January 2006

A new surveillance device using radio waves to look under peoples’ clothing for concealed guns, bombs or other weapons may be coming soon to a security checkpoint near you.

Hot tips for cold fliers

by James Wysong on January 24, 2006

If you’re like me, the prospect of flying in winter is about as appealing as spending a couple of hours trapped in an igloo. I’m coldblooded by nature — and a flight attendant by profession — so I know just how cold it can get in the cabin. Herewith, eight hot tips to keep the cold at bay.

An antiquated warning system for the nation’s pilots has led dozens of them to receive unreliable information about slippery runways and to land in dangerous conditions, according to a USA TODAY review of accidents and pilot reports during the past decade.

Air travelers who pass extensive background checks will soon be able to avoid security hassles such as removing suit jackets and shoes at checkpoints, the nation’s aviation-security chief said Thursday.

Bobbie Deemer had the perfect Christmas cruise planned, so imagine her dismay when she learned the itinerary had been changed — and no one had bothered to tell her. It turns out a cruise line can do pretty much anything it wants with the itinerary. It’s enough to make you seasick.

Virgin America to file application to operate today — Airline start-up Virgin America plans today to file its application to operate with federal safety regulators, a key step in CEO Fred Reid’s plan to start flying, possibly this year.

A few days before checking in at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Virginia Gomprecht gets bad news: There’s no room at the inn. The hotel makes reservations for her at a nearby property, but Gomprecht has recently had hip surgery that limits her mobility, and she wants the hotel to honor its reservation. Does it have to? And what if it doesn’t?

Denver International Airport was named the best airport in North America for business travel in a survey by Business Traveler magazine. Denver knocked O’Hare International Airport out of the top spot in the magazine’s annual poll. United was named the top airline.

A mechanic standing near a Boeing 737 at El Paso International Airport in Texas was sucked into one of the engines and killed Monday, officials said.

Prejudice in the air

by James Wysong on January 17, 2006

The captain had advised us that our landing at LAX might be difficult. There was rioting downtown. The Rodney King verdict was a wake-up call to Americans who thought the days of prejudice were behind them. Sixteen years later, there is still prejudice at the airport and in the sky.