US Airways set to pitch Delta — Two weeks after proposing the biggest airline merger ever, US Airways on Thursday will make its case directly to Delta Air Lines and its creditors at a meeting in New York. The gathering will be Delta’s first face-to-face meeting with its suitor since US Airways’ $8 billion hostile bid on Nov. 15 to create the world’s biggest airline. (USA Today)

Details of BA flights hit by radiation fears — British Airways is contacting passengers who traveled on more than 200 flights since October 25. The aircraft used for these flights have been or will be tested for traces of radiation as part of the investigation into the fatal poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. (AP)

White House will push on visa plan — The Bush administration will ask Congress to change and expand a program that allows citizens of some countries to enter the U.S. without visas, but in exchange would require visitors to provide more data about themselves before they board planes. (AP)

Costly fuel cools Americans’ love for cars — High gasoline prices not only slowed fuel demand growth and cut sales of gas-guzzling vehicles in 2005, they also prompted Americans to drive less for the first time in 25 years, a consulting group said in a report Thursday. (Reuters)

Snow, freezing rain on tap for Midwest — Storms that roared through the Northwest and Rockies — crippling traffic and helping break a Seattle precipitation record — blew through the southern Plains and Midwest, bringing the first significant ice and snow of the season. (AP)

Ski areas rejoice as snow hits Colorado — Up to 2 feet of snow fell in Aspen and many other ski areas in Colorado were blanketed as well as a wintry storm hit the state. (AP)

American at odds with pilots over China flights — American Airlines has rebuffed a demand by its pilots’ union to immediately negotiate terms of the carrier’s proposed service between Dallas and China. (AP)

Please fasten your seatbelt and cross your legs — A Chinese airline has calculated that it takes a liter of fuel to flush the toilet at 30,000 feet and is urging passengers to go to the bathroom before they board. (Reuters)


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