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Authorities investigate car-jacking at Pittsburgh International Airport
Authorities are investigating a reported car-jacking at the Pittsburgh International Airport early this morning.
7 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Allegheny County Pennsylvania Pittsburgh International Airport US Airways Downtown Pittsburgh Port Authority of Allegheny County Allegheny River
‘Sully’ Is Latest Historical Film to Prompt Off-Screen Drama
An investigator of the plane crash at the center of the story disputes events as portrayed — which may be beside the point in a Hollywood film.
2658 points by The New York Times | US Airways Flight 1549 US Airways Chesley Sullenberger Film Airbus A320 family Water landing Danville California LaGuardia Airport
As ‘Sully’ premieres, passengers of Flight 1549 remain grateful

-1 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | US Airways Flight 1549 Hudson River US Airways Infant Chesley Sullenberger LaGuardia Airport Takeoff Water landing
Lawsuit aims to prevent Alaska Airlines-Virgin America deal
Consumers have filed a lawsuit to block Alaska Airlines’ purchase of Virgin America ...
73 points by Las Vegas Sun | Southwest Airlines Airline Delta Air Lines Aircraft US Airways Northwest Airlines Avianca Low-cost carrier
Real-life investigators object to portrayal in 'Sully' movie
WASHINGTON (AP) — The world knows Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger as the pilot who managed to land an airliner full of people in the Hudson River without the loss of a single life after the plane lost thrust in both engines.…
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | US Airways Flight 1549 LaGuardia Airport US Airways Chesley Sullenberger Hudson River Trade union Tom Hanks Aaron Eckhart
Real-life investigators object to portrayal in ‘Sully’ movie
WASHINGTON (AP) — The world knows Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger as the pilot who managed to land an airliner full of people in the Hudson River without the loss of a single life after the plane lost thrust in both engines. But in the movie “Sully,” about the “Miracle on the Hudson” ditching of US Airways […]
2 points by Chicago Sun-Times | US Airways Flight 1549 National Transportation Safety Board Hudson River Chesley Sullenberger US Airways LaGuardia Airport Water landing Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks-piloted ‘Sully’ as solid and unassuming as its hero
Put Tom Hanks in charge of pretty much any vessel — be it the container ship from “Captain Phillips,” the lunar module from “Apollo 13,” even the school bus from “Bachelor Party” — and something is bound to go wrong. But he’s exactly the actor you’d want to calmly save the day without a lot of fuss.
12 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | US Airways Flight 1549 US Airways Chesley Sullenberger LaGuardia Airport Hudson River Water landing Katie Couric Clint Eastwood
Philly schools to dismiss early Friday due to heat

540 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | High school Philadelphia Abuse Bullying Week-day names Defamation US Airways Obscenity
Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks team up to tell the tale of a stoic, heroic 'Sully'
Several factors might have drawn Clint Eastwood to directing "Sully," the story of 2009's "Miracle on the Hudson" emergency landing of a U.S. Airways passenger jet on that frigid New York river, but one that's not the most obvious might be the most significant. "Sully" stars Tom Hanks as Captain...
329 points by Los Angeles Times | US Airways Flight 1549 US Airways Hudson River National Transportation Safety Board Water landing Chesley Sullenberger Academy Award for Best Actor LaGuardia Airport
Byko: Sully is not a hero

-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | US Airways Flight 1549 US Airways Chesley Sullenberger Fixed-wing aircraft Air safety National Transportation Safety Board Clint Eastwood Bergen County New Jersey
What the real Sully thinks about the Tom Hanks movie
On Jan. 15, 2009, Captain Chesley Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeff Skiles successfully set down their bird-damaged airliner on the river next to Manhattan, and all 155 people on board were soon safely off-loaded.
24 points by The Denver Post | US Airways Flight 1549 Chesley Sullenberger US Airways Clint Eastwood Airline Water landing LaGuardia Airport Film
Investigators dispute ‘Sully’ portrayal: ‘We’re not the KGB’
WASHINGTON — Losing thrust in both engines but still managing to land an airliner full of people in the Hudson River without the loss of a single life is plenty dramatic. But the drama in “Sully,” the movie about the “Miracle on the Hudson” ditching of U.S. Airways Flight 1549, doesn’t stop there. And that’s...
