News and notes from around the interweb:
- Filthadelphia is last among large airports in JD Power’s satisfaction index.
- They’ve been lying to you: you’re actually allowed to use your cell phone in the U.S. immigration and customs hall (HT: One Mile at a Time) According to Greta Campos, who is a deputy executive director at CBP,
Despite the flight crews’ warning—and the signs—“U.S. Customs and Border Protection does not prohibit use of phones while you’re waiting in the immigration line,” Campos says.
There are, however, caveats. You are prohibited from taking or making calls and from recording video or audio in restricted areas, Campos says. At the airport, restricted areas include the booth where you’re actually being interviewed by a CBP officer and places where the CBP does more extensive exams, such as luggage searches.
You are also not allowed to record (video or audio) those around you for reasons of security and privacy. And if a security concern arises, a CBP officer may ask people to put phones away, Campos says.
While waiting in line, you’re free to text, browse the web and social media, play games, or anything else to pass the time. Campos notes that you can technically make a phone call if absolutely necessary but asks that you be respectful of those around you
- That DFW airport A concourse is wild.
- Up to 5,000 AAdvantage miles and 5x loyalty points on rental cars
- Air Canada Aeroplan offers status extension for cobrand cardmembers who earn 10,000 points on their card in September and October
- The St. Thomas airport, oy. Fined $477,000.
The numerous violations included, but were not limited to, cracked runway and taxiway pavement, an improperly graded and drained runway safety area, and obstructions in the runway safety area. They also included faded, missing or incorrect runway and taxiway markings; inaccurate signs; damaged or missing runway edge lights; and failure to properly store, dispense, and handle fuel, according to the FAA.
In addition, the Virgin Islands Port Authority failed to inform air carriers of runway issues at the airport, the FAA alleged.