Air travelers are starting to feel the effect of the partial government shutdown. Over the weekend, some airports had long lines at checkpoints, apparently caused by a rising number of security officers calling in sick while they are not getting paid. On Sunday, the wait times at New York's LaGuardia Airport peaked at 52 minutes at standard security lanes, fueling frustration among passengers and raising concerns about whether the government shutdown could lead to longer lines at the nation's airports.Safety inspectors aren't even on the job. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said Monday that inspectors are being called back to work on a case-by-case basis, with a priority put on inspecting airline fleets.So far, the impact of the shutdown — entering its 18th day on Tuesday — has been most visible for some government buildings and national parks being closed, and trash piling up on the National Mall in front of the Capitol. If the shutdown continues, food stamp … [Read more...] about Government shutdown starting to impact air travel
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Q My wife was stuck in Amsterdam on a very late transatlantic flight on a US airline. The delay was due to maintenance issues. Can she claim anything from the airline under any EU rules? Luke F A If the flight arrived in the US three hours or more behind schedule, the answer is yes. European air passengers’ rights rules, known as EC261, apply to flights from all EU airports whatever the nationality of the airline. They stipulate cash payments for long delays, unless the carrier can claim “extraordinary circumstances”. The European Court of Justice has ruled that mechanical problems are part of the normal day-to-day business of running an airline and therefore do not count as extraordinary. The amount of compensation depends on the exact length of the delay: for three hours but less than four hours, it is €300; for four hours or more, it is €600. Agreed, that does look pretty arbitrary: a four-hour delay is judged to be twice as annoying as a three-hour … [Read more...] about Travel question: Do US airlines have to pay compensation under EU rules?
Birmingham & Black Country 20 June 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-44551122 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Drivers may have to pay more than £10 a day under a planned pollution charge in Birmingham city centre.There are proposals to bring in fees for high-polluting vehicles driving within the … [Read more...] about City clean air charge: What you need to know
A MAN claiming to be a time traveller on a mission from the year 6491 "passed" a lie detector test. James Oliver insists he is an alien stuck on Earth who could be here "for days, years or centuries". After he finished answering all questions posed by Paranormal YouTube channel ApexTV , the word "TRUE" appeared on the screen. But the camera did not film the presenters laptop screen, to unveil the full results of his lie detector test. In response to a question which aimed to determine where he is from, James said: "Where I'm from, the years are longer. "My planet is further away from the sun than yours is, so it takes longer to get around. "But we have gifted mathematicians who work to calculate our years from those from other civilisations." issued a chilling warning about mankind in a video posted online, James undertook a lie detector test, to determine who he actually is. James, whose face was blurred, went on to tell the presenter who was also blurred, he works for an alien … [Read more...] about ‘Time traveller alien’ who claims he has chilling news from the year 6491 ‘passes lie detector test’
Family members of those lost on missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 have called on the Malaysian government to renew the underwater search for the plane and review its disappearance after efforts to locate it were scheduled to end on Tuesday. The request comes after ministers in Malaysia’s newly-elected government gave mixed messages about their plans for the future of the search. On Thursday, the new transport minister, Anthony Loke, signalled he wanted to abandon looking for the plane and seek “closure”. Malaysia’s newly elected prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, had earlier announced he would review the necessity of the search and terminate it if it was “not useful”. But on Saturday, prime minister-in waiting Anwar Ibrahim told the Australian newspaper he was “not ruling out further searches” if a re-examination of Malaysia’s own information brought up new findings. Family members of those on board the plane said the search … [Read more...] about ‘MH370 is not history’: families of missing demand answers as search nears end