A quick look at what’s making news at Floridas busiest airport
SHOE SCANNERS CLEARED FOR REGISTERED TRAVELER PROGRAM:
After months of testing at Orlando International Airport (MCO), the Transportation Security Administration has approved the first usage of shoe scanner machines at the CLEAR registered traveler entrances to the security checkpoints. The shoe scanners will enable CLEAR members to leave their shoes on while going through security. MCO is the original test site and is the only operational location for the private sector registered traveler program.
HOLIDAY STATS INDICATE WAIT TIMES REDUCED AT SECURITY CHECKPOINTS:
The amount of time travelers spend waiting in security checkpoint lines has been greatly reduced at Orlando International Airport. During the busy 2006 holiday season the maximum wait time was 18 minutes as compared to 40 minutes in 2005.
BIO-DIESEL APPROVED FOR GOAA FLEET:
After extensive testing, with no adverse effects, the Authority has approved the usage of bio-diesel fuel in every diesel powered engine in the fleet. The B-20 blend has already replaced 23 thousand gallons of fossil diesel fuel.
HYBRID CAR TESTING UNDERWAY:
The Authority is also testing a new 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid. The hybrid vehicle is being tested in a mail delivery capacity, replacing a 2004 Chevrolet Astro van. To date, the new hybrid Civic is averaging 47 miles per gallon compared to 15 miles per gallon in the Astro van. Besides fuel savings, the hybrid is also projected to reduce tail pipe emissions by over 67 percent.
For more information, contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407) 825-2055.
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