July 31, 2013 |
Flights slowly returned to normal Monday at Philadelphia International Airport after record rainfall caused flooding and power failures, and delayed and canceled flights Sunday. Electricity was restored by 10 a.m. Monday in Terminal A-East, where operations ground to a halt and severe weather wreaked havoc on departures and arrivals airport-wide a day earlier. American Airlines said it canceled 10 flights Sunday and about a dozen Monday because of electrical and storm-related problems.
July 30, 2013 |
This story was updated at 9:30 a.m. A historic deluge on Sunday turned roads into rivers across the region, submerging cars, swelling rivers, and disrupting travel on the ground and in the air into Monday morning. A 21-year-old woman died Sunday night when she drove into the Schuylkill while swerving to avoid another vehicle on Kelly Drive near Boathouse Row during a downpour, police said. A male passenger swam to safety. A record 8.02 inches was recorded at Philadelphia's International Airport in just a few hours on Sunday, with nearly another quarter inch falling early Monday.
July 22, 2013 |
BEIJING - A man in a wheelchair who was airing grievances set off a homemade bomb in a crowded terminal at Beijing's main airport on Saturday evening, injuring himself but no one else, Chinese state media and witnesses said. Order was quickly restored, and no flights were affected by the explosion at the airport's main international terminal, state-run China Central Television said on its microblog. The official Xinhua news agency said the man set off the device outside the arrivals exit of Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital International Airport around 6:24 p.m. It said that he was being treated for injuries, but that no one else was hurt in the explosion.
July 15, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russian immigration officials said Saturday they had not received an application from Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency leaker who wants asylum in Russia. Snowden came to Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport on June 23 from Hong Kong, apparently intending to board a flight to Cuba. But he did not get on that flight and is believed to have spent the last three weeks marooned in the airport's transit zone. On Friday, he met with human-rights activists there and said he would seek Russian asylum, at least as a temporary measure before going to Venezuela, Bolivia, or Nicaragua, all of which have offered him asylum.
July 9, 2013 |
MAYBE Giants linebacker Dan Connor has an explanation for allegedly packing a switchblade in his carry-on at the Philadelphia International Airport. But as of last night, Connor, 27, hadn't commented on his Saturday morning arrest. He was was charged with possession of an offensive weapon and released on his own recognizance. Yesterday, a police spokeswoman said security discovered the knife as his luggage went through an X-ray machine. Everyone knows you can't take a weapon into an airport, so it's perplexing that Connor would even try such a dumb thing.
July 5, 2013
Police say girl may still be alive LONDON - Police say they have launched a full inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and want to trace 38 "persons of interest" in the case. Detectives say it is possible that the girl, who vanished from a Portuguese holiday resort six years ago, is still alive. Scotland Yard said Thursday that 12 of the individuals of interest are British, and the rest from a variety of European countries. The force says it is working with governments across the continent to find out more.
July 4, 2013 |
More than 200 years of Philadelphia literary greats were at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday. On the walls of the international Terminal A-East. The exhibit, "Philadelphia's Literary Legacy," will display for one year the photographs, book covers, and biographies of 50 authors, playwrights, and poets from the time of the Declaration of Independence to the present day. It may be the only place where Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine will rub shoulders with Louisa May Alcott, Pearl S. Buck, Lorene Cary, Robert Crumb, W.E.B.
June 28, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Moscow's main airport swarmed with media from around the globe Wednesday, but the man they were looking for - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden - was nowhere to be seen. The mystery of the former spy's whereabouts only deepened a day after President Vladimir Putin said Snowden was in the transit area of Sheremetyevo Airport. In the airport were ordinary scenes of duty-free shopping, snoozing travelers, and tourists sipping coffee, but no trace of America's most famous fugitive.
June 26, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Yes, he's at a Moscow airport, and no, you can't have him. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the first official acknowledgment of the whereabouts of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday and promptly rejected U.S. pleas to turn him over. Snowden, who is charged with violating American espionage laws, fled Hong Kong over the weekend, touching off a global guessing game over where he went and frustrating U.S. efforts to bring him to justice. Putin said Snowden was in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport and has not passed through Russian immigration, meaning he technically was not in Russia and thus was free to travel wherever he wanted.
June 24, 2013 |
It used to be you'd circle the airport loop, get chased away from baggage claim by police, or park precariously on the shoulder of ramps and roadways including I-95 and Route 291. That was before Philadelphia International Airport opened a convenient 150-space cellphone waiting lot in December 2009 on airport property - just one minute from the terminals. Great. Terrific. Handy. Easy to find. And, best of all, free. Drivers interviewed among the 80 to 100 cars streaming into the lot Wednesday afternoon were enthusiastic.