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DFW Using Cell Phone Data to Track Security Wait Times: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 1, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | June 01, 2016

DFW Using Cell Phone Data to Track Security Wait Times: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 1, 2016

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Menzies to Offer Ground Services at Omani Airports
Menzies Aviation, which was recently at the center of a labor dispute at Seattle Airport, has announced that it has signed on to provide ground support at all nine airports in the Gulf state of Oman. Oman is hoping to improve its airport services so that it can compete with neighboring Dubai and Qatar.

DFW Will Use Cell Phones to Track Security Wait Times
AT&T is working with Dallas Fort Worth International to track passengers' cell phones when they are connected to the airport’s free Wi-Fi. The tracking will be anonymous and the data will be used to assess how long wait times are at security checkpoints. This will provide a real-time picture for the airport, TSA and airlines.

Atlanta Mayor Defends Decision to Allow Qatar Flights
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed spoke at the pre-launch event for Qatar Airways controversial ATL-Doha flight. Reed defended his support for the flight, saying “you’re either in the international game or you’re out.” Though he is also close with Delta, the mayor wants to send the signal that Atlanta is open to international airlines.

WestJet Won’t Offer Free Meals on Nine-Hour Vancouver-London Flight
WestJet is not offering free meals in economy class on its new nine-hour-plus flight between Vancouver and London. Food is available for sale in economy class. Norwegian Air is known for charging for meals on transatlantic flights, but other Canadian low cost carriers, such as Air Transat, do not charge for food on long flights.


United is adding more free food to its international flights. The airline, which recently announced free mid-flight snacks for economy class passengers, will also offer pre-arrival snacks for passengers traveling between the US and Europe. 

NASA is joining the race to create the next ultra-fast passenger jet. The space agency has announced plans to design, build and test a supersonic jet. The main selling point for their idea: an extremely quiet supersonic boom that is barely noticeable. 

Despite operating several successful flights between Toronto and Winnipeg during Canada’s Liberal Party convention, upstart airline Porter says that it is not ready to expand westward just yet. The airline wants a better deal from Winnipeg’s airport before it starts regular service. 

British Airways has launched service to London Stansted Airport. The airline will compete directly with Ryanair on four routes: to Mallorca, Ibiza, Malaga and Faro. 


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