Dr. Gridlock: airports


Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 01/21/2014

DCA, IAD, BWI cancellations by the numbers

Harried passengers dealt with cancellations and delays at many major D.C.-area airports.

By Lori Aratani  |  02:51 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 12/09/2013

TSA confiscates sock monkey’s pistol

Washington state traveler is shocked, embarrassed after TSA officer confiscates a sock monkey’s toy pistol.

By Lori Aratani  |  01:37 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/21/2013

‘Backtrackers’ beware: Officers will be looking for you Thursday

Officials will be out again looking for “backtracker” driving through the airport to avoid paying tolls.

By Lori Aratani  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, metropolitan washington airports authority

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 11/20/2013

U.S. airports offering healthier fare

The region’s three airports, Washington Dulles, Reagan National and Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall, are among the nation’s top airports are serving healthier fare, according to a new report.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:42 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 11/15/2013

W.Va.-bound flight makes emergency landing at Dulles

A flight that left Washington Dulles International Airport early Friday morning bound for Morgantown, WVa. was forced to return to the airport after experiencing mechanical problems. No injures were reported.

By Lori Aratani  |  10:51 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Will end to ‘profiling’ cause airport frustration?

House hearing begins with sharp differences of opinion on TSA’s SPOT program.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  12:00 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 11/07/2013

Slain TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez to be honored Friday with moment of silence

Officials with the TSA here in Washington, D.C. and at airport checkpoints across the country will observe a moment of silence.

By Lori Aratani  |  10:48 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 11/01/2013

DCA, IAD increase security following airport shooting in L.A.

MWAA’s Police Chief Stephen Holl said that both officers and civilian airport employees receive training on what to do in the event of a shooting at the airport.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:34 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, dca, iad, lax, lax shooting

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 11/01/2013

Flight operations normal at DCA, IAD despite shooting at LAX

Police and paramedics surrounded a terminal on Friday at Los Angeles International Airport because of a reported shooting.

By Lori Aratani  |  01:50 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, dca, iad, lax

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 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 09:03 AM ET, 10/10/2013

Roads awash, but flights are taking off

A night of heavy rain has caused traffic accidents and issues, but flights still moving on schedule.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  09:03 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, bwi, dulles, reagan national, weather delays

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 10/08/2013

And you thought your flight took forever

How long did the first transcontinental flight to California take?

By Lori Aratani  |  01:59 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports

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 05:16 PM ET, 09/21/2013

Fake eyeballs, burns at DCA staged emergency

A video captures some of the drama during Reagan National’s emergency drill, held Saturday at the airport.

By Lori Aratani  |  05:16 PM ET, 09/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, dca

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Reagan National Airport to host emergency exercise

Officials at Reagan National Airport will hold an emergency response exercise at the airport Saturday.

By Lori Aratani  |  02:14 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports

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 03:41 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Ben’s Chili Bowl to land at Reagan National

Ben’s Chili Bowl will open at Reagan National Airport.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:41 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports

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 01:41 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Agency apologizes for holding Boston airport fire exercise on 9/11

The exercises involved smoke on the airfield at Logan, a potentially worrisome sight on the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks.

By Mark Berman  |  01:41 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports

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 12:58 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Business is booming at BWI

For the first time in a decade, more passengers flew through BWI than Dulles. hort summary of story

By Lori Aratani  |  12:58 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, bwi, dc area airports, dulles, reagan national

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013

TSA has an app for that

The Transportation Security Administration has an app that offers information about airport delays and a way to e-mail TSA representatives questions.

By Lori Aratani  |  09:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, Holiday travel, travel apps, TSA

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 07/19/2013

BWI observation gallery reopens

Officials at the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has reopened to visitors.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:42 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, bwi; observation gallery

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 04:23 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Don't fly with fireworks

By Lori Aratani  |  04:23 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  4th of july travel, Airports, transportation security administration, TSA

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 06/27/2013

MWAA may get permanent federal oversight

An effort to establish a permanent inspector general to oversee operations at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority may be closer to reality.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:54 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, metropolitan washington airports authority, mwaa

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Plane leaving Reagan National veers off runway and gets stuck in mud

The passengers have been off-loaded from the Delta flight and crews are working to move the plane's wheels.

By Mark Berman  |  05:44 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, Airports

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Bruce A. Gates joins the MWAA board

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has appointed Bruce A. Gates to the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. He replaces another Virginia representative to the board, Todd Stottlemyer.

