Dan Santry reports a ground crew at Logan gave a retiring JetBlue pilot making his last run out of Boston yesterday a water-cannon salute.
A correspondent seeks suggestions:
We are going to be going out of town for several days, flying out of Boston VERY early on Christmas day. I would love to know whether there is any likelihood that remote parking spaces might be available. And, assuming it is not, what transportation company is most likely to reliably get us to the airport by 5:30 in the morning - at an expense that does not approach the cost of air travel to Chicago.
FAA officials spent 3 1/2 hours listening to residents and elected officials rip into the way planes now fly over a host of communities, at a Milton meeting on Thursday that they agreed to attend only after US Rep. Stephen Lynch threatened to cut the agency's budget for community outreach by $25 million.
The meeting brought out several hundred people from Belmont to Hull, to complain that a new GPS-based flight-path system may be great for airline profits and schedules, but means unlucky residents are now subjected to endless waves of planes, often starting at 5 a.m., for days on end, because of the way it slots planes into very narrow air corridors. Residents also said planes are flying lower than they used to, further contributing to the noise. Read more.
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State Police report a drunken woman, not an ISIS Death Squad Killer, tried opening an exit door on an incoming British Airways jet this afternoon, leading the plane crew to strap her down until the plane could land and she could be taken away to face a little Massachusetts justice in a courtroom at East Boston Municipal Court tomorrow morning. Read more.
With international travel through Logan Airport really taking off, Massport is planning additions to Terminal E that would include new gates, an expanded Customs area and a covered pedestrian walkway to the Airport T station.
In an environmental notification form filed with the state last month, Massport says the expansion will served a growing international travel market that it says will reach 6 million passengers a year in 2022, compared to 4.9 million in 2014. Read more.
Rather big police presence at Castle Island around 10 a.m. - including a State Police helicopter - looking for whoever thought it was a good idea to use the peninsula right across the harbor from Logan to fly some drones. It's what the FAA likes to think of as "restricted airspace."
US Rep. Stephen Lynch says he's holding a forum in Milton next month on complaints about flight paths south of Logan Airport and the growing number of complaints by residents from the South End to Milton. Read more.
A Dominican woman pleaded guilty today to a drug-smuggling charge in federal court - admitting she used the batteries of her motorized wheelchair to try to smuggle nearly five kilograms of cocaine through Logan Airport. Read more.
Tamas K-L watched a plane on its final approach to Logan during yesterday's unusual sunset.
A San Jose, CA, man spent the night at a State Police barracks after, State Police say, Zeva the Belgian Malinois drug dog sniffed what turned out to be roughly 100 pounds of marijuana in his luggage. Read more.
Massport is conducting "a large-scale emergency drill" at Logan Airport between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. today, so don't get alarmed if you see fire, smoke and lots of firetrucks and emergency vehicles with flashing lights.
A Dominican living in Virginia was arraigned today on charges she tried bringing some five pounds of cocaine in her suitcase lining through customs at Logan Airport earlier this summer - while on a trip with her 5-year-old son. Read more.
John Gage watched the sun go down behind the Logan Airport control tower.
A Phoenix man who may have been a repeat meth trafficker was arrested yesterday in a Logan Airport men's room with a pound of meth in a checked bag, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
State Police already had their eye on alleged meth dealer Micah Gibson, 38, when he arrived on a Delta flight at Terminal A yesterday morning, the DA's office reports: Read more.
The Times of Israel takes a look at El Al's new Boston-Tel Aviv route and how Massport won it over areas with larger Jewish populations, such as Miami: Lots of Israeli businesses operate here and Massport did a good job convincing El Al Boston is not just some dinky little city. Among those on the first flight today: Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.
A City Council hearing today on resident complaints about low-flying jets from Roxbury to Hyde Park and Milton was sort of moot, because the Massport officials who did attend stressed they have nothing to do with deciding which planes fly where or how.
At-large City Councilor Steve Murphy, who lives on Fairmount Hill in Hyde Park had a simple answer: "From this point forward think of us as plaintiffs," he told the Massport officials.
A City Council committee meets Monday with FAA officials to discuss changes in Logan take-off patterns that some councilors say has meant added noise over a stretch of Boston from the South End to Hyde Park.
As if to advertise the hearing, jets taking off from Logan began flying over Roslindale and neighboring areas early this morning. As of 9:40 a.m., they are still coming.
The hearing of the council's Special Committee on Transportation, Public Infrastructure and Investment begins at 1:30 p.m. in the council's fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.