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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.