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Have you heard the predictions that someday we'll wear clothes that have computers? And glasses. And wrist watches. And who knows what. Will we have to turn off all those things before a plane can take-off?

sony smart watch

That's the question posed by technology writer Nick Bilton, of the New York Times:

"Stacy K. Martin, president of the Transport Workers Union Local 556, which represents more than 10,000 flight attendants, knows these gadgets are coming, but is not sure what he and others will be able to do about them. “We’re not policemen. We’re not going to be able to get anything done if we have to ask people if they’re wearing sunglasses or computer glasses and if their watch is a computer,” Mr. Martin said. “My hope is that we will get some relief from the F.A.A., but I don’t expect them to step up and be prepared for these issues in a timely fashion. Technology is clearly 10 years ahead of the F.A.A.”"

Read the rest of the story here.


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May 29 2012 Tag It Yourself BY adminTAGS Customer Service


Alaska Airlines now allows its customers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to tag their own bags. Other airlines may follow — excited? Does this make flying easier, or more painful?

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May 23 2012 Catch-all BY adminTAGS How the Airport Works, Southwest


This is the Wednesday morning catch-all...


Our April passenger numbers are in and the news is good: they’re up 6.4 percent compared to the same month last year. For the first four months of the year passenger numbers are up 9.1%. This is good news. Keep in mind that last year we were down 8.1%. Why such an improvement? Several factors are at work…

Last year the airlines cut capacity (the number of seats in the air) across the board; less capacity means lower operating costs. The cuts came in response to high fuel prices, and the continuing recession. The capacity cuts now appear to be over with. The economy has improved somewhat, particularly here in Southwest Missouri, where unemployment is now less than 7%. There’s an old rule of thumb in the airline industry: more employment means more people flying.

While the news is good we’re not jumping up and down. We’re cautiously optimistic.


Southwest Airlines will apparently get rid of the fleet of Boeing 717s it acquired when it bought out AirTran. The planes will be picked up by Delta Air Lines. At least that’s the plan. It’s a tentative deal that depends on the outcome of several factors, including ratification of a labor contract with Delta pilots.

Read more here, and here.


“The U.S. Transportation Security Administration wants to speed screening for as many as three in four travelers as it absorbs criticism for procedures that have led to pat-downs of children, seniors and members of Congress.”

That’s the lede in a story from Bloomberg News. Read the rest here.


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For the seventh consecutive year our airport has received a “discrepancy free” safety inspection from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Airports that have scheduled airline service are inspected every year by the FAA for compliance with federal aviation safety rules.

Just one discrepancy free inspection is an accomplishment in itself, but to do it seven years in a row is a tremendous achievement. It shows that safety is part of everything we do.

Last month an FAA inspector spent three days in Springfield reviewing the following:

  • Airfield security
  • The airport’s emergency plan
  • Training of airport employees
  • Response times of the airport fire department during emergency drill
  • Runway and taxiway safety
  • Aircraft fuel truck safety
  • Wildlife control

Passing the yearly safety inspection requires a lot of effort from everyone at the airport. They do it 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. That's what it takes to provide you with the safest airport possible.


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May 01 2012 Delta Buys Oil Refinery BY adminTAGS Delta


"Delta Air Lines Inc will buy a Pennsylvania oil refinery from ConocoPhillips for $150 million, an audacious bid to save money on fuel costs by investing in a sector shunned by many of the biggest oil firms."

"Audacious?" That's putting it mildly. Read the rest of the story from Reuters.




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