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17-02-2006
El Al gives planes anti-missile gear
The Israeli airline El Al has installed anti-missile systems on all its planes, according to security sources.

They said the aircraft are now equipped with the Israeli-made Flight Guard system, which automatically releases diversionary flares if a heat-seeking missile is detected by onboard sensors.


14-02-2006
More safety sought for airplanes
Alan Levin

Fire and smoke have become one of the greatest risks to fliers, and federal regulators have not taken enough action to prevent it, a new study says. Fire and explosions were the fourth-highest cause of fatalities on airline flights between 1987 through 2004, killing 618 people, says the study by John Cox, a retired airline pilot and former union safety expert.


12-02-2006
Pilot bound for US ‘was drunk’
By Christopher Leake

An American pilot was arrested yesterday after allegedly reporting drunk for duty at Manchester airport as he was about to board a transatlantic flight carrying 198 passengers.


04-02-2006
When the wings fall off your plans, take solace in hedonism
By Tyler Brule, Fast Lane

A grounded flight can provide the perfect opportunity to indulge in some off-the-cuff culinary, retail and cleansing excess.

Now that Davos is out of the way it’s time to take your back to Narita Airport and the story of my aborted Air France flight to Charles de Gaulle. You might recall that two weeks ago I was travelling with my colleague Anna on a 48-hour mission to Tokyo to meet clients, do a bit of research and return home as quickly as possible.





02-02-2006
Planes and airports
Airports and aeroplanes are exciting places to be. They are the gateway to somewhere different, perhaps a holiday, or a business trip, or perhaps a welcome return to the familiarity of home.
Unfortunately, there are risks associated with travelling by air, which are too well known to list here. It is always a case of a cost/benefit analysis. Does the pleasure or need outweigh the risk factor? As the latter is usually very small, the decision is usually easy to reach.

30-01-2006
ANA CABIN ATTENDANT FACTURES LOWER BACK IN TURBULENCE
A 25 year old All Nippon Airways cabin attendant sustained factures in her lower back when turbulence hit her plane during its descent Sunday into Matsuyama airport in Ehime Prefecture, airline officials said Monday.




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