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FAA Proposes Fining American for Security Breaches
July 31, 2001 6:59 pm EST
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday proposed fining the world's biggest air carrier, American Airlines, $99,000 for security breaches involving six flights last year.
FAA special agents found on June 25, 2000, that the airline improperly carried unaccompanied bags on five flights, failed to perform passenger identification checks on two flights and failed to ask security questions regarding checked bags on two flights.
American, owned by AMR Corp., took immediate action to correct the problems at the airports where violations were found, the FAA said. The discoveries were made during an assessment of the airline's passenger pre-screening and checked baggage security.
Typically, U.S. airline representatives ask passengers if their bags have been with them at all times, if they packed the bags themselves and if anyone unknown to them has asked for a package to be carried on board.
Additionally, airlines have required passengers to present some form of picture identification before being allowed to board a flight.
The incidents involved flights from:
+Boston Logan International Airport to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport,
+Washington's Reagan National Airport to Miami International Airport,
+Denver International Airport to Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport,
+San Diego International Airport to Reno Tahoe International Airport,
+San Jose International Airport in California to Los Angeles International Airport, and
+Lambert St. Louis International Airport to Chicago O'Hare.
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Illinois Governor Unveils $6 Billion Airport Plan
October 18, 2001 6:07 pm EST
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois Gov. George Ryan unveiled on Thursday a $6 billion long-range plan for airports in the Chicago area that incorporates much of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's proposed expansion of the city's O'Hare International Airport.
Under the plan, $5.4 billion would be spent to add an east-west runway at O'Hare, reconfigure some of the existing runways, improve traffic access to the airport and provide sound proofing to nearby homes and schools, state officials said.
Ryan also called for capping flights at the nation's second busiest airport at 1.1 million a year or about 3,000 a day -- a level the governor said the airport should not reach for 15 years.
"This plan I am proposing today would virtually eliminate air travel delays," Ryan said at a news conference. "Weather-related delays would be reduced by 95 percent at O'Hare."
The plan does not include an additional new runway on the south end of the airport that Daley wanted.
Both Ryan and Daley had been under pressure by business executives, the airlines and some members of Congress to expand the airport to ease delays that led to the ranking by the Federal Aviation Administration of O'Hare as the third-most delayed U.S. airport last year.
Another $615 million under the governor's plan would be used to build a single-runway, 12-gate-terminal airport in Peotone, a town 35 miles south of Chicago, that has been pushed for years by some state Republican leaders. The overall plan, dubbed Safe Airports for the Economy or SAFE by Ryan, would also provide $300 million in low-interest, bond financed loans to airports and airlines to purchase security equipment.
BOND ISSUE FOR AIRPORT SECURITY
Ryan acknowledged his plan comes at a time when air traffic is down dramatically following the Sept. 11 hijacked airline attacks on the United States.
The plan also represents a major change for Ryan, who has said he would not seek reelection in 2002 and who had been opposed to new runways at O'Hare during his first run for governor, reflecting the position of some local government officials in towns near the airfield.
"Because of Sept. 11, things changed dramatically," Ryan said. "I have concluded that a bold, comprehensive aviation plan is an absolute necessity in order to send a strong message that we will keep our economy strong."
Daley's plan for O'Hare relies in part on fees paid by passengers, as well as by airlines, which have been forced to cut service and employees to deal with the slowdown. In fact, United Airlines chief executive James Goodwin told employees this week the nation's number two airline will "perish" next year without a reduction in costs, according to the airline's pilots union.
On Thursday, Goodwin applauded Ryan for his plan, saying despite the airline's current problems, it was still important "to create an O'Hare that will operate at peak efficiency in good and bad weather."
Ryan said Illinois would be the first state to offer a large-scale financing plan for airport security equipment. Under that plan, airports and airlines could apply for a loan from the Illinois Development Finance Authority, which would issue bonds. Pat Rae, the authority's executive director, said the agency could obtain lower interest rates for Chicago-area airports by intercepting certain state funds to enhance tax-exempt bond security or by offering pooled taxable deals for airlines that could ultimately be paid off with carriers' funds or special fees on passengers.
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November 14, 2001 8:23 am EST
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A 76-year-old chef heading home to Hong Kong was caught at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport carrying two meat cleavers in his carry-on bag, police said.
There was no indication that chef Sung Mok had any intention of doing any harm with the meat cleavers, which are commonly used by cooks, but he was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor, police said.
The cleavers were discovered by security personnel as Mok was leaving a secure area at O'Hare, where he had spent the night after arriving on Monday on a flight from Miami, police said. He had been scheduled to board a flight to Hong Kong later on Tuesday.
Last week, a 27-year-old man from Nepal was charged with a federal crime after he got past passenger screening agents at O'Hare with carry-on bags containing knives, pepper spray and a stun gun. The man told authorities the weapons were only for his protection.
Atlanta-based Argenbright Security Inc., the security firm which screens passengers at Chicago and several other airports for United Airlines, a unit of UAL Corp., punished some personnel after last week's incident.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta verbally chastised the airline over the incident, which came amid a disagreement in the U.S. Congress over whether airport security workers should be made federal government employees in the wake of the Sept. 11 airline hijacking attacks.
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April 10, 2002 2:05 pm EST
Empty Plane Rolls Through Fence at L.A. Airport
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An empty American Airlines jet parked outside a hanger at Los Angeles International Airport rolled through a fence, knocking down overhead power lines on Wednesday, an airline spokesman said.
John Hotard, an American Airlines spokesman, said the Boeing 767, parked outside a maintenance hanger at the airport, rolled through the fence and power lines before coming to a stop on a service road.
No one was on the plane and no one on the ground was hurt, Hotard said, and no information was immediately available on damage to the plane. The airline was investigating.
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