U.S. jet incident not terrorism


U.S. jet incident not terrorism — Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner said on Thursday the return of a U.S. Northwest Airlines plane bound for India to Amsterdam did not seem to have been prompted by a terrorist threat. (Reuters)

TSA to maintain its ban on liquids and gels — Two weeks after authorities banned passengers from carrying most gels and liquids on board airlines, the nation’s top aviation security official yesterday said he did not have a timetable for scaling back the restrictions. (The Washington Post) (Registration required.)

Private jets seen as short-term fix — Tighter airport security in the wake of a foiled bomb plot in Britain last week sent big-spending business travelers rushing to private jets in hopes of avoiding long delays and luggage restrictions. (Reuters)

Sept. 18 is key Comair date — Stopping short of delivering an ultimatum, Comair’s top executive said Tuesday the carrier effectively now has a deadline for settling its labor woes. Comair chief executive Don Bornhorst said the carrier must make progress in negotiations with its three labor groups to deliver a credible bid by Sept. 18. (The Cincinnati Enquirer)

Tropical Storm Debby might not reach land — Tropical Storm Debby was expected to stay away from land as it remained off the coast of the Cape Verde islands in the eastern Atlantic, forecasters said Thursday. (AP)

Prudential Skywalk offers more than just a view of Boston — The Prudential building was the tallest building in Boston when it was completed in 1965. It didn’t lose that title until 1976, when the 790-foot John Hancock Tower was completed. But since the observation deck in the John Hancock Tower closed after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, more people have come to the Skywalk indoor observatory to get an unobstructed view of Boston. (AP)

Only Christie Brinkley would know for sure — Writes Scott Rosenfelt, “I don’t like to leave L.A. because I’m a dead ringer for Billy Joel.” Getting through the airport isn’t so bad, he says. But sitting next to passengers who think he’s the Piano Man puts makes him most uncomfortable. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)

What not to say to airport security — Cook County prosecutors say a 29-year-old man traveling with his mother desperately didn’t want her to know he’d packed a sexual aid for their trip to Turkey. So he told security it was a bomb, officials said. (AP)

Tourists revel anew in NYC grandeur — Despite its tough reputation, New York today is a friendly, even polite, place. Right now is a momentous time to be in the city, with the Statue of Liberty turning 120, the Empire State Building celebrating its 75th anniversary and the fifth anniversary of 9/11 just around the corner. (The Arizona Republic)

New Orleans officials plead for travelers — With the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaching, tourism officials have a plea: Come visit New Orleans, stay as long as you can and spend money to your heart’s content. (AP)

Alaskans vote for $50 cruise-passenger tax — In a blow to Miami’s cruise ship industry, Alaskan voters appear to have approved a ballot measure imposing a $50 fee for every passenger who passes through the state. (The Miami Herald)

BA says authorities must consider airport breakup — British Airways Plc on Thursday called for competition authorities to consider breaking up ownership of two key London airports as part of an investigation into UK airports. (Reuters)

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