Lawmakers mull crackdown on cruise crime


Lawmakers mull crackdown on cruise crime — Members of Congress, hearing horror stories Tuesday about crime aboard cruise ships, said legislation might be needed to guard against lawlessness on the open seas. (AP)

TSA boosts checks on airport workers — The Transportation Security Administration is stepping up screening of airport workers nationwide amid growing concern that nearly 1 million employees can get into airplanes or other restricted areas without going through security. (USA Today)

Harmony Airways to halt its flights — Four years after launching his own airline in response to being stranded in an airport while on vacation with his daughter, Vancouver entrepreneur David Ho has thrown in the towel: Harmony Airways Inc. will end scheduled flights April 9. (Globe and Mail)

Naval Academy investigates cruise allegations — The Naval Academy said Tuesday it is investigating allegations of lewd behavior and heavy drinking by a group of midshipmen on a spring break Caribbean cruise. (AP)

4 police officers charged in assault on tourist — The acting police chief and three officers in a small resort town on Fire Island were indicted Tuesday on charges that they beat a vacationer accused of littering, injuring him so severely he was hospitalized for 10 days. (AP)

United unions protest ‘excessive’ executive pay — In a rare joint protest, five unions at United Airlines issued a statement Tuesday complaining of low pay, short staffing and excessive executive compensation at the No. 2 airline. (USA Today)

It holds 853 passengers, but why would you share? — For some, an Airbus A380, the largest passenger plane, is just the right size for a private jet. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)

Soft Caribbean cruise market could mean savings for passengers — While the European cruise market is growing, there has been a general softness in demand for Caribbean cruises in the last year, and that is cutting into revenue for cruise lines, according to industry executives at the annual Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention held mid-March. (AP)

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