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October 7, 2010 | By Linda Loyd and Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Passengers aboard a US Airways flight bound for Bermuda were delayed for more than 6 hours at Philadelphia International Airport "due to a security concern," said a spokesman for US Airways. According to the FBI, a crew of three baggage handlers was dispatched to load luggage onto Flight 1070. When they arrived at the aircraft, they found a fourth man already there in uniform. They did not recognize him. When they asked the fourth man why he was there, he clambered onto a baggage cart and drove it away.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Up to 125 workers at Philadelphia International Airport are planning a work stoppage Thursday in protest of what they say are poor wages and working conditions. The employees of aviation contractor PrimeFlight handle ground-transportation duties for about 10 airlines, including tasks such as wheelchair assistance and curbside check-in. The extent to which the planned job action may affect travelers was not immediately clear. Several airlines said they were taking steps to ensure that customers would be unaffected.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Workers who push passengers in wheelchairs at Philadelphia International Airport have withdrawn complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation that alleged they did not receive proper training from their employer, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, and equipment to do their jobs safely. The workers dropped their action naming PrimeFlight and airlines including US Airways Group, United, and Southwest after seeing documentation that they had received the required training. In May, the workers alleged violations of the federal Air Carrier Access Act and asked the Transportation Department to impose fines and order the airlines to force PrimeFlight to correct the problems.
NEWS
February 28, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
A training instructor with the Transportation Security Administration at Philadelphia International Airport pleaded guilty in federal court today to taking a bribe from a security officer. Shannon Gilliam, 29, of Sharon Hill, potentially faces four to 27 months in prison under advisory sentencing guidelines. Gilliam, who began working for the TSA in 2003 as a baggage screener and was promoted to training instructor in 2008, has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, a TSA official said.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
THAT TIME you spend waiting around for your next flight at Philadelphia International Airport could be spent investing in public education - if playing a one-armed bandit is your idea of investing. City Council will decide in the coming weeks whether to push for airport slot machines that would benefit Philadelphia's cash-strapped schools. Yesterday, it approved a resolution to hold hearings on the subject. The scheme would still need approval from state lawmakers in Harrisburg.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2011 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three US Airways employees at Philadelphia International Airport have been fired, and a number of others disciplined, for selling their employer-issued "buddy" passes for a profit on flights between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv, Israel. The FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia are investigating, US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher said. The three employees fired were a US Airways manager, a fleet service agent, and a customer service agent, Lehmacher said. "Several employees were involved in a fraudulent ticket scheme that involved using employee travel benefits to and from Tel Aviv," he said.
NEWS
November 23, 2011 | Staff Report
The FAA has directed flights bound for Philadelphia International Airport to delay takeoff from their originating airports because of low cloud cover here. The "ground delay" is intended to prevent a backup in case flights already en route are slowed in landing because of the weather. The action is delaying flights an avarage of 20 minutes, the FAA said. Passengers and those picking up arrivals are advised to check www.phl.org or call 1-800-745 4283 for the latest flight information.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines will begin flying its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in May, but it won't be to Philadelphia - not at first, anyway. Philadelphia's dominant air carrier, after merging with US Airways, announced Wednesday that flights will begin May 7 between Dallas-Fort Worth and its hub in Chicago, and beginning June 2 between Dallas-Fort Worth and Beijing. On June 4, American will fly the Dreamliner between Dallas-Fort Worth and Buenos Aires, Argentina. American said it will add more 787 routes this year as the new aircraft arrive, but declined to speculate on what the future holds.
NEWS
August 8, 2014 | By Sofiya Ballin, For The Inquirer
Who'll be the future Marian Anderson, Hall & Oates, Chubby Checker, or Teddy Pendergrass? Councilman-at-large David Oh has an idea that may help find out. At a 10 a.m. news conference at City Hall on Thursday, Oh will announce plans for a competition/music festival to help identify new local talent. Oh - chair of the Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy - will announce a bill to promote Philadelphia as a live entertainment city. He will also announce PHL Live Center Stage, a music festival open to public participation.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Qatar Airways will add Philadelphia to its nonstop routes next year, making the city the carrier's fifth gateway in the United States. Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker announced new routes on three continents Monday at the opening day of a Middle East travel exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The airline flies to 126 destinations worldwide from its hub in Doha, the capital of Qatar, which borders Saudi Arabia. "Philadelphia is one of the major hubs of the soon-to-be merged American Airlines/US Airways and will provide Qatar Airways' customers with onward connections to over 100 cities," Al Baker said in a statement.
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