What we’re reading: Chewbacca detained by TSA, EU clears Delta/Virgin deal, BA to get 787s and A380


‘Star Wars’ actor’s lightsaber cane gets him detained by TSA

Peter Mayhew, the 7-foot-tall actor who plays Chewbacca in the Star Wars trilogy, was detained by the TSA at Denver International Airport because his cane looks like a lightsaber. It didn’t last long, however, when Mayhew tweeted to his followers the situation at hand.

However, quite extraordinarily, American Airlines intervened. Mayhew is an extremely frequent flyer and it seems that someone from the airline may have whispered to the TSA: “Do you really think a famous actor is going to hijack a plane with a lightsaber cane?”

Next time the TSA wants to mess with Chewbacca, it’s best to heed the words of C3PO to R2-D2: “Let the wookiee win.”

Exclusive: EU regulators to clear Delta, Virgin deal unconditionally 

Sources say that EU regulators have cleared Delta to obtain a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic.

The European Commission, which is examining the deal as the pan-European regulator, does not see competition problems, three people with knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

Delta, the second-biggest U.S. airline by revenue, and Virgin Atlantic announced the deal in December last year, outlining a joint venture that would allow both carriers to offer more flights at Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport.

British Airways to get Boeing 787s from June 26, A380 week after

British Airways will get two 787s on June 26 and 27 and the A380 a week after.

“Over the next 12 months, we will take delivery of new long-haul aircraft at an average rate of one every two weeks,” BA Chief Executive Officer Keith Williams said in a statement.

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