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11-01-2006
ARILINES LOSE FIGHT AGAINST PAYOUTS
Budget airlines yesterday lost their battle against compensating passengers for delays and cancellations.

Carriers including Ryanair and easyJet said such payouts would cost the industry £400 million a year and force up ticket prices.

But the European Court of Justice threw out their challenge to legislation brought in by the EU last February.

Under the scheme, cancellation compensation is set at £173 for flights of fewer than 920 miles.

Payments rise to £277 for flights of up to 2,147 miles and £415 for long-haul trips.

01-01-2006
WATCHDOG SLAMS BA’S AIR SAFETY
BRITISH AIRWAYS jets have suffered mid-air failures because of “systemic” problems with their maintenance, air accident investigators have revealed.
After inquiries into four mid-air incidents, the investigators say that there are safety problems that may be “widespread within the organisation”. They warn that it appears that shoddy working practices are accepted as the norm by some maintenance staff.



28-12-2005
Airports to use behaviour detection
Screeners try to gauge suspects by talking
By Thomas Frank, USA Today

The Transportation Security Administration plans to train screeners at 40 major airports next year to pick out possible terrorists by engaging travelers in a casual conversation to detect if a person is lying and needs extra scrutiny.
The new security technique, already in use at some airports, adds a psychological dimension to screening by trying to find high-risk passengers based on their behaviour at checkpoints or boarding gates.

13-12-2005
Collision on the tarmac leads to panic in mid-air
Form Chris Ayres in Los Angeles

A BAGGAGE lorry driver who crashed into an airliner on the ground caused a mid-air emergency when the dent he created exploded into a gash in the side of the fuselage at 26,000ft.
The pilot of the Alaska Airlines MD80 flight from Seattle to California was forced to make an emergency landing when the 12in x 6in hole caused a sudden loss of cabin pressure 20 minutes after take-off.


09-12-2005
DVT VICTIMS LOSE BATTLE FOR RIGHT TO SUE AIRLINES
By Joshua Rozenberg – Legal Editor

Victims of deep vein thrombosis – so-called “economy class syndrome” – lost their appeal to the law lords yesterday for the right to claim compensation from airlines.


08-12-2005
BA still failing to offer hot food on key routes
By Christopher Hope, Industry Editor

British Airways is still failing to provide hot meals to customers on short-haul flights in Europe – 10 weeks after the industrial dispute at its caterer Gate Gourmet came to an end.




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