Airlines balk at epidemic safeguards


Airlines balk at epidemic safeguards — Concerned about bird flu, federal health officials want airlines to collect personal information about domestic and international passengers to help track a potential epidemic. Financially strapped airlines say creating such a database would impose staggering new costs. (AP)

Effect of gas plan may be limited — President Bush proposed short-term measures Tuesday to cut the price of gasoline, though energy analysts say the short term is where politicians have the least control. Bush said he would temporarily relax environmental regulations to free up gasoline supplies, and halt deposits into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. (USA Today)

30 arrests made in Egypt resort attack — Egyptian authorities, already struggling with elusive terror cells in the rugged Sinai Peninsula, moved quickly Tuesday — arresting 30 men in the triple bombings that ripped apart a resort town on a tranquil holiday evening. (AP)

Concourse briefly evacuated at Miami airport — Activity the Miami International Airport was briefly interrupted Tuesday after a suspicious package was found on a concourse, but authorities said it was not an explosive device. (AP)

Low-cost airlines raise fares — Facing new financial pressures, low-cost airlines are raising their prices – in some cases, making their fares higher than those offered by traditional carriers. (The Wall Street Journal)

Southwest may triple daily departures from Denver
— Southwest Airlines is preparing to as much as triple its daily departures from Denver International Airport, reflecting the carrier’s intentions to grow rapidly in its newest market. (Rocky Mountain News)

Boeing posts better than expected results — Boeing Co. reported a better-than-expected 29 percent jump in first-quarter profits Wednesday, benefiting from continuing momentum in its commercial airplane business that produced a surge in deliveries. (AP)

A cruise docks in Brooklyn
— If you’re taking a cruise that begins or ends in New York, you could find yourself in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan. With the arrival of the Queen Mary 2 on April 15, the city opened a major new cruise terminal in Brooklyn’s gritty Red Hook neighborhood. (AP)

E-translation devices talk for visitors to Asia — Many travelers to China and Taiwan rely on talking electronic devices equipped with English-Chinese and Chinese-English dictionaries that actually do the speaking. (USA Today)

Big Apple getting a big water park — In the latest bit of suburban creep into the nation’s largest city, a family-themed water park is due before summer 2007 on a piece of Randalls Island parkland at the juncture of the East and Harlem Rivers, under the vast Triborough Bridge. (AP)

NWA pilots leaders face recall vote — The Northwest Airlines Corp. pilots union will vote on whether to force the group’s leaders out of office. The Air Line Pilots Association’s Northwest chapter has called a special executive council meeting for Tuesday and Wednesday to consider the recall of Chairman Mark McClain and Vice Chairman Bill Bartels. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

Danish taxi drivers boycott airport — Finding a taxi was no easy task for air travelers arriving in the Danish capital Wednesday, as cab drivers stepped up a boycott of Copenhagen’s international airport. (AP)

First Lady Laura Bush marks Park Week — First Lady Laura Bush marked National Park Week with a visit to the Charlestown Navy Yard and told children there that America’s parks are good way to learn about history and the environment. (AP)

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