Stocking up on supplies--water, batteries, food staples-- as tropical storm Gordon loomed over the Gulf, I was struck by a familiar sound in the sky as I loaded bags into my car: a bank of airliners forming a loose arc as they slanted down toward the airport, descending one at a time to land. While the city of New Orleans braced for the worst, life at the airport went on as usual. Gordon ended up missing us completely, having fizzled out after making landfall well east of the city. New Orleans is safe, for now, but hurricane season lingers on through November. And let's not even talk about 2019, when the storms could strengthen.
Miami International Airport closed one of its concourses for part of Saturday and Sunday, shifting about a dozen afternoon and evening flights each day to other concourses so that TSA workers could adequately staff the other checkpoints. Airport spokesman Greg Chin said TSA was staffing the Concourse G checkpoint on Monday, but airport officials were monitoring the situation and would make more adjustments if necessary.
In a news release Sunday evening, the utility said the "the issue may have involved a fire which caused extensive damage in a Georgia Power underground electrical facility." The cause of the fire was not known, the statement says, but it impacted underground facilities and substations serving the airport.
The Oklahoman reports that Timberlake Construction Company will construct the airport's new east concourse with four gates, which will be occupied by Delta Airlines. The project also includes an observation deck, a lobby for people to meet arriving passengers and consolidation of the two existing security checkpoints into one. The new checkpoint will incorporate technological and security advances.
Fox News Flash top headlines for Feb. 6 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Do you love hanging out at the airport, and maybe even behaving badly? Then hopefully you signed up for the Los Angeles International Airport's latest project. The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has recently recruited 500 volunteers for a preparedness drill to ensure a new concourse area is ready for travelers.