Daytona Beach International Airport to offer TSA PreCheck enrollment event
Flyers looking to join the Transportation Security Administration’s Precheck program can make a one-stop-shop of the whole process at an enrollment event taking place later this month at Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB).
Orlando International Airport travelers weigh in on lifting of mask requirements
Face masks at OIA Face coverings are no longer required on planes after a federal judge in Florida struck down the national mandate.
(WFTV.com News Staff)ORLANDO, Fla. — If you are heading to the airport, you can now leave your mask at home.
Face coverings are no longer required on planes after a federal judge in Florida struck down the national mandate.
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Florida attorney general demands end to public transportation mask mandates
TSA could let airplane mask mandate expire over spring breakORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and at least 20 other states have filed a complaint against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, demanding an end to public transportation mask mandates. Read: State lawmakers target Disney as tensions mountThe complaint, filed in a United States District Court, argues that the CDC’s mask mandate exceeds the agency’s authority. In a statement announcing the filing of the complaint, Moody said that with states around the country beginning to lift indoor mask requirements, the CDC’s rule doesn’t make sense. Read: CDC lifts COVID-19 risk warning for cruise ships“It’s long past time to alleviate some of the pressure on travelers and those working in the travel industry by immediately ending Biden’s unlawful public transportation mandates”, Moody said. Read: Attorney General announces new ‘Scams at a Glance’ resource as robotexts outpace robocallsFlorida, which has imposed laws banning forced masking, “seeks the eradication of the unlawful mask mandate and a permanent injunction against enforcement.”A copy of the full complaint can be found here.wftv.com
TSA seizes record number of guns in 2021, OIA ranks in top 10
ORLANDO, Fla. — New data shows in 2021, TSA agents seized more guns at airport checkpoints than ever before, with Orlando International Airport landing in the top 10 airports with the most guns confiscated. 2021 marks the sixth year Orlando made the top 10 list. Officials said nearly 5,700 guns were found in carry-on luggage at checkpoints nationwide in 2021, breaking the record of 4,400 in 2019. “Generally speaking … a good 86% of them across the country were loaded, many of those had ammunition in the chamber,” Koshetz said. You also have to declare the firearm and/or ammunition to the airline when checking your bag at the ticket counter.wftv.com
Orlando International Airport wheelchair attendants to strike over better wages, benefits
Nearly 2 million screened at airports ahead of Memorial Day, TSA says Travelers line up to go through a TSA checkpoint at Orlando International Airport before the Memorial Day weekend Friday, May 28, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (John Raoux/AP Photo)ORLANDO, Fla. — People who push wheelchairs for Frontier and American Airlines are walking off the job on Thursday. Wheelchair attendants said the short staffing issue is leading to missed flights for elderly and disabled passengers. It could impact passengers who need a wheelchair to get onto or off their flight. The wheelchair attendants are protesting for better wages and benefits. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Democrats ask Biden to require airline passengers to be fully vaxxed or show proof of negative test
Airport passengers masked A group of Democrats have asked President Joe Biden to require airline passengers to be fully vaxxed or show proof of negative test to fly during the upcoming holiday season. >> Read more trending newsMore than 30 congressional Democrats sent President Joe Biden a letter asking that the federal government require airline passengers to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before flying, or at least have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. In October, the Biden administration announced that international travelers coming to the U.S. will have to show proof they are fully vaccinated before they can enter the country. Fauci said families with all members fully vaccinated can “feel good” about gathering for the holidays. More than 195 million people in the United States are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.wftv.com
TSA finds record-setting number of firearms at airport checkpoints this year
At least, that’s what was reflected in the Transportation Security Administration’s latest data, which showed a record-setting number of firearms detected across U.S. airport security checkpoints this year, according to a TSA press release Wednesday.
