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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Reagan National Airport unveils new security lines at Terminal A

Airport officials hope the new security screening lines will help passengers get to their flights more quickly.

By Lori Aratani  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  national airport

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Today’s travel lesson? ‘Trusted’ travelers don’t smuggle

At least not if they want to remain “trusted” travelers.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:39 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dulles international airport

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Metro plans weekend closing at Greenbelt station

Buses will replace Green Line trains between College Park and Greenbelt.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:15 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bwi airport, Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrobus, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 11/27/2013

What, no lines at the airport?

TSA trumpets its success by tweeting photo from Reagan National

By Ashley Halsey III  |  01:24 PM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airport, airport security, Holiday travel, reagan national, Transportation, TSA

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Memorial fund created for slain TSA officer

A memorial fund has been created for Gerardo Ismael Hernandez, the first TSA officer to be killed in the line of duty since the agency was established.

By Lori Aratani  |  10:47 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airport security, lax shooting, TSA

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Metro staff recommends keeping the D.C.-Dulles Airport bus

The Metro staff plans to recommend changes in some bus routes across the D.C. region, but not cancellation of the bus between L’Enfant Plaza and Dulles Airport.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:31 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bwi airport, Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrobus, National Harbor, Silver Line, WMATA

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 10/28/2013

No, no, no, to flying with this blade

Woman makes obvious mistake, tucking a knife in her carry-on at BWI airport.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  09:54 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airport security, bwi, bwi airport, bwi knife, transportation security administration, TSA, tsa knife

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 10/23/2013

It’s BWI in a photo finish

BWI airport had region’s most on-time flights in August, with Dulles International and Reagan National close behind.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  12:33 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airline statistics, Airports, bwi airport, dulles international, late arrivals, late flights, on-time airlines, on-time flights, reagan national, Transportation, travel data, travel statistics, who is on time

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Reagan National’s $37 million facelift is moving along

Travelers may already see a difference as they move through Terminal A. The space is lighter and brighter.

By Lori Aratani  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, metropolitan washington airports authority, reagan national airport

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Man hospitalized after fall from roadway at Reagan National

A man has been hospitalized after plunging from a roadway at Reagan National Airport last Tuesday night.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:11 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dca, reagan national airport

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Passenger traffic up at Dulles in August

About 2.1 million passengers traveled through Dulles in August, the first increase in passenger activity since May 2011.

By Lori Aratani  |  02:00 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, dulles international airport

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Stun gun is latest ‘Oops, I forgot’ at BWI

Passengers often say they forgot they were carrying weapons when they go to board flights

By Ashley Halsey III  |  12:17 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, baltimore washington airport, bwi, transportation security administration, TSA

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Cutting Dulles Airport Metrobus now doesn’t make sense

Metro is considering dozens of good ideas to modify bus service, but cutting the airport route should be off the table.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:17 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Dulles Airport, Metro, Metrobus, Silver Line, WMATA

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 09/18/2013

International travelers face long delays at U.S. airports

International flyers are waiting in line for hours to clear U.S. customs

By Ashley Halsey III  |  12:41 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airlines, Airports, Dulles Airport, dulles international airport, international arrivals, international flights, u.s. customs, us customs

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 09/13/2013

‘Holy smokes, I forgot I had that!’

Guns are discovered frequently at TSA airport security checkpoints, but this week it was a machete at BWI

By Ashley Halsey III  |  12:01 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airport security, Airports, baltimore washington airport, bwi, bwi airport, bwi machete, transportation security administration, TSA, tsa checkpoints

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 09/12/2013

FAA: Air traffic controllers responsible for 7 ‘catastrophic’ errors

Overall number of errors tripled in 2012 with new counting methods, 41 big mistakes.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  05:12 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  air traffic controllers, airport mistakes, atc mistakes, controller errors, Flying, mistakes by controllers, plane crashes, plane near collisions, plane near misses

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 09/12/2013

BWI reopens to flights after lightning strike, delays snarl air traffic throughout Northeast

The airport’s air traffic control tower has grounded flights at BWI due to a possible lightning strike.

By Mark Berman  |  03:35 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, bwi airport

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Loaded Beretta 9mm snared at Dulles

An Alexandria man is cited on a weapons charge after TSA finds a handgun in his luggage at Dulles

By Ashley Halsey III  |  01:45 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airport gun, Airports, Dulles Airport, dulles international airport, gun, gun intercepted, TSA, tsa checkpoint

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 09/03/2013

BWI was region’s top passenger airport in 2012

Passenger traffic increased at BWI and Reagan National in 2012, but fell by 3 percent at Dulles International

By Ashley Halsey III  |  03:58 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, baltimore washington airport, Dulles Airport, dulles international airport, national airport, reagan national

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 07/22/2013

Dulles to be enrollment site for expanded pre-check program

The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday it has expanded a program that allow travelers to move through airport security without having to remove their shoes and jackets and allow them to leave their laptops in their cases.

