Fewer fined by airport security in 2005


Fewer fined by airport security in 2005 — The Transportation Security Administration issued 4,459 fines against passengers in 2005, a 54% decrease from 2004. The vast majority of fines are doled out to people trying to bring weapons and other dangerous items on planes. (USA Today)

Las Vegas rules convention world
— Las Vegas has strengthened its claim as the king of convention cities, hosting a record number of the largest trade shows in 2005, new industry rankings released Wednesday show. Chicago, the U.S. convention capital for decades until it was dethroned in the 1990s, has tumbled into third place behind Orlando. (AP)

American Airlines’ free tickets end up on eBay
— Vouchers for free flights that American Airlines gave to basketball fans last week are turning up for sale on eBay and other Internet sites. (AP)

Judge rejects Comair motion on voiding union pact — A U.S. bankruptcy court judge Wednesday rejected a motion by regional carrier Comair to void its contract with its flight attendants union, and ordered the two sides to resume negotiations. (Reuters)

‘United 93’ puts airline back in a hard place — The United Airlines name is visible across the country this week, trumpeted as part of a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign, seen on commercials and discussed on talk shows. It is all part of a publicity onslaught the airline is trying hard to avoid. “United 93” debuts Friday in movie theaters across the country. (Chicago Tribune)

Strong sales for New Orleans Jazz Fest — Like the city’s first post-Katrina Mardi Gras and municipal election, turnout for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is anybody’s guess. But if early ticket sales and hotel reservations are any indication, the outlook is promising, said festival producer Quint Davis. (AP)

Horizon to offer flights from L.A., Seattle to Sonoma — Alaska Air partner Horizon Air announced Wednesday it would begin offering non-stop service from Seattle and Los Angeles International Airport to Sonoma County starting next year. (AP)

Carlson Wagonlit to buy Navigant for $510 million — Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) said on Thursday it would buy U.S. travel group Navigant International for $510 million, including debt, to boost its presence in the North American market. (Reuters)

AirTran narrows Q1 loss — Low-fare airline operator AirTran Holdings Inc. said on Thursday it narrowed its first-quarter loss by 43 percent due to an accounting correction to reverse prior fuel charges. The company posted a net loss of $4.6 million, or 5 cents per share, versus a year-ago loss of $8 million, or 9 cents per share. (AP)

Snoop Dogg reportedly arrested at airport — Rapper Snoop Dogg and five associates were arrested after a fracas at Heathrow Airport that injured seven police officers, British media reported Thursday. (AP)

Belgium airport terminal back after scare — Authorities reopened a busy terminal at Brussels’ Zaventem International Airport Thursday after it was closed for security reasons after a man behaved suspiciously and fled into the zone. (AP)

Officer shot, man killed at Cleveland airport — A man who argued with workers at an airport ticket counter grabbed a police officer’s gun and shot a patrolman before he was killed by another officer Thursday, authorities said. (AP)

Southwest Airlines’ blog takes off — Southwest Airlines Co. has joined the world of bloggers, launching its own online diary in which employees will write about their jobs and the travel industry. One of the first entries on the blog this week was a marketing executive musing that many people think Southwest only carries vacationers and not business travelers. (AP)

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