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Following is a recap of September's Top 5 (most clicked by Lawyers Travel's clients) e-newsletter stories.
American Airlines is now using facial recognition technology at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), according to Dallas News. The technology is installed at a handful of gates in Terminal D, with plans to expand it to 75 gates by the end of the year. While travelers have the option to turn down face scans and present boarding passes and passports, about 65% of passengers are willing to give up biometric information, if it means faster lines at airports, according to a survey by the International Air Transport Association.
American Airlines says it is delaying the expected return date for its Boeing 737 Max jets, reports Skift. While American remains confident that coming software updates and training will mean recertification of the aircraft this year, it is extending cancellations for Max 737 flights through December 3rd. American believes this will result in the cancellation of approximately 140 flights per day. Not all flights scheduled on the Max 737 will be cancelled, though. The airline says it will use other aircraft for some of the flights.
Delta Air Lines has deployed facial recognition technology to accelerate traveler clearance processes at Terminal 2 of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), reports Airport Technology. The airline has installed cameras at one gate, with plans to introduce more in the future. The facial recognition technology is permanent and will be extended to 13 of Terminal 2's 21 boarding gates. It is estimated that the facial recognition technology will save an average of nine minutes compared to traditional boarding, or two seconds for every passenger.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has been named the world's busiest airport for the 21st year in a row, reports Travel + Leisure. According to the annual Airports Council International report, more than 107 million passengers flew through ATL in 2018, which marks a 3.3 percent increase in passenger traffic. The rest of the top 10 busiest airports for passengers in the world are Beijing Capital International Airport with 100 million passengers, Dubai Airport with 89 million, Los Angeles International Airport with 87.5 million, Tokyo's Haneda Airport with 86.9 million, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport with 83.2 million, London's Heathrow Airport with 80.1 million, Hong Kong International Airport with 74.5 million, Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport with 74 million and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport with 72.2 million.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is testing an initiative to help airlines around the world share turbulence data for the first time, reports Travel Weekly. IATA says the platform, Turbulence Aware, has the potential to make flying safer, more comfortable and more fuel-efficient, especially over less-traveled oceanic routes. At present, 10 airlines are sharing data in the Turbulence Aware trial phase, which began in February. Another 14 have signed up to participate and are in the implementation stage. Already, though, those 10 airlines that are contributing data are generating 115,000 reports per day showing areas of turbulence, as well as areas of calm skies. IATA is targeting January for the operational launch of Turbulence Aware.