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FAA Orders Inspections of Older 737s: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 13, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | May 13, 2016

FAA Orders Inspections of Older 737s: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 13, 2016

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Canadian Carriers Allow Pets in Cabin for Forest Fire Flights
WestJet and Canadian North are bending their rules about allowing pets in their passenger cabins. Dogs usually have to fly in the cargo hold, but they were allowed to fly in the passenger cabin with their owners on some evacuation flights out of fire-hit Fort McMurray.

Southwest Offering Deals at Phoenix Sky Harbor
Southwest is offering deals on tickets booked before May 19 for flights between Aug. 23 and Nov. 2. Both international and domestic fares are included. Examples include $49 one-way fares from Phoenix to Los Angeles and $141 from Phoenix to Chicago.

TSA Collected $760,00 in Loose Change at Checkpoints in 2015
The TSA has said that it collected $760,000 in unclaimed cash last year. Most of this money was in the form of loose change that passenger left in bins. The security agency has permission to use this money to help fund its operation.

Delta Offers to Help with Security at MSP
Delta Airlines has offered to contribute security personnel to help speed up the process at security checkpoints. Newly designed checkpoints in Minneapolis have failed to cut wait times. The airline employees would perform any tasks that do not require a badged agent. 


State-owned Air India has installed self-check-in kiosks at 26 airports including Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad. According to the airline, the kiosks will cut wait times and allow passengers to head directly to the baggage check counter after printing their boarding pass.     

Hawaii’s Department of Transportation has said that new immigration machines at Honolulu International Airport have reduced the amount of time that international arrivals spend at immigration by about 10 minutes. The computers are used to scan passports and take fingerprints so that these tasks do not have to be completed by a live agent.   

Raleigh Durham International now has a second transatlantic service. Delta began flights to Paris on May 12. The Carolina airport already has a flight to London. 
The FAA has mandated regular inspections for older Boeing 737s because of concerns about metal fatigue. There are currently 285 of the planes, which are at least 18 years old, still operating in the U.S.  


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