Face Scans to be Required for all International Travelers at Orlando Airport

Officials at Florida’s busiest airport announced that it is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including US citizens. $4 million has been committed to the program.
The face scan technology has been tested out at the airport since late April in an effort to speed up wait times throughout the security check process.
Nine airports already use face scans for some departing international flights but they don’t involve all international flights like the program in Orlando.
Similar technology is being tested out at other airports as well and some airlines have boasted success in boarding their largest planes in under 15-20 minutes thanks to the tech. Continue reading “Face Scans to be Required for all International Travelers at Orlando Airport”

Orlando Police Testing Amazon’s Facial Recognition in Public

Orlando police confirmed they are testing Amazon’s real-time facial recognition on the streets.

The fact that the facial recognition technology was active in public was not willingly shared by the police service. At first, the police department denied and said the trial was confined to its headquarters as the existing pilot was limited to basic testing, and no members of the public were entered for search.

However, after the news was announced by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), police chief John Mina officially admitted at a press conference that three of the city’s IRIS cameras downtown were also equipped with the software. Continue reading “Orlando Police Testing Amazon’s Facial Recognition in Public”

Orlando Airport Aims to Become First to Fully Implement Biometric Entry and Exit Program

The Orlando International Airport is aiming to become the first in the country to fully implement the US Customs and Border Protection agency’s Biometric Entry and Exit Program and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board voted to approve $4 million in funding for the effort.

The move will improve efficiency and traveler experience and reduce passenger processing to just 15 minutes per traveler. “With a faster and more secure clearance process, airlines, airports, and travelers will benefit from shorter processing times and standardized arrival procedures,” said Greater Orlando Aviation Authority CEO Phil Brown.

 

According to FindBiometrics.

The Largest U.S. Carrier Without Pilots for Christmas After Scheduling System Glitch

A computer error allowed many pilots at American Airlines to take a vacation over Christmas week. Thousands of flights would be left without pilots during the busy holiday travel period next month.

The scheduling glitch that has allowed American Airlines pilots to schedule time off during the upcoming Christmas season, would create a potential pilot shortage for one of the busiest holidays in years for the airline industry.
Thousands of flights are without pilots for next month, said American Airlines’ pilots’ union.
More than 15,000 flights, from December 17-31 – an upcoming critical holiday period, are at risk after a computer glitch.
The union estimated that some of the flights at some of American Airlines’ biggest hubs will be affected, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Miami, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Charlotte, NC. Continue reading “The Largest U.S. Carrier Without Pilots for Christmas After Scheduling System Glitch”

Long Delays at Orlando Airport After Camera Battery Explodes in Bag

Panic and delays at Orlando International Airport on Friday, November 10, 2017. Thousands of travelers experienced hours of waiting at security checkpoints.

A lithium camera battery overheated and exploded in the main terminal, causing people to panic and the airport to be evacuated. The incident sparked hysteria among passengers.

The explosion happened at 5 p.m. and shortly after the incident, all flights were grounded. Travelers were ordered to disembark planes and those waiting at their gates were forced to pass through TSA security screening again. Hours later, standing in slow-moving lines, annoyed travelers clogged all the terminals.

After the incident, travelers posted on Twitter and other social media that they had fled the airport and feared for their lives. It was said that at least 10 bomb-sniffing dogs were brought into the terminal.

Orlando Police Department posted a message on Twitter denouncing any danger. According to the authorities, there was “no danger to the public” and “NO shots had been fired”.

Airport spokesman Rod Johnson announced the noise was reported in front of the security checkpoint for Gates 1-59. A full ground-stop was issued at 5:30 p.m. and lasted until 9 p.m., said Phil Brown, CEO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. Both terminals A and B were evacuated, and all trams were stopped temporarily. The security checkpoints had to remain closed while the incident was investigated by the authorities. All gates reopened to travelers by 8:45 p.m.

According to Orlando Sentinel.

Florida Airports Battling Over Word ‘Orlando’

The battle among three Florida airports about who can use the word “Orlando” in their names continues.

Orlando International Airport is demanding that the Orlando Melbourne International Airport and the Orlando Sanford International Airport remove the ‘Orlando’ name as it claims it misleads passengers. However, it seems the airports will not find a resolution soon.

 

 

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United Airlines Computer Glitch Delays Flights

National_Airlines_Boeing_757-200_SimonThousands of United Airlines’ passengers across the world were delayed Thursday evening for several hours due to a computer glitch.
The Chicago-based airline confirmed in a statement on its Twitter feed late on Thursday that an issue with its weight reporting system temporarily halted departures. The company apologized for the inconvenience and confirmed they were working “to get customers to their destinations as soon as possible.” Continue reading “United Airlines Computer Glitch Delays Flights”

Orlando International Airport to Shut Down Operations at 8 p.m. Thursday

Boeing_737-2B7_Adv._US_Air_N279AU,_MCO_Orlando,_FL_(Orlando_International_Airport),_USA_PP1164719158Thursday morning, Orlando International Airport officials announced that the airport will be closed to commercial operations starting at 8 p.m. because of Hurricane Matthew. The announcement was made on the airport’s official twitter page.
An airport spokesman confirmed that OIA will close at 8 a.m. and hopes to reopen on Saturday but only after damage assessment is done. However, Mathhew has been unpredictable until now and it is not known for sure when it will resume flight operations. Continue reading “Orlando International Airport to Shut Down Operations at 8 p.m. Thursday”

Hawaiian Airlines Is Weighing Passengers Before Boarding

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATwo American Samoan businessmen have filed separate complaints with the United States Transportation Department over Hawaiian Airlines’ policy to weight the passengers before boarding.
They claim that they had to be weighed before they boarded a flight from Honolulu . They also were assigned specific seats to keep the load evenly around the aircraft.
Avamua Dave Haleck and Daniel King said the new policy seemed very discriminatory Continue reading “Hawaiian Airlines Is Weighing Passengers Before Boarding”