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Chicago Aldermen Call for Private Security at O’Hare: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 19, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | May 19, 2016

Chicago Aldermen Call for Private Security at O’Hare: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 19, 2016

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More Airports Opening Nap Spaces
There is a welcome trend at airports around the world: more and more hubs are opening napping facilities. Atlanta, Philadelphia and Dallas have Minute Suite nap rooms, while other airports are adding lounge style chairs and relaxation spaces.

Known Extremist Employed at Berlin Airport for 10 Months
A Turkish airplane cleaner worked for 10 months at two Berlin airports despite the fact that he was known to have contacts with members of terrorist groups. Police warned the airports about the man at the end of 2014, but he was not fired until 10 months later when he attempted to smuggle brass knuckles into a secure area of the airport.

Iberia Opens Another Latin American Route
IAG-owned Iberia has started flying from Madrid to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Spanish airline will fly the route three times per week. Another carrier, Air Europa, already has twice-weekly service on the same route.

United Tries to Bring Former MileagePlus Elites Back into The Fold
United Airlines has sent out an email to some of its former MileagePlus elite members, offering them large bonuses if they meet certain spending thresholds. Last year, United changed its frequent flier program so that members earn points based on spending, not on the amount of miles they fly.


Airlines for Europe (A4E) has once again called on the European Union to intervene to stop ATC strikes. French air traffic controllers are striking for the fourth time in the past two months, causing cancelations and delays all across the continent. 

With 89.9 percent of its flights arriving on time, Hawaiian Airlines is once again America’s most punctual carrier. Its on-time rating should be taken with a grain of salt since most of its flights are to Hawaii, which rarely has poor weather. Delta was the second most-punctual carrier, with 87.9 percent of its flights arriving on time.  

American Airlines has announced that it will spend $4 million to hire contract workers to help speed up security checkpoints at its hubs. American says that it already spends $17 million a year on resources to speed the screening process.  

Some Chicago aldermen want to privatize security at O’Hare and Midway. City Council Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke pointed to San Francisco as an example of an airport that has made the successful switch to private security screeners. Four other aldermen support Burke’s idea, but others say the TSA should be given a chance to improve.  


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