Airbus will deliver two emergency medical service-equipped H145 helicopters to New Zealand's South Island, where they will be operated by a consortium of Helicopters Otago and GCH Aviation. The helicopters are slated for delivery in the second half of 2019.
The Transportation Security Administration is getting ready to screen an estimated 25 million passengers between Nov. 16 and Nov. 26. The agency is adding 80 canines and 1,200 TSA officers to help keep lines moving smoothly.
A Transportation Security Administration officer at Virginia's Norfolk International Airport refused to accept a woman's Cherokee Nation tribal ID card as valid identification to fly. "She could have called a supervisor over or checked her list of acceptable IDs and notice that it says on the list on the TSA's own website, tribal-issued IDs," said the traveler, who presented her passport, rather than make a scene.
Travelers interested in enrolling in the Transportation Security Administration's Precheck program can do so Nov. 26-30 at Pennsylvania's Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. Travelers enrolled in the program enjoy expedited screening in dedicated checkpoint lanes.
Workers found pieces of a mammoth tooth and a bison thigh bone at Texas' Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The 11,000-year-old bones will go to Southern Methodist University for study and preservation.
Louisiana's Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is partnering with the Audubon Nature Institute to give passengers the opportunity to pose for photos with baby alligators. The "Gator Selfie" program will be available in the baggage claim area on Fridays between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Amazon's decision to locate half of its new headquarters in Arlington, Va., will likely translate into more business for D.C.-area airports. "We look forward to the economic benefits that being near this new headquarters will bring to Reagan National and Dulles International airports and to the entire national capital region," says a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
A delivery driver who came into contact with a suspicious package at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Tuesday was sent to a hospital for evaluation. Police have not yet identified the contents of the package.
North Carolina's Albert J. Ellis Airport has a new, 91-foot air-traffic control tower.