Biometric technology, like facial recognition, is being used at some airports to speed up boarding and security screening, but privacy concerns have been raised about the use of the technology. Harrison Rudolph of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown University Law School says, "[The Department of Homeland Security] hasn't issued a single rule under this program to protect Americans' privacy, so what DHS decides to do with this information tomorrow, I'm not sure. And without rules there may be few protections for Americans' privacy."
Air Canada is planning to increase the frequency of seven routes linking western Canada with Hawaii and Mexico next winter, and will swap out rouge-branded Boeing 767-300s for mainline 737-8s.
Southwest Airlines has distributed $543 million in profit sharing to its employees, equivalent to about 11.3% of eligible workers' compensation. Most workers received 10% of their eligible compensation as a contribution to the ProfitSharing Plan and the remaining 1.3% in cash.
UPS has broken ground on the future site of its new 28,000-square-foot facility in Kentucky that will house three new level D flight simulators for pilot training. "UPS places the highest emphasis on the safety of our airline and its people," said UPS President Brendan Canavan.
Swedish regional airline Braathens, based in Stockholm's Bromma Airport, is offering passengers the option to choose flights that use aviation biofuel rather than conventional aviation fuel. Passengers pay the difference in fuel costs, but no other fees are added.
The US and UK are close to agreeing on a deal that will allow UK airlines to land in the US post-Brexit, said Nick Calio, president and CEO of Airlines for America. "Everyone understands there is a problem to be solved but it is being worked out and we believe there will be a framework in place very shortly," Calio said.
JetBlue Airways is asking travelers to post Instagram videos explaining why they need to fly to a different weather zone for its JetBlue Card #FlipTheForecast contest. Contest winners will receive two round-trip JetBlue tickets.
An analysis of aviation company surveys has aviation jobs site JSfirm.com predicting that the industry will see a doubling of job growth in 2018, with pilots, aviation maintenance and avionics technicians most in demand. "In the nine years that we have conducted the survey, aviation hiring has never had a better outlook," said JSfirm.com Managing Partner Sam Scanlon.
AOPA is calling for the Federal Aviation Administration to address a monopoly complaint it lodged last year against North Carolina's Asheville Regional Airport for giving fixed-based operator Signature Flight Supports full control of all transient ramp space and fuel services. "Frankly, it is perplexing and disappointing that (Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority) is not more concerned over the prices being charged to access the airport and, as a corollary, the entire Asheville region," wrote Kenneth Mead, AOPA's general counsel, in a letter to the airport.
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