By Lori Aratani  |  10:54 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dulles international airport, pre-check, TSA

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 07/05/2013

Man caught with suspicious shampoo at Dulles

A Guatemalan courier allegedly caught at Dulles with nearly two pounds of cocaine concealed in shampoo bottles.

By Lori Aratani  |  11:54 AM ET, 07/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, dulles international airport

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Silver Line, Bi-County Parkway on MWAA board agenda

Expect questions about Silver Line safety system concerns during the board meeting.

By Lori Aratani  |  04:39 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dulles Airport, metropolitan washington airports authority, mwaa, Silver Line, Transportation

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Major delays at D.C. airports

The storm that just tore through the Washington region was relatively brief, but it is significantly impacting air travel.

By Mark Berman  |  05:42 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, bwi airport, Dulles Airport, national airport

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 05/29/2013

More robust transportation plan on view Wednesday for Virginians

Virginia's long-range plan has more money, because of the new transportation spending law.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:20 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commonwealth Transportation Board, Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Airport, virginia, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 05/16/2013

MWAA officials say sequester means longer airport wait times

Officials at Dulles and Reagan National airports say wait times have increased as much as 30 minutes at some security checkpoints because of the sequester.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:07 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airport security, airports, Dulles Airport, reagan national airport, sequester

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 05/16/2013

New radio spots to promote Dulles Airport

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has unveiled a series of radio spots touting international service at Dulles International Airport.

By Lori Aratani  |  09:02 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airports, dulles international airport, mwaa, washington dulles international airport

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 05/14/2013

Frederick Airport's tower is among those spared — for now

Frederick officials are please with an Federal Aviation Administration that will keep the airport's control tower operating through the end of September.

By Lori Aratani  |  02:53 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airports, control tower, frederick airport, sequester

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Southwest to begin service from Reagan National to Houston

DOT officials said Southwest's proposal would provide new low-fare service and enhance airline competition in the D.C.-Houston market.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:32 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airports, houston, reagan national airport, southwest airlines

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Man with Tourette's kept off flight at National

A man with Tourette's syndrome was kept off of a flight leaving Reagan National Airport last week because he said "bomb" during the check-in process.

By Mark Berman  |  01:27 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, national airport

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Enhanced security continues at airports, on Metro

The Metro system and area airports are continuing enhance security measures linked to the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

By Lori Aratani  |  12:04 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dulles Airport, Metro, reagan national airport, Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Behind the scenes at Dulles Airport

A behind-the-scenes tour of Washington Dulles International Airport.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:57 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airports, Dulles Airport, metropolitan washington airports authority

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 03/26/2013

Loaded gun found at National Airport checkpoint

A traveler was cited after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on luggage at National Airport.

By Mark Berman  |  01:45 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, national airport, TSA

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Walking-cane sword surprises everybody at Dulles

Flyer told the TSA she didn't know that her trusty cane had a sword concealed inside.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  03:02 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airport, dulles, security, TSA

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Va. congressional leaders warn of flight delays, long lines

Va. congressional leaders warn of flight delays, long lines

By Lori Aratani  |  05:03 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  local sequestration, reagan national airport, sequestration

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Passengers flocked to Reagan National in 2012

A record number of passengers flew through Reagan National Airport in 2012.

By Lori Aratani  |  04:25 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aiports, Dulles Airport, reagan national airport

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 02/12/2013

BWI breaks yearly passenger record again

BWI breaks yearly passenger record again

By Mark Berman  |  02:14 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airports, bwi, bwi airport

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Two United planes clip wings at Dulles

Two planes clipped wings at Dulles International Airport on Thursday afternoon.

By Mark Berman  |  03:52 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dulles, Dulles Airport, united airlines

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Spate of headaches for troubled Dreamliner

Three problems in as many days, including a fire on an empty plane in Boston, have revived concerns about Boeing's Dreamliner jet.

By Mark Berman  |  06:05 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  787, Air Travel, Airports, boeing, dreamliner, dulles, Dulles Airport, reagan, reagan airport

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Major delays at BWI and in the Northeast

Fog is creating massive delays at BWI Airport and elsewhere in the Northeast.

By Mark Berman  |  05:14 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, baltimore airport, bwi, bwi airport, bwi delays, dca, dca airport, dca delays, iad, iad airport

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 12/11/2012

Mice spotted at BWI Airport

Mice have been reported at BWI Airport, prompting an investigation from health officials.

By Mark Berman  |  11:33 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bwi, bwi airport, bwi mice, bwi mice health, bwi mice inspectors, bwi rodents

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 11/21/2012

The Thanksgiving getaway so far

DR. GRIDLOCK | Things were quiet this morning on the region's roads and at area airports.