8 points by New York Post | US Airways Flight 1549 Chesley Sullenberger Water landing Hudson River LaGuardia Airport US Airways United States National Transportation Safety Board
'Sully' offers the untold story of the 'Miracle on the Hudson' water landing of a jet (review)
Clint Eastwood's direction is rock-solid, and the script by Todd Komarnicki, based on the book "Highest Duty" by Sullenberger and co-writer Jeff Zaslow, gives the story the kind of pacing it needs to build to a powerful but subdued crescendo. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- We all know the story. Or do we? In December 2009, US Air flight 1549 took off from New York's La Guardia airport and hit a flock of geese. The bird strike took out both engines. Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger had no choice but to put the plane down in the Hudson River. The landing was successful, and all 155 people on board survived. The event came to be known as "The Miracle on the Hudson," and Sullenberger was hailed as an aviation hero from coast to coast. So where's the movie in this all-too-familiar story? Here's what we didn't know until this movie was made. Executives at US Airways were looking for someone to blame for the loss of the plane. They held hearings trying to prove that Sullenberger had the time and ability to bring the plane back to the airport. Tom Hanks plays Sully with great understatement. Aaron Eckhart plays Jeff Skiles, Sully's younger co-pilot. While newspapers and television talk shows are singing Sully's praises for his courage under fire, for his concern for his passengers, he waits nervously in his hotel room waiting to see if his career is over. Sully has just started his own security firm business, and his family needs money. He wonders if he will lose his pension. He expresses these concerns over the phone to his wife, played by Laura Linney. All of Linney's scenes are of her alone in her suburban kitchen, talking to her worried husband over the phone. Maybe that's why she is the weakest link in an otherwise strong cast. Clint Eastwood's direction is rock-solid, and the script by Todd Komarnicki, based on the book "Highest Duty" by Sullenberger and co-writer Jeff Zaslow, gives the story the kind of pacing it needs to build to a powerful but subdued crescendo. The hearing before the National Transportation Safety Board has all the tension and surprises that any good trial movie needs to succeed. But the heart of the movie takes place when the actual water landing is re-created for the film. This is not the movie you want to see on the night before a flight. "Sully" doesn't have the dramatic fireworks of the 2013 Somali pirate film "Captain Phillips," in which the lead character was also played by Hanks. But the writing, acting and direction all combine for a satisfying real-life-hero, ripped-from-the-headlines story that was well worth telling. REVIEW Sully Who: With Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney and Jamey Sheridan. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Todd Komarnicki. Rated: PG-13. Running time: 96 minutes. When: Opens Friday. Where: Area theaters. Grade: B+
35 points by The Plain Dealer | US Airways Flight 1549 American film actors Chesley Sullenberger US Airways American television actors LaGuardia Airport Hudson River Water landing
Frontier Airlines to launch daily service to Havana on Dec. 1 — but from Denver, you’ll have to stop in Miami first
Denver-based Frontier Airlines will launch service to Havana, Cuba on Dec. 1, with once-daily flights between Miami and the Cuban capital.
1775 points by The Denver Post | United Airlines Southwest Airlines Airline hub Delta Air Lines American Airlines John F. Kennedy International Airport Cuba US Airways
Disabled Frenchman ponders suing EasyJet for kicking him off flight
A hemiplegic Frenchman with a half-paralyzed body who was removed from an EasyJet flight after he had already been helped to get on board found the experience humiliating and is now considering taking the airline to court. Read Full Article at
123 points by Russia Today | World's busiest airports by passenger traffic US Airways Southwest Airlines Airport London Gatwick Airport EasyJet Flight Aircraft
NTSB investigators say ‘Sully’ portrays them as bad guys
Losing thrust in both engines but still managing to land an airliner full of people in the Hudson River without the loss of a single life is plenty dramatic. But the drama in “Sully” doesn’t stop there.
