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US Airways defends future of Charlotte hub

Despite a report from the Government Accountability Office that Miami would be a better hub than Charlotte, US Airways is intent on keeping the hub.

US Airways told its employees in a newsletter that the GAO report did not “provide anything to support its assertions about closing hubs.” In an interview Friday, the airline said that a key factor in keeping Charlotte a large hub in a newly merged airline is geography.

VIDEO: Unruly woman kicked, scratched deputies on CLT-bound plane
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A woman who refused to comply with a flight attendant’s instruction to get off her cell phone has been forcibly taken off a US Airways flight bound for Charlotte.

During taxi to the runway, [Lindsay] Bien-aime reportedly refused numerous orders from the flight crew to stop talking on her cell phone.

According to a Broward County Sheriff’s report obtained by WBTV, deputies were called to the plane around 6:36 a.m. Sunday morning after the pilot ordered Bien-aime off the plan[e] and turned the plane back to the gate.

Boeing Dreamliner faces image, safety concerns

Recent problems with the Dreamliner are more a marketing concern than a safety one, according to marketing and safety specialists.

“I would say it’s just growing pains type of problems,” [former NTSB investigator Al] Yurman said. “With all new machinery, you have these areas where they have to eventually change inspection sequence times. As they go on, they’ll have a better feel for what’s going on.”