Chertoff warns of airport security cutbacks


Chertoff warns of airport security cutbacks — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says the nation’s aviation system remains “the No. 1 target” for terrorists, and he warns that his agency may have to cut spending on security at airports if Congress rejects a fee increase for some passengers. (USA Today)

Extreme makeover: taking high style to the high seas — Cruise line cabins have come a long way since “The Love Boat” set sail for Acapulco back in the 70’s, but now they are getting positively swank. In what the industry terms an “extreme makeover,” aging vessels are being refitted, refurbished and, in some cases, even reassembled. (The New York Times)

Mystery at sea: Who polices the ships? — It is safe to say that there are many offenses — burglaries, thefts and assaults — aboard cruise ships. It is these wrongdoings, which often go unreported to law enforcement officials, that raise two questions: How safe are you on a cruise ship? And what happens if you’re the victim of an onboard crime? (The New York Times)

Carnival crowds are smaller, but still fun-loving in New Orleans — Children sat atop ladders yelling for beads and other trinkets Sunday as two of the Carnival season’s biggest and glitziest parades rolled through this fun-starved city. (AP)

An overhaul due for oversized bags in overstuffed bins — Although reliable statistics are hard to find, many observers are convinced that we’re cramming more stuff than ever into passenger cabins. All this excess poundage causes injuries, delayed takeoffs and frayed nerves, flight attendants say. Passengers get hit by objects falling from bins, and attendants are injured while helping passengers stash heavy bags. (The Los Angeles Times)

Airbus A320 outshines Boeing’s 737 — Boeing’s 737 passenger plane, which has seen deliveries top 5,000 since it entered service 38 years ago, has always been touted by its U.S. makers as the world’s most popular commercial jet. But lately, the plane has been losing business to European rival Airbus’ A320, the 737’s direct competitor in terms of size, range and listed price. (AP)

Judge extends Northwest Airlines labor talks again
— A U.S. bankruptcy court Friday gave Northwest Airlines and its flight attendants’ and pilots’ unions more time to reach agreements on new contracts. Judge Allan Gropper gave the airline and the unions until the close of business on March 1, according to court documents. (Reuters)

European airlines look to SARS for bird flu planning — European airlines have drawn up contingency plans to ground thousands of flights and installed disease protection supplies on planes in the event of an outbreak of the bird flu virus in Europe. (Reuters)

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