76 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | US Airways Flight 1549 US Airways National Transportation Safety Board LaGuardia Airport Hudson River Chesley Sullenberger Water landing Tom Hanks
Hanks, Eckhart take flight as real-life heroes in 'Sully'
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — As far as everyday heroes go, commercial airline pilots might be among the most unsung.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | US Airways Flight 1549 Jim Lovell Water landing Chesley Sullenberger Landing American film actors US Airways Hudson River
Who is Mohammad Ali, the businessman who took the DA to Punta Cana?

-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Philadelphia Criminal law Philadelphia International Airport Prosecutor The Inquirer Quid pro quo Muhammad Ali US Airways
Travel Trouble: WOW air, where's my $92 refund?
A few months ago, my WOW air flight from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Keflavik, Iceland, was delayed. That caused me and my travel companion to miss our connecting flight to Baltimore. The next day, WOW rerouted us to Washington Dulles International Airport on Icelandair. But our car was 60 miles away...
10 points by Chicago Tribune | Southwest Airlines Washington Dulles International Airport Airline US Airways United Airlines Delta Air Lines Air France Pan American World Airways
Board hires consultant to strategize for airport
With thousands of acres of land at its disposal, Pittsburgh International Airport wants to be ready should Ford, Uber or any number of spinoffs from the Shell cracker plant in Beaver County come calling.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Pittsburgh International Airport US Airways Pennsylvania Southwest Airlines Allegheny County Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Airport JetBlue Airways
Two airplanes collide at Phoenix airport, no injuries reported
The Frontier and Southwest jets clipped wing tips on a taxiway at Sky Harbor International Airport around 8 p.m.
1 points by Daily News | Southwest Airlines US Airways United Airlines Boeing 737 Wingtip device Fixed-wing aircraft Wing Airbus A320 family
Plane hits deer during takeoff from North Carolina runway
Daniel UriaFeb. 16 (UPI) -- An airplane was damaged after striking a deer while taking off from an airport in North Carolina on Wednesday.
1 points by UPI | Airport Comair United Press International Air traffic control US Airways Air safety JetBlue Airways North Carolina
Surf Air plans to offer commuter flights between Hawthorne and San Diego
All-you-can-fly membership airline Surf Air plans to begin offering commuter service between Hawthorne Municipal Airport and San Diego’s Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport. Although the Santa Monica-based airline is confident the expanded service will begin sometime in this year’s second quarter,...
61 points by Los Angeles Times | Southwest Airlines California San Diego County California Delta Air Lines Pilatus PC-12 US Airways Airports in California Montgomery Field
American Eagle jet hits deer on takeoff, returns to airport
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Authorities say an American Eagle flight struck a deer while taking off from the Charlotte, North Carolina, international airport, forcing it to turn around and abort a flight to Gulfport, Miss.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | North Carolina Southwest Airlines John F. Kennedy International Airport Delta Air Lines American Airlines United Airlines US Airways Wing
Allegiant Air launches service in Cleveland; 4 things to know about Hopkins' newest carrier
Industry experts expect the competition among Spirit, Frontier and now Allegiant to stimulate demand and drive down airfares in Cleveland even more. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Exactly how cheap are Cleveland travelers? We're about to find out. Starting Wednesday, the nation's three largest ultra-low-cost airlines will compete head-to-head at Cleveland Hopkins, the only mid-size airport in the United States where they'll fly to so many overlapping destinations. Industry experts expect the competition to stimulate demand and drive down airfares in Cleveland even more. Newest to the competition is Allegiant Air, the Las Vegas-based carrier that is leaving the Akron-Canton Airport after less than two years and moving to Cleveland Hopkins. Its first flight from Cleveland is Wednesday. Eventually, the carrier will serve 11 nonstop destinations from Cleveland, competing against Spirit Airlines or Frontier Airlines (or both) on at least seven of those routes. Critics of these bare-bones carriers say you get what you pay for: no in-flight entertainment, no peanuts and seats that don't recline. Even worse, they say, when weather