| Nov 13, 2013
Re "Proud Bird leaving LAX," Nov. 10
I am dismayed that Los Angeles World Airports and the U.S. Department of Transportation have placed the LAX-adjacent Proud Bird restaurant at risk of closing.
This is not just another restaurant; it is an...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 1:58 PM
American Airlines and US Airways struck a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department that will allow the airlines to complete a $17 billion merger and create the world's largest carrier, the airlines announced Tuesday.
The deal, which heads off a trial...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 12:00 PM
With a martini in hand, John Cashen was deep in a discussion of military electronics, when a 747 jetliner seemed to float past in slow motion onto LAX's south runway complex.
Cashen, who pioneered the radar-evading design of the B-2 Stealth bomber,...
| Nov 14, 2013
The light had turned green, but the driver preparing to turn left from Dearborn Street onto Upper Wacker Drive on