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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
May 3, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
business,tourism_casinos Zipcar Inc., the national car-sharing network based in Cambridge, Mass., announced Thursday that it is expanding to eight airports, including Philadelphia International. The cars, which can be reserved by members online at Zipcar.com, will be available to rent by the hour or the day here, starting Wednesday. Zipcars will be parked in the Avis Car Rental pick-up facility at Philadelphia airport. The company, a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group Inc., said travelers with long flight delays and layovers can, rather than sit in the airport for hours, reserve Zipcars to get out and explore the local area.
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.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
TALK ABOUT the worst hangover ever. A 40-year-old California man was arrested yesterday after allegedly getting drunk on vodka, groping women and threatening federal air marshals on a flight from Philadelphia to London, causing the plane to turn around and return to Philly so he could be removed. Los Angeles-area resident Robert John Coppack, who told authorities he has dual citizenship in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, was one of 283 passengers on US Airways Flight 728, which left Philadelphia International Airport for London Heathrow about 10 p.m. Tuesday.
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.
NEWS
October 18, 2011 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Going somewhere this winter? For the price of less than a tank of gas, one airline says it will take you there. Southwest is offering one-way tickets to selected destinations starting at $35. Of course it's during the off-season. That is, it applies to flights Nov. 30 through Dec. 14 and from Jan. 4 through Feb. 15. And the fares won't be valid for travel on Sundays, usually a big day for business travelers. The deeply-discounted fares are on sale until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time Thursday.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike and Sue Edmonds were on Qatar Airways' inaugural flight to Doha from Philadelphia on Wednesday, on their way to visit their daughter, 22, a teacher in Bangkok. "We got an excellent fare - $950 round-trip to Bangkok," said Sue Edmonds. "We looked into Qatar Airways because it has a good reputation. It's a long flight. We wanted to be comfortable. We're very excited. " The couple from Emmaus, Lehigh County, joined dozens of passengers boarding the 10:15 a.m. flight, which had arrived from Doha two hours earlier to cheers and a water-cannon salute at Philadelphia International Airport.
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