FROM Brian Sumers
Passenger Rights and the Flight Crew’s Prerogative A UC Berkeley student was recently removed from a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Oakland. Khairuldeen Makhzoomi was on his cell phone, speaking to his uncle before take off -- in Arabic. That, apparently, made a woman sitting in front of him uncomfortable, and shortly after hanging up, Makhzoomi was escorted off the flight by a Southwest Airlines employee. As it turns out, passenger removal is not unusual. People are removed from flights all the time for any number of reasons. What are the rules? Do passengers removed from flights have any recourse?
Does LA Want the Ontario Airport to Fail? The Ontario Airport is not what it used to be. Facilities for millions of travelers are still there, but enough airplanes—or passengers—are not. Local officials have asked a judge to unwind the agreement that gave ownership to the City of Los Angeles. Brian Sumers reports for Aviation Week.
Sequestration Blamed for Flights Delays 385 domestic airline flights were cancelled yesterday and 6,396 were delayed. Remember “sequester?” The FAA says the best way to save money is to furlough its employees—including air-traffic controllers. How will this affect LAX and local airports?
Clerks Strike at the LA Ports Clerical workers at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are few in number, but this week they've demonstrated the power to shut down two mighty engines of Southern California. We get an update from Brian Sumers, who covers the ports for the Daily Breeze , and Kristen Monaco, Professor of Economics at California State University Long Beach, who specializes in transportation and labor issues.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?