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The TSA’s Efforts to Shorten Wait Times: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 11-17

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | March 19, 2016

The TSA’s Efforts to Shorten Wait Times: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 11-17

Photo courtesy of United Airlines

Seeking to lessen those lengthy, serpentine lines of frustrated fliers, the TSA has publicly announced efforts that will lead to shorter wait times. In an interview with USA Today, agency administrator Peter Neffenger said more screening officers will be hired and canine teams will be reassigned to busier airports. Click for more details.

This year’s Crystal Cabin Awards finalists have been announced, revealing the latest, cutting-edge ideas in airline cabin design. These innovative concepts include outside-the-box cabin layouts, passenger-friendly electronics, new avenues of flier comfort, and much more. Click for the complete list.

A recent United flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco may have seemed routine, but was actually quite momentous — the aircraft was fueled by garbage. More specifically, a mix of 70 percent standard jet fuel and 30 percent biofuel produced from farm waste. United claims this cocktail reduced the plane’s greenhouse emissions by more than 60 percent. Click to find out what’s next for this eco-friendly fuel.

It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for American Airlines since the merger with US Airways. Employees and customers alike are — putting it lightly — unhappy. CEO Doug Parker is promising big changes, though, recently announcing that AA is about to invest billions in in-flight services, features and airport lounges, and indicated that the company would take steps toward improving employee relations. Click for more.

Singapore Changi has once again taken the top spot in the annual World Airport Awards — its seventh win since 2000. More than just an airport, it’s considered a city attraction unto itself, with a plethora of shopping, a butterfly garden, rooftop swimming pool, and plenty else. Click to see which illustrious airports ranked below Changi.


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