As summer travel disruptions continue at Dublin Airport the Irish government is stepping in to help. The military will stand ready to assist with security at the airport for six weeks this summer.
El Al seeks transit travel, expanded partnerships
El Al’s new CEO Dina Ben Tal Ganancia has big plans for the Israeli flag carrier. As it emerges form pandemic-related restrictions, she is keen, among other things, for Tel Aviv to become a transit hub, rather than just a destination.
Clear, others, expected to add TSA PreCheck enrollment later this year
Airport biometrics company Clear could be expanding into the TSA PreCheck business by the end of the year. It is one of three companies eligible to enroll travelers in the expedited airport screening program, and the Agency expects that at least one, if not all three, could have their new systems online later this year.
TSA implementing lower-touch screening protocols
The TSA screening process will look a little different next time you pass through an airport. The agency is adjusting its passenger screening protocols to reduce touch points where travelers and screeners must interact.
Thales PureFlyt brings an "entirely connected" upgrade to aircraft FMS
Thales is set to deliver an “entirely connected” flight management system (FMS) upgrade in the middle of the next decade. PureFlyt is billed as the FMS of the future designed to incorporate data from multiple sources, internal and external to the aircraft, making aircraft operations more efficient.
TSA backs down on increased crew screenings
Airline employees earned a reprieve this week after the TSA backed down on planned changes to the Known Crewmember (KCM) security screening process. the weekend it emerged that all KCM checkpoints would require crew to be in uniform to pass through. This would effectively preclude otherwise eligible employees from using the lanes while traveling for personal trips.
PaxEx Update: 2 August 2019
A new A321LR enters service for Aer Lingus, faster security screening for United and promises of faster infilght WiFi. Plus Hulu takes flight on Delta and more! Get all the details in this week’s PaxEx Update.
United Airlines partners with CLEAR, expands at hubs
United Airlines announced a partnership with CLEAR this week, expanding its participation in the biometric security screening program. The carrier will make a strategic investment in the company, including the addition or expansion of CLEAR locations at the carrier’s US hub airports.
The newest premium security access trick? Take the bus!
Looking to jump the security queues at the airport? Elite status with a loyalty program or premium cabin tickets can often do the trick. Bus riders in Boston will now join that group thanks to an innovative program introduces by Massport this month.
Biometrics: Real value or gimmicky crap?
Is the current biometrics push in aviation a gimmick or a real improvement for passengers and airlines alike? Likely a bit of both. Let’s look at two recent demonstrations of the technology to see how the benefits play out.