Debts: FAAN To Quit Servicing Private Airports
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) may quit its services for some private aerodrome operators over growing debts.The authority had, issued a 21-day ultimatum with effect from September 1 to the affected government agencies and private airport operators who are indebted to FAAN.International flights resumption: Lagos, FAAN parley on COVID-19 protocolsFAAN decries 95% revenue drop, begins new service chargeIn a notice published in some national dailies, FAAN said after the 21-day ultimatum which expires next week, “The Authority shall be constrained to commence the implementation o...
Kamala Harris seeks to build coalitions for Biden in Miami
MIAMI — During her first visit to Miami as Joe Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris sought out a diverse group of voters who haven’t seen the Democratic ticket in the state for nearly a year.With less than eight weeks to go until the Nov. 3 election, Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, flew into Miami International Airport Thursday and then fanned out across the county, meeting with Black voters, college students, Jewish and Latino voters in a six-hour span. Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, will return Tuesday to the battleground state.Polls show the race tightening in Florida, wher...
The new look of Port Harcourt International Airport will excite travellers
Airports are now open for local and international flights albeit some restrictions and it’s such a relief to be able to fly out to different destinations yet again.There is no doubt that many people will be excited about the opportunity this offers; the sheer joy of seeing other parts of the world after months of lockdown. For travellers through the Port Harcourt International Airport, it is a whole new experience as they get to experience the airport like never before, all thanks to the collaborative efforts of FAAN and Spacefinish.In 2019, FAAN consulted Spacefinish to help design and fit-ou...
Spirit Airlines plans to offer contact-free bag dropoff using biometric face scan at O'Hare
Spirit Airlines has a new automated bag dropoff system at O’Hare International Airport that the airline says will eventually let travelers deposit checked bags without interacting with an employee.The system, which needs approval from the Transportation Security Administration, will allow passengers to scan their ID at a kiosk attached to a conveyor belt. The system will compare the ID to a facial scan and, if there’s a match, instruct the traveler to put their bags on the belt to be loaded on the plane.The airline began testing automated checked bag drop-off units in New York earlier this yea...
Commentary: A pandemic trip to Europe was going great — until the return to O'Hare airport
The Department of Homeland Security official scowled at the little clutch of weary passengers, recently disgorged into Terminal 5 of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport from Dublin on a hot August Saturday afternoon.“Aer Lingus passengers,” the man barked. “Everyone up against the wall.”I thought I was hearing things. Anger welling, I turned to my son.“You remember all that Aer Lingus did to keep us safe?” I said, “the socially distant boarding, the careful distancing on the plane, the space all around us, our masks, the flight attendants with the wipes? This renders all of that moot.”But w...
Not just pocket change: Travelers left more than $926,000 in cash and coins behind at airport security last year
CHICAGO — Double-check your pockets the next time you pass through airport security: Travelers left $35,398.93 in unclaimed cash at checkpoints in O’Hare International Airport last year, according to the Transportation Security Administration.That doesn’t even include foreign currency. In total, passengers left $926,030.44 at airports across the country during the year that ended Sept. 30, 2019, the agency said in a news release Friday.Travelers at six other airports were more forgetful than those at O’Hare when it came to leaving loose change at the airport security checkpoint. John F. Kenned...
Porsche Experience Center re-opens; same thrills, new COVID guidelines
ATLANTA — The pandemic forced many metro Atlanta attractions to temporarily close their doors, causing some residents to go a little stir crazy while seeking ways to combat cabin fever.One facility has re-opened, however, and is sure to provide thrills for any car enthusiast — the Porsche Experience Center.The center, which allows guests to experience driving some of the best sports cars in the world while under the close supervision of professional driving instructors, has been revamped to ensure social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions.The highlight of the Porsche Experience Center, ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Brooklyn mother traveling with 6 children forced off JetBlue flight when her 2-year-old daughter wouldn't wear mask
NEW YORK — A Brooklyn mother traveling alone with her six children was forced off a JetBlue flight in Orlando, Florida, Wednesday when her 2-year-old daughter wouldn’t wear her mask.Flight attendants ordered Chaya Bruck of Midwood to get off the Newark, New Jersey-bound plane after her daughter Dina refused to keep the face covering on — and when the desperate mom tried to explain the tot wasn’t cooperating, the attendants told all of the passengers to get off the aircraft.“It was horrible, the whole experience was traumatizing,” Bruck told the New York Daily News from Orlando International Ai...
New York Daily News
Will Bunch: Trump's coup-by-mail is underway. America can't wait until November to fight back.
First, they came for the mailboxes.The once-fantastical notion of a political or military coup in the United States has long lingered in the American imagination. Older boomers might remember, for example, the book and movie “Seven Days in May.” It’s a riveting plotline because, in a nation with a 231-year tradition of peacefully transferring power, a coup was always something that Can’t Happen Here. Americans’ knowledge of how coups even work comes mostly from stories on NPR from faraway lands where soldiers seize a nation’s key chokepoints, as tanks roll onto the tarmac of the international ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
From cabdrivers to concession cashiers, workers supported by Chicago's airports wonder when — or if — they'll go back. 'I don't see a future.'
CHICAGO — Like many cab companies, Peace Taxi Association gets most of its business taking travelers to and from Chicago’s airports.Or at least it used to. Before the coronavirus pandemic decimated air travel, owner Ali Poorian would have about 70 to 80 taxis on the road. Now, he’s down to seven or eight. Sometimes, drivers wait hours for a single passenger, he said.The taxi industry was already having a tough time competing with ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft. The COVID-19 pandemic brought a whole new level of pain.“Our life was already miserable, and with this situation, it’s become...