Mark Laustra, vice president of Analogic, writes that computerized tomography technology is a way to speed up security lines and make the entire airport experience more pleasant for travelers. Benefits will be felt throughout the airport, he writes, as money is freed up to enhance service and retail options.
Hector International Airport in North Dakota was evacuated Thursday morning after a smoke alarm sounded, causing some flights to be delayed. Authorities determined there was no fire and the terminal was reopened.
A JetBlue Airways flight bound for Boston returned to New York's Buffalo International Airport due to a bird strike. Passengers were accommodated onto other flights; the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.
Jacksonville International Airport in Florida is offering an expanded schedule of flights and the additions have led to longer security lines. Airport officials are working to get more Transportation Security Administration officers and advise travelers to arrive two hours before their scheduled departures.
Tampa International Airport in Florida expects a 4% increase in summer passengers compared to last year. To prepare for the higher numbers, the airport has added security lanes and fully staffed departments that work with passengers.
Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana has four early morning flights leaving within 70 minutes of each other and just one Transportation Security Administration screening line. Travelers stuck in the line have missed some flights and airlines have delayed others to allow passengers time to clear security.
UPS has launched full container load service between Hong Kong and Duisburg, Germany. "By launching this new rail freight connection, UPS is committed to helping our customers in both Europe and Hong Kong grow their businesses and reach new markets." said UPS Europe executive Mike Harrell.
With travelers expected to fly in record numbers due to bargain fares this summer, US airlines and the TSA are prepared to handle the rise in passengers. This summer, the TSA is adding an extra 1,000 officers at screening areas and airlines are deploying heavier schedules, with an extra 116,000 seats per day.
A student-staffed FedEx call center has opened at the University of Memphis Lambuth campus in Jackson, Tenn. "The UMRF Ventures Call Center on our main campus in the FedEx Institute of Technology has been a huge success, and we are excited to be opening our second one on the UofM Lambuth campus," said university President M. David Rudd.