Is American Air Travel on the Descent?
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This morning's dense fog in Chicago is just one of the problems facing airline passengers as the busiest week of the traveling season gets underway. We hear how the flying experience has changed as an industry with narrow profit margins struggles to meet public demand. Also, an Israel-Hamas cease-fire, a college basketball scoring record even veterans just can't believe.
Banner image: People line up at LaGuardia airport in New York, November 19, 2012. Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters
Israel-Hamas Cease Fire Announced ()
Twenty-four hours after yesterday's cease-fire failed to go into effect, Israel and Hamas leaders in Gaza have agreed to stop shooting. After shuttling between Cairo and Jerusalem, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave credit to the newly elected Islamic President of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi "for his personal leadership to de-escalate the situation." PJ Crowley was State Department spokesman during the early years of the Obama Administration. He's now a research professor at George Washington University.
Is American Air Travel on the Descent? ()
It's been a pretty good year for the airline industry, despite those loose seat rows on American Airlines' planes. On this first day of the busiest week for air travel in the United States, now comes the holiday crunch. Ticket prices are higher, more planes are going to be full, and there could be more lost baggage. Combined with delays caused by the TSA, many air travelers have come to dread an experience they used to look forward to. Passengers complain that service is being sacrificed for the bottom line, but will they pay more to get style and comfort? What's the impact of airline mergers and the outsourcing of maintenance?
This story was informed in part from sources in the Public Insight Network, find out more: www.kcrw.com/insight
- Ben Mutzabaugh: USA Today, @TodayInTheSky
- William McGee: Consumer Reports, @WilliamJMcGee
- Patrick Smith: 'Ask the Pilot' columnist
- Brad Tuttle: Time magazine, @bradrtuttle
Grinnell Guard Shatters NCAA Record ()
Until last night, the record for single-player scoring in NCAA basketball was 113 points in a game. Now, it's 138. In Iowa last night, the Grinnell College Pioneers played a home basketball game against Faith Baptist Bible. A student announcer described Jack Taylor's performance 'catching fire.' After that Taylor scored two free throws, bringing his game total to 138 points. Pat Coleman is Executive Editor of D3Hoops.com, which covers Division Three College basketball.
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