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Despite Recent Crash Flying Safer Than Ever: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 20, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | May 20, 2016

Despite Recent Crash Flying Safer Than Ever: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 20, 2016

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San Jose Gets Two New Southwest Routes
Southwest Airlines will launch two new routes from San Jose to Salt Lake City and Baltimore Washington International. Both Delta and Alaska Airlines already offer flights to Utah from the Silicon Valley hub.

Paris Has Added Guards, Dogs and Cameras to Airports 
Since last year’s attacks in Paris, authorities have deployed more police, soldiers and private guards to the three airports servicing the city. More CCTV cameras have also been added to terminals, and there are more patrols by explosive-sniffing dogs.

Seattle Latest Airport to Add Private Security Contractors
Seattle Tacoma International has added 90 full-time private contractors to help the TSA shorten lines at screening checkpoints. The contractors will work through the summer. Like other major hubs, Seattle has been suffering from delays that sometimes top two hours.

Hypersonic ‘Scramjet’ Test A Success
Scientists and engineers in Australia has announced that they have successfully completed a test that will help them design a hypersonic scramjet that could fly from London to Sydney in about two hours. Several other aircraft designers, including some who work for the U.S. military, are also working on similar prototypes.


Alaska Airlines has announced that it will launch three new flights to San Diego next spring. The three departure cities are San Jose, Sacramento and Burbank. The new flights will help international passengers connect with Alaska’s codeshare partners: British Airways, Hainan Air and JAL. 

An expert from Northwestern University has told MarketWatch that despite the recent EgyptAir crash, air travel is safer than ever. Professor Ian Savage pointed to data that showed that airplane crashes are down by 25 percent over the past five years.  

Airlines for America has asked the TSA to release real time data about checkpoint delays so that passengers can  plan their trip to the airport. So far, the agency has yet to respond to this request.   

How can a plane simply disappear? According to Mashable, satellite location tracking is still not perfect, though better systems should be in place in the planes of most major carriers within the next five years. 


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