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Local News
4:08 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Guns At Airports Hit New High In 2012

A sampling of guns seized at U.S. airport security checkpoints between Dec. 21-28, 2012.

2012 was a banner year for guns in U.S. airports. The Transportation Security Administration seized more than 1,500 firearms at security checkpoints last year. That's up 14 percent over the previous year. 

Atlanta led the list with 115 firearms seized at security checkpoints in 2012, according to preliminary TSA numbers.  That makes some sense, since Atlanta is the busiest airport in the country. 

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Local News
3:06 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

New Airport Parking Garage To Pose Short-Term Problems For Passengers

A $120 million, 7-story parking structure is underway to replace the current hourly parking decks at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. In the coming weeks, the existing parking decks will be demolished.
Charlotte Airport

Demolition will begin in the next two weeks on hourly parking decks at the Charlotte Airport to make way for a new seven-story parking tower. Aviation Director Jerry Orr says parkers will soon need to give themselves extra time getting to the terminal.

"For close to a year starting in the spring there will be no walking access to parking," says Orr.

He says the airport has plenty of shuttle buses to handle the extra passengers, but will increase the frequency of bus trips. 

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Local News
6:12 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Millions Of Worms Eat, Compost Charlotte Airport's Trash

1.9 million red wigglers are eating through the Charlotte airport's organic waste.
Julie Rose

Millions of people will pass through airports this holiday season, tossing trash into cans that will combine with waste from restaurants and airlines into a mess. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is now the first in the nation to put worms to work dealing with its waste.  WFAE's Julie Rose got an inside look at the process – and the man behind it.

Bob Lucas is not about to judge you for tossing that plastic bottle in the trash as you board your flight.

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Local News
4:59 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

CLT To Lose Some ATL Service When Southwest Comes

The much-anticipated arrival of Southwest Airlines at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport will not bring more flights or cheaper fares, says Aviation Director Jerry Orr.

Southwest will fly six flights a day from Charlotte beginning next April. But AirTran - which Southwest is replacing -  flew seven flights daily, including three to Atlanta. Southwest will fly to Baltimore, Chicago, Houston and Orlando, but not Atlanta. 

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DNC 2012
1:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

A New Taxi Landscape In Charlotte - Just In Time For DNC

New taxis await customers at the airport baggage claim exit.
Julie Rose

A taxi will be the first impression many DNC attendees get of Charlotte and the city has gone to great lengths to make sure it's a good one. Last year, most cab companies were kicked out of the airport and strict rules implemented for those that remain. |

Angry taxi drivers unsuccessfully sued to block the move and complained they would lose their livelihoods. WFAE's Julie Rose reports on the outcome of that controversial change.

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