An American Airlines flight headed to Dallas from Ohio's Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Wednesday reported pressurization issues and returned to the Cleveland airport. Emergency crews were on hand, and the plane landed safely.
California's Oakland International Airport has deployed Evolv Technology's Edge system to screen airport employees. The technology can scan workers as they walk and detects bomb materials as well as metal objects.
Larry Krauter, CEO of Washington's Spokane International Airport, says facial-recognition technology offers speed and efficiency, but recognizes that people may be cautious about embracing it. "I think there are going to be a number of concerns about how is this info gathered, where is it gathered and what becomes of it, all those types of questions," Krauter said. "I think that those are valid questions that need to be answered."
United Airlines is adding 18 new routes, boosting service to cities including Cleveland; San Francisco; New York; Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Fla.; and Denver. "These new routes demonstrate our continued commitment to offer our customers more choices than any other airline," said Ankit Gupta, United's vice president for domestic network planning.
Officials from Washington's Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday laid out expansion plans in an appearance before the Washington State Transportation Commission. Plans include building a new International Arrivals Facility, expanding the Alaska Airlines terminal and implementing an automated security process.
Southwest Airlines pilot Joe Francoeur has for 12 years offered a monthlong class on the Science of Flight for fifth-graders at Rhode Island's Chariho Middle School. The classes are part of a volunteer program developed by Southwest Airlines and the National Science Foundation.
California's Hollywood Burbank Airport served 402,529 passengers in January, 32,299 more than it served in the same month last year. Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways and American Airlines all saw year-over-year passenger increases for the month.
Work on the expansion of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5 began Wednesday. The project, to be completed in 2021, will include adding 10 gates to the terminal and increase overall space by 350,000 square feet, as well as other services for passengers. This is the first phase of an $8.5 billion O'Hare expansion plan.
General aviation pilots responded to historic flooding in Nebraska by bringing supplies to Fremont Municipal Airport, the only open community airport in a region cut off by floodwaters. Greg Kjeldgaard, vice president of the airport's fixed-base operator, Fremont Aviation, said private pilots had evacuated about 1,000 stranded people from the area.