WASHINGTON – The government wasted at least $341,000 on travel by ousted Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, including booking charter flights without considering cheaper scheduled airlines, an agency watchdog said Friday. The HHS inspector general's long-awaited report chastised the department for flouting federal travel rules, which require officials to book trips in the most cost-efficient way for taxpayers. The inspector general estimated that the government spent nearly $1.2 million on Price's travel during his seven months in office. That included more than $700,000 in military flights on two foreign and two domestic trips, as well as more than $480,000 for various domestic trips by private chartered aircraft. HHS "improperly used federal funds related to Sec. Price's government travel," the report said. Of 21 trips reviewed by the inspector general's investigators, only one complied with all federal travel requirements. The report said none of the charter … [Read more...] about Agency watchdog slams ex-HHS chief Price on costly travel
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0 Have your say Prestwick Airport chiefs today hinted at potentially dropping passenger flights because they lose money. Chief executive Stewart Adams told MSPs a review had been launched to identify which operations at the loss-making airport were profitable and which were "a real drain on resource".Giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament's rural economy and connectivity committee, he said: "The cost of passenger operations will be looked at."The passenger side of the business does not make money."Glasgow Shettleston SNP MSP and committee member John Mason, who raised the issue, later tweeted: "Passenger side does not appear to be profitable. Perhaps airport could continue without passengers."Ryanair is the South Ayrshire airport's sole passenger operator, almost all of whose passengers are holidaying Scots and few of them visitors.Its passenger total increased in the year to March by 3.5 per cent to 702,000.However, that compares to Glasgow Airport's 5.8 per cent growth … [Read more...] about Passenger flights at Prestwick Airport to end?
At the end of the Easter break, weary travellers expecting to sleep on an overnight train from Paris to Milan turned up at Gare de Lyon to discover they would instead be taking an all-night bus across the Alps to Italy. They were the first victims of a series of 18 two-day strikes called by French rail unions to defend their working conditions and benefits. Rail workers in France, known as cheminots, have generous guarantees on employment protection and pay rises, and are typically able to retire in their early 50s. Read more Flight attendants share 15 of their best travel hacks France strikes cause travel chaos for rail and airline passengers Travel disruption as snow and rain bring cold and wet end to Easter Britain braces for snow as Met Office issues yellow warni SNCF, the national rail enterprise, is seeking to cut costs and improve efficiency ahead of 2020, when main lines are opened up to competition in line with European Union policy. Mark Smith, the founder … [Read more...] about France: travel chaos hits post-Easter rush
A Delta flight caught fire shortly after landing at an airport in Atlanta, the airline has confirmed. The plane was on its way to Quito, Ecuador, but suffered a mechanical problem shortly after take-off from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and was forced to return. The Federal Aviation Authority said the brakes locked up upon landing. Footage from a passenger on another flight showed the plane’s landing gear on fire. Read more Air France cancels a quarter of flights Cathay Pacific flight attendants can now wear trousers Report finds 8,900% mark-up on in-flight food and drink “Plane on fire on the runway at Atlanta Airport,” Ronnie Fernando wrote on Twitter. “Speculation as to what it was… looked kinda significant.” The plane, which had 199 people on board, was towed back to the gate where the blaze was extinguished. Passengers continued to Quito on a different flight, the airline said. World news in pictures … [Read more...] about Delta flight catches fire on runway after making emergency landing
As TV pranks go, it beats Jeremy Beadle's best capers hands down. In 1997, Anders Limpar, then an Everton player, was fooled into believing he'd travelled two years into the future in a time machine as part of an incredibly elaborate and perfectly orchestrated ruse. The ambitious tomfoolery involved an aeroplane, fake scientists, fighter jets, the clever use of make-up and even an imposter dog masquerading as his pal's puppy. And it ended with the 58-cap Sweden star being given some horrifying regarding the World Cup. The prank, executed for the TV show, Blåsningen , came to light after Lee Dixon was reminded of the story on comedian Josh Widdicombe's podcast, Quickly Kevin; Will he Score? The 90s Football Show . Here's how it played out... The prank begins with Limpar, who played 96 times for Arsenal between 1990 and 1994, about to board a plane from Gothenburg to Stockholm with his friend, Dan. At the airport, Dan's partner, Mia, is with them along with her puppy. Bidding … [Read more...] about How ex-Arsenal star was tricked into believing he’d travelled to the future