WBEZ | airports http://www.wbez.org/tags/airports Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Airport Workers Around The Country Rally For Better Wages http://www.wbez.org/news/airport-workers-around-country-rally-better-wages-114503 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/gettyimages-505556818_wide-78d43afa0117421ecc8bb91e33627dfef4b6fdf1-s1600-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Around the country Monday, hundreds of airport workers protested in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.</p><p>From Newark, N.J., to Washington, D.C., to Chicago and Miami workers called for a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour.</p><p>In Newark, workers carried picket signs of Martin Luther King through the airport.</p><p>&quot;If Dr. King were alive today, he would be standing alongside of us,&quot; said Kevin Brown, New Jersey&#39;s state director of the local service employees union, 32BJ SEIU.</p><p>Some in the crowd were between work shifts at the airport. But many had the day off from working as baggage handlers and airplane cabin cleaners, including 51-year-old America Hernandez of Newark.</p><p>Hernandez works for PrimeFlight, a contractor for United Airlines. She cleans about 20 airplane cabins, from 10 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., for $10.10 an hour.</p><p>Hernandez says her salary is enough to pay the bills for her and her four children, but what&#39;s left over, she says, is not enough to even buy a piece of candy.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re just tired of struggling just to get by. It&#39;s too much living paycheck to paycheck,&quot; says Raquel Brito, a baggage handler at Chicago O&#39;Hare International Airport.</p><p>The 20-year-old makes $11 an hour. That&#39;s why, Brito says, she protested Monday outside United Airlines&#39; headquarters in Chicago. Fifteen dollars, she says, is a an hourly wage she can actually live on.</p><p>United Airlines and PrimeFlight did not respond to NPR&#39;s interview requests before broadcast.</p><p>Today&#39;s protests come during a national debate about minimum wage increases.</p><p>Some economists say it&#39;s not clear what the actual economic impact of an increase would be.</p><p>&quot;We don&#39;t really have any great confidence about what a $15 minimum wage would mean, whether across the board or for a particular set of workers,&quot; says David Neumark, an economics professor at the University of California, Irvine.</p><p>In general, he says, raising the minimum wage for workers also raises prices of products and services.</p><p>&quot;At some level, they increase prices,&quot; he says. &quot;People buy less from those businesses, and those businesses use fewer workers. And that channel is arguably a lot weaker at airports.&quot;</p><p>Neumark argues that raising airport wages wouldn&#39;t necessarily have a big impact on whether travelers buy plane tickets. &quot;People at airports aren&#39;t poor on average,&quot; he says. &quot;It&#39;s a high-income segment of the population going through airports.&quot;</p><p>The wages of airport workers also don&#39;t make up the bulk of what it costs to fly, according to Arin Dube, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.</p><p>&quot;When you think about what goes into the cost of flying from, let&#39;s say, Boston to San Francisco, the cost of baggage handlers and other low-wage workers in wages, in determining the cost of flying, is very tiny,&quot; Dube says.</p><p>He argues that higher minimum wages could result in a benefit to airline companies. &quot;When you raise wages of low-wage workers at the airport, you may also increase their productivity,&quot; Dube says.</p><p>Neumark though, isn&#39;t convinced. He says having to pay more for low-skilled workers at airports may push companies to hire more higher-skilled workers instead.</p><p><em>- via <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/18/463503921/airport-workers-around-the-country-rally-for-better-wages?ft=nprml&amp;f=463503921">NPR</a></em></p></p> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 07:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/airport-workers-around-country-rally-better-wages-114503 Old Driver's License? You Can Still Fly for Two More Years http://www.wbez.org/news/old-drivers-license-you-can-still-fly-two-more-years-114432 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_303285908140.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Fliers who don&#39;t have the latest driver&#39;s licenses will have a two-year reprieve before their IDs are rejected at airport security checkpoints.</p><div><p>Many <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-07/soon-il-driver%E2%80%99s-license-may-not-get-you-plane-114409" target="_blank">travelers had been worried that the Transportation Security Administration would penalize them </a>because of a federal law requiring newer, more stringent IDs at the start of this year.</p><p>But late Friday afternoon, the Department of Homeland Security said passengers could continue using their current IDs until Jan. 22, 2018. Some would have until Oct. 1, 2020.</p><p>After those dates, passengers without the proper driver&#39;s licenses would have to use other federally-approved forms of ID such as a passport.</p><p>The Real ID Act, approved by Congress in 2005, set minimum standards for licenses in response to security concerns following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Enforcement of those requirements has repeatedly been delayed.