‘It will only get better’: Pandemic-era records for travel last weekend indicate strong summer
TSA officials said they set a pandemic-era record Friday with the most travelers through checkpoints across the country. The third busiest airport in the country on Sunday was Orlando International Airport. In fact, the U.S. broke another air travel record Sunday. READ: Travel increases at Orlando International Airport the end of spring break nears“We believe it will only get better as we move into the summer months,” Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said. READ: Orlando International Airport CEO Phil Brown announces plans to retirewftv.com
Travel spikes with new pandemic-era air travel record, TSA says
All rights reserved)Travelers stand in line at a TSA security checkpoint at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Temperatures dropped into the single digits this week as snow shut down air travel and grocery stores. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)Anyone who has flown recently is in good company as Sunday set a new record with the highest number of air travelers since the coronavirus pandemic began. AdClose to 10 million people have flown in the last week as spring break continues for students across the nation. The trend is worrying health experts because only 15.5% of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Dead baby shark makes TSA’s top 10 catches of 2020 list
A dead baby shark in a jar made the TSA’s list of top 10 catches of 2020. Coming in at number six, someone tried to go through a security checkpoint at the international airport in Syracuse, New York with this deceased baby shark. AdAccording to the TSA, you can travel with a live fish, but it must be in water. Other items on the top 10 list: a slingshot, a book holding concealed knives, an assault rifle, marijuana stashed in a shampoo bottle, and a handmade solar panel with explosive potential. Two TSA K-9 handlers at Newark’s International Airport caught love for each other and got married in the presence of their explosive detection canines.
Orlando International Airport operating under ‘awareness, alertness, readiness’ ahead of possible threats
ORLANDO, Fla. – On Friday, Orlando International Airport leaders spoke on a conference call to discuss what to “look for” with regard to possible threats to the presidential inauguration this week. Law enforcement is also taking no chances in Florida’s capital. Lookout teams and snipers were seen on rooftops in downtown Tallahassee and Florida Highway Patrol cars swarmed the area around the state capitol building. “We are a resilient community and a resilient state, and we will not be intimidated,” Tallahassee’s Mayor tweeted. “We are encouraged that things have been quiet in Tallahassee, but we are not letting our guard down.”
Most major US airlines ban guns in luggage for DC flights
Delta, United and Alaska airlines said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 they will bar passengers flying to Washington from putting guns in checked bags. The moves follow the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump and politically tinged confrontations on some flights. American Airlines is bringing back a ban on serving alcohol on flights to and from the Washington area — flights go dry starting Saturday through next Thursday. Price also said that it is “a good idea” to prohibit passengers from putting guns in checked bags if they are flying to Washington. Federal law allows passengers to put guns in checked baggage if they are unloaded and in a locked, hard-sided case, although airlines have the discretion to ban guns.
Air travel slumped 61% in 2020, TSA says
More than 300 million people flew in 2020. Although about half of those travelers flew during the first three months of the year before the coronavirus pandemic set in. It’s a 61% drop from 2019 but still, it’s a good chunk of people considering months of public health guidance to not travel. [TRENDING: How to get vaccine in Florida | New attractions coming to Central Florida theme parks | FDA to consider cutting vaccine doses in half]The new tally comes on the heels of a pandemic air travel record set on Sunday. On that day alone, more than 1.3 million people passed through TSA checkpoints at airports across the country.
COVID-19 and the holidays: These next few months will be toughest yet
Dr. Jones says parents need to talk to their little ones now about why they will not be seeing their grandparents for Christmas. Dr. Jones suggests parents should start planning now to have a creative and festive Zoom visit. Dr. Jones says before any family gathering for the holidays there must be some ground rules. Dr. Jones says we can all still do the right thing, it’s just going to take extra work from everyone. Listen to the full episode of Florida’s Fourth Estate on iTunes here or on Sticher here.
Airline passenger traffic hits 6-month high in US
ORLANDO, Fla. – It appears Americans are starting to travel again after the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the industry. The Transportation Security Administration said airport passenger has hit a six-month high. According to the agency, more than 984,000 people passed through U.S. checkpoints on Sunday. That is significantly low, however, compared to the 2.5 million travelers reported on the same day in 2019. The TSA says checkpoint traffic hit its low on April 14. when 87,000 travelers passed through U.S. checkpoints.
