Air travel http://kplu.org en Mass: Worst Is Over With Snow; Don't Count On White Christmas http://kplu.org/post/mass-worst-over-snow-dont-count-white-christmas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most of the snow fell overnight while western Washington slept, and "the worst is over," says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;weather expert Cliff Mass. The metropolitan area of Seattle saw&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">¾-inch</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to 3 inches of snow while areas north of the city saw more.</span></p><p>“But for most people, they’ve seen the bulk of what they’re going to get," said Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:10:52 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 11926 at http://kplu.org Mass: Worst Is Over With Snow; Don't Count On White Christmas FAA furloughs snarl air travel on the West Coast http://kplu.org/post/faa-furloughs-snarl-air-travel-west-coast <p>Air travelers, especially those on the West Coast, are facing major delays this week due to sequester-mandated employee furloughs.</p><p>As much as 10 percent of the 47,000 flight controllers and other Federal Aviation Administration workers were placed on leave Sunday, grounding a number of planes and delaying flights to and from Los Angeles, including at least six Alaska Airlines flights.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 18:16:08 +0000 NPR News 8497 at http://kplu.org FAA furloughs snarl air travel on the West Coast Regional airlines intend to keep flying if control towers close http://kplu.org/post/regional-airlines-intend-keep-flying-if-control-towers-close <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/030113TB_Airports_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a> <P>According to an airport industry association, control towers at 14 small to medium sized airports around the Northwest will close on April 1 in response to automatic federal budget cuts: Four in Idaho and five each in Oregon and Washington. But regional airlines intend to keep flying to those cities they now serve.</P> <P>The Federal Aviation Administration pays a government contractor called Serco to staff the control towers at smaller Western airports. Sat, 02 Mar 2013 01:10:00 +0000 Tom Banse 7894 at http://kplu.org Regional airlines intend to keep flying if control towers close FAA approves commerical flights for Paine Field http://kplu.org/post/faa-approves-commerical-flights-paine-field <p>Vacationers wanting to fly from the Seattle area to destinations such as Hawaii and Phoenix may soon have another option. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved commercial flights out of Paine Field, near Everett. It’s a proposal that’s been in the works for years.</p><p>Despite concern from some neighbors about noise and other environmental factors, the FAA issued a “finding of no significant impacts” for the proposal to allow commercial flights from Snohomish County airport.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 22:14:50 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7284 at http://kplu.org Antsy toddler kicked off plane at Seattle airport http://kplu.org/post/antsy-toddler-kicked-plane-seattle-airport <p>A 3-year-old boy who refused to use his seatbelt never got off the ground when he and his father boarded an Alaska Airlines flight at an airport in Seattle.</p><p> Wed, 30 May 2012 16:42:13 +0000 The Associated Press 5136 at http://kplu.org Alaska Airlines tries do-it-yourself luggage tagging http://kplu.org/post/alaska-airlines-tries-do-it-yourself-luggage-tagging Alaska Airlines is trying out a new luggage-tagging system at SeaTac Airport. It relies on customers using new kiosks to weigh their own bags and print out and attach labels.<p>Travelers still must drop off luggage with agents and show I.D. But airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says the change should save some time. Mon, 28 May 2012 15:39:29 +0000 Ed Schoenfeld 5119 at http://kplu.org Alaska Airlines tries do-it-yourself luggage tagging Delayed at the airport? They're working on it http://kplu.org/post/delayed-airport-theyre-working-it When the summer travel season begins, airline passengers typically brace for delays as vacationers fly in larger numbers and the inevitable weather-related disruptions occur.<p>The Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees the nationwide system of air traffic control, is hoping to make some of those delays a thing of the past. It's developing what it calls "Next Generation" technology. Sat, 26 May 2012 16:35:33 +0000 Brian Naylor 5115 at http://kplu.org Delayed at the airport? They're working on it