Gatwick Airport runway closed 'as surface breaks up'

BBC News

Gatwick Airport has closed its runway and an investigation is under way after claims the surface started to break up. Earlier, Gatwick tweeted an apology to anyone impacted by the closure. It said: "Our runway is temporarily closed while we carry out investigations. BBC London Travel tweeted there are reports the surface is breaking up with arrivals being diverted to Stansted and Bournemouth airports. In a further statement, a spokesman for the airport said the main runway was temporarily closed at 15.48 BST while a reported issue was investigated.


How dirty are airports?

FOX News

If Thanksgiving travel leaves you sniffling by the time the stuffing hits the table, you're not alone. No matter how you travel for the big meal, you're likely come into contact with massive amounts of germs, says Dr. Susan Whittier, a microbiologist at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. They're impossible to avoid, but you can boost your odds of staying healthy by steering clear of the dirtiest spots in airports, train stations and rental cars. Think of how many grubby hands have touched that screen before you -- gross, right? Whittier says high-touch surfaces can harbor "potential pathogens" like MRSA, Group A strep and the influenza virus.


United is yet again the worst after video of employee pushing elderly man surfaces

Mashable

In case you've somehow forgotten, United Airlines is having a horrible year. From leggings-gate and in-flight animal deaths to the infamous violent removal of a passenger from an overbooked flight, the airline has found itself in the midst of some serious controversy. And just when it seemed like things couldn't possibly get any worse, they did. United is now under fire after a video showing an employee pushing a 71-year-old passenger to the floor in an airport was brought to light in a Harris County, Texas, lawsuit filed last week. The footage is two years old, but was broadcast to the public on Tuesday by KPRC, a Houston news station.


Planning, Scheduling and Monitoring for Airport Surface Operations

AAAI Conferences

This paper explores the problem of managing movements of aircraft along the surface of busy airports. Airport surface management is a complex logistics problem involving the coordination of humans and machines. The work described here arose from the idea that autonomous towing vehicles for taxiing aircraft could offer a solution to the 'capacity problem' for busy airports, the problem of getting more efficient use of existing surface area to meet increasing demand. Supporting autonomous surface operations requires continuous planning, scheduling and monitoring of operations, as well as systems for optimizing complex human-machine interaction. We identify a set of computational subproblems of the surface management problem that would benefit from recent advances in multi-agent planning and scheduling and probabilistic predictive modeling, and discuss preliminary work at integrating these components into a prototype of a surface management system.


New video surfaces of Florida airport massacre; FBI's Hussein interrogator to handle case

The Japan Times

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – A day before the suspect in the Fort Lauderdale airport rampage was to appear in court, a website released footage that appears to show him calmly drawing a pistol and opening fire in the baggage claim area. Santiago, 26, is accused of killing five travelers and wounding six others the attack. He was charged Saturday with an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death -- which carries a maximum punishment of execution -- and weapons charges. His first court hearing is Monday. The FBI said in an email that it was aware of the video but would not comment on its authenticity.