TSA agents recover 5 guns in 7 days at Orlando International Airport
ORLANDO, Fla. For the fifth time in a week, TSA agents at Orlando International Airport found a gun at a security checkpoint, according to authorities. The most recent case happened Wednesday, officials said. Investigators said they stopped Andrew Harfield, of Kissimmee, after a screener noticed a gun in his bag as it went through an X-ray machine. Agents said they also found about 40 bullets inside the bag. No other details have been released.
Olympia High School closes for 2 weeks after positive COVID-19 tests
Olympia High School closes for 2 weeks after positive COVID-19 testsPublished: September 7, 2020, 1:34 pmLATEST NEWS ‘Need a bigger boat:’ Hunters reel in massive one-eyed gator 4 MINUTES AGO ‘Need a bigger boat:’ Hunters reel in massive one-eyed gator Florida reports fewer than 2,000 new coronavirus cases on Labor Day 1 HOUR AGO Florida reports fewer than 2,000 new coronavirus cases on Labor Day Daytona Beach police searching for shooting suspect after 1 shot 1 HOUR AGO Daytona Beach police searching for shooting suspect after 1 shot TSA reports its busiest travel day since March over Labor Day weekend 2 HOURS AGO TSA reports its busiest travel day since March over Labor Day weekend Olympia High School closes for 2 weeks after positive COVID-19 tests All students will use virtual learning until Sept. 21 Olympia High School will shift the entire school to LaunchEd@Home learning for the next two weeks after several positive COVID-19 cases were confirmed and connected through Florida Department of Health contract tracing, according to an announcement from Orange County Public Schools.
TSA reports its busiest travel day since March over Labor Day weekend
(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)It was a busy holiday weekend for air travel. The Transportation Security Administration says it screened almost a million people on Friday, a record high since the pandemic began. In comparison, they saw double that number the year before. The TSA say they saw less people on Saturday, only about half a million people traveled that day.
More Orlando airport TSA agents test positive for COVID-19
ORLANDO, Fla. Within the past two weeks, 22 Orlando International Airport TSA agents have tested positive for COVID-19, including six new infections this week alone. A TSA spokeswoman confirmed that the last day of work for the most recent officer to test positive was on Tuesday. However TSAs site does say that 744 of its employees have tested positive overall. At OIA, TSA agents first started testing positive for COVID-19 in mid-March. Recently, OIA executives had to provide clarity after the governor said that 260 workers there testing positive during a mass screening of 500 people.
TSA officers intercept 2 guns at Orlando airport, 12 state-wide in 9 day period
ORLANDO, Fla. It was a busy week across Florida for TSA officers who said they intercepted 12 guns state-wide in the last nine days. According to a news release, one gun was intercepted each day at the Orlando International Airport on both Wednesday and Thursday. Ten other guns were intercepted from passengers going through security checkpoints in Miami, Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale, Tamps, Panama City and Ft. Walton Beach. TSA officials said nine men and three women between the ages of 22 and 45, face a civil penalty from the agency that may exceed $13,000, regardless of whether they were arrested by local police. The diligence of our officers during these trying times exemplifies their dedication to their mission to keep travelers safe every day of the year.
Orlando airport sees slight uptick in travelers over past 2 weeks
ORLANDO, Fla. More than 10,000 travelers departed from the Orlando International Airport on Thursday. Normally on this day, OIA usually sees 67,000 passengers. Assistant Director of Public Affairs with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Rod Johnson said airport officials have seen a slight uptick in passenger numbers in Orlando over the past two weeks. The TSA said airports across the country saw 391,000 travelers on June 4. Typically the TSA sees 2,623,900 travelers on June 4.
