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DHS Announces Extension of REAL ID Full Enforcement Deadline

Release Date: April 27, 2021

The following announcement is directly from dhs.gov:

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has significantly impacted states’ ability to issue REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards, with many driver’s licensing agencies still operating at limited capacity. DHS will publish an interim final rule in the coming days to effectuate this enforcement date change.

“Protecting the health, safety, and security of our communities is our top priority,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “As our country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver’s licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card.” 

Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification at airport security checkpoints for domestic air travel.  

All 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and four of five U.S. territories covered by the REAL ID Act and related regulations are now compliant with REAL ID security standards and are issuing REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards. However, many state licensing agencies have extended the deadline for renewing expiring licenses due to a widespread shift to appointment-only scheduling protocols during the pandemic that has significantly limited states’ capacity to issue REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards. As a result, only 43 percent of all state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards are currently REAL ID-compliant.  DHS and various states also need time to implement requirements mandated by the REAL ID Modernization Act, including changes that will streamline processing by allowing the electronic submission of certain documents.

DHS continues to work closely with all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories to implement REAL ID Act requirements. For more information on REAL ID, visit www.dhs.gov/real-id.

Facial Covering Mandate

NEW – Federal Mask Order Effective February 1, 2021. The Federal Government has issued an order that requires masks which cover both the mouth and nose for passengers, visitors, and employees in the airport terminal, on commercial flights, and on airport property (which TSA has confirmed includes all portions of the airport, including all general aviation areas.)  Failure to comply may result in removal and denial of re-entry. Individuals may also be subject to criminal or civil penalties, or both.  

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) order can be viewed at https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/Mask-Order-CDC_GMTF_01-29-21-p.pdf

Guidelines:

  • Masks must completely cover the nose and the mouth.
  • Masks should be secured to the head with ties, ear loops or elastic bands that go behind the head.
  • Masks should fit snugly

 Exceptions:

  • Children under 2
  • If a person has a disability and can’t wear a mask
  • While eating, drinking or taking medications for brief periods
  • While communicating with a person who is hearing impaired when the ability to see the mouth is essential
  • When it is necessary to temporarily remove the mask to verify one’s identity

The following do NOT meet the requirements of this order:

  • Masks with slits exhalation valves or punctures
  • Face shields. (Can be worn as a supplement to a mask but not on their own)
  • Scarves, ski masks, balaclavas or bandannas
  • Shirt or sweater collars pulled up over nose and mouth
  • Masks made from loosely woven fabric or that is knitted (example: fabrics that let light pass through)

Flight Status and Airport Operations Update – Tuesday, January 26, 2021

UPDATED: 10:15am, Tuesday January 26th

FLIGHT STATUS AND AIRPORT OPERATIONS UPDATE – TUESDAY, JANUARY, 26, 2021

Due to significant overnight snowfall, icy runway conditions, and forecasted low temperatures, United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines, has modified their schedule as follows for Tuesday , January 26, 2021:

UA5084 (from Monday, January 25th) – from Los Angeles to Prescott – CANCELLED

UA5158, Tuesday, January 26th – from Prescott to Denver – CANCELLED

UA5063, Tuesday, January 26th – from Denver to Prescott – CANCELLED

UA5112, Tuesday, January 26th – from Prescott to Los Angeles – CANCELLED

Passengers can contact United at 1-800-864-8331 or visit www.united.com for rescheduling. Local staff will continue to try to reach out to passengers as well.

The Airport is open at this time, however, there may be intermittent closures as staff continues to clear the runways or taxiways. Airport staff is continuing to work round-the-clock to keep the runways and taxiways clear. People needing to access the airport are advised to use caution.

We will continue to update here as information becomes available.

FLIGHT STATUS AND AIRPORT OPERATIONS UPDATE – MONDAY, JANUARY, 25, 2021 (Please see above for more current information).

Due to significant snowfall and anticipated additional weather conditions the remainder of today, United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines, has modified its schedule as follows for Monday, January 25, 2021:

UA5063 – from Denver to Prescott has been CANCELLED.

UA5112 – from Prescott to Los Angeles has been CANCELLED.

UA5084 – from Los Angeles to Prescott – DELAYED, departing LAX at 6:00am LOCAL on Tuesday, January 26th.

UA5158, Tuesday, January 26th – from Prescott to Denver – DELAYED, awaiting arrival of UA5084. Estimated Departure at 8:39AM on Tuesday, January 26th.

