The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed an airworthiness directive requiring inspections of several Aerostar Aircraft Corp. twin models for corrosion of elevator and aileron balance tubes and possible replacement of the tubes.
A New York man is facing federal smuggling charges after hundreds of Egyptian artifacts were found in his suitcases at John F. Kennedy International Airport in February. "These cultural treasures traveled across centuries and millennia, only to end up unceremoniously stuffed in a dirt-caked suitcase at JFK," said US Attorney Richard Donoghue.
Lawmakers in Alaska are questioning the effectiveness of the state's coronavirus testing program at airports following reports that travelers were bypassing the testing facilities. "We are trusting that everyone's honest about where they started their travel. ... We are not chasing people down and making people comply," said Tessa Walker Linderman of the state Division of Public Health.
Appleton International Airport in Wisconsin is bringing back its therapy dog program. "The Therapy Dog program is quite popular with our travelers, as it can help reduce stress before their flights, and we're excited to have it back in action," said Abe Weber, airport director.
Minnesota's Duluth International Airport is reporting an increase in traveler activity and is publicizing the facility's new safety measures, including the use of plexiglass shields and the addition of hand sanitizer stations.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian discussed how the airline has adapted to the coronavirus crisis during the Goldman Sachs Virtual Conference, noting that air travel is an essential service that is also a crucial part of rebuilding the economy. "Relationships don't get formed through the phone," he said.
An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report finds that convertibles are slightly safer than hard-roofed versions of those vehicles. The IIHS study only looked at vehicles that were newer than five years old but had at least a year on the road.
Delta Air Lines flight attendant Carrie O'Leary interviews Dr. Michael Saag, Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on the quality of cabin air in aircraft. "The air is refreshed frequently, taken off the plane 10 to 30 times an hour. It goes through a filter and the infectious organisms are removed. It's then mixed with fresh air and put back on a plane,” which is even more frequently than air changes in a hospital, says Saag.
The Transportation Security Administration screened an average of 661,811 people a day in the first five days of July, 90% more than last month and five times April traffic but still a 72% drop from the holiday weekend in 2019. Airlines for America reported that North American carriers have taken 800 aircraft out of storage but 39% of the fleet is still grounded and airlines are operating at 46% of their usual volume.