The TSA has been using CT scanners to screen airline passengers' luggage since last year -- early tests of the technology have been taking place in Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport and Boston's Logan International Airport. But now, the agency has shared its plans for CT technology going forward, including expansions into additional airports. American Airlines announced earlier this month that a CT scanner was being set up in New York's JFK airport and the TSA says Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Washington-Dulles International Airport are among those that will have CT scanners in the near future. "TSA is committed in getting the best technology to enhance security and improve the screening experience," TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a statement. "Use of CT technology substantially improves TSA's threat detection capability at the checkpoint.
Los Angeles International Airport has returned to the list of the world's top 100 airports. After failing for several years to make a top 100 ranking that is based on a survey of 13.5 million air travelers, LAX broke into the list in 98th position last year and moved up to 91st this year. The world's top airport was Singapore Changi Airport, followed by Incheon International Airport in South Korea and Munich Airport in Germany, according to the annual rankings by SkyTrax, an air-transport industry research company based in Britain. The top U.S. airports were Denver International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. LAX, which hosted nearly 75 million passengers last year, ranks low because of dirty facilities, long lines and rude staff, according to air travelers who have posted reviews on the SkyTrax website.
In addition to cleaning, sanitizing and setting up COVID-19 testing stations, airports are responding to the coronavirus pandemic by finding ways to make the journey through the terminal touch-free. Before the pandemic, contactless services would have been presented as convenient amenities for travelers. Today, however, they have become an important part of the tool kit for keeping passengers safe, healthy and confident enough to travel. From touchless airport parking to check-in, bag drop and even robot food delivery, here are some of the ways – and places – your airport experience might be different during your next trip. CDC advises COVID-19 tests for travel:8 do's and don'ts ahead of your trip Before the pandemic, some airports offered travelers the option to reserve and prepay for parking online.
Miniature therapy horses rove Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to keep fliers calm. Miniature therapy horses rove Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to keep fliers calm. Young fillies will compete Friday at the Kentucky Oaks, a run-up to the Kentucky Derby. Miniature therapy horses at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) in Hebron, Ky., are the only horses in America to greet travelers, allay their anxiety and pose for photos (do they have a choice?) The airport started the animal program a year ago to help anxious fliers relax a bit.