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August 19, 2004

Mineta Announces O'Hare Deal

Limits Ops To 88/Hour

From The Department Of Transportation... Time lost by travelers on flight delays at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport will be cut by 20 percent before the end of the year under an agreement reached between negotiators for the US Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and airlines, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced Wednesday.

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Airlines React To O'Hare Flight Caps

Promise Cooperation

From Spirit Airlines... Spirit Airlines is pleased with any initiative that reduces congestion at O'Hare International Airport. We have been working closely with the FAA and in fact voluntarily changed our flight times on 28 percent of our flights to assist in the management of arrivals at the airport.

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O'Hare Accord: The View From The Tower

Controllers Accept O'Hare Caps, Decry Staffing Shortages

Air traffic controllers in Chicago Wednesday said they accept the announced flight restrictions at O'Hare International Airport in the interest of safety, but urged the Federal Aviation Administration to pay as much attention to the rapidly deteriorating staffing situation at the major Chicago air traffic control facilities as the agency has in addressing the problem of flight delays.

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Mystery Substance Causes Illness At Indiana Airport

FBI, DHS Investigating Fort Wayne Incident

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are on the case, but initial reports say the Fort Wayne (IN) airport was shut down Wednesday after a bag leaked chemicals used to make perfume.

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Air Canada Creditors Back Recapitalization Plan

Creditors Could Soon Own Most Of Airline

The people to whom Air Canada owes money like it -- a plan to recapitalize the world's eleventh biggest airline. Now, it's up to a Canadian court to decide if that plan -- and the airline -- will fly.

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UK Investigates Gatwick Scam

Security Guard Used X-Ray Machine To Plot Thefts

Who watches those who watch? More to the point, who watches those who steal the watch? A security guard at London's Gatwick Airport will spend the next 18 months behind bars after he was convicted of using the X-Ray screening machine to spot precious loot in passengers' luggage.

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Congratulations, It's A Girl

Baby Born On Transatlantic Flight, Mom May Get Big Bill

Aren't pregnant women supposed to avoid air travel in the final weeks before they deliver? Well, a Jordanian woman apparently wasn't quite honest when asked how far along she was. She said she was in her 27th week of pregnancy. Still, flying from Amsterdam to Chicago Tuesday, she went into labor.

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