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DFW Un­veils Au­to­mated Pass­port Kiosks — DFW In­ter­na­tional Air­port has in­tro­duced 30 Au­to­mated Pass­port Con­trol APC kiosks, which sig­ni­cantly re­duce wait times for US and Cana­dian cit­i­zens ar­riv­ing at DFW from in­ter­na­tional trav­els. The sys­tem al­lows re­turn­ing trav­el­ers to en­ter their own pass­port in­for­ma­tion on touch-screens and reg­is­ter their re­turn elec­tron­i­cally.

The sys­tem has been op­er­at­ing since late Oc­to­ber, and more than 320,000 cus­tomers have used the kiosks in its rst three months. In the next few months, DFW plans to in­stall an additional 24 kiosks.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit dfwair­port.com.

Dulles Air­port Opens TSA Pre-Check Cen­ter — In the Wash­ing­ton, DC area, Dulles Air­port has an­nounced the open­ing of an on-site cen­ter to en­roll pas­sen­gers in TSA’s Pre-Check, a pro­gram which al­lows fre­quent iers to skip the tra­di­tional se­cu­rity lines and get to their gates more quickly.

The reg­is­tra­tion can be lled out on paper or done with an on­line form. Fin­ger­prints are taken and doc­u­men­ta­tion must be pro­vided (all of this in­for­ma­tion can be found in the TSA FAQ at tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/faqs . The en­roll­ment fee is $85 and cov­ers the op­er­a­tional costs as­so­ci­ated with the back­ground check. Once com­pleted, Pre-Check is valid for ve years.

Pas­sen­gers may also be ran­domly selected for the TSA PreCheck lines. Check your board­ing pass if you are ying Alaska Air­lines, Amer­i­can Air­lines, Delta Air Lines, Hawai­ian Air­lines, Jet­Blue Air­ways (mo­bile board­ing pass only), South­west Air­lines, United Air­lines, US Air­ways and Vir­gin Amer­ica for the words “TSA Pre-Check,” “TSA PRE” or “TSA PRECHK.”

For de­tails visit tsa.gov/tsa-precheck.

South­west, jet­Blue Snap Up Rea­gan Slots — Af­ter much an­tic­i­pa­tion, some of the slots at Rea­gan Na­tional for­merly held by Amer­i­can and US Air are go­ing to South­west Air­lines and jet­Blue pend­ing US Jus­tice Depart­ment ap­proval.

South­west’s additional 52 slots will trans­late into the car­rier in­creas­ing ser­vice at Rea­gan Na­tional from 17 daily departures to 44 daily departures. Jet Blue has also re­ceived pro­vi­sional ac­cep­tance of 12 slot pairs boost­ing the car­rier’s daily roundtrip of­fer­ings up to as many as 30 roundtrips per day. This still leaves 13 slots re­main­ing post merger. For more in­for­ma­tion visit south­west.com or jet­blue.com. Hous­ton Pas­sen­ger Growth Sets Record in 2013 — Hous­ton an­nounced record growth at its two air­ports, Ge­orge Bush In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal and Hous­ton Hobby, in 2013. Additional in­creases are pro­jected for 2014 and be­yond. The com­bined pas­sen­ger to­tals from both air­port fa­cil­i­ties is up 1.2 per­cent over 2012 – from 50.3 mil­lion pas­sen­gers to 50.9 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in 2013.

IAH traf c grew to 8.9 mil­lion in 2013 up from 8.7 mil­lion in 2012. But the big win­ner was Hobby, which saw its traf c up .4 per­cent, as the air­port hosted 11.1 mil­lion cus­tomers in 2013 com­pared to 10.4 mil­lion in 2012.

For de­tails visit y2­hous­ton.com.

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