Airlines are highlighting enhanced cleaning protocols and multiple layers of protection for the travel process during private airport tours with corporate partners, travel agents and the news media. The safety approach includes employee temperature checks, enhanced cleaning of touchpoints, adjusted boarding protocols, HEPA filtration and strict face mask requirements.
The Transportation Security Administration passed 1,031,505 travelers through airport checkpoints on Oct. 18, the highest number since March 17. Passenger throughput remains down 60% compared to the same day last year, when 2.6 million passengers were screened, despite the uptick.
Tucson International Airport has broken ground on a $300 million construction project that includes building a new runway and emergency landing system as well as taxiways. "The airport is safe today, but just like you put a median on a freeway, you want to enhance it as much as you can," said Mark McClardy, Western-Pacific regional director for the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Delta Honor Guard, a volunteer organization, escorts the caskets of active-duty military members from the moment the planes carrying them land. "These folks have made the ultimate sacrifice and the least we can do is take care of them," said leader Brian McConnell, who previously worked as a Delta ramp agent.
Penn National Gaming's Barstool Sportsbook app debuted only a month ago, but CEO Jay Snowden says the sports betting platform will be available in all states where it is legal by the end of next year, due in large part to the increasing popularity of online gaming amid the pandemic. He says more states will start the process of legalizing sports betting because of the impact of the coronavirus on brick-and-mortar casinos.
Subscriptions for those who seek a break from working at home are among the new attractions dangled by hotels with space to fill due to the pandemic. Major players such as Accor, InterContinental Hotels Group and Marriott International are offering or considering monthly payment plans.
Tourists began arriving in Hawaii on Thursday under a new policy lifting the months-long policy of quarantine as long as visitors test negative for the coronavirus before arrival. Concerns persisted, however, due to testing program confusion and the COVID-19 surge across the US.
A bipartisan US Senate bill would extend relief to the pandemic-battered hotel and travel industries, but political observers wager that airlines will be the sole recipients of such help. Provisions of the Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act include tax incentives for hosting and attending conventions and enhancement of the Employee Retention Tax Credit.
Carlos Jimenez started out as an American Airlines fleet service clerk with a love for aviation at Puerto Rico's Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, and is now director of the American Airlines Integrated Operation Center. Jimenez, who began teaching flying after earning a pilot's license in his free time, says he wants to "support those who have gone or are going through similar experiences."
Gerald R. Ford International Airport has unveiled an entry plaza featuring a statue of its namesake, depicted as seated on one of the plaza's concrete benches with an arm lifted in welcome. The former president came from Grand Rapids, Mich., where the airport is located.