Transit workers in NYC reach deal — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the transit workers’ union announced a settlement yesterday in which the authority abandoned its demand for concessions on pensions and the union agreed to have all workers pay a portion of their health insurance premiums. (The New York Times)
Airport security uses talk as tactic — The Transportation Security Administration plans to train screeners at 40 major airports next year to pick out possible terrorists by engaging travelers in a casual conversation to detect whether a person appears nervous or evasive and needs extra scrutiny. (USA Today)
SuspectsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ body language can blow their cover — Since 9/11, behavior recognition has been adopted by various airport and transit police, as well as Northwest Airlines and U.S. Park Police at the Statue of Liberty. The technique teaches authorities to detect the subtle, often unspoken clues that terrorists and criminals could display. (USA Today)
Air marshals stretched thin — They’re America’s flying enforcers, the federal air marshals Ã¢â‚¬â€ the last line of defense in the case of an attack on an airborne plane. But since two marshals shot and killed an unarmed mentally ill man earlier this month, problems within the small, secretive agency have again come to light. (The Christian Science Monitor)
Italy watching Ã¢â‚¬ËœnumerousÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ people as Olympics near — Italian authorities, fearing a possible terrorist attack on the Winter Olympics in Turin, are conducting surveillance on “numerous” people through telephone wiretaps and other intelligence operations, an Italian security official said Tuesday. (AP)
Marriott customer data for 200,000 missing — The timeshare unit of Marriott International Inc. is notifying more than 200,000 people that their personal data are missing after backup computer tapes went missing from a Florida office. (AP)
Miss. hotel has two fires in one hour — Greenwood, Miss., firefighters should know how to find the Best Western by now. Twice in an hour, firefighters were sent to the downtown hotel this past week after a pair of fires broke out in the same block of guest rooms. (AP)
SAS airline mixes up two young fliers — SAS airline mixed up two little girls traveling from Sweden and Finland for the Christmas holiday, sending them to the wrong destinations. A 9-year-old with a ticket from Kastrup, Sweden to Hanover, Germany, ended up in Luxembourg Friday and vice versa, the Local reported Tuesday. (UPI)
Continental to yank 69 planes from ExpressJet — Continental Airlines Inc. said on Wednesday that it plans to take back 69 regional jets that ExpressJet Holdings Inc. had been operating for it after failing to win a cheaper contract.
A new emphasis on rail to Dulles — The effort by the Washington airports authority to speed construction of a rail line across Northern Virginia is a reminder to the region that the railroad’s planners intended the train to serve air travelers as well as commuters. (The Washington Post)
T defends automated fare system — The uneasy exchange of personal information for convenience is unavoidable under the Massachusetts Bay Transity Authority’s upcoming automated fare collection system, T officials said yesterday, a fact that has long ruffled activists concerned that the system will compromise privacy. (The Boston Globe)
The steady, strategic ascent of JetBlue Airways — Many competitors of JetBlue continue to chalk up losses caused first by September 11, 2001, and now high fuel prices. Meanwhile, JetBlue has grown steadily. (Knowledge@Wharton)
Warning light prompts unscheduled landing — A Frontier Airlines jet touched down safely Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport after a cockpit light indicated cargo door trouble. (Los Angeles Times)
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