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Climate Change Forces Redesigning Of Major Airports

Bloomberg News reports: Airports around the world are relocating sensitive electrical equipment to rooftops to protect it from flooding, reinforcing runways to handle extreme temperature swings and revving up air conditioning as climate change complicates operations. In New York, the $19 billion redevelopment of John F. Kennedy International Airport includes preparing for more extreme weather events such as storm surges …

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FAA Data: Airline Close Calls Are Increasingly Frequent

The New York Times reports: While there have been no major U.S. plane crashes in more than a decade, potentially dangerous incidents are occurring far more frequently than almost anyone realizes — a sign of what many insiders describe as a safety net under mounting stress. So far this year, close calls involving commercial airlines have been happening, on average, …

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Severe Weather Halts Air Travel Along US East Coast

USA Today reports: More than 1,300 flights in the U.S. are canceled, and another 6,400-plus are delayed as of 6:30 p.m. Eastern with severe weather blanketing much of the East Coast Monday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. The Federal Aviation Administration warned on social media it was anticipating having to pause departures this evening at airports including Philadelphia, Charlotte, Atlanta …

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Air Travel Nationwide Snarled For Fourth Day [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Disruptions for air travelers continued Tuesday for a fourth day with more than 9,000 flights across the United States delayed or canceled after powerful storms ripped through the parts of the country, including in the Mid-Atlantic and parts of the Northeast where many busy hubs are located. Data from FlightAware showed that more than 7,300 flights within, into …

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Texas Man “Ingested” By Jet Engine Ruled A Suicide

CNN reports: A ground worker who was “ingested” into a plane’s engine at San Antonio International Airport Friday died by suicide, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death is listed as blunt and sharp force injuries. The manner of death is listed as suicide, an office assistant for the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office told …

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Texas Airport Worker “Ingested” By Delta Jet Engine

San Antonio’s CBS affiliate reports: San Antonio International Airport officials are investigating after the death of an airline ground crew member. Firefighters and police officers responded to the incident at around 10:25 p.m. Friday night. The NTSB said Saturday the worker went into the engine of a Delta Airlines jet. “Delta Flight 1111 was taxiing to the gate, with one …

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Flooding Closes Ft Lauderdale Airport, Schools [VIDEO]

The Miami Herald reports: Dozens of flights were canceled Wednesday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after torrential rain and street flooding brought parts of South Florida to a halt. The relentless rain and windy conditions prompted the airport, second largest in the region, to suspend arriving and departing flights, the airport alerted via Twitter around 4:15 p.m. On Wednesday night, …

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FBI: Don’t Use Free Public Stations To Charge Devices

CNBC reports: The FBI has warned consumers against using free public charging stations, saying crooks have managed to hijack public chargers that can infect devices with malware, or software that can give hackers access to your phone, tablet or computer. The Federal Communications Commission has also warned about “juice jacking,” as the malware loading scheme is known, since 2021. Consumer …

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LaGuardia’s New Terminal Named World’s Best [VIDEO]

The travel site Afar reports: Each year, aviation rankings organization Skytrax doles out its awards for the top airports and terminals in the world. In 2023, there is one passenger facility on the list that may turn heads more than any other, especially if travelers haven’t passed through in recent months. LaGuardia Airport, specifically the 1.3 million–square-foot Terminal B, received …

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New York Gov Scraps Plan For AirTrain To LaGuardia

The New York Times reports: There will be no AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport. Gov. Kathy Hochul has abandoned plans to build a light-rail link to LaGuardia after a review found that the project’s cost had ballooned to $2.4 billion, more than five times initial estimates. When Ms. Hochul’s predecessor, Andrew M. Cuomo, first announced the pet project in 2015, he …

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Feds: Man Checked Explosives Onto Orlando Flight

CNN reports: Federal agents arrested a Pennsylvania man this week after he allegedly tried to bring explosives in his suitcase on a flight from Lehigh Valley International Airport to Florida. According to court documents, an alarm alerted that the baggage belonging to Marc Muffley contained explosives. TSA agents paged Muffley over the airport intercom system and asked him to report …

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FAA Investigating “Close Call” Over Boston Airport

NBC New reports: The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a “close call” between a JetBlue flight that was preparing to land and a Learjet that took off without clearance Monday night at Boston Logan International Airport, the agency said in a statement. According to a preliminary review, the pilot of a Learjet 60 took off without clearance while JetBlue Flight …

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Winter Storm Cancels/Delays Thousands Of Flights

Reuters reports: Airlines canceled more than 1,500 flights in the United States on Wednesday as a strong winter storm makes its way through the western and central states. A total of 1,510 flights within, into and out of the United States were canceled by 4:30 p.m. ET, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware, which also showed 3,870 flights were delayed. Snow …

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Man Tries To Bring Loaded Assault Rifle Onto Flight

New Orleans’ CBS affiliate reports: Authorities say officers at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport stopped a passenger with an “assault rifle” and 163 rounds of ammunition from being carried onto a plane headed for Houston this week. According to the Transportation Security Administration, a 52-year-old man from Jefferson, La., now faces a fine that could be as high as …

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TSA Agents Intercepted Record 6542 Handguns In 2022

The Associated Press reports: The woman flying out of Philadelphia’s airport last year remembered to pack snacks, prescription medicine and a cellphone in her handbag. But what was more important was what she forgot to unpack: a loaded .380-caliber handgun in a black holster. The weapon was one of the 6,542 guns the Transportation Security Administration intercepted last year at …

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FAA Issues “Safety Call” After Recent Near Disasters

Axios reports: The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) acting chief has issued a “safety call to action” after several narrowly-averted catastrophes in the past few months have raised serious concerns throughout the aviation community. It’s a public acknowledgement that the agency is acutely aware of those incidents, and is taking steps to investigate and learn from them. In an agency memo, …

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Bus Collides With Airliner At LAX, Four Injured [VIDEO]

Los Angeles’s CBS affiliate reports: A passenger bus collided with a plane at the Los Angeles International Airport Friday, sending four people to the hospital, according to firefighters. The crash was reported around 10:15 p.m. The bus was involved in a low-speed crash with an American Airlines plane on a taxiway on the South Complex. According to the Los Angeles …

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Woman Sprays ATL Staff, Cops With Fire Extinguisher

Atlanta’s ABC affiliate reports: A woman was arrested Tuesday after police said she assaulted officers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and sprayed people with a fire extinguisher. At around 9:34 p.m., officers responded to concourse D at the airport in reference to a suspicious woman attempting to open secured doors inside the concourse. When officers arrived, airport security notified them …

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JetBlue Plane Strikes Tail Of Parked Aircraft At JFK

New York City’s NBC affiliate reports: A JetBlue flight from New York to Puerto Rico bumped into another plane in the gate area on Wednesday, the second time in a matter of days that two planes experienced an unusual incident at JFK Airport. Flight 1603 “came into light contact with a parked unoccupied aircraft during pushback,” a JetBlue spokesman said …

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Air Traffic Audio Released Of Near-Collision At JFK

CNN reports: Air traffic controllers had “noticed another aircraft crossing the runway in front of the departing jetliner,” the FAA said in a statement. “According to a preliminary analysis, Delta Air Lines Flight 1943 stopped its takeoff roll approximately 1,000 feet before reaching the point where American Airlines Flight 106, a Boeing 777, had crossed from an adjacent taxiway.” Audio …

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