Passengers can contact United at 1-800-864-8331 or visit www.united.com for rescheduling. Local staff will continue to try to reach out to passengers as well. The Airport is open at this time, however, there may be intermittent closures as staff continues to clear the runways or taxiways. People needing to access the airport are advised to use caution. We will continue to update here as information becomes available.

FAA: Federal Guidance to Fly Healthy This Holiday Season

November 12, 2020
Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov

Find the original press release at: https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=25440

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Departments of Transportation, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and State have established a new web portal where airline passengers can obtain updated information on how to Fly Healthy this holiday season.  The portal walks you through every step of the process: plan your travel; at the airport; aboard the aircraft; arrival at your destination, and returning home. 

Passengers making plans to return to air travel during the COVID-19 public health crisis are encouraged to visit the portal before heading to the airport. The experience as an airline passenger begins at home, planning and taking precautions to help everyone have a safe journey while preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Following these and other federal travel guidance will help ensure airline passengers can Fly Healthy for the holidays and safely negotiate all aspects of air travel. Recommendations include, among others:

Trip Planning:  Before booking your trip, check for international travel advisories and destination-specific COVID-19 risk. Refer to individual state, territorial, tribal, and local government websites for domestic travel advisories and information about quarantine or other restrictions.

At the Airport:  Once you arrive at the airport and exit your vehicle, start wearing your mask. This includes on shuttle buses, trams and any time you are outside your own vehicle on airport grounds.

Aboard the Aircraft:  Wear your mask aboard the aircraft, practice good sanitation, and maintain as much social distance as possible.  Be sure to pack extra masks for yourself and your party in your carry-on. 

Arrival at Your Destination  State, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine requirements upon arrival.

Returning Home:  You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take action to protect others from getting sick after you return.

The Federal Aviation Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Transportation Security Administration, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection collaborated on the guidance supporting these recommendations. 

Additional information to better protect airline passengers, crew, and other airport workers can be found in the Runway to Recovery (PDF) publication, a joint guidance initiative from the Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, and Health and Human Services.

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Call for Public Art

Project Description

Prescott Regional Airport is seeking artwork for the new 18,000 sq. ft. passenger terminal to be completed Spring 2021.  In 2019, over 55,000 passengers passed through the airport terminal. The new terminal will have a diverse range of designated space for 2D and 3D art, sculptural art in outdoor patio areas, and limited casework for smaller displays.

The Prescott Mayor has appointed a Commission for Airport Passenger Terminal Art [APTA] to solicit proposals, evaluate, and acquire art for the new terminal. For now, art will be procured through donations or loans only.

Art Themes

To highlight the Prescott regional area, art will be selected from the following broad categories:

  1. Aviation/ Flying (Examples: Historical photos, clouds, flight, planes)
  2. Regional Perspective (Examples: Landscapes, mountains, outdoors, Granite Dells, indigenous art)
  3. Prescott Heritage (Examples: “Our Home”, qualities, traditions, life near Prescott)

Mediums

Areas available for art include passenger hold room, screening areas,  a corridor between arrivals and departure vestibules, and outdoor opportunities for large sculptures. Color, size, visibility, and complexity will be evaluated according to the chosen display location.

Submitted art could include: 1. Photographs printed in large sizes on supportive backing with finished sizes spanning a maximum of 5 ft. high x 12 ft. long. Triptych or multiple related images will be considered; 2. Mural or mosaic art applied on supportive panels or walls or; 3. Paintings, drawings, prints, and other 2D work.

3D sculptural or relief art will also be considered. Life size bronze, or other sculptural pieces, may be selected for outdoor spaces.

The Process

Fill out the APTA Submission form at www.flyprescott.com and you will be contacted by a Commission representative. Submitted art will be evaluated for theme, quality, medium, cost, and logistical considerations.

Art will then be presented to the entire Commission for approval /denial.  If approved by the Commission, the artwork will be aggregated with other proposed terminal art for presentation to the City of Prescott Art in Public Places Committee.  Upon approved by the Art in Public Places Committee, Prescott City Council will grant final approval for acquisition and placement. This process may take a few months or more from first contact to approval and acquisition.

The City of Prescott has established Art in Public Places guidelines for the City’s process of accepting art. Loaned art may be placed on a revolving schedule.

Timeline

The Call for Art opens November 5, 2020.  The process is expected to go for several months but may close at any time for any reason, such as influxes of art or reaching capacity of allowed art. If the APTA Submission form is available, submissions are still being accepted.