Flying soon? Here are the new safety measures you will experience during coronavirus pandemic
This change reduces the TSA officers need to touch a passengers boarding pass thus reducing the potential for cross-contamination. This requirement allows social distancing, reduces the TSA officers need to touch a persons container of food and reduces the potential for cross-contamination. TSA officers optionally wearing eye protection and clear plastic face shields at some locations. TSA officers will continue the practice of changing gloves after each pat-down. For more information on the TSA security screening process during the pandemic, visit www.tsa.gov/coronavirus.
10th Orlando airport TSA agent tests positive for COVID-19
ORLANDO, Fla. – The number of Orlando International Airport TSA workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 is at 10 as of Sunday afternoon, an agency spokesperson said. The most recent patient was assigned to the West Checkpoint and last worked March 23 from 4 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.At least six of the other Orlando TSA agents who have fallen ill also worked at the West Checkpoint while another worked at the East Checkpoint. Dr. Raul Pino, the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, said last week that analysts are trying to determine whether the TSA unit at OIA is a “cluster” for coronavirus transmission. A map provided on the TSA’s website does not list the instances at OIA because, according to an agency spokesperson, cases are removed after 14 days. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
No screening, no enforcement of quarantine at Orlando International Airport, passengers say
Most of Tuesday -- from morning into early afternoon -- passengers arriving from New York to Orlando International Airport gates just walked off the plane without any screening. [PREVIOUS: Travelers flying from New York to Florida must quarantine, Gov. "No health department came on my plane, no health department when I came off the plane," another passenger said. One passenger said he had no plans to quarantine, especially because the health department did not have or take his contact information. Kent Donahue, with the Florida Department of Health, sent a statement to News 6 Tuesday evening.
Missing 15-year-old found at Orlando airport went through TSA precheck, police say
ORLANDO, Fla. – A 15-year-old with autism who went missing from her Apopka home last week went through a security checkpoint at Orlando International Airport on Friday before she was found near a departure gate and police recognized her as the girl from a missing person’s report, according to the Orlando police report. The girl was reported missing after her parents say she was last seen around 10 p.m. on Jan. 9. She was found less than 24 hours later at an Orlando International Airport terminal, Apopka police said. Officials with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority said the teen presented a valid boarding pass to TSA. The TSA said the 15-year-old presented a “valid and current boarding pass” before passing through precheck.
Bad baby: High-capacity magazine found hidden in infant toy at Orlando airport, TSA says
ORLANDO, Fla. – Two Orlando International Airport travelers made the Transportation Security Administration’s weekly review of confiscated items and that’s not a good thing. Earlier this month, TSA agents discovered two high-capacity magazines hidden in a stuffed baby toy. “Officers called a bag check on the toy after undergoing X-ray screening,” according to the TSA post. “Thankfully, the ammunition was loaded backward.”TSA agents discovered this firearm during a pat down at the Orlando Airport security checkpoint. Between Nov. 4 and Nov. 17, agents discovered 205 firearms from passenger carry-on bags, 176 were loaded, according to TSA.
More than 1.7 million passengers expected at Orlando airport this holiday season
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando International Airport is known to the busiest airport in the nation and things are about to get busier this holiday season. Airport officials said traveling could be stressful during the holidays which is why airport officials want to make sure passengers double-check their suitcases before going through the TSA checkpoint. "TSA officers here at Orlando have already stopped 83 firearms this year at the checkpoints," Koshetz explained. Airport officials say the most heavily traveled day will be November 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, with nearly 170,000 passengers in the terminal. The airport is expected to have more than 1.75 million travelers between Thanksgiving week and Christmas.
TSA stopped a traveler after finding a toilet-paper 'gun' in his bag
John Moore/Getty Images(CNN) - TSA agents at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport were prepared to give a traveler crap when they spotted a revolver in his carry-on bag. But upon closer inspection, what they thought was a gun was really a gun-shaped toilet paper holder. "Yes, this most unusual revolver was not designed to spin bullets," TSA joked in a press release on Thursday. "It was designed to spin toilet paper." The "realistic replica gun" triggered an alarm when the bag it was in went through an X-ray machine.