Airline plan may permit sharp objects — A new plan by the Transportation Security Administration would allow airline passengers to bring scissors and other sharp objects in their carry-on bags because the items no longer pose the greatest threat to airline security, according to sources familiar with the plans. (The Washington Post)

It’s official: 2005 hurricane season blew away records — A brutal and record-setting hurricane season that repeatedly pounded the United States, devastated the lives of tens of thousands and spawned the historic Katrina ends November 30, at least on paper. (CNN)

Aloha bankruptcy scheme approved — Hawaii-based airline Aloha has gained court permission for a restructuring plan which will see it exit bankruptcy. Established in 1946, the private airline operates about 800 flights a week across the Hawaii archipelago and to other US states. (BBC News)

Analyst says law would cost American $115 million — Fares will fall and American Airlines stands to lose $115 million a year if direct flights from Dallas Love Field to Missouri are approved, according to an analyst who follows the airline industry. (AP)

Airlines open lounges to rivals’ customers — Delta Air Lines Inc., Northwest Airlines Corp. and Continental Airlines Inc. — three of the five biggest U.S. carriers — will let customers use one another’s airport lounges worldwide starting Thursday. (Bloomberg News)

Indonesian woman dies of bird flu — A 25-year-old Indonesian woman who died has tested positive for bird flu, a senior researcher at the health ministry said on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Top Paris hotels guilty of price fixing — Six luxury hotels in Paris have been found guilty of fixing their room rates as part of a cartel and have been fined by the the Conseil de la Concurrence, France’s equivalent of the Competition Commission. (Times Online)

BA to cut 597 management jobs — British Airways, Europe’s third-largest airline, said on Wednesday it planned to cut 35 percent of its 1,715 managers by March 2008 as part of a wider plan to reduce labor costs. (Reuters)

Flames deliver wake-up call at hotel — As Bill Conway drifted off to sleep in his Knights Inn hotel room in Cascade Twp., Mich., Tuesday night, the Texas businessman heard a knock at his door. The hotel’s night clerk, Sheri Kasim, told Conway the building was burning and he should evacuate. It was no joke. (Grand Rapids Free Press)

Open letter to guy in 9F — One airline passenger’s dedication to his Blackberry ruins the $79 trip for the author of this letter. (Online Travel Review)

In-flight cell calls can’t annoy flyers, but Net calls can — The cellphone ban is good because it prevents passengers from getting pummeled. Especially passengers who believe they’re so important they must be on the phone every minute of their existence. But on airlines that offer broadband Internet servie, these folks can make their annoying calls via the Net. (USA Today)

Bankruptcy court judge approves Delta request to sell planes — A U.S. bankruptcy court judge on Tuesday approved Delta Air Lines’s request to sell some of its airplanes and to reject an Atlanta office lease. (AP)

Airlines curbing weight to trim appetite for fuel — Consumers aren’t the only ones worried about the high cost of fuel–or their weight. With fuel costs 40 percent higher than a year ago, and many airlines struggling to eke out a profit, carriers this year have accelerated efforts to shed fuel-guzzling pounds. (Chicago Tribune)

Shhh! Noise tests for planes in progress — The engineering data are in from nearly a monthlong series of enginenoise tests The Boeing Co. conducted this summer at a remote Montana airfield. Passengers who fly in the company’s 787 Dreamliner, when it enters service in 2008, will be first to hear the results — or rather not hear them. The cabin is more quiet. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)


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