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February 29, 2012
A TRAINING instructor with the Transportation Security Administration at Philadelphia International Airport pleaded guilty yesterday to taking a bribe from a transportation security officer. Shannon Gilliam, 29, of Sharon Hill, potentially faces four to 27 months in prison under advisory sentencing guidelines. Gilliam has been suspended pending outcome of the investigation, a TSA official said. Prosecutors said Gilliam was responsible for training transportation security officers and administering mandatory certification exams to officers who handle passenger and baggage screening at the airport.
NEWS
November 9, 2011 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
All Amtrak service between Philadelphia and New York City is suspended as investigators probe the death of a trespasser on the tracks near Trenton. A southbound Acela Express struck and killed a person about 12:50 p.m. in Hamilton Township. About 170 passengers were aboard the No. 2117 which had left Penn Station in New York at noon and was due in Philadelphia at 1:08. There were no reported injuries to passengers or crew, said an Amtrak spokesman. Contact staff writer Sam Wood at 215-854-2796, samwood@phillynews.com , or @inqwriter on Twitter.
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
October 3, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Getting through U.S. Customs checkpoints can be irritating at peak travel times, but some passengers arriving at Philadelphia International Airport got an extra dose of angst this week. New automated passport kiosks, designed to expedite the entry process, had a technology glitch. They didn't work for a while Tuesday afternoon and had to be rebooted at a busy time, when many US Airways and American Airlines flights were arriving from Europe. Travelers who had just spent from seven to nine hours in the air became frustrated, and anger boiled up because many had connecting flights.
NEWS
August 6, 2010 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
A tire on US Airways flight 1651 to Miami ruptured on takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport shortly after 1 p.m. today. The pilot returned the aircraft to Philadelphia International Airport, where the Boeing 737-400 landed safely with 140 passengers and crew on board. The airport's Runway 27 Left was closed as passengers were transported to the terminal building and rescheduled on other US Airways flights to Miami. The plane landed about 2:30 p.m., after circling to burn fuel to get the aircraft down to a better landing weight, said US Airways spokesman Morgan Durrant.
NEWS
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
January 27, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
About 9 percent of departing flights were canceled at Philadelphia International Airport Monday, and another 5 percent were delayed, in the aftermath of the weekend storm that that dropped near-record snowfalls from Washington, D.C. to New York City. Philadelphia International listed 53 cancelled flights originating in Philadelphia Monday, and 30 delayed flights, according to the flight tracking website, flightaware.com. American Airlines, which operates 76 percent of scheduled flights in Philadelphia, cancelled 219 flights across its network Monday, or about 7 percent, according to flightaware.
NEWS
October 17, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On Saturday, the US Airways name will fade into aviation history. The last US Airways Flight 1939, named for the year that US Airways' predecessor company All American Aviation began, left the gate at Philadelphia International Airport on time at 8:06 a.m. Friday and was airborne minute later. It will stop in Charlotte before going to Phoenix and San Francisco. The Airbus 321 took off with 187 people aboard, leaving behind 72 disappointed standby passengers. The plane will leave San Francisco at 9:55 p.m. and land in Philadelphia at 6:18 a.m. on Saturday.
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