What we’re reading: US Air merger offer, baggage wait torture, electronics during flight


US Air makes merger offer, AMR pilots approve labor deal

US Airways has made a merger proposal to AMR and its creditors. The value of the combined airline could be around $8.5 billion.

Under an all-stock merger that US Airways proposed in mid-November at a meeting with AMR’s unsecured creditors committee, AMR creditors would own 70 percent of the merged company and US Airways shareholders 30 percent, the people said.

Why waiting is torture

Passengers at a Houston airport complained to executives that they had to wait too long for their baggage. Although they increased the number of baggage handlers, the complaints persisted.

Puzzled, the airport executives undertook a more careful, on-site analysis. They found that it took passengers a minute to walk from their arrival gates to baggage claim and seven more minutes to get their bags. In other words, roughly 88 percent of their time was spent standing around waiting for their bags.

FCC to FAA: Allow ‘greater use’ of electronic devices during flights

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is pushing for a wider use of electronic devices during flight.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to “enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices” during flights in a letter sent Thursday to Michael Huerta, the acting administrator of the FAA.