Air traffic controller loses job after near-miss


Air traffic controller loses job after near-miss — A veteran air traffic controller was stripped of tower duty at McCarran International Airport while authorities investigated how two commercial airliners nearly collided on a runway, officials said Thursday. (AP)

Suspect named in DC hotel robberies — The suspect in a series of holdups in Washington hotels is also a wanted man on the other side of the Potomac River, authorities said Thursday. Police in Arlington County, Va., announced they, too, have an arrest warrant for George C. Haynes. (AP)

Air travelers trapped at Central Florida airport — Nearly 100 air passengers endured a 14-hour nightmare trying to fly out of Central Florida. They wound up spending a frustrating night trapped in Orlando-Sanford International Airport. (WESH)

Internet drives travel industry changes — Even though the online travel business is at most only ten years old, its impact has been enormous. After the September 11th terrorist attacks on America, online agents helped airlines and hotels overcome a worldwide travel slump by making bargains more visible to a greater number of people. (The Economist)

Disney Magic delayed by bomb-sniffing dogs — A suspicious scent emanating from a suitcase turned out to be food but it was strong enough for a pair of alert bomb-sniffing dogs to keep passengers from boarding the Disney Wonder cruise ship this afternoon. (Florida Today)

South Africa fines solo travelers — Within the next three years motorists traveling alone should expect to pay a fee for doing so, the transport department said yesterday. The measure called “congestion pricing” would be implemented to encourage the use of public transport, said deputy director-general Lucky Montana at the launch of national transport month. (Pretoria News)

American cancels flights to save fuel — American Airlines, the nation’s largest passenger air carrier, announced Friday that it was canceling 15 round trips temporarily in markets it serves from its two largest hubs, Chicago O’Hare and Dallas-Fort Worth international airports. (AP)

Sun is setting on aviation temple — Those big planes rattling the sky, dropping candy bars on tiny parachutes to the ground. The boys who saw them knew where to run: that marble-and-stone cathedral to flight, Tempelhof Airport, whose towering facade once epitomized Adolf Hitler’s grand and frightening vision for Europe. (Los Angeles Times)

O’Hare airport expansion is approved — The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday it has approved a $15 billion project to expand the delay-plagued O’Hare International Airport by reconfiguring the runways – a plan that requires destruction of hundreds of homes. (AP)

Note: The next update will be Monday morning.

Carrie Charney, John Frenaye, Charles Leocha, Marge Purnell, Valerie Schneider, Mary Staley, Stephanus Surjaputra, Richard Wong.