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.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.