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Airlines Pulse: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 16-22

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | January 23, 2016

Airlines Pulse: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 16-22

Allegiant Air’s Chief Operating Officer has stepped down. The budget airline has been in the news for a less-than-stellar safety record, including several high-profile emergency landings. On a positive note, now-former COO Steve Harfst played a key role in preventing an Allegiant pilot strike during his tenure. Click for details.

SuperBowl 50 is fast-approaching, and preparations are reaching a fever pitch in the Bay Area. Along with the hotel, restaurant and tourism industries, local airports have plans for the flood of football fans. San Francisco International has a unique “5-4-3-2-1” campaign for fliers departing Monday morning — an easy-to-remember schedule for smooth sailing from hotel to airport gate. Click to find out more.

Dutch tech entrepreneur Andreas Sjostrom successfully went through security at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport sans ticket, boarding pass or passport — but he did have all required travel information on a chip surgically implanted in his hand. The technology to read the chip is already in place, and while there are still growing pains in the realm of implanted IDs, this will be seen more and more…an “implant it yourself” kit is even available! Click for details.

European Union aviation records that document bird strikes, loss of control, aircraft maintenance issues, unsafe air traffic control clearance or any event that causes an emergency landing will no longer be accessible to the public. There is only speculation now as to the cause of this sudden opaqueness, but one analyst felt the decision was made to protect the reputations of certain “less than capable” airlines and manufacturers. Click for further insights.

Easy there, cowboy. Unless you are following the TSA’s strict rules for flying with firearms, guns and airports don’t mix. The agency confiscated a record 2,653 firearms in 2015, and more than 80 percent were loaded. Click to find out more stats.


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