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Pentagon Confirms Explosion Outside Kabul Airport
'It's a Hard Day Today:'
13 US Troops Killed
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'It's a Hard Day Today:' 13 US Troops Killed

Twin suicide blasts outside Kabul airport also killed dozens of Afghans

(Newser) - Twin explosions outside the Kabul airport on Thursday resulted in dozens of civilian and military deaths. The Pentagon says 13 US troops were killed, reports CNN . "It's a hard day today," said Gen. Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, at a briefing. In...

FAA Makes Big Ask of Airports to Control Unruly Travelers

Agency wants bars, restaurants to nix booze 'to go,' as passengers try to bring those drinks on board

(Newser) - Multiple airlines have already cut back on serving alcohol in the air, due to a spike in incidents involving out-of-control passengers, and now the Federal Aviation Administration is appealing to airports to do their part. Per NBC News , FAA chief Steve Dickson's letter to airport managers on Tuesday noted...

The Other Orlando Airport Has to Change Its Name

Florida had 2 with the name, but Melbourne operation must tweak for clarity

(Newser) - After years of fighting and litigation over who can include “Orlando” in the name of their central Florida airport, Orlando International Airport officials and Orlando Melbourne International Airport officials have tentatively agreed that the latter will tweak its name to Melbourne Orlando International Airport, per the AP . The Melbourne...

Tourists Accused of Trying to Bribe Their Way Into Hawaii

Louisiana couple didn't have negative COVID tests

(Newser) - If you're interested in visiting the Aloha State, you'll have to be OK with a 10-day quarantine when you first arrive, unless you've got COVID test results in hand confirming you tested negative within the past 72 hours. Two tourists allegedly thought they could get around those...

Who Opens a New Airport During a Pandemic? This City

Berlin's Brandenburg Airport is almost a decade late and $4.6B over budget, but it's finally here

(Newser) - Having a grand opening for an airport in the middle of a pandemic may seem odd, but for Germany's newest travel hub, it's been a long time coming—14 years, to be exact. That's how long it's taken to complete Berlin's Brandenburg Airport, which was...

Australia: Women From 10 Flights Had 'Invasive' Exams in Qatar

Qatar is apologizing after search for abandoned newborn went awry

(Newser) - A baby was born and abandoned at an airport in Doha, Qatar, and now officials are apologizing over their controversial attempt to find the mother amid the revelation that there may have been more women involved than initially reported. After a newborn girl was found Oct. 2 in a trash...

Airlines Ask US for $50B
Airlines Ask
US for $50B

Airlines Ask US for $50B

As pandemic slashes traffic, industry negotiates with government for cash, loans

(Newser) - "We’re going to be in a position to help the airlines very much," President Trump said Monday when asked about possible government aid in the wake of the huge drop in passenger bookings. The airlines have now put an amount on that promise: $50 billion. That's...

TSA Confiscated a Record Number of Guns Last Year

But what does it really mean?

(Newser) - TSA found 4,432 firearms in passengers' carry-on baggage last year—its highest number ever. As Fox News points out, that's a dozen firearms per day, and 87% of those firearms were loaded. Thirty-four percent of them actually had rounds in the chamber. The total number confiscated is a...

Oof: Record Number of People Flying for Thanksgiving

TSA expects more than 26.8 million travelers over the holiday, up 4% from last year

(Newser) - Flying somewhere for Thanksgiving? Good luck. The Transportation Security Administration says more than 26.8 million people are expected to make their way through airport security checkpoints between Nov. 22 and Dec. 2—a record high, per the Hill , and a 4% increase over 2018, per ABC . The busiest days...

Here Are the Best, Worst US Airports

The New York area needs a definite upgrade

(Newser) - If you're traveling, the tristate area around the Big Apple may be the last place you want to fly in and out of. The Wall Street Journal took a look at America's 20 biggest airports, as well as the 20 largest airports after that (what the Journal deems...

At Hong Kong Airport, a 2nd Day of Chaos

Departing flights canceled once again due to pro-democracy protesters

(Newser) - Pro-democracy protests have shut down Hong Kong International Airport again , resulting in flight check-ins being canceled for the second day in a row and the city's mayor calling the scene a "dangerous situation," the BBC reports. "Terminal operations ... have been seriously disrupted as a result of...

TSA's Windfall From Security Bins in 2018: $1M

Travelers don't gather their coins and cash with care when they're in a hurry, apparently

(Newser) - In your rush to catch a flight, did you ever neglect to scoop up your pennies, nickels, and dimes out of the plastic bins at security? You're not alone, and the Transportation Security Administration became about $1 million richer last year because of it. USA Today reports that's...

If You Fly United, There's Now a New Way to Board

United will cut 5 boarding lines to 2, redistribute boarding groups to ease gate congestion

(Newser) - The "angst" travelers feel at overcrowded gates may soon be eased at United Airlines terminals, an exec for the airline says. That's because United just began a new initiative designed to relieve that particular "passenger pain point," as CNBC puts it, by changing up its departure...

Parents Go to Jail, Woman Gets 'Uttermost Freedom'

'Monsters' tried to force then-teen to marry her cousin in Bangladesh

(Newser) - A British couple labeled "monsters" by their own daughter, who had to be rescued ahead of a forced marriage to her first cousin , will spend a combined eight years behind bars. A judge on Monday sentenced the father to 4.5 years and the mother to 3.5 years....

5 Weirdest Things TSA Found in 2017

Satan's pizza cutter?

(Newser) - While many travelers fret about whether they've exceeded the TSA limits for liquids in their carry-on luggage or whether they mistakenly packed their e-cigarettes in their checked bags ( not allowed ), others saunter right up to security checkpoints and baggage drop-offs with what the TSA calls "more...

TSA Screenings Fail at a 'Disturbing' Rate

Democrat says TSA funds are being used to pay national debt

(Newser) - An alarming new report weeks before the busiest air travel days of the year finds that TSA agents at airport checkpoints miss test weapons, explosives, and other contraband items most of the time. During an undercover operation, Department of Homeland Security inspectors "identified vulnerabilities with TSA's screener performance,...

Super-Secret Bunkers Under Denver Airport? Eh, Maybe

A writer explores conspiracy theories, doesn't think this one is so far-fetched

(Newser) - Denver International Airport is, among other things, a magnet for wackadoo conspiracy theories . The 32-foot statue of a blue mustang with glowing orange eyes doesn't help, nor does the fact that a piece of the horse fell off and killed the sculptor while it was a work in progress,...

'Endearing' Reason for Delays at JFK Airport

Dozens of migrating turtles

(Newser) - Bird strikes at New York City-area airports have been known to cause emergency landings, but a different type of creature kept some planes from even taking off this week, the AP reports. As part of their annual migration ritual, about 40 diamondback terrapin turtles emerged from Jamaica Bay Friday...

Make TSA PreCheck Free, Everyone Wins

There's a Way
to Cut TSA Lines
and TSA Costs
STUDY SAYS

There's a Way to Cut TSA Lines and TSA Costs

Waive the PreCheck fee, researchers say

(Newser) - Millions of people pay for the privilege of leaving their shoes and belts on and their laptops in their bags during airport security screenings. But a study out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says by making the TSA's PreCheck program free—it's currently $85 for the...

5 Best, Worst Airports in America
5 Best, Worst
Airports in America

5 Best, Worst Airports in America

Our condolences, everyone in the New York area

(Newser) - You'd be hard-pressed to find many people who actually enjoy the rush and chaos of navigating the airport while traveling, but some airports rate better than others if you're forced to wait at the gate with your newspaper and latte. The Points Guy took a look at the...

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