In aviation news, Tutor-Saliba Corp., which built the reconfigured southern runway of LAX, bit back at allegations by the city that stated the construction firm built a defective runway that features exposed rebar, defective concrete and premature cracking. Tutor claims that the effort is part of a “witch hunt” by the city and that the defects were caused by poor maintenance. Airport officials believe that the runway is still safe for use by aircraft but will pursue its lawsuit against Tutor, which was filed last October.
Also, airports are increasingly improving their culinary offerings with a greater emphasis on healthy options. According to a survey, 76% of airport restaurants have healthy dining options for customers, a vast improvement over the 57% recorded in 2001. Denver International Airport claims the top spot, with 86% of restaurants providing options for the health-conscious consumer. LAX tied at third with 83%. Note that the study was done before LAX went forward with a massive expansion of eateries in the newly expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal. Meanwhile, a British company has come up with a solution for larger passengers who currently must make do with narrow seats. A demonstration of this new seating technology is now available.