Flight attendant charged with stealing $8,000 bracelet from TSA line
A woman identified as a Republic Airways flight attendant was arrested Monday at Reagan National Airport after authorities said she took a passenger's bracelet set from a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokeswoman Crystal Nosal said Rebecca Valley, 60, of Wesley Chapel, Fla., works for the regional carrier and was charged with one count of grand larceny. The owner of the jewelry reported that it was valued at $8,000, Nosal said.Subscnews.yahoo.com
American Airlines ending service to three cities due to pilot shortage
American Airlines will eliminate service for three cities following the Labor Day holiday weekend as a result of staffing shortages, marking the latest hiccup for the airline industry amid thousands of cancellations and cuts in recent months. An airline spokesperson said the company will drop service to Toledo, Ohio; Ithaca, N.Y.; and Islip, N.Y., on…news.yahoo.com
A California mom says she felt 'humiliated' after the TSA barred her from bringing ice packs on a plane to keep her breast milk cool during a 5-hour flight
Emily Calandrelli said she wanted to pump before her flight to avoid breast pain. She needed the ice packs to preserve the milk for her baby.news.yahoo.com
CDC restates recommendation for masks on planes, trains
U.S. health officials on Tuesday restated their recommendation that Americans wear masks on planes, trains and buses, despite a court ruling last month that struck down a national mask mandate on public transportation. Americans age 2 and older should wear a well-fitting masks while on public transportation, including in airports and train stations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended, citing the current spread of coronavirus and projections of future COVID-19 trends. For months, the Transportation Security Administration had been enforcing a requirement that passengers and workers wear masks.news.yahoo.com
Face masks now optional on Muskegon Area Transit System buses
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – Face masks on Muskegon County’s buses are now optional. Following action by other federal, state and local transit authorities, the Muskegon Area Transit System announced it no longer requires the use of face masks aboard its vehicles and in its facilities. Face masks had been required due to the COVID pandemic. The CDC reported on April 14 the rate of new COVID cases was 48 per 100,000 people in Muskegon County over the prior seven days. Also on MLiveSee who’s running for election in Muskegon County this year‘Tumor’ on historic Torrent House in downtown Muskegon purchased for demolitionMuskegon County manufacturer plans $6M facility expansion with 35 new jobsmlive.com
Ann Arbor transit system no longer requiring riders to wear masks
ANN ARBOR, MI — The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is no longer requiring riders to wear face masks, following the lead of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. Due to a court ruling Monday, April 18, TSA announced it will no longer enforce COVID-19 directives requiring masks on public transportation and at transportation hubs, though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend masks in indoor public transit settings. A federal judge in Florida struck down mask mandates for airplanes and other forms of public transportation, ruling the CDC overstepped its authority. AAATA, also known as TheRide, posted an update on its coronavirus information webpage Tuesday confirming masks are no longer required on local buses, though it still encourages people to wear masks while riding and at transit centers and to be kind to those who choose to wear masks. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:A quick overview of the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti transit tax proposalHere’s how Ann Arbor may spend $935K in new marijuana tax revenueAnn Arbor’s $15M plan to ramp up street repairs means more construction coming$2.6M Ann Arbor construction project in Stadium/Washtenaw area to start soonWhat are all those metal holes around Ann Arbor?mlive.com
CDC extends travel mask requirement to May 3 as COVID rises
By ZEKE MILLER Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is extending the nationwide mask requirement for public transit for 15 days as it monitors an uptick in COVID-19 cases. When the Transportation Security Administration, which enforces the rule for planes, buses, trains and transit hubs, extended the requirement last month, it said the CDC had been hoping to roll out a more flexible masking strategy that would have replaced the nationwide requirement. The mask mandate is the most visible vestige of government restrictions to control the pandemic, and possibly the most controversial. There has been a slight increase in cases in recent weeks, driven by the BA.2 strain, with daily confirmed cases nationwide rising from about 25,000 per day to more than 30,000. The CDC is awaiting indications of whether the increase in cases correlates to a rise in adverse outcomes before announcing a less restrictive mask policy for travel.mlive.com
Masks no longer required on buses owned by Grand Rapids Public Schools
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Public Schools students riding district-owned school buses will no longer be required to wear a mask. While no longer required, the district “strongly” recommends students riding the buses continue to wear a mask, Roby said. The change does not apply to Grand Rapids Public Schools students who ride the Rapid public transportation system. Students riding the Rapid buses are still required to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration recently extended its directive mandating masks on public transportation, such as the Rapid, and public transportation hubs through April 18.mlive.com
Airlines, cruise lines and hotel stocks fall on virus fears
Air travel in the United States hit another pandemic-era record over the weekend as vacationers jammed airports, but shares of airlines, cruise lines, hotels and almost anything else related to travel are tumbling on growing concerns about highly contagious variants of coronavirus.
