Category Archives: DFW News

Baby delivered by DPS at DFW airport

It’s not the arrival we’re used to, but we wanted to give a big shoutout to our DFW Airport DPS officers who jumped into action to help deliver a baby outside of one of our terminals earlier this month!

It is believed to be the first baby EVER born at DFW Airport. Mom has asked for privacy, but both she and her newborn are doing well!

Navy’s Blue Angels will fly over North Texas Wednesday in salute to COVID-19 responders

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A formation of jets from the Navy’s Blue Angels, left, and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds fly over Atlanta, to show support for medical workers fighting the coronavirus outbreak, Saturday, May 2, 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The U.S. military’s elite squadrons of trick flyers will buzz across North Texas skies Wednesday as part of a nationwide salute to doctors, nurses, first responders and other essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will fly over the Dallas and Fort Worth areas Wednesday morning, according to the demonstration squadron’s Twitter channel. The demonstrations are part of the “America Strong” tour that flew over Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Atlanta on Saturday.

On Wednesday, the Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are set for demonstrations over Houston and New Orleans as well. There are plans to fly over other major cities in the U.S. in the coming weeks, but dates have not been announced.

Read more from The Dallas Morning News…

RESTAURANT OWNERS SPLIT ON DECISION TO RE-OPEN, DAYS AFTER NEW ORDER FROM GOV. GREG ABBOTT

Author: Alex Rozier (WFAA)

It has been an unprecedented few weeks in the restaurant industry, and this week many in Texas re-opened, after receiving the go-ahead from Gov. Greg Abbott to open at 25% capacity. 

Throughout DFW some restaurants chose to re-open while others are going to wait until a later day.

Tim Love owns nine establishments in North Texas. He put together an extensive 15-page playbook as he works to keep his team and customers safe.

Read more from WFAA…

DFW International Airport surprisingly empty after COVID-19 developments

If you’ve been to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), you are probably used to long security lines and crowded terminals.

I visited terminals A and C, which are supposed to be the busiest during this time, mainly due to Spring Break. Imagine my surprise when barely a traveler was there to be seen.

I was able to speak to a few passengers, both coming home to DFW and those leaving to visit other cities. As you can imagine, these were the folks who dared to travel during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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Traveler Tony Manning, from Detroit, Michigan

Tony Manning, from Detroit, MI, said:

I own a public relations/marketing business for a legal consulting firm, so I am here to do some consulting for a couple of clients. I have not had any problems due to Coronavirus. I flew from Detroit on American, and the flight attendants were so awesome. They tried to go out of their way to make sure we were all comfortable. The planes were pretty empty. My flight from Detroit had maybe 20 people on board [a 737 jet]. I literally had the whole row to myself to stretch out. It was peaceful. It was quiet, and we got here safe. Everybody was wiping down the seats and stuff. No one was coughing. I had been worried about that, so I brought my mask, but I felt like this is probably the cleanest flight I’ve ever been on.

So, instead of hysteria and panic, it seems that people are just staying home, making air travel more pleasant for those that utilize it.

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Three travelers taking precautions on their flight home

Inaugural national conference emphasizes including faith in the workplace

By Stacey Doud and Father Greg McBrayer

The Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America (CUA) and the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation (RFBF) hosted the inaugural national conference for faith-oriented Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) on February 13-14, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Faith@WorkThe historic event brought together Employee Resource Group (ERG) leaders from across corporate America to share their experiences, their outlook for the future and ideas for furthering the trend toward a wider acceptance of faith-based ERGs. This movement is going full speed at some of America’s largest and most familiar companies, including DFW’s own American Airlines (AA), which tied for number 5 with Facebook on the new Religious Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Index (REDI).

Father Greg McBrayer, who is a Chief Flight Dispatcher and Anglican Priest, serves as the Senior Christian Employee Business Resource Group (CEBRG) Diversity Advisory Council Representative at American Airlines.

“My role is to both oversee and plant new Christian Ministry Chapters within AA worldwide, which exist under the oversight of the Inclusion and Diversity Department,” McBrayer said.

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McBrayer being interviewed by Currents TV

At AA for over 40 years, McBrayer has been involved in the faith movement in the aviation industry for 20 years. He also oversees the Board of Directors at DFW Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy, which has 15 volunteer chaplains from all three major faith groups [Christian, Jewish and Muslim] that provide the ministry of presence and chapel services at DFW Airport daily.

The phrase most emphasized at the conference was, “I want to bring my whole, true self to work.” And faith is a large part of many workers’ personal identities. But if their workplaces don’t support this part of who they are, the results can be as severe as failure to perform job duties, excessive absences, resignation/termination and at the far end of the spectrum, lawsuits.

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Father McBrayer listens to a presentation, along with other faith leaders from American Airlines

“We find our faith at the foundation of who we are. So, to bring that into the workplace, where we deal with the anxieties and stresses of our jobs and professions, is absolutely needed,” McBrayer said.

An objective measure of corporate diversity for faith was created by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation. It is called the corporate Religious Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Index, or the REDI, Index. The other nine corporations (excluding AA) recognized at this first-time event were: Alphabet/Google, Tyson Foods, Intel, Target, Facebook, Apple, Dell, Goldman Sachs and American Express.

