The best chance of solving the TSA staffing issue is the U.S. House approving additional funds to pay overtime for TSA workers. But the truth is that more airports should experiment with alternative security staffing, like the New York Port Authority has threatened to do.
This hotel project has been so long in the works that we will be pleasantly surprise when it finally comes to fruition.
It's a bit of a gimmick, sure, but it's another sign that JetBlue takes its hometown NYC position seriously.
The approval of MCR Development, which operates Marriott and Hilton properties, and minority partner JetBlue to develop the old TWA terminal into a hotel caps several years of maneuverings with Standard Hotels and Yotel Group previously expressing interest. This is a Port Authority project so get ready for the ride.
Few international airports have an on-airport hotel but JFK will get one in 2018. The TWA Flight Center Hotel will be located near JetBlue's Terminal 5 and it will be a nice homage to the iconic airline. TWA, that is.
It's astounding that the battle for a better airport experience in New York City has to happen one terminal at a time. But if it has to be that way, airport leaders should look to what's been done at Terminal 4 to lift the experience out of the doldrums.
In related news, JetBlue's Mint has been pretty full lately, too.
How much does it cost to demolish a few terminals?
Contractors let the airports save a few bucks, but it means they are less safe than they would be if workers had decent pay and benefits.
It appears as though horses, dogs, cows and aardvarks will have everything at the new JFK terminal except free Wi-Fi.