On Jan. 18, in a notice posted in the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Transportation officially set peak-time operating capacity at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport at 81 scheduled arrivals and departures per hour. Peak time is defined as daily from 6 a.m. until 10:59 p.m. The order will go into effect on March 30, and will expire on Oct. 24, 2009. In the past, no limit had been set.
Southwest Airlines will begin testing inflight, high-speed Internet access on four of its aircraft this summer. Providing the service will be Row 44, a specialist in "airborne broadband communication." Passengers with a Wi-Fi-ready device, such as a laptop computer, will be able to surf the web and send e-mail using "the highest bandwidth available to commercial airlines in the United States," according to a spokesperson.