Controversial international terminal project at Bush Intercontinental starting to see ‘light at the end of the tunnel’
Houston Airport System Director Mario Diaz (no relation to the author), delivered his annual State of the Airports address to a filled ballroom inside the Marriott Marquis hotel on Monday afternoon.
Repeat offender believed to be suspect behind several auto thefts at Hobby, Bush airports
Houston police are searching for a group of people they believe are behind several auto thefts at both Hobby and Bush airports. Police believe a 23-year-old, identified as Joe Aguirre, committed some of the crimes.
Gone in 90 Seconds: How thieves are stealing wheels from vehicles parked at IAH airport garage
KPRC 2 learned that in a span of days in the same parking garage on the same floor, at least two vehicles had their tires stolen. So, KPRC 2 asked mechanics what tools these thieves are using and how fast could they get the job done?
Second traveler confirms tires on truck were stolen at IAH days apart from first reported incident
Since our first story aired, KPRC 2 reporter Rilwan Balogun got an email from a viewer who said our web story was inaccurate-- not in any of the reporting, but the line in Houston Airports’ statement where they mentioned it was the first incident of that kind.
Well that was a record-smashing June...
As you know, we had ONE day in June where temperatures didn’t reach 90° thanks to the tropical disturbance just offshore--of course, that is officially at Bush/IAH. If you were west and north, you were plenty hot again yesterday. Here’s the month we just went through:
US Representative Troy Nehls calls on FAA to audit Houston Airport Systems over delayed terminal project at IAH
In August, U.S. Representative Troy Nehls told KPRC 2 Investigates he had questions over how the Mickey Leland International Terminal Program at Bush Intercontinental Airport was being managed by the Houston Airports System and its director Mario Diaz.
No 90s November!
I always call November the “no nineties” month which means finding cooler weather is easy as pumpkin pie. While we have seen the 90 degree mark across the area in this month, our official BUSH/IAH recording station has never reported higher than 89 in this month (seven times we’ve officially hit 89 and each time was a record high for the day). Generally, the first half of the month falls in the upper 70s with lower 70s the second half, while lows hover in the low 50s falling to the upper 40s. Here’s a handy, dandy chart I put together:
No 100 Degrees? That’s so NOT this Century!
We know it gets hot aound here and so for us not to reach 100F this year is certainly worth a mention. Of course, as you’ll see, we can easily get to the century mark in September so don’t get too comfortable in your wool sweaters just yet! Also, Hobby did record 100 in June and Galveston made 97 just this past Monday which is their hottest temperature so far this year.
United offering COVID-19 testing for passengers at Bush Airport
HOUSTON – United passengers can now get tested for coronavirus at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The airline partnered with Xpress Spa to open the testing clinic in Terminal E.Passengers can choose from a rapid test with results available in 15 minutes or a PCR test with results in two to three days. If a passenger tests positive, the airline will work to rebook the passenger on a different flight. United and Xpress Spa opened a similar clinic at JFK Airport. Passengers can get more information about the clinic at United’s app, website or at the airline’s Travel Ready center at the airport.
United Airlines offering COVID-19 tests for some passengers
HOUSTON – Starting Monday, United Airlines is offering passengers COVID-19 tests before they leave to ten select destinations to Latin America and Caribbean. Certain countries require people to test negative before entering. Nogera from Honduras was visiting family and said she hopes to get tested through United Airlines next visit. Some countries require people to test negative to enter and this will help the passengers. If someone tests positive, the airlines will work with the passenger to schedule a later flight.
IAH determined to be one of the hardest-hit airports during pandemic
Amid a monthslong pandemic, airports around the world suffered as far fewer people traveled due to global restrictions. According to Finance Buzz, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, or IAH, is high on the list of U.S. airports hit hardest. Ranking in the top 15 of U.S. airports seeing the biggest decline in departing passengers, IAH is down 82.83% from June 2019 compared to June 2020. According to data available from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation, IAH saw 1,473,575 travelers come through in June 2019 while only 253,036 traveled out of the airport amid the summer month impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, Finance Buzz reports. However, of the 15 airports that make the list, Houston saw the fourth most passengers in June 2020 compared to others which faced the COVID-19 travel slump.
