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29-10-2007
Travellers vote Heathrow the world’s worst airport
Heathrow has been voted jointly the world’s least favourite airport, a survey of thousands of travellers reveals today. London’s main hub languished with Chicago’s O’Hare as the world’s least favourite airports.

The favourite was Schiphol International in then Netherlands, the survey for TripAdvisor found. Britons who voted also named Ryanair their least favourite airline.

Extracted from The Evening Standard, 29.10.07

28-10-2007
Security Breach as Bombs Go Airside
By Chris Haslam
Shocking lapses in security screening at American airports are revealed in a report commissioned by the US Transport Security Administration.
Undercover operatives carried dummy explosives and bomb parts past security staff in more than 60% of tests at two of America’s busiest airports. Items smuggled included explosive residue on shoelaces as well as bombs concealed in briefcases, CD players, toiletry bags and backpacks.
Investigators found LA International Airport, notorious for security delays, to be the easiest target for terrorists, with screening staff failing to spot suspicious items on 75% of occasions.

28-10-2007
Dutch Comfort
While Heathrow gets its £45-a-night EasyHotel – no wi-fi, no minibar and 10 TV channels for a fiver – Amsterdam’s Schipol gets CitizenM, a modular hotel designed to provide “affordable luxury for the people”.

Rooms cost £48 and feature super-kignsize beds, wall-to-wall windows, an LCD TV with free movies, free wi-fi and Viktor & Rolf toiletries. We don’t think that’s very fair. Details at www.citizenm.com

Extracted from The Sunday Times, October 28, 2008

28-10-2007
The Superjumbo is Go A380 Special
I’ve always been pretty middle of the road, politically speaking. But whenever Gordon Brown deigns to call the next election, I’m voting Socialist Worker’s Party. Eight hours on a plane has turned me into a Marxist.

Not just any plane. I’ve just stepped off the first commercial flight of the A380 superjumbo, the largest passenger aircraft ever built. Yes, it’s impressive: taller than five double-decker buses, wider than a football pitch, 37 times the length of Peter Crouch in his socks, that sort of thing. And yes, it’s an amazing piece of engineering, a staggering technical achievement: but it’s also the best advert for Bolshevism since the tsar said, “Stuff that Lenin chap, let’s build another palace.”


24-10-2007
Preparing for take-off, mobile loudmouths look to the skies
Ofcom outlines plans for phones on flights
Most passengers want to sit in peace
By Elizabeth Judge
21-10-2007
Airliner safety at risk
Pilots are routinely compromising passenger safety for fear of retribution by their employers, according to Aircraft Engineers International (AEI), which represents 16,000 maintenance engineers worldwide.

In a letter sent by AEI to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), it warns that “a high percentage of system defects or equipment failures are only reported when it is convenient for the operator”, and that a pilot is “risking his or her job or future promotion in the company” if they jeopardise schedules by reporting faults.

AEI cites evidence from aircraft logbooks showing a disproportionate number of technical defects entered after the final flight of the day, or when an aircraft has landed at a convenient maintenance hub.



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