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TSA to Shutter ‘Known Crew Member’ Airport Security Checkpoint Program

TSA to Shutter ‘Known Crew Member’ Airport Security Checkpoint Program

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is reportedly preparing to end its Known Crew Member, or KCM, program.
The program was put into place in 2011 as a joint initiative between Airlines for America, an industry trade association, and the Air Line Pilots Association, a union representing pilots from multiple airlines, along with the TSA, in order to expedite security screenings at checkpoints for crewmembers.
Crewmembers have already undergone extensive security vetting that …

Park Hyatt New York Housekeeper Hospitalized After Coming into Contact With Powdery Substance in Guest Room

Park Hyatt New York Housekeeper Hospitalized After Coming into Contact With Powdery Substance in Guest Room

A housekeeper who works at the Park Hyatt New York on West 57 Street was hospitalized after coming into contact with a powdery substance that was left in a guest room by a man who was trespassing on the property.
The trespasser, using a card key he had apparently found, unlocked a guest room on the 11th floor of the upscale hotel on Sunday at approximately 8:30 p.m. local time.
A family …

Monday Rail Strike in Austria Threatens to Bring Cross-Border Train Traffic to a Standstill

Monday Rail Strike in Austria Threatens to Bring Cross-Border Train Traffic to a Standstill

Rail traffic in Austria will come to a standstill Monday as rail workers stage a 24-hour strike, the Österreichische Bundesbahnen, or Austrian Federal Railways, said late Sunday.
The vida transport workers’ union has called for a 24-hour warning strike to start on Monday, following five rounds of negotiation.
The ÖBB is the national railway system of Austria as well as the administrator of Liechtenstein’s railways.
“After more than 12 hours of intensive talks, …

Delta to Offer Priority Access to Sky Clubs to Top Status Frequent Flyers

Delta to Offer Priority Access to Sky Clubs to Top Status Frequent Flyers

Delta Air Lines announced the addition of priority lanes to its Delta Sky Clubs to permit certain more elite groups of travelers to gain access even when the lounge is starting to approach peak capacity.
The lanes will be available to passengers traveling in Delta One business class cabins, Delta Sky Miles members with Diamond Medallion elite status, Sky Miles members with invitation-only Delta 360 status, and passengers traveling in domestic …

Newly-Renovated Runway Reopens at Toronto-Pearson Airport

Newly-Renovated  Runway Reopens at Toronto-Pearson Airport

Toronto Pearson International Airport celebrated the reopening of its second-busiest runway, 06L/24R, following an eight-month-long rehabilitation project.
Planning for the project began in the spring of 2021.
The airport, which is named after Lester Pearson, Canada’s 14th prime minister and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957, has five runways in total.  Three have an east–west alignment, while two have a north–south alignment.
The reopening was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended …

New York City Taxi Prices, Interstate Bridge and Tunnel Tolls to Increase

New York City Taxi Prices, Interstate Bridge and Tunnel Tolls to Increase

The cost of traveling by car in the New York metropolitan area is going up.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced price increases in the cost of taxi fares and tolls, respectively.
The TLC announced that the average taxi fare in the Big Apple will increase by 23%, from $15.97 to $19.62.  The base rate will go from $2.50 …

New Terminal 6 at JFK Airport in New York Gets Final Approval, Construction to Start in Early 2023

New Terminal 6 at JFK Airport in New York Gets Final Approval, Construction to Start in Early 2023

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration gave final environmental approval for the construction of a new $4.2 billion terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, the state’s governor, Kathy Hochul, announced on Thursday.
The project is the final piece of the JFK Vision championed by former Governor Andrew Cuomo to get underway.
“JFK International – the nation’s door to the world – will soon be worthy of New Yorkers, …