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SAS brand new Airbus A350XWB awaiting it's first scheduled departure from Chicago O'Hare (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ben Suskind)

Maskless Travel Is Returning on SAS. When Could the U.S. Follow?

Scandinavian Airlines, known most commonly worldwide as SAS, made headlines this weekend as it announced that passengers traveling within Denmark, Sweden and Norway would no longer be required to wear a face mask onboard its aircraft. The move was followed by other local carriers Norwegian, Flyr, and Widerøe, the latter two of which have route networks that are much more heavily concentrated within the Nordic countries. Masks are still required on all of the carriers' flights to destinations outside those…

Mask Mandate Extended Through Early 2022

On Tuesday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended the face mask mandate to Jan. 18, 2022, for passengers and crew onboard commercial aircraft or at U.S. airports. It is also extended to individuals on any form of public transportation like train and bus. The mandate aims to limit the spread…

TSA Responds to Record Violent Passenger-Caused Flight Disruptions

When on Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists took chillingly easy command of four American commercial airliners, the tragedies ushered in a new era of how airline flight crews trained to deal with hijackers, and compliance was no longer the mandate. Now in the skies of 2021, as a reeling air travel…

U.S. Airlines See Busiest Pandemic-Era Travel Week

The pandemic caused many challenges for the airline industry, such as restructurings, route suspensions and multitudes of cancellations. However, after a busy Father’s Day weekend, carriers are optimistic about their post-COVID recovery. According to JetTip, last week was the busiest pandemic-era week thus far for airports and airlines, which saw record…

LATAM Incorporates TSA Precheck for Its Passengers

Passengers who have membership in the TSA Precheck program can benefit from an expedited security review process at more than 200 airports in the United States. In a press release, LATAM Airlines announced that the group and the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the incorporation of the airline…

Airlines Reveal How Many People Are On Their No-Fly Lists

From anti-maskers to Capitol rioters, airline "no-fly" lists have been growing over the past year. Since March 2020, airlines have banned over 2,700 people from flying on their aircraft due to noncompliance with mask mandates, and the insurrection at the Capitol has barred dozens more. In an attempt to keep…

TSA Screens Record One Million Passengers in One Day

On Sunday, the TSA screened 1,031,505 passengers - the first time the agency has seen a seven-digit number since March 2020. The numbers are a good sign that air traffic is picking up, but the airlines still have a long way to go before things get even close to normal.…

Nearly One Million Passengers Pass Through U.S. Airports, Setting New…

For the first time since March 17, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that the total number of travelers flying in the U.S. has breached 900,000 flyers. Spurred by the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4’s total number of flyers reached 968,673 passengers throughout the U.S. This number is still…

TSA Stops Three Times More Guns Compared to Last Year

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced on Monday that its security checkpoints have intercepted three times more firearms in carry-on bags than it had at this point last year. In a press release issued, the agency reported that in the month of July, TSA officers detected 15.3 guns per…

Airbus Announces Progress on Biotechnology Solution for Aviation Security Issues

Earlier this week Airbus announced that it, along with California-based biotechnology and artificial intelligence company Koniku Inc., has made a “significant step” forward in the development of a "disruptive biotechnology solution" for aircraft and airport security operations by extending research to include biological hazard detection capabilities. The two companies originally…