If you're sleeping at the airport, chances are something went very wrong with your travel plans. Whether you were late for an international flight, missed a connection or maybe your plane got held up in another city with bad weather. Whatever the reason, if you're forced to sleep in public, airports aren't usually the best place to rest up. And there are some really, really bad airports out there. That's according to a new survey conducted Sleeping in Airports (and common sense).
Some 20% of nearly 500 public airports in the U.S. have adopted solar energy over the past decade, according to research from University of Colorado-Denver. Serena Kim, a researcher at CU-Denver's School of Public Affairs, specified that these airports have installed solar photovoltaic cells in their energy apparatus. Kim's study found that airports operated by general-purpose governments (that is, cities, states, or counties) have deployed solar panels more often than special-purpose governments (port or airport authorities) as of 2020. The pace of deployment of renewable energy can be partly attributed to the differences between general-purpose and special-purpose airports. For example, more than 80% of general-purpose board members are elected and only 7% of special-purpose airport board members are elected, she said.
British Prime Minster David Cameron said he was "shocked" and "concerned" by the explosions Tuesday. He added that the United Kingdom would do everything it can to help. He also said he will chair an emergency response meeting in Brussels over the event later in the day. Meanwhile, public broadcaster RTBF said that tram, train and the metro networks in Brussels have been shut down due to the explosions at the airport and the metro station. UPDATE: 4:53 a.m. EDT -- A local Belgian news network, VRT, said the death toll from the bomb explosions at the Brussels airport has risen to 13, while at least 35 people were injured.
After a shooting that killed at least five people Friday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., told CNN that when people bunch up in the airport, like at terminals or in security, it creates a "soft target." Nelson, who has told multiple networks that a man named Esteban Santiago was taken into custody, also advocated for the use of trained dogs for additional security. UPDATE: 2:40 p.m. EST -- The Broward County Sheriff's Office confirmed on Twitter at least five people were killed in a shooting Friday at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., told NBC a man named Esteban Santiago was in police custody. The situation appeared to be ongoing.