Police in Chile on Friday arrested a man who allegedly made bomb threats against LATAM airlines and Sky, a low-cost Chilean carrier, that grounded nine planes and disrupted the travel of hundreds of passengers. Another man was arrested Thursday after allegedly joking about a bomb in his bag.
Columnist Chris McGinnis shares what he likes best about airports in California's San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco International Airport has nonstop or one-stop flights to destinations around the world, Oakland International Airport offers great deals and Mineta San Jose International boasts a modern facility and convenient location, he writes.
An American Airlines flight returned to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport shortly after takeoff Saturday due to a strange smell in the cockpit. "They called the tower and said, 'Something doesn't smell right,' and turned around," said Kelly Johnson, the airport director.
Connecticut's Tweed New Haven Regional Airport announced that American Airlines on Dec. 22 will launch weekly service to its hub at North Carolina's Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Airport Executive Director Tim Larson said attracting airlines to serve Tweed New Haven is difficult because the runway is just 5,600 feet long, while the standard for commercial service is 6,100 feet.
An editorial in the Dallas Morning News applauds Southwest Airlines' decision that cats and dogs are the only emotional support animals allowed to fly in the passenger cabin, and that travelers who say they need the animals for assistance are required to provide medical documentation.
The FedEx Express Mid-Atlantic Hub at North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport is looking to hire about 400 workers in the coming months. "We have significant pickup and delivery operations at the Greensboro hub that will only grow with this expansion," FedEx spokesman Jim Masilak said.
United Airlines' MileagePlus rewards program has been voted Favorite Frequent-Flyer program by the readers of Trazee Travel. "We are extremely proud that our customers voted MileagePlus as the favorite frequent-flyer program. United continues to build and improve our loyalty program that provides great value for all of our members, while offering a variety of earning and redemption opportunities," said Luc Bondar, United's MileagePlus president and loyalty program vice president.
AOPA reports that it has helped 5,700 pilots regain currency under its Rusty Pilot seminar program, which launched in 2014. The program offers local seminars that help pilots get back up to speed on GA changes since they last flew and become recurrent without the need for a checkride.