By Lori Aratani  |  05:41 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, bruce a. gates, metropolitan washington airports authority, mwaa

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 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 11:57 AM ET, 04/23/2013

TSA delays change that would have allowed small knives

TSA officials have postponed changes set to go into effect this week that would have allowed passengers to bring small knives onto airplanes

By Lori Aratani  |  11:57 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airports, carry-on, knives, TSA

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Read the court filings from a lawsuit to block FAA furloughs

Airline groups have file suit to seeking to block the FAA from furloughing air traffic controllers.

By Lori Aratani  |  12:03 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airports, sequester

Posted at 06:56 AM ET, 04/22/2013

Flights delays possible due to furloughs

Flights delays possible due to furloughs

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  06:56 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airports

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

House panel examines sequester's impact on air travel, security

House subcommittee seeks answers on the impact of sequestration on the flying public.

By Lori Aratani  |  04:12 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airports, TSA

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 04/10/2013

House bill would block FAA tower closures

Legislation was introduced in the House on Wednesday to block the closure of 149 air traffic control towers because of mandatory budget cuts under sequestration.

By Lori Aratani  |  05:50 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airports, control towers; faa

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 05:41 PM ET, 03/19/2013

MWAA board to meet Wednesday

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board meets Wednesday and from the looks of it, it will be a pretty full agenda.

By Lori Aratani  |  05:41 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  metropolitan washington airports authority, mwaa, Silver Line

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 03/15/2013

TSA head stands by plan to let travelers carry small knives

The head of the TSA, appearing before a Congressional hearing on Thursday, reiterated support for the agency's plan to allow small knives and similar objects onto planes.

By Mark Berman  |  06:19 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airports, TSA

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Area airports report p.m. flight cancellations

Area airports are reporting delays and cancellations because of snow.

By Lori Aratani  |  10:45 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airports, Snowquester, Transportation, weather

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 02/26/2013

No planes, but lots of federal money

The looming sequester could snarl air travel nationwide. But the cuts won't touch a small airport in Oklahoma.

By Mark Berman  |  12:08 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airports, sequester

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 04:04 PM ET, 01/28/2013

TSA regularly finds loaded guns, hand grenades and more

The TSA regularly finds loaded guns, grenades, swords and other miscellaneous weaponry on people going through airport security. Including cannonballs, somehow.

By Mark Berman  |  04:04 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airports, TSA

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 12:47 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Tony Griffin appointed to MWAA board

Former Fairfax County Executive Tony Griffin has been appointed to the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

By Lori Aratani  |  12:47 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  metropolitan washington airports authority, mwaa

Posted at 07:42 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Joslyn Williams nominated for MWAA board

Joslyn Williams, the AFL-CIO’s Metropolitan Washington Council head, gets an MWAA nomination.

By Lori Aratani  |  07:42 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  metropolitan washington airports authority; dulles rail; joslyn williams, mwaa

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 11:00 AM ET, 11/16/2012

MWAA issues grilled by Congress

‘Corrupt practices’ are cited as a committee hears from airports authority members on Friday.

By Lori Aratani  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  inspector general, metropolitan washington airports authority, mwaa

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 11/15/2012

Norton introduces MWAA reform bill

The authority has recently come under fire for awarding contracts without competitive bidding.

By Lori Aratani  |  11:45 AM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  contracting, dulles rail, dulles rail extension, eleanor holmes-norton, metropolitan washington airports authority, mwaa, ray lahood

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 02:59 AM ET, 09/05/2012

MWAA board meets to talk travel, ethics reforms

The airports authority will discuss a series of reforms it hopes will help repair its scandal-plagued image.

By Lori Aratani  |  02:59 AM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mwaa, metropolitan washington airports authority, dulles rail, silver line

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 02:30 PM ET, 08/16/2012

BWI runway closing for two months

One of the two primary commercial runways at BWI Airport is closing next week for a reconstruction expected to take two months.

By Mark Berman  |  02:30 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 08/01/2012

BWI starts offering free Wi-Fi

BWI announced Tuesday that it has become the latest venue to provide free Wi-Fi, while also offering a paid Internet service.

By Mark Berman  |  12:08 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports

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 09:07 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Virginia member of Airports Authority board steps down

Mame Reily, who was first appointed in 2002 and chaired the Dulles rail committee, cited health reasons for her departure.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  09:07 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MWAA, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

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 03:35 PM ET, 06/29/2011

Turtles cause flights delays at JFK

About 150 turtles crawled onto the tarmac at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Wednesday in search of beaches to lay their eggs, delaying dozens of flights, aviation authorities said.

By Chris Hawley; Associated Press  |  03:35 PM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airports | Tags:  Airlines, Aviation, Airports