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    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Memorial Day weekend is here, and our roadways and airports are going to be packed with people.  AAA is predicting a 28% increase in air travel this holiday weekend. Friday through Monday, Miami International is expecting more than 600,000 travelers in and out of the airport. READ MORE: South Florida mom charged after baby left in bathtub dies while she went to get her nails done“Our growth has been unprecedented,” says Jack Varela, a spokesperson for Miami International Airport. “We got here super early because we saw on the news this morning that it’s going to be super busy,” says Janine Daly, a traveler from London. There’s definitely no lack of travelers Thursday, but a spokesperson for the airport says this is the calm before the storm. “We’re expecting 150,000 passengers a day.  The parking garages for example are filling up very fast,” says Varela. Varela says lately, their garages are nearly at max capacity.  He says some people who couldn’t find parking were forced to go back home, drop off their cars and call a ride...
    New York (CNN Business)Airline executives breathed a sigh of relief to their investors Thursday, saying they believe the threat to their operations from the rollout of 5G technology is now behind them.Although AT&T and Verizon have agreed only to temporarily delay 5G deployment at major airports, the CEOs of American and United both said there will now be a resolution of the dispute without thousands of delayed, diverted or canceled flights. They had been predicting those dire consequences earlier this week."It's taken a while to get to the right spot, but I feel like we're in the right spot," said Doug Parker, the CEO of American Airlines. "I don't think you're going to see any material disruption going forward because of this.""While I wish it happened earlier, the good news is we now have everyone engaged, the FAA and DOT at the highest levels, the ... aircraft manufacturers, airlines and the telecoms," said Scott Kirby, the United CEO. "While we don't have a final resolution quite yet, I'm confident we'll get there." The 5G-airline snafu: Everything we knowThe Federal Communications...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Philadelphia International Airport said Tuesday it will continue to work with major air carriers and industry partners on 5G preparations. According to airport officials, PHL was one of 50 airports in the country with a 5G buffer zone, meaning the 5G signal strength was going to be reduced for six months starting Wednesday. The effects of 5G would continue to be tested during that time. READ MORE: Possible 3rd Death Connected To Hepatitis A Outbreak At Montgomery County Restaurant Being InvestigatedThis comes as AT&T and Verizon say they will delay launching new wireless service near key airports after the nation’s largest airlines said the service would interfere with aircraft technology and cause massive flight disruptions. The decision from the telecommunication companies arrived Tuesday as the Biden administration tried to broker a settlement between the telecom companies and the airlines over a rollout of new 5G service, scheduled for Wednesday. Airlines want the new service to be banned within two miles of airport runways. AT&T said it would delay turning on new cell towers around runways at some...
    The airline industry is raising the stakes in a showdown with AT&T and Verizon over plans to launch new 5G wireless service this week, warning that thousands of flights could be grounded or delayed if the rollout takes place near major airports. CEOs of the nation’s largest airlines say that interference from the wireless service on a key instrument on planes is worse than they originally thought. “To be blunt, the nation’s commerce will grind to a halt” unless the service is blocked near major airports, the CEOs said in a letter Monday to federal officials including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who has previously taken the airlines’ side in the matter. AT&T and Verizon plan to activate their new 5G wireless service Wednesday after two previous delays from the original plan for an early December rollout. The new high-speed 5G service uses a segment of the radio spectrum that is close to that used by altimeters, which are devices that measure the height of aircraft above the ground. Two weeks ago, the companies struck a deal with the Federal Aviation...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Air travel chaos from COVID-related staffing shortages continued Sunday as many try to get home after the holidays. More than 2,100 flights have been canceled across the country, including more than 250 in the New York City area, according to FlightAware.com. In New Jersey, more than 123 flights at Newark Liberty International Airport were canceled. In New York, more than 95 flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport and more than 75 at LaGuardia were canceled.
    Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, San Francisco International Airport consistently ranked among the top 10 busiest airports in the nation. Mineta San Jose International Airport had just smashed its record for the highest number of passengers in a single year. And, Oakland International Airport was aiming to resurrect a growth streak it had enjoyed for half a decade before a slight dip in 2019. But the pandemic knocked them all off their stride. And today, more than 18 months after the coronavirus became a dreaded word, Bay Area airports are lagging well behind other major U.S. airports struggling to return to their heydays. As of September 2021, both SFO and Mineta San Jose were serving about 54% as many passengers as in September 2019 and Oakland 68%. Meanwhile, other major airports across the country, including Chicago O’Hare, Dallas and Seattle-Tacoma, are rebounding at a much faster rate, serving at least 77% as many passengers as they did in September 2019. And in Denver and Charlotte, air travel has surged almost all the way back to 2019 levels. So what gives at...
    Reagan National Airport is experiencing major delays after an incoming flight experienced a hard landing, prompting the shut down of two main runways Saturday afternoon. Following a brief ground stop, departures and arrivals are currently delayed by an hour or more. American Airlines Flight 4965 coming from Memphis landed safely with no reported injuries, but experienced an unspecified mechanical issue upon landing. Multiple unconfirmed reports on social media indicate the issue was related to either the tires or the landing gear. All 71 passengers from flight 4965 were successfully transported from the stranded airplane to the terminal. There were 4 crew members on board. Many incoming flights are reportedly diverted to Dulles International, or other nearby airports. Reagan National Airport posted the following on Twitter: Passengers flying to or from Reagan National (DCA) this afternoon should check directly with their airline on the status of their flight prior to coming to the airport, as a disabled aircraft has temporarily disrupted air traffic. — Reagan Airport (@Reagan_Airport) October 16, 2021 At around 4 p.m., Airports Authority Fire and Rescue responded...
