him demonstrate his work.
GE Aviation Digital and Microsoft Azure are developing a parts tracking system using blockchain. "Our vision is being able to trace parts as they are manufactured and the engine when it's shipped. Then how that engine performs in the field, when to repair it and then re-enter it into the field," said GE Aviation Digital's David Havera.
Airports across the US are embracing vending machines, which can offer an array of products that appeal to travelers while taking up relatively little space. The newly renovated Terminal B at New York's LaGuardia Airport, features a row of vending machines selling puffer jackets, upscale candy and trial-size toiletry kits.
Travelers planning to fly out of Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport or William P. Hobby Airport can go online to reserve parking spaces, and travelers who join the Parking Plus program can earn airline miles when they use the Ecopark and Ecopark2 lots.
Steve Pociask of the American Consumer Institute writes that airports are lobbying hard to get Congress to raise taxes on travelers, a move that could have a devastating impact on vacationers, business travelers and our economy. "Airports are using misleading claims and fuzzy math to lobby Congress for an increase in the passenger facility charge (PFC), a hidden tax on virtually every air traveler in the United States," he writes.
United Airlines has extended its jet biofuels contract with World Energy. The fuel will be mixed with traditional jet fuel and used on all United flights departing from Los Angeles International Airport.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker sat down with NBC's Lester Holt for an interview.
Alaska Airlines on Saturday transported the remains of Sergeant Major James "Tony" Woods, a decorated Army veteran who had requested burial at Arlington National Cemetery.