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TSA Names Winner of Cutest K9 Contest

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the winner of its contest for “cutest K9” employee is Alfie, a four-year-old yellow lab and explosive detection K9 that works at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Alfie earned the prestigious honor after the TSA’s social media team held a 24-hour nationwide contest on Instagram to celebrate National Dog Day. After receiving more than 100,000 total votes, it was determined that Alfie was the top dog.

The other three dogs considered in the voting were “Muk” from Austin–Bergstrom International Airport, “Figor” from Chicago Midway International Airport and “Donna” from St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

Along with his handler Jason, Alfie is a passenger screening canine (PSC) who works at the Phoenix airport searching travelers and their belongings in the security checkpoint. The prize-winning pooch and his handler have worked together for two years.

In total, TSA has more than 400 PSC teams working primarily at airports across the United States, but they are also trained to work in non-aviation transportation venues. While PSCs are friendly, they are “working dogs and they should not be petted or fed by anyone except their handlers.”

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IATA: Damage to Air Travel Will Extend Into 2023

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Any comeback by the beleaguered airline industry will extend into 2023, according to new data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airlines’ main trade group.

Long-haul travel will continue to lag behind and passenger fears about flying in general will contribute to the delay, Lonely Planet reported.

IATA estimates that passenger traffic won’t rebound to pre-crisis levels until at least 2023. It expects that global passenger demand in 2021 will be 24 percent below 2019 levels and 32 percent lower than the forecast the association made in October 2019.

The new data is based on a slower opening of economies and relaxation of travel restrictions. Lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders could return if the virus comes back strong in the fall and winter with a second wave, as some health officials have predicted.

In addition, another contributing factor is quarantine measures that have been instituted by various countries as well as individual states in the U.S. According to IATA, 69 percent of recent travelers that it surveyed said they would not consider traveling if it involved a 14-day quarantine period once they arrive at their destination. IATA is asking governments to find alternatives to the quarantine measures.

Of course, all of this is contingent upon the public’s willingness to fly—and instilling confidence in that will take time, said IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.

“To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for the economic recovery, we must not make that prognosis worse by making travel impracticable with quarantine measures,” he said. “We need a solution for safe travel that addresses two challenges. It must give passengers the confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle, and it must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus.”

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