    EWING, N.J. (CBS) — The Trenton-Mercer Airport is planning a major expansion, but some nearby residents are pushing back over environmental and health concerns. The project would increase the existing terminal by five times its current size and add thousands of flights every year. Activists say more flights mean more air and noise pollution, and that the growth would mean digging on a former Navy site known to have groundwater contaminants. “There’s known contaminants of PFAS, which is this forever chemical which has been a concern at a number of military facilities where the firefighting foams have been used and have created pollution concerns for people’s groundwater. So if they excavate next to this site before remediation has occurred then those contaminants are going to find their way to the Delaware River and those will affect everybody who uses the Delaware for drinking water downstream from the airport,” said Richard Preston with the Lower Makefield Township Airport Review Panel. A two-hour public virtual hearing is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m.
    About three million people were without power Monday in Texas due to a major winter storm, which affects about 40 states from the United States, and which has caused the closure of several airports and the largest oil refinery in the country. According to the website poweroutage.us, which documents power outages, nearly 2.8 million people were without power in Texas; more than 325,000 in Oregon; nearly 117,000 in Louisiana; and 106,631 in Mississippi. The television network CNN indicated that the Federal Aviation Administration closed this Monday theairports from Baton Rouge Metro and from Lafayette, Louisiana, due to ice and snow. To these facilities are added the airports of Houston (Texas) and Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers, in Mississippi. For its part, Motiva Enterprises announced the temporary closure of Port Arthur Manufacturing Complex, the largest crude oil refinery of the United States, located in Port Arthur, Texas, due to “the temperatures unprecedented frosts. “ The company added that it will resume operations as soon as it is safe. Notices in most of the country The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said...
    Airlines and airports say they are stepping up security before next week's presidential inauguration, with Delta and other major airlines saying they will prohibit passengers flying to the Washington area from putting guns in checked bags. The move follow the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump and politically tinged confrontations on some flights. Delta Air Lines was the first to announce Thursday that it will prohibit checking guns to Washington-area airports and was followed later in the day by United, Alaska, American and Southwest. All said their bans will start Saturday and run through Inauguration Day until January 23. "We are all on high alert based on the events over the last couple weeks up in Washington,″ Delta CEO Ed Bastian said Thursday on CNBC. Spirit and JetBlue did not respond to requests for comment. Security efforts in Washington metro area 07:49 The airlines also announced other measures. American Airlines is bringing back a ban on serving alcohol on flights to and from the Washington area — flights go dry starting...
    Airlines and airports say they are stepping up security before next week’s presidential inauguration, with Delta and other major airlines saying they will prohibit passengers flying to the Washington area from putting guns in checked bags. The moves follow the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump and politically tinged confrontations on some flights. Delta Air Lines was the first to announce Thursday that it will prohibit checking guns to Washington-area airports and was soon followed by United, Alaska and American. All said their bans will start Saturday and run through Inauguration Day until Jan. 23. “We are all on high alert based on the events over the last couple weeks up in Washington,″ CEO Ed Bastian said Thursday on CNBC. Southwest indicated it hadn’t changed its policy on weapons in checked bags. Spirit and JetBlue did not respond to requests for comment. The airlines also announced other measures. American Airlines is bringing back a ban on serving alcohol on flights to and from the Washington area — flights go dry starting Saturday through...
    US Customs and Border Protection has filed for a significant expansion in its authority to conduct facial recognition at airports. On November 19th, the agency submitted a filing to the Federal Register seeking to expand the ongoing biometric exit program, broadening the program’s scope to include all air and land ports. The filing also shifts the program’s focus entirely to facial recognition, at the expense of alternate methods like fingerprinting. The filing is subject to public comment for a brief time after its submission. That comment period will end on Monday, December 21st. “All aliens may be required to be photographed upon entry” First deployed in 2017, biometric exit has operated as a pilot program, limited to a handful of ports in order to assess its viability, although customs officials spoke openly about plans to expand it. As part of the pilot authorization, Customs officials could only collect data from select ports and travelers — but this new proposal would allow border agencies to expand the program at their own discretion. “If this proposed rule is adopted as a...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways is coming to Miami International Airport. February 11, 2021, the airline’s 21st birthday, is the start date for its Miami route expansion, which will include service to four U.S. cities: Boston, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, and Newark. The Miami-Los Angeles route will feature JetBlue Mint, the airline’s premium travel experience. The maximum of 14 daily flights would instantly make JetBlue one of MIA’s busiest passenger airlines.   “JetBlue’s historic launch into Miami-Dade County with up to 14 daily flights is great news for our families, tourism industry, and business community, as we work to help our economy rebound from the pandemic,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “I proudly welcome JetBlue to Miami-Dade. And I’m pleased to see them taking important steps to keep passengers and employees safe and healthy.” Miami International Airport is the busiest airport in the U.S. not currently served by JetBlue. “I wish JetBlue my deepest thanks and congratulations for making this monumental expansion to MIA, and for their significant investment of flights to the Miami market,”...
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