"The problem is not being on the airplane," Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said in an interview, explaining the multiple layers of protection airlines have put in place to protect travelers. "What we want to do is provide the opportunity for people to travel as they choose, but to make sure that it is as safe as we can possibly make it," Kelly said.
Delta Air Lines has equipped a domestic security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with computed tomography-automated screening lane systems, which allow travelers to keep electronics and approved liquids in their carry-on bags and reduced wait times by 20% in tests. "Our partnership with TSA and the Atlanta airport allows us to improve the security experience by making it faster and more seamless, which is something we know is important to our customers," said Senior Vice President Eric Phillips.
Alaska Airlines' first flight using special bags to carry cargo on passenger seats moved nearly 30,000 pounds of freight from Seattle to Southeast Alaska. The seat bags can hold 13,500 pounds and were primarily filled with mail.
UPS has invested in portable, ultra-low temperature freezers and machines that produce 1,200 pounds per hour of the dry ice they require, as one of the leading COVID-19 vaccines requires that kind of specialty storage. FedEx has also bought ultra-cold freezers.
Hawaiian Airlines is highlighting its charitable partners in anticipation for "Giving Tuesday," when the airline will match donated miles. The Friends of Hokule'a and Hawai'iloa, which maintains a traditional voyaging canoe whose 42,000-mile maiden journey was sponsored by the airline as well as a collection of outrigger canoes, is struggling with pandemic-related barriers that impede access to the fleet and make sourcing materials a challenge.
Resort destinations like Cancun are the only cities that now have more flights from the US scheduled for November and December than they had in 2019 as airlines add flights to Mexico and the Caribbean in a bid to tap into pent-up vacation demand. United Airlines is adding new nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Belize City, as well as Mexican destinations Cozumel, Manzanillo and Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa.
More than a year after closing due to black mold, Pocahontas Municipal Airport in Arkansas has opened its doors again with a brand new terminal and hangar. The facility, which includes a lounge, conference room and sleeping area for pilots, was elevated two feet to prevent flooding.
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