Powerful X-ray machine debuts in Phoenix


Powerful X-ray machine debuts in Phoenix — A new X-ray machine for detecting weapons and explosives on airline passengers makes its debut today in Phoenix. The so-called “backscatter” device will be used at one checkpoint in one terminal at Sky Harbor International Airport. (AP)

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Calls for better airline customer service grow — The trade group representing U.S. airlines said Thursday that the government should “promptly” call a meeting of government officials and air carriers to figure out how to tackle weather delays. (MSNBC News Services)

Calif. woman fights for passenger rights — For more than eight miserable hours, Kate Hanni sat aboard a grounded plane at a Texas airport, yards from apparently empty gates. A few weeks after that December ordeal, the brassy real estate agent from California’s wine country took her fight for a passengers’ bill of rights to Capitol Hill. (AP)

Snowstorm continues to disrupt air travel in Denmark — A snowstorm sweeping Scandinavia continued to disrupt travel Friday, shutting down bus and train service in Denmark and forcing SAS airline to cancel dozens more flights in and out of Copenhagen, the region’s main air traffic hub. (AP)

U.S. tourist in Costa Rica kills mugger — An American senior citizen killed an alleged mugger with his bare hands, and his traveling companions aboard a tour bus fended off two other assailants in the Atlantic coast city of Limon, police said. (AP)

Two charged with religious fraud in travel scam — Two men were arrested and charged with using fake religious organizations to get thousands of people permission to travel to Cuba, prosecutors said Thursday. (AP)

Bahamian cemetery may turn into tourist draw — Four grave sites that Anna Nicole Smith bought in a humble Bahamas cemetery look likely to become a new tourist magnet now that the former Playboy playmate will be buried there next to her son’s still unmarked grave. (AP)

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