Travelers flying out of Boston's Logan International Airport over the summer waited an average of 9.58 minutes in security lines, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The agency said that's the shortest wait time in the US.
Some 32% of airports and nearly half of airlines worldwide are "seeking a partner to further investigate robotics and automated vehicles in the next three years," according to the 2018 Air Transport IT Insights survey. Robots have been tested to help with check-in, luggage drop-off and guiding passengers through the airport.
Construction is complete at South Dakota's Redfield Municipal Airport, and a grand opening is planned for the spring of next year. The new airport features a 3,500-foot runway and is in the process of obtaining instrument approach.
Thirty-five US senators sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration urging the agency to implement a provision in the agency's reauthorization bill allowing airports participating in the contract tower program to receive grants from the small airport improvement fund. "It is Congress's clear intent that tower construction, improvement, and related equipment should be given priority when deciding which projects should receive grants from the small airport fund," the senators wrote.
JetBlue's "Go Get Gifted" holiday campaign features an online sweepstakes in which five winners will be wrapped from head to toe in gift paper and flown home to their families on Christmas Eve. A humorous 30-second ad from MullenLowe shows a family member still mummified in wrapping paper sitting down to Christmas Eve dinner because gifts are not allowed to be opened until the following day.
Nick Calio, president and CEO of Airlines for America, spoke with WGN Chicago's Steve Bertrand about this year's busy holiday air travel season and the affordability of airfares today. "I grew up in the '50s, '60s and '70s. Nobody in my neighborhood got on an airplane because we simply couldn't afford it. Now, everybody does," said Calio. "About 40% of the people who fly today have family incomes under $50,000, 58% have family incomes under $75,000 ... now that we have competition, fares are way down and way accessible."
A group of Massachusetts fourth-graders learned how airport workers use math daily for jobs such as fueling trucks, directing the takeoff and landing planes. Teacher Hope Fecitt says the trip was meant to "instill a sense of wonder and provide real-world experiences."
United Airlines has begun selling basic economy tickets for its flights to Europe, making a European vacation accessible for more travelers. The fares include carry-on bags and the same meal service and entertainment offered to other main cabin passengers.
US airlines are preparing for a busy holiday travel season, with an expected 45.7 million flyers, up 5.2% from last year. Record low airfares are contributing to the influx of passengers, as 2018 is expected to have the lowest average domestic round-trip airfares in America in at least the last nine years.