Kansas City International Airport has named four public art projects that will adorn the new $1.5 billion terminal now under construction. The commissioned pieces include a kinetic ceiling sculpture comprised of thousands of colorful wind spinners and compositions that offer nods to the city's musical heritage.
The Transportation Security Administration is now allowing air passengers to carry full-size containers of sunblock in their carry-on luggage. Passengers must declare the item as they reach the security checkpoint.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is suing the CDC in an effort to force the agency to lift the no-sail ban that has kept cruise lines in port since March 2020. DeSantis said the agency has effectively stalled an industry that provides about 60,000 jobs.
Universal Parks and Resort executive Fernando Flores says Universal Orlando Resort is in high gear, enforcing "screening, spacing, and sanitization" to handle crowd capacity. The highlight of the summer is the debut of the Jurassic World VelociCoaster in June at Islands of Adventure.
Virgin Voyages is offering six cruises aboard the Scarlet Lady, which is sailing out of Portsmouth, England, instead of Miami. The cruises are only for vaccinated British residents and are part of the "staycation-at-sea series" until cruises resume in the US.
West Coast travelers wanting to visit Los Cabos, Mexico, now have Set Jet, a private jet service that can take them there. The charter service flies nonstop from Los Angeles, with another flight originating in the San Francisco area.
Competition among travel agencies has become fierce, with some agencies saying their travel advisors are being poached. Some agencies are doing aggressive email recruiting campaigns and offering large bonuses to find the best independent contractors to build their business.
The US Department of Energy has announced a $61.4 million grant competition for biofuel projects, which can include projects involving sustainable aviation fuel. "We applaud Secretary Granholm and the DOE for helping to lead the way to a more energy secure and sustainable future, including through support for the further development and deployment of sustainable aviation fuel," said Airlines for America President and CEO Nicholas Calio.
A digital health credential "is really just digitizing a little piece of paper that has your vaccine information on it," explained Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice president of policy at Airlines for America, noting that this innovation will speed passengers through the airport, especially as international entry requirements are put in place. "What a digitized testing or health or vaccine credential would allow us to make that determination automatically without an agent having to touch a piece of paper, look at it, determine it's accurate and meets the requirements," she said.