Houston forecast: Sizzling heat, storm chance
The bigger issue will be the feels like temperatures which will be in the 108-112 degree range. Sunday afternoon storms possible (KPRC)A difference today from previous days will be the chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Rain chances will be about 30% for today and for the rain associated with the front that will arrive tomorrow. Break in high temps starting tonight and Monday (KPRC)After today well get a break from the heat and get some much needed rain from time to time as our high temperatures settled into the mid 90s. Our morning lows will be cooler as well but more importantly will be MUCH less humid with some of our northern communities possibly seeing upper 60s!
IAH launches facial recognition in Terminal E to help minimize exposure for travelers
HOUSTON – George Bush Intercontinental Airport launched facial recognition technology at two gates in Terminal E to help minimize physical contact for travelers. The technology aims to remove the need for a traveler to hand a boarding pass to an employee and also accelerate the boarding process. The technology recognizes facial features — even if the person wears glasses or a facial covering. IAH will add this technology to three additional gates by June 30 and plan to have a total of 15 functional gates with its Simplified Travel technology by October. Facial recognition technology has been used at international airports, like London’s Heathrow Airport for nearly a decade, according to a report by CNN.
IAH closes TSA checkpoints at Terminal B
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) officials said today that TSA checkpoints at Terminal B will close on Sunday evening and remain closed until further notice. Passengers will have to use TSA checkpoints at Terminal A or C to get to Terminal B through the IAH Skyway or subway. Also, the two TSA checkpoints at Terminal A will be consolidated to the south location. At Terminal A North, the checkpoint will only be staffed with TSA personnel for the exit only. Airport employees will direct travelers away from the north checkpoint and direct them to the south checkpoint location.
Bush Airport among 20 U.S. airports to begin screening for coronavirus; quarantine facilities in place
The CDC already has quarantine facilities in place at 20 ports of entry, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Anchorage, Honolulu, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, Miami and Houston. George W. Bush Intercontinental Airport announced the airport will take preventative measures to ensure the community is protected after the CDC announced the expansion. Houston Airports is waiting for further guidance on when screenings will begin and stands ready with our partners to ensure our community is protected. (2/3) — Houston Bush Airport (@iah) January 28, 2020Travelers flying through Bush Intercontinental Airport said they welcome the move. He said the 20 airports involved are “the airports that receive 90 percent of all passengers from China.
TSA: IAH among top 5 airports where most guns found in 2019
HOUSTON – George Bush Intercontinental Airport is among the top five airports where Transportation Security Administration officers found the most guns in 2019. IAH officers detected 138 guns in carry-on bags or on passengers last year, authorities announced Wednesday. NEWS: TSA officers caught more firearms at checkpoints nationwide in 2019 than ever before in the agency’s 18-year history. Read the full press release: https://t.co/n3Zqyfpcnx pic.twitter.com/Qejm69lzwy — TSA (@TSA) January 15, 2020The IAH information was part of a news release that also announced that TSA officers found more firearms at checkpoints nationwide in 2019 than ever before in the agency’s 18-year history. The top five airports where TSA officers detected guns at checkpoints in 2019 were:1.
VIDEO: Kid plays rock-paper-scissors with Houston tarmac worker through plane window
HOUSTON – A family traveling from Houston witnessed the youngest sibling make fast friends with an airline employee at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Awaiting takeoff, 9-year-old Dominik Lulgjuraj who was sitting near the window initiated a game of rock-paper-scissors with the ramp agent Hugo Salazar outside of the plane. The employee tucked his florescent batons away in his pockets and started to play along with Dominik. They played about 10 rounds before, “(The employee) stopped, because he had to guide the plane again,” Dominik said. Dominik and Francina’s dad, KPRC 2 executive producer Steve Ljuljdjuraj also shared the video attached to this story on his Twitter account.
Houston Airport System launches app to help kids with intellectual, developmental disabilities
HOUSTON – The Houston Airport System has launched a new app to help children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “The waiting, all the monitors and the noise, sensory overload,” said Karl Singleton about what he faces in an airport. To help those like Karl Singleton, Hobby and Bush Airports have a new app called Access Houston Airports. “There are several different features, such as exploring guides which talk about all about the airport, airport rules, security check-in, finding a plane, taking off,” said Tim Jonie with the Houston Airport System. “Kids with developmental disabilities like to be able to know what’s next.