By Mark Berman  |  04:45 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  baltimore airport, bwi, bwi airport, dca, Dulles Airport, holiday getaway, Holiday travel, I-270, I-395, I-66, I-95, iad, maryland roads, national airport, reagan airport, Thanksgiving, Virginia roads

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 11/21/2012

Fire breaks out on JetBlue flight to BWI

A JetBlue flight from Boston to BWI had a small fire upon arriving at the airport.

By Mark Berman  |  02:12 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, bwi, bwi airport, jetblue, jetblue fire, jetblue flight

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Lanes closing for Dulles Metrorail project

A second night of closings is scheduled for tonight on the Dulles access highway and the toll road.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:12 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dulles Airport, Dulles Metrorail, Silver Line, Virginia traffic

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Stranded driver thanks Virginia road service

A flat tire leaves a motorist, her daughter and two dogs in a tough spot on the I-95 shoulder.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:48 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Transit Administration, Intercounty Connector, BWI Airport

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 09/20/2012

Traffic stops planned on Dulles access road

Traffic will be halted for short periods Thursday when parts for pedestrian bridges arrive at a Silver Line station.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:22 AM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Silver Line | Tags:  DC transportation, Dulles Airport, Silver Line

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 09/06/2012

New ramps to Beltway should ease congestion for Route 267 drivers in Virginia

New ramps opening this weekend will provide a direct link between the Dulles Airport Access Highway and the Beltway.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:12 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Dulles Airport, Dulles Toll Road, 495 Express Lanes, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Spirit Airlines begins service at BWI Airport

The discount airline began flying in and out of BWI Airport on Thursday with flights to and from Fort Lauderdale and Dallas/Fort Worth.

By Mark Berman  |  12:36 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BWI Airport, Airports, BWI, Baltimore airport

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 09/04/2012

BWI set single-month passenger record in July

More than 2.2 million travelers used the airport in July.

By Mark Berman  |  01:35 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BWI, BWI Airport, Airports

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 06/21/2012

Metrorail delays, Beltway work, traffic shifts: The weekend and beyond

The first weekend of summer will be a busy one, with outdoor activities and road and transit work.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:54 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Silver Line, Dulles Airport, District Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Wilson Bridge project

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 05/14/2012

BWI flights delayed after pepper spray release

Officials do not believe the chemical was used intentionally.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  11:31 AM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BWI, airport, transportation

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Eastbound Dulles Access Highway closing late nights next week

Drivers heading east from the airport will be diverted from the free access road into the toll-paying lanes.

By Robert Thomson  |  06:16 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Silver Line, Airports | Tags:  Dulles International Airport, Silver Line

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/22/2012

National Airport debuts electric vehicle charging stations

Electric charging stations have arrived at Reagan National Airport. There are four stations up and running, each of which can handle two vehicles at a time.

By Mark Berman  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MWAA, Washington National Airport, airports, Reagan National Airport, Electric Vehicles

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 03/22/2012

US Airways adding new flights from DCA

US Airways is adding new flights from National Airport to cities in Florida, California, Canada and points in between. New flights begin service next week, with others coming over the spring and summer.

By Mark Berman  |  01:23 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, National Airport, Washington airports, Reagan National Airport, Aviation

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Delta Shuttle changes flight schedules

Delta announced on Wednesday a change to the company’s popular shuttle service, which connects New York to Washington, Boston and Chicago. Flights between New York and Washington will now depart on the hour, rather than the half-hour, and flights will leave earlier and later in the day.

By Mark Berman  |  01:42 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  delta, national airport, airports

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Porter Airlines to fly between Toronto and Dulles

Porter Airlines, a Canada-based regional carrier, will begin service between Toronto and Washington Dulles International Airport next month.

By Mark Berman  |  02:43 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dulles International Airport

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Dulles launches electric vehicle charging stations

Dulles became the latest spot in the Washington region to offer electric vehicles charging stations. There are eight available spaces in one of the airport’s garages.

By Mark Berman  |  02:47 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MWAA, Dulles International Airport, Metropolitan Washington International Airport

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 02/16/2012

BWI set record for passengers in 2011

BWI airport set a record with more than 22 million passengers last year, and more than half of those travelers flew Southwest.

By Mark Berman  |  06:17 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BWI, Baltimore airport, Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/27/2012

Southwest employee dies after accident at Dulles

A Southwest Airlines employee died overnight after an accident at Dulles International Airport, according to a spokesman for the facility.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  11:24 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dulles International Airport, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Robert Yingling

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Airports authority meets to discuss contracts, Dulles rail project

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority meets to discuss the Dulles rail project and other business.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MWAA, Dulles, Reagan National Airport