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For the first time ever, Kansas City will have a regularly scheduled flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

Boeing

Boeing is reporting key milestones in its production of the KC-46 refueling tanker that’ll be coming to Wichita later this year.

The company says the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently certified that the fundamental design of the tanker is safe and that all systems are operating as intended.

It’s one of two FAA airworthiness certifications required for the KC-46 program.

The tanker is now in the flight-testing phase.

McConnell Air Force Base expects the first tanker to arrive in late spring.

Kansas Department of Transportation

Planning to use Kellogg near I-235 the first weekend of January? Better find an alternate route.

Weather permitting, the Kansas Department of Transportation plans to close all traffic on Kellogg under I-235 from Friday, Jan. 5, through Monday, Jan. 8. All traffic on I-235 over Kellogg also will be closed during that period.

Crews plan to install steel beams for the northbound I-235 ramp leading to westbound Kellogg.

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If you’re heading out to visit family or take a vacation in the next two weeks, be sure to pack your patience: A record number of people are expected to be traveling this holiday season.

AAA forecasts more than 107 million Americans will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation from Saturday through Jan. 1. That’s a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last year.

Jennifer Haugh with AAA Kansas says this will be the highest year-end travel volume on record.

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The Kansas Turnpike Authority opened its first electronic bypass tolling lanes at a terminal in eastern Kansas.

Rachel Bell, business services and customer relations director for KTA, says the “open road tolling” option is for people who use a K-TAG to pay their tolls.

"It’s a large safety enhancement from the perspective that it’s separating those highway speed lanes from the slower or stopped traffic at the toll plaza," Bell says.

Cash lanes are still available for drivers to stop and get or pay a toll ticket.

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The head of TSA in Kansas says the number of concealed firearms found at the security checkpoint at Wichita’s Eisenhower Airport has spiked this year.

An airport the size of Wichita’s will typically see about 2 or 3 firearms at the passenger screening point every year, says Jay Brainard, security director for the Kansas TSA--usually because someone forgets they have it in their carry-on bag.

But Brainard says says so far this year, officers have recovered 17 firearms.

Kansas Public Radio

This week is the single busiest travel time of the year. The travel and insurance agency AAA says millions of Americans will hit the road, hop on trains or take to the skies to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. Holiday travel is up from last year, and the highest it's been in more than a decade.

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The security area at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport was pretty quiet earlier this week. But with Thanksgiving less than a week away, that’s going to change.

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Drivers in east Wichita will notice a change in the traffic pattern around the Kellogg and Greenwich Road area beginning Saturday.

New frontage roads along the north and south of East Kellogg are opening from Greenwich to Zelta.

Wichita officials say moving traffic to the frontage roads means construction work on Kellogg can begin.

The City of Wichita, the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority started projects to improve travel in east Wichita about two years ago.

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Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport has rolled out additional security measures at its TSA checkpoints.

Travelers are now required to remove all electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags for X-ray screening. That includes items like tablets and disk drives.

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