</p><p>For a license to be compliant with the Real ID Act, the state issuing it must, for example, incorporate anti-counterfeit technology into the card, verify the applicant&#39;s identity and conduct background checks for employees involved in issuing driver&#39;s licenses.</p><p>Currently, 23 states and U.S. territories have complied with the act and 27 states and territories have been granted an extension. Five states &mdash;&nbsp;Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Missouri and Washington &mdash; and American Samoa have not complied and have not been granted an extension.</p><p>Those states oppose requirements in the law that include storing images of documents that driver&#39;s license applicants present as proof of their identity, such as birth certificates. State officials say that information could be breached and could be used to track law-abiding U.S. citizens.</p><p>They also oppose the U.S. government unilaterally setting standards in an area traditionally handled by the states.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 08 Jan 2016 16:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/old-drivers-license-you-can-still-fly-two-more-years-114432 Flying For Thanksgiving? Distract Yourself With the Mystery Of Airport Codes http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-25/flying-thanksgiving-distract-yourself-mystery-airport-codes-113941 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/0401_airport-codes-624x406.png" alt="" /><p><div id="attachment_81327"><img alt="Lynn Fisher and Nick Crohn created the website airportcod.es, which links hundreds of three-letter airport codes with a pretty picture and a brief story about the airport. (Screenshot from airportcod.es)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2015/04/0401_airport-codes-624x406.png" style="height: 403px; width: 620px;" title="Lynn Fisher and Nick Crohn created the website airportcod.es, which links hundreds of three-letter airport codes with a pretty picture and a brief story about the airport. (Screenshot from airportcod.es)" /><p>Lynn Fisher and Nick Crohn, two web designers from the Phoenix area, love airport codes. They launched the website&nbsp;<a href="http://airportcod.es/" target="_blank">airportcod.es</a>&nbsp;in March that links hundreds of those three-letter codes&nbsp;with a pretty picture and a brief story about the airport &ndash; enough to keep you busy while <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/myth-busy-thanksgiving-airport-113935" target="_blank">you&rsquo;re waiting in line at one of those airports</a> this week.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/11/25/airport-code-stories" target="_blank"><em>via Here &amp; Now</em></a></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-25/flying-thanksgiving-distract-yourself-mystery-airport-codes-113941 Illinois will invest $9 million in 19 airports http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-will-invest-9-million-19-airports-105114 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/xlibber_flickr_airplane.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The state of Illinois will invest $9 million in infrastructure improvements at 19 airports. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the investment Wednesday. He says maintaining and improving the facilities is necessary to ensure the safety of airport workers and meet the needs of travelers.</p><p>Quinn says the project will generate hundreds of jobs. It is funded by $7.3 million from Illinois Jobs Now, a multibillion-dollar building initiative Quinn signed into law in 2009. Another $1.6 million will come from local funds.</p><p>The improvement projects include the rehabilitation of a terminal and some taxiways, aircraft parking ramps and changes to major parking lots.</p><p>The state&#39;s aviation system includes nearly 80 publicly owned airports. A recent local economic impact study found the system injects more than $40.9 billion annually to local economies.</p></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-will-invest-9-million-19-airports-105114 Midway ranks last in on-time departures http://www.wbez.org/story/airports/midway-ranks-last-time-departures <p><p>Chicago's Midway International Airport is ranked dead last among the 29 busiest airports in the nation in on-time departures. That's according to new statistics from the Department of Transportation for the month of November.</p><p>Joe Schwieterman, a transportation expert at DePaul University, said, &quot;Midway's feeling the pain of just growing volumes, and Southwest (Airlines) is increasingly running it as a hub. It's the second largest airport in the Southwest system. So they face the problem of having to hold flights often for late-arriving flights. So one late-arriving flight can delay a half a dozen departing flights. It's a real problem.&quot;</p><p>Schwieterman said Southwest has a &quot;massive East Coast operation.&quot; And he said the East Coast had terrible weather in November which led to some delays.<br /><br />Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride said the department is not aware of any operational issues at the airport causing delays, other than occasional bad weather.<br /><br />O'Hare International Airport was 10th in on-time departures in November. Both O'Hare and Midway ranked in the middle-of-the-pack among airports in on-time arrivals for the month.</p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 19:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/airports/midway-ranks-last-time-departures