Suit: SFO security cheated


check1.jpgSuit: SFO security cheated — The private firm in charge of security at San Francisco International Airport cheated to pass tests aimed at ensuring it could stop terrorists from smuggling weapons onto flights, a former employee contends. The allegations have prompted a federal probe into security at SFO, a spokesman for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration said.

High oil prices ground airline recovery — The worst of the oil shock is probably over. That’s the good news. The bad news for the airline industry is that high crude oil prices aren’t going anywhere soon.

Part of airport washes away in storm — A rain-swollen river in Ventura County, Calif., is washing away huge chunks of one of the county’s airports. A 200-foot part of Santa Paula Airport’s 26-hundred-foot runway has been washed away by the Santa Clara River.

Independence Air restructures, avoids bankruptcy — Independence Air parent FLYi Inc. said Tuesday that it completed a financial restructuring that enables it to avoid bankruptcy by lowering costs, reducing its fleet of 50- seat regional jets and continuing to expand its fleet of 132- passenger Airbus A319s. The airline’s Florida strategy will involve adding service at some point to its three daily A319 nonstop flights between Tampa International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, spokesman Rick DeLisi said.

Justice department investigates hotel discrimination — The Justice Department is investigating a spiritual group’s allegations of religious discrimination against a Houston hotel. Homestead Studio Suites canceled the group’s reservations during an October 2002 visit by then-Chinese President Jiang Zemin.

Passenger sues American over cocaine baggage — American Airlines is being a sued by a passenger who says the airline linked her with a bag filled with cocaine on one of its flights. Adriana Vidal of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was arrested last year and charged with trafficking 65 pounds of cocaine found inside a bag with her name on it.