or mechanical problems lead to delays and cancellations, passengers are sometimes stranded for days. Credit the dismantling of the United Airlines hub in 2014 for all this intense interest in Cleveland. Since United shuttered its hub, Hopkins has seen major expansions from several airlines, including Frontier, Spirit and JetBlue. Allegiant, founded in 1997, is different from most other carriers, even other low-cost airlines. Cleveland's ultra-low cost carriers COMPARING PRICES We picked a random week - the week of March 13 - and looked for the cheapest one-way fare available from Cleveland to four destinations on three competing airlines. We found some rock-bottom prices: Fort Myers/Punta Gorda Allegiant: $49 Frontier: $51 Spirit: $49.19 Orlando/Orlando Sanford Allegiant: $41 Frontier: $39 Spirit: $38.19 Phoenix/Phoenix-Mesa Allegiant: $67 Frontier: $99 Fort Lauderdale Allegiant: $42 Spirit: $39.99 COMPARING ON-TIME ARRIVALS Allegiant Percentage on time: 69 percent Average delay: 79 minutes Frontier Percentage on time: 71 percent Average delay: 67 minutes Spirit Percentage on time: 75 percent Average delay: 64 minutes Source: FlightStats; figures for January 2017 Here's what you need to know about Cleveland's newest carrier: Leisure destinations only Allegiant targets the leisure travel market exclusively, primarily north to south. From Cleveland, the airline will fly to six cities in Florida, plus Phoenix, New Orleans, Austin, Myrtle Beach and Savannah/Hilton Head. Many times, Allegiant flies into smaller, alternative airports (including Orlando Sanford, Punta Gorda and Phoenix-Mesa). Elsewhere, they fly into big, international airports, as in Austin, New Orleans and Fort Lauderdale. In addition to focusing only on leisure destinations, the airline also flies only on the most popular travel days. To New Orleans, for example, the carrier is flying Fridays and Mondays only, hoping to capitalize on weekend travelers. Allegiant is beginning with twice-weekly flights on all of its Cleveland routes, except Orlando Sanford (three times a week), Punta Gorda (three times a week) and St. Pete-Clearwater (four times a week). Fees, fees, and more fees Like its low-cost cousins, Allegiant entices travelers with super-low base fares that buy you a seat only. Most travelers need more: A checked bag is $20, a carry-on is $15 - but only if you pay for it when you buy your ticket. Otherwise, it's $45 or $50 (one-way). The price for an advanced seat assignment varies by flight, but starts at $10. And yes, of course, you'll pay for your Coke and chips. Allegiant also continues to charge an $8 fee to use a credit card to buy a ticket. The company also makes a big chunk of revenue from travelers who buy hotel rooms, rental cars and other vacation amenities on its site. Reliability and safety concerns Allegiant also saves money by flying older, used airplanes. Its fleet of 85 planes is the oldest among major U.S. carriers, with an average age of 22 years. When these older planes break down - and they do - it can create havoc for an airline that only flies to a destination two or three times a week. The Internet has an abundance of stories from unhappy Allegiant passengers, who have missed half of their vacation (or can't get home) because of flight delays and cancellations, caused by mechanical or weather issues. A bigger problem, according to the Tampa Bay Times, is whether the airline's planes are safe. The newspaper in November published the results of a major analysis of Federal Aviation Administration records, which concluded that Allegiant planes are four times as likely to fail during flight as those operated by other major U.S. airlines. The paper studied 65,000 records from 2015, and found that the average U.S. airline had about three unexpected landings caused by mechanical problems for every 10,000 flights. Allegiant had 12. The FAA last year cited Allegiant for a series of minor procedural infractions and required the airline to file a plan to address the findings, which it did last fall. In response to the newspaper's findings, Allegiant CEO Maurice Gallagher Jr. acknowledged that the airline needed to make some changes. "I don't disagree with the thrust of your numbers," he said in an interview with Times reporters. "We want to be well-known as being reliable and on time, and obviously safe, and that's an important part of our brand. And we're going to make sure we do those things. But if you stub your toe, step up and own it and move on." The airline is in the midst of phasing out its oldest airplanes, MD-80s that have been flying for nearly three decades. Last July, the carrier made its first-ever order for new airplanes, contracting with Airbus for 12 new A320s. Where they fly AllegiantFrontierSpirit Austin Atlanta Atlanta Destin, Fla. Cancun