What we’re reading: Logan upgrading whole-body scanners, Mid-Atlantic hotels accused of price gouging, IAH gets Spirit Airlines


Boston Logan upgrading to privacy enhanced body scanners

Logan Airport will be upgrading its whole-body scanners that will display “Gumby-like” images rather than the more detailed images currently in use.

BOS will end up swapping out all 25 of the airport’s Rapiscan Systems AIT units with L-3 Security ProVision AIT units by the fall. TSA last year announced it would spend $44.8 million to purchase 300 of the upgraded units (ATW Daily News, Sept. 9, 2011), to be deployed at 29 airports around the country (ATW Daily News, Oct. 10, 2011).

Hotels accused of price-gouging after power outages

Several hotels in the Mid-Atlantic states hit by power outages are boosting their room rates, according to several news outlets.

The Maryland Attorney’s General Office received complaints of price-gouging by hotels and gas stations, reported AOL’s Patch outlet covering the Odenteon-Severn area near Annapolis.

The owner of a hotel in Riva, about 10 miles southwest of Annapolis, set room rates over the weekend at $600 a night, though the owner said that was done specifically to stop people from calling the sold-out hotel, Annapolis Patch reported.

Bush Intercontinental gets low-fare Spirit

Spirit Airlines will start service between Bush Intercontinental and Dallas-Fort Worth International airports starting in September.

The Florida-based airline said Tuesday that starting Sept. 30, it will fly twice daily to D-FW, with connections there to Baltimore, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tampa, Portland, Ore., and Mexico City.

The announcement marked the second this summer about new air service at Bush Intercontinental.

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