USO Welcome Center is Coming to Orlando International Airport

800px-Orlando_International_Airport_terminal_from_arriving_airplaneThe USO Central Florida to build a welcome center at the Orlando International Airport.

More than 10,000 soldiers, sailors and marines pass through the airport every week and they are looking for a place to stay between flights.

At more than 160 airports nationwide and around the world, including Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, and other countries, American troops and their families can find USO welcome centers, where they might connect to loved ones via Internet or phone, play a video game, relax and let their kids play, get a free snack, or have a private farewell. But for Orlano International Airport it will be the first USO welcome center for the past 15 years. Continue reading “USO Welcome Center is Coming to Orlando International Airport”

Frontier Airlines Expands Service to Orlando International Airport

800px-Frontier_Airlines_Fawn_Airbus_A318-111_N808FRFrontier Airlines is expanding its services with 42 new non-stop routes across the country, including six new flights to Orlando International Airport. The first new service begins April 14 with flights to Nashville and Raleigh/Durham. The following day April 15, flights to Charlotte and New Orleans take off. Lastly,flights to Dallas and Fort Worth start June 16.
Frontier is also adding non-stop flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago and Orlando International Airport, startig April 15. Continue reading “Frontier Airlines Expands Service to Orlando International Airport”

Melbourne Airport to Add ‘Orlando’ to Its Name

Plane wing at sunset.jpgMelbourne International Airport is planning  to market itself as Orlando Melbourne International Airport. Looking to attract more passengers and air service, Melbourne International Airport is attempting to connect with one of the top tourism destinations in the world by marketing itself as Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

One of the points is travelers to consider Melbourne as a less congested alternative to the airports in Orlando. As Melbourne airport has always been overshadowed by Orlando International Airport and even Orlando Sanford International Airport. Continue reading “Melbourne Airport to Add ‘Orlando’ to Its Name”

Orlando Airport First to Add Facial Recognition

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOrlando International Airport (MCO) has become the first airport in the United States to add facial recognition technology to its automated passport control (APC) kiosks.

The technology is part of new requirement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The APC kiosks are meant to verify people’s identities by matching their faces to the biometric data in the newer passports with a 99.7% successful match rate. The APC kiosks take a snapshot of each traveler’s face and compare the image with biometric record in their e-passports. Continue reading “Orlando Airport First to Add Facial Recognition”

Transgender Passenger Detained by TSA at Orlando Airport

Gender-Symbol_Transgender_M2F_LesbianTransportation Security Administration agents at the Orlando International Airport detained a transgender woman when a suspicious “anomaly” appeared in her image after she entered an X-ray security scanner.

The transgender woman says TSA agents called her a man and held her for a lengthy security inspection because of her genitals at the Orlando airport on Monday.

Shadi Petosky, a television writer and executive producer for Puny Entertainment, was on her way back to Minneapolis from a vacation in Orlando, Fla. in celebration of her own birthday and her mother’s retirement when she was stopped at the airport and detained by Continue reading “Transgender Passenger Detained by TSA at Orlando Airport”

Emirates Starts Daily Service to Orlando

Emirates_Airbus_A380_In_AucklandThe Emirates announced the launch of a new daily 16-hour direct flight to Orlando a few months ago.

The daily service started on Tuesday when an Airbus A380 touched down at Orlando International Airport just after 11:30 a.m. East Coast time. A water salute welcomed the Airbus A380 when it landed at Orlando International Airport as it was the first of its kind ever scheduled to land at the airport in Orlando. Continue reading “Emirates Starts Daily Service to Orlando”

Hatchet, Grenade Found in Children’s Carry-on Luggage

TSA Reminds Parents to Check Kids’ Carry-on after Two Incidents in Florida

Plane wing at sunset.jpgThe Transportation Security Administration is reminding parents to check their children’s luggage as a grenade and a hatchet have been found in children’s luggage at Florida airports recently.

After the two incidents, the officials from Transportation Security Administration released a reminder to parents to check their kids’ luggage while packing and before leaving to the airport.

Earlier this week, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2015, a 12-year-old boy caused panic at Jacksonville International Airport when security officers found a grenade during an inspection of his hand luggage. The agents made the shocking discovery while the boy and his parents were going through a checkpoint.

The grenade was later determined Continue reading “Hatchet, Grenade Found in Children’s Carry-on Luggage”

Emirates Airline Adding Daily Orlando to Dubai Flights

800px-Emirates_b777-300er_a6-ebm_arpEmirates, one of the world’s largest international carriers is planning to start a new daily service to Orlando, Florida, its 10th city in the US. The Dubai-based airline also announced a doubling of capacity on its flights to Seattle, Washington, by adding a second daily flight to the route beginning on July 1 as part of its long-term plan to fly to 20 destinations in the United States. Continue reading “Emirates Airline Adding Daily Orlando to Dubai Flights”