What we’re reading: AA to eliminate CLT-Brazil service, LGA emptied over smoking bag, Winter Olympic wonderlands


First merger casualty from American Airlines

In 2015, American Airlines will eliminate service from Charlotte to Rio de Janeiro.

In 2012, 124,177 passengers flew between Charlotte and Rio de Janeiro. However, loads aren’t as important as yields, and American says that it would be more profitable to move the flight to Miami.

LaGuardia terminal cleared over smoking bag

A terminal at LaGuardia airport was cleared for over an hour when workers noticed smoke coming out of one of the bags that was being loaded onto a plane.

Three ramp workers saw the smoke about 11:50 a.m. at a Richmond, Virginia-bound plane, and the bag was taken to a remote location for examination by the NYPD bomb squad.

A man who owned it is being questioned by law-enforcement, as well as a woman he was traveling with and his daughter, sources said.

10 historic Winter Olympic wonderlands

CNN put together this photo essay of cities that have been used for the Winter Olympic Games.

Chamonix, France (1924)

More than 10,000 paying spectators came to watch 11 women and 247 men compete in ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, bobsledding, curling, Nordic (cross-country) skiing and ski jumping at Chamonix Winter Sports Week 90 years ago. It wasn’t until after the event proved to be such a success that it became known as the “first” Winter Olympic Games.