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19-04-2006
DVT socks really work, airline passengers told
By Julie Wheldon, Science Correspondent

Wearing elasticated ‘flight socks’ significantly cuts the risk of DVT, a major study has shown.

Airline passengers who wear compression stockings have one tenth of the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis on long-haul flights compared to those who do not, scientist found.


18-04-2006
Boeing 737s ‘having quality faults’
By Francis Harris

Boeing, America’s foremost aircraft maker, is being sued by former employees who claim that its 737 aircraft has been manufactured with poorly fitting parts.

The suit is being opposed by the firm, which says rigorous safety procedures ensure that unsafe aircraft never leave the factories.


18-04-2006
Safety Alert over Airbus Rudders
Safety officials are calling for tough new checks on the rudders of one of the world’s most popular airliners.

The move comes after two near-disasters involving damage to rudders on the European-built Airbus 300.

Nearly 500 variations of the wide-bodied A300 are in service and they carry many British families on European holidays.


14-04-2006
Air travelers behind U.S. mumps epidemic: officials
ATLANTA (AP) Two infected airline passengers may have helped spread Iowa’s mumps epidemic to six other Mid-western states, health officials said Wednesday, the latest example of how quickly disease can spread through air travel.

“These people may have exposed other people on those planes or in these airports,” said Kevin Teale, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Public Health.

11-04-2006
Florida loses its shine for Britons
Tour operators are being forced to slash the price of holidays to Florida by up to half as the Sunshine State loses its appeal for Britons.

High Street bookings for summer holidays to destinations such as Orlando, home of Disney World, are down by 20 per cent on 2005, the market research company AC Nielsen said yesterday. A week’s holiday with flights can be bought for £260, down from £530 a year ago.


09-04-2006
BA in hot water
British Airways is to appeal against a $25,000 (£14,000) fine imposed by US authorities when it refused to abort a flight to London from Los Angeles after flames were seen in one of the engines. The US Federal Aviation Administration accused BA of operating an “unairworthy aircraft” and criticised the pilot, who had taken advice from head office, for refusing to divert to emergency airfields.




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