US air travel rises to highest levels yet since pandemic hit
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)Across the United States, air travel is recovering more quickly from the depths of the pandemic, and it is showing up in longer airport security lines and busier traffic on airline websites. "Our last three weeks have been the best three weeks since the pandemic hit, and each week has been better than the one prior,” American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said Monday. However, the airlines still have far to go before travel fully returns to pre-pandemic levels. Since the pandemic hit, air travel has picked up a few times — mostly around holidays — only to drop back down. The airline said people are booking leisure trips to beach and mountain destinations but business travel is still lagging.
The Latest: All Duke University undergrads must quarantine
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University issued a quarantine order for all of its undergraduates effective Saturday night due to a coronavirus outbreak caused by students who attended recruitment parties, the school said. The university said in a statement that all undergraduate students will be forced to stay-in-place until at least March 21. Suspension or dismissal from the school are potential punishments for “flagrant or repeat violators.”Over the past week, the school has reported more than 180 positive coronavirus cases among students. AdItaly has now tallied some 3.2 million cases in the pandemic. The COVAX alliance aims to share COVID-19 vaccines with more than 90 lower and middle-income nations.
2 killed, 2 injured when car plunges off Chicago expressway
FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2018, file photo taken with a long exposure, traffic streaks across the John F. Kennedy Expressway at the start of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)CHICAGO – Two people were killed and two more were seriously injured early Friday when their vehicle hit a concrete wall and plunged off a Chicago expressway onto a street about 43 feet (13 meters) below, police said. The vehicle “was traveling too fast for road conditions” on Interstate 55 — also known as the Stevenson Expressway — when the accident happened at around 4 a.m., Illinois State Police said. The vehicle tumbled off the highway, struck a light pole and landed on the street in the McKinley Park neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side, Illinois State Police Trooper Omoayena Williams said. The Chicago crash comes days after a pickup truck plunged about 70 feet (21 meters) off a slippery interchange exit ramp in Wisconsin.
TSA looking into adding Capitol rioters to US no-fly list
Federal safety officials are investigating people who took part in last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol to decide whether they belong on the federal no-fly list. The assessments are one of several steps federal agencies are taking to increase security before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week. The assessments could result in rioters being added to the federal no-fly list, the person said. The FBI said earlier this week it was considering adding Capitol rioters to the federal no-fly list but stopped short of saying that individuals were being scrutinized. Airlines and Washington-area airports also have promised tighter security after last week’s riot at the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.
VIRUS TODAY: Huge study on another COVID vaccine is underway
Administrative worker Sander Edmondson, left, hands a COVID-19 testing kit to a woman at a testing site in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Here’s what’s happening Monday with the pandemic in the U.S.:THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY— A huge study of another COVID-19 vaccine candidate is getting underway Monday as states continue to roll out scarce supplies of the nation’s first shots. Some 30,000 volunteers are needed to prove if this vaccine — a different kind than its Pfizer and Moderna competitors — really works and is safe. — Homicides in Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and other U.S. cities have topped 2019 numbers as violence surged during the coronavirus pandemic. ___Find AP’s full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic
The Latest: China tests millions in port over virus cluster
(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)BEIJING — Authorities in China’s northeastern port city of Dalian are testing millions of residents after seven new coronavirus cases were reported there in the last 24 hours. It has a deal to secure up to 100 million doses of the potential vaccine produced by AstraZeneca. Koca said the first shipment of three million doses of CoronaVac would be shipped to Turkey on Sunday and arrive Monday. He said Turkey could get 4.5 million doses until the end of March and would have the option buy up to 30 million doses. Indonesia has reported nearly 700,000 COVID-19 cases, the largest caseload in Southeast Asia and second in Asia only to India’s 10.1 million confirmed cases.
Holiday air travel surges despite dire health warnings
The Transportation Security Administration screened at least 1 million people on four of the last 10 days through Sunday. That's still half the crowd recorded last year at airports, when more than 2 million people were counted per day. With new reported cases of coronavirus spiking across the country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had issued a warning against Thanksgiving travel just a week before the holiday. It's unclear whether the pleas of experts like Fauci had any effect on travel and large gatherings at Thanksgiving. On Monday, JetBlue Airways said “booking trends remain volatile,” and a recovery in travel demand will be uneven into next year.