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The REDI Index is the first benchmark for the objective assessment of the state of America’s Corporate inclusion of religion as part of its diversity, equity and inclusion programs and initiatives. It uses practices to make sure the Index comes out objectively, including double-blind coding [counting and categorization] of the main diversity landing pages of Fortune 100 companies and other data. From this information, the REDI Index is constructed.

The latest findings are disappointing. Many corporations still overlook religious inclusion, while paying attention to other diversity classifications, such as race/ethnicity, women/gender, sexual orientation, veterans/military, disability, age, and family, by a factor of 34-to-1. Several corporations have already been through expensive lawsuits.

Hilton paid $21 million in 2019 to a dishwasher because Hilton did not reasonably accommodate his religious needs. Abercrombie & Fitch was taken to the Supreme Court in 2015, in which the plaintiff accused the corporation of putting their “looks policy” above religious freedom and indiscrimination. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, who just wanted to wear a hijab to work.

The analysis done by the RFBF determines that only 43 of the Fortune 100 companies in the U.S. even mention religion on their company diversity sections of their corporate websites.

Only about half of the 43 companies that do mention religion only bring it up once, as a part of a boilerplate nondiscrimination statement.

Brian Grim, PhD, president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, which was created in 2014, had some hopeful news.

“Our research, however, also indicates that corporate America is at a tipping point toward giving religion similar attention to that given the other major diversity categories, especially as our nation is becoming more religiously diverse with no one religious denomination holding a majority. Indeed, including religion is a litmus test for whether a company fully embraces diversity, equity and inclusion. This conference has shown the world that faith is welcome inside of corporate America,” Grim said.

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McBrayer (L) accepts a plaque on behalf of American Airlines from Brian Grim

American Airlines is evidence of employee identity inclusion. The new religious-freedom rankings come after years of the corporation’s strong support of other CRG groups. “This is a very exciting season for our faith based EBRG’s and I am very proud of what I see occurring within American Airlines,” said Father McBrayer. 

“The perception out there is that religion is a dangerous topic, but some companies have found the opposite – that it reinforces the other things they care about,” Grim said.

“Companies considering faith-based initiatives should strive to ensure they are inclusive,” said Nick Fish, president of American Atheists, “Creating a work environment that is exclusionary of non-religious staff or members of religious minorities is a recipe for disaster.”

This historic Religious Freedom and Business Foundation gathering at CUA has already set the 2021 date to convene again next year, which clearly indicates the growth of this movement in corporate America to provide opportunities for employees to bring their whole selves to the work, including their faith.

DFW Airport, American Airlines Announce Plans for Sixth Terminal at DFW Airport

Screen Shot 2019-05-20 at 7.01.16 PMDallas-Fort Worth International Airport and American Airlines revealed plans Monday to develop a sixth terminal at the airport, Terminal F.

Initial plans call for DFW Airport, which is jointly co-owned by the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, to invest up to $3.5 billion in terminal improvements, including the construction of Terminal F and enhancements to Terminal C.

“We get more complaints about C than anything, so this is a real win for the traveling public, to renovate C and have a beautiful new terminal, too,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

Read more from NBCDFW…

Dallas Morning News cuts back on printing and staff at Plano facility

By Teresa Gubbins

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Soon to be a relic. (Photo by Jon S)

A.H. Belo Corporation, the parent company of The Dallas Morning News, is taking a big step back from the world of print.

According to a release, the company will no longer provide print services to small business clients. In addition, The News is cutting down on the number of local and national commercial print customers it serves, from the previous tally of more than 30 down to five.

The changes will result in 92 total roles being eliminated, including 57 existing staff. The printing operation is located at the facility on Plano Parkway in Plano.

Read more from The Dallas Morning News…

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport receives recognition for service and excellence

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planeTrade publication Air Transport World named Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport the 2019 Airport of the Year for its customer service experience, leadership in sustainability, efficiency and collaborative efforts with other agencies, according to a Thursday news release.

The recognition is the result of DFW Airport staff’s commitment to service, airport CEO Sean Donohue said in the news release.

“DFW is experiencing the fastest growth in more than a decade, and we see it as an opportunity to welcome the world to the Dallas Fort Worth region and advance the innovation and collaboration that deliver for our customers and make our communities stronger,” he said in a statement.

Read more from Community Impact…

Bomb threats reported in Frisco, Plano, Sugar Land, Round Rock and other cities across Texas on Dec. 13

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police-GCS-1Law-enforcement officials across Texas and the U.S. have received multiple reports Dec. 13 of bomb threats via email affecting local businesses, schools and other locations. Local officials in the Austin, Houston and Dallas areas are urging residents to report suspicious activity, but they said the threats have not been considered credible.

According to a statement on social media from the Southlake Department of Public Safety, the email sent to the businesses demanded Bitcoin to not set off the bomb, and everyone received the same version of the email.

Read more from Community Impact…

Fire Training This Week

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October Research Live Fires – The FTRC will be participating in a large-scale research project over a two-week period in October outside normal training activities which may entail prolonged times of smoke being generated at the training center. You may see prolonged periods of smoke generation or larger than normal smoke columns. This is all part of the extensive research project. Exact live fire dates and times will be posted as the project becomes more defined,

*Training occurs nearly every day at our Fire Training Research Facility. Smoke activity will be visible near the southwest end of the Airport. We will continue to update this page with the most accurate scheduled dates. Please note changes can occur at any time and research activity may also extend past the scheduled times.