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News: Car Crash Mistaken For Gunfire at Airport; Crazed Passenger Forced Off Airplane; Homeless Good Samaritan Rewarded By Hotel

Here is a collection of recent news stories which are associated with travel: Car Crash Mistaken For Gunfire At Airport Terminals 4 and 5 at Los Angeles International Airport was evacuated — or “self evacuated”, according to some reports — on Friday, November 22, 2013 when frightened passengers misinterpreted the sound of the crashing of multiple vehicles for the sound of shots fired from a gun. Approximately…

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Airplane Lands With No Landing Gear at Newark; No Injuries or Fatalities

A de Havilland Dash 8-100 aircraft operated by Piedmont Airlines as US Airways flight 4560 intentionally landed on runway 04L at Newark International Airport late last night with its landing gear retracted as the result of a mechanical issue with the left-hand main gear, sliding on its belly with sparks flying…

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Change Fees Increase on US Airways to Match United Airlines

This song parody is simply a different way to spread the news pertaining to the increase in change fees on US Airways from $150.00 to $200.00 in some markets and from $250.00 to $300.00 in other markets, matching similar increases in change fees of United Airlines. I offer no apology to re-writing the lyrics to Parker’s Band, which is the title of a song from the Pretzel Logic album by Steely Dan in 1974 for MCA Records, Inc., which is now Universal Music Group…

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Virgin America Best, United Airlines Worst, According to Airline Quality Rating Report

The commercial aviation industry in the United States performed at its second-highest level in its history, according to the 2013 Airline Quality Rating report, which was recently released. Of the 14 airlines operating in the United States which were included in this report, Virgin America scored the highest score in 2012; while United Airlines scored the lowest. A spokesperson for United Airlines reportedly disclaimed that…

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Judge Approves Merger of US Airways and American Airlines; Severance for Horton Declined

The merger between US Airways and American Airlines — creating the largest airline in the world — was approved today by Judge Sean H. Lane in bankruptcy court in New York, believing that the merger is an “excellent result” which he does not think anyone disputes. Tom Horton — the current chief executive officer of American Airlines — may not be celebrating just yet, however, as…

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Here We Go Again — Yet Another Major Airline Merger

Well, here we go again. Yet another major airline merger has been announced — and few people seem to be happy about it. Although this consummation of the relationship between US Airways and American Airlines — occurring just in time for Valentine’s Day, I might add — is being discussed ad nauseum just about everywhere, let us first concentrate on what FlyerTalk members are saying. There are several different discussions about the merger of US Airways with American Airlines, including the following…

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