Many Americans flying for holiday despite CDC pleas
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Millions of Americans bought tickets to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving before the nation's top public health agency pleaded with them not to travel for the holiday. That's despite relatively lenient cancellation policies that major airlines have implemented since the coronavirus pandemic emerged earlier this year. Images that emerged this weekend of crowded airport terminals showed that plenty of people are flying anyway. A day earlier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Americans should skip Thanksgiving travel and not spend the holiday with people from outside their household. But most are also offering opportunities for people to skip their holiday flights and travel later, though travelers might have to pay more for the replacement flight if it's more expensive.
Loaded gun found in carry-on bag of man at Grand Rapids based airport
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – On Sunday, a Transportation Security Administration officer found a loaded gun in a man’s carry-on bag at the Grand Rapids based Gerald R. Ford International Airport. TSA officials say the gun was found in the carry-on bag at around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. “Firearms and prohibited items continue to be detected at airport security checkpoints during this pandemic,” said Grand Rapid’s TSA Federal Security Director Roger Dubuc. The gun was found ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Gerald R. Ford International Airport tonight. The president will be in Traverse City before holding a 10:30 p.m. rally at the Grand Rapids based airport.
Air traffic is down, gun seizures up at US airports
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)With air traffic nearing a five-month high, airport security is finding guns in passenger carry-on bags at three times the rate recorded before the pandemic. There has been a significant increase in loaded guns at checkpoints, said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. Last year, 4,432 guns were found in carry-on bags, or about 12.1 per day, and 87% were loaded. TSA's public appeal to follow gun rules came the same day that it reported screening 831,789 people on Sunday. It was the first time checkpoint traffic in U.S. airports has topped 800,000 since March 17.
Reports: TSA insider faults agency's response to coronavirus
The top TSA official in Kansas, Jay Brainard, says the TSAs actions amount to gross mismanagement." The special counsel has ordered TSA's parent agency, the Homeland Security Department, to conduct an investigation. Brainard filed his whistleblower complaint on June 3, and the special counsel on Thursday ordered the Homeland Security Department to investigate the allegations. By law, the special counsel only takes that step when it believes there is a substantial likelihood of wrongdoing. The special counsel will review Homeland Securitys findings and issue a report to the White House and Congress.
Businesses ramp up operations as nations prep for tourists
Five restaurants continue to operate with enhanced off-premise service only, while nine restaurants remain temporarily closed. Transactions at fast food restaurants were down 17% the week of May 24, while transactions at sit-down chains were down 49%. CENTRAL GOVERNMENTS & BANKS: Spains national statistics office said that it received zero international tourists in April. That compares with 7 million tourists that spent 7 billion euros ($7.8 billion) in Spain in the prior-year period. Istanbuls 15th century Grand Bazaar, museums, gyms, child care centers and nurseries, were among other venues allowed to resume operations.
Retailers reopening more stores, tourism expanding
The chain began to reopen stores earlier this month and expects most stores to be open in mid-June. TJX Canada began reopening stores in some provinces this week, and stores in Germany, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands and Australia are fully open. Victorias Secret said Thursday its closing 250 stores in the next few months, about a quarter of all its stores. The sales drop was the largest one-month decline since a 22.5% fall in July 2010. The Finance Ministry said imports fell 7% to 6.1 trillion yen ($57 billion) from 6.6 trillion yen.
TSA Coronavirus Changes: What to expect when traveling this summer
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced updated security procedures that will be implemented across the country this summer in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Traveling with foodTravelers are asked to place carry-on food items in a clear plastic bag and place in a bin for x-ray screening. Following TSA packing guidelines will reduce agents need to interact with travelers luggage and reduce the potential for cross-contamination. TSA will now allow travelers to pack hand sanitizer in their carry-on bags in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. TSA officials advise travelers to arrive at the airport earlier than usual as staffing has been affected by the pandemic.
Program allowing DTW visitors into terminals beyond security without ticket extended indefinitely
DTW visitors have recently been able to enter the post-security areas of the McNamara and North terminals through the DTW Destination Pass program. The program was originally expected to end Sunday, but DTW announced Friday that the program will be extended indefinitely. They should look for the DTW Destination Pass sign on the back wall between carousels No. A valid photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport, must be presented to get the pass, officials said. Click here to apply for a DTW Destination Pass.