Boston Fort Lauderdale Charlotte Dallas Jacksonville Denver Fort Lauderdale Myrtle Beach Fort Myers Fort Myers New Orleans Houston Las Vegas Orlando Sanford Las Vegas Los Angeles Phoenix-Mesa Los Angeles Myrtle Beach Punta Gorda Minneapolis-St. Paul New Orleans Savannah/Hilton Head Orlando Orlando St. Pete-Clearwater Phoenix Tampa Portland Raleigh-Durham San Diego San Francisco Seattle Tampa Source: the airlines; note that not all routes have started and many are seasonal Cleveland's debut At least initially, Cleveland's new routes will be flown with a combination of MD-80s and Airbus 319s and 320s (to check which planes are used on which routes, see The carrier kicks off its service in Cleveland with a Wednesday afternoon flight to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. On Thursday, flights begin to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Punta Gorda and Savannah/Hilton Head. And Friday: Austin, New Orleans and Phoenix. Flights to Myrtle Beach start in April and to Destin, Florida, in May. With those 11 destinations, Hopkins will have more Allegiant destinations than any northern city except Cincinnati. Allegiant spokeswoman Krysta Levy said the airline has been pleased with ticket sales so far. "Northeast Ohio has always been an important area for Allegiant, and we're excited that we get to serve even more travelers with more new service for the area." In addition to its short history at Akron-Canton, Allegiant also flies to several destinations from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. Cleveland's launch, however, marks a major expansion by the carrier - in a region that already has several low-cost carriers battling for customers. Tom Reich, an aviation consultant based in Washington, said he thinks Cleveland can support the additional capacity. "The pie is large enough," said Reich, director of air service development at AvPORTS, an airport management company. "Allegiant is coming to Cleveland because they see there's still a vacuum. If they thought the market was already saturated, they wouldn't come in." Todd Payne, chief of marketing and air service development at Hopkins, said Allegiant's aim is to actually grow the pie - by enticing more people to travel. "Air fares are going to continue to drop, for sure," he said. "This is a new test for their industry. Let's see how they do."
1096 points by The Plain Dealer | Southwest Airlines Airline Low-cost carrier US Airways Airline hub Airport Delta Air Lines AirTran Airways
Wi-Fi calls on planes OK? Answer is loud and clear: No
The Transportation Department has received more than 7,000 comments that almost universally urge a ban against Wi-Fi calls on planes.       
73 points by USA Today | Flight attendant Airline Delta Air Lines US Airways Southwest Airlines Pan American World Airways Aircraft Avianca
Crazed pilot rants about politics and divorce over plane intercom
A hysterical pilot dressed in civilian clothing took over an intercom on a San Francisco bound-flight and starting ranting about politics and her divorce, according to a report. The early morning diatribe at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport continued until the unnamed pilot–who was scheduled to charter the flight– was overcome by tears, and removed from the...
2280 points by New York Post | Airline Southwest Airlines Delta Air Lines US Airways Twitter United Airlines Aircraft Airport
An interrupted journey ends in a new life in the U.S. for Syrian refugee family
Dense desert fog enveloped Queen Alia International Airport outside Amman, Jordan. Zohri A., a Syrian mechanic who was about to fly to the United States with his wife and four children for refugee resettlement, waited nervously to learn whether their flight to Chicago would take off as scheduled. ...
419 points by Los Angeles Times | Syria Jordan Bashar al-Assad Ban Ki-moon Refugee United Nations US Airways Donald Trump
Snow: 0.8-Gate? Recount changes total at PHL
Upon further review, Thursday's Philly snow total increased.
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | US Airways Philadelphia Philadelphia International Airport PHL Snow Republic Airlines Southwest Airlines Pittsburgh International Airport
Customs officers in Pittsburgh intercept drugs hidden in wig shipment
Ben HooperFeb. 9 (UPI) -- Customs officers in Pittsburgh said they found about 110 pounds of narcotic khat hidden inside a shipment of wigs and hair extensions.
17 points by UPI | U.S. Customs and Border Protection Pennsylvania US Airways United Press International Pittsburgh International Airport Southwest Airlines JetBlue Airways Downtown Pittsburgh
Syrian refugees arrive safely at Pittsburgh airport
A family of Syrian origin, made refugees by war, arrived at the Pittsburgh International Airport late Tuesday.
10295 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | United States President of the United States New York City US Airways Pittsburgh International Airport Washington D.C. Pennsylvania Federal government of the United States
White House says airline concerns will focus on U.S. jobs
In a pair of U.S. airline disputes with foreign carriers, the White House signaled Tuesday that President Trump’s focus will be on domestic jobs.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | United Arab Emirates Airline Qatar Middle East US Airways Lufthansa Persian Gulf Saudi Arabia
Detroit Metro passenger traffic up second straight year
Metro had 34.4 million passengers come through its gates in 2016        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Delta Air Lines Southwest Airlines Airline Northwest Airlines Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Low-cost carrier Airline hub US Airways
‘Cash me outside’ girl punched an airline passenger
The teen whose “cash me outside” remark on the “Dr. Phil” show turned her into an internet sensation, admitted to punching an airline passenger who she claimed pushed her mother. Danielle Bregoli, 13, and her mom Barbara Ann were struggling to put luggage in the overhead compartment on a Spirit Airlines flight Monday night out...
-2 points by New York Post | Family US Airways Plane Request for Comments Mother
First large airliner made in China to debut in 2017
China’s first large passenger jet is expected to make its first flight in the first half of this year, state media People's Daily reported on Monday. Read Full Article at
165 points by Russia Today | Airliner Boeing 737 Airbus A320 family Boeing US Airways Air France Airbus Aircraft
Travel Trouble: Waiting for a JetBlue refund since last summer
Last summer, on my way to Kilimanjaro, my flight from Washington, D.C., to New York was canceled and rescheduled by JetBlue. The rescheduled flight didn't work because I would have missed our international flight. I contacted my booking agent immediately, and since JetBlue didn't have any workable...
5 points by Chicago Tribune | Lufthansa Airline Southwest Airlines Malaysia Airlines US Airways Travel Aircraft Avianca
'Business as usual' as barred passengers board US-bound flights
Many international airlines are allowing nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries hit with President Donald Trump's travel ban to board US-bound flights after a federal judge on Friday blocked the controversial ban nationwide.
12972 points by CNN | United Arab Emirates President of the United States United States American Airlines Airline US Airways John F. Kennedy International Airport Middle East
Judge dismisses gun case against Trump adviser
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a court case against a Trump administration adviser for national security issues who last year brought a gun to a Washington-area airport.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | US Airways Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Ronald Reagan Arlington County Virginia Republic Airlines Delta Air Lines Colgan Air Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
O'Hare International Airport workers in Chicago vote to go on strike
CHICAGO — Hundreds of O’Hare International Airport workers have voted to go on strike before Thanksgiving.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Airport Delta Air Lines US Airways Southwest Airlines Airline Trade union United Airlines World's busiest airport
Cheap fares with no perks, not even a carry-on: The latest squeeze from airlines
United Airlines' new "basic economy" fares, a no-frills ticket strategy aimed at luring thrifty fliers, could heap more riches on Warren Buffett, the superwealthy investor who recently bought stock in the carrier. OK, that may be an overstatement. But one of the world's savviest financiers does...
134 points by Chicago Tribune | Delta Air Lines Airline Northwest Airlines Avianca Southwest Airlines Pan American World Airways Douglas DC-3 US Airways
Hundreds of Chicago O'Hare airport workers vote to strike just before busiest travel day
Hundreds of O'Hare International Airport workers have voted to go on strike ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. CHICAGO (AP) -- Hundreds of O'Hare International Airport workers have voted to go on strike ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials said Thursday that about 500 workers have committed to strike. Union spokeswoman Izabela Miltko-Ivkovich said the strike "will definitely take place in the coming days," though she didn't specify which day it will start. The workers involved have been trying to organize with the union's help. They work mainly for private contractors at the airport. "They don't expect to shut the airport down," SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times ( ). "That's not what they're trying to do. Oh, there will be disruption." Balanoff said a walk out could slow but not shut down airport operations. He said what workers are trying to do "is get the powers that be to hear their voice." The workers who plan to strike include baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors and wheelchair attendants. They are seeking a $15 per hour wage. It wasn't immediately clear how such a strike would affect operations at O'Hare, which is one of the nation's busiest airports. The Chicago Department of Aviation said in a statement that it doesn't anticipate any disruption in service. Robert Mann, an airline industry analyst and former airline executive, said much depends on what types of jobs are affected, whether airlines or the private contractors can assign other employees to fill in and on how many workers will be willing to cross a picket line. Workers have taken similar actions at other airports, including LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports in New York, creating disruptions that "ranged from noticeable to marginal," he said. Joseph Schwieterman, a transportation expert and economics professor at DePaul University in Chicago, noted the city has a few days to try to come up with a "plan B." "This will be a mass headache, but a crisis it is not," he said. O'Hare has about 190 gates and is a hub airport for both American and United airlines, which hold the majority of those gates. Auto club AAA predicts it will be an especially busy Thanksgiving weekend of traveling.
8 points by The Plain Dealer | Chicago United Airlines Delta Air Lines Airport Airline hub World's busiest airports by passenger traffic O'Hare International Airport US Airways
Here are the airports expected to have the worst Thanksgiving travel delays
With more Americans hitting the road — and the skies — for the Thanksgiving holiday, travelers stuck at airports can expect longer lines and bigger headaches. The busiest airport is expected to be Chicago O’Hare International Airport, followed by Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport...
371 points by Los Angeles Times | Southwest Airlines Delta Air Lines United Airlines Airport Airline Los Angeles International Airport US Airways World's busiest airport
Passenger plane nearly hit drone over central London
A passenger plane narrowly avoided colliding with a drone while flying near London's tallest skyscraper, according to a recently published report.
1062 points by CNN | London US Airways BMI British Airways Shard London Bridge Skyscraper World's busiest airports by passenger traffic United Airlines
Man arrested after being on taxiway at Phoenix's airport
PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities are trying to determine how an allegedly intoxicated man found his way onto a taxiway at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Phoenix police say 24-year-old Dalton James Reimer was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing. They say just before midnight on Nov. 6, Reimer allegedly jumped ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | US Airways Airport Southwest Airlines Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport America West Airlines US Airways Express Runway Phoenix Arizona
Oh yes they did: United to start charging for carry-on bags
The skies aren’t so friendly if you’re on a budget.
9874 points by Daily News | Southwest Airlines Airline Low-cost carrier Avianca US Airways Airlines Cathay Pacific Northwest Airlines
Red tape, regulatory issues and more seen hampering Chinese visitation
An estimated 3.5 million Chinese tourists are wanting to travel to the United States next year but may never get here because of regulatory issues, government red tape and airlines and airports that aren’t ready for them.
7 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Boeing 787 Southwest Airlines Airbus A350 Competition between Airbus and Boeing US Airways Airbus Airline Aircraft
No one hurt in small blaze on plane at Midway
No one was hurt in a small blaze on a plane Monday afternoon at Midway International Airport.
-1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Southwest Airlines Delta Air Lines Airport World's busiest airport Plane Chicago Midway International Airport According to Jim US Airways
It’s official: JetBlue is returning to Atlanta
JetBlue says service will bring competition to city 'dominated by two of the Big Four airlines.'         
12296 points by Arizona Republic | Delta Air Lines JetBlue Airways Southwest Airlines US Airways Airline Airbus A320 family John F. Kennedy International Airport Northwest Airlines
Voices: ‘Sully’ a powerful reminder that miracles happen
On this weekend when many of us are reflecting on 9/11, an event so seared in our memories that it is hard to believe 15 years have passed, ...       
74 points by USA Today | US Airways Flight 1549 US Airways Chesley Sullenberger Hudson River New Jersey TWA Flight 800 American Airlines Flight 587 John F. Kennedy International Airport
Charter service to Cuba planned from Pittsburgh International Airport
A Miami-based airline is planning to begin charter service to Cuba from Pittsburgh International Airport later this year.
130 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | US Airways Southwest Airlines Pittsburgh International Airport Pennsylvania JetBlue Airways Airline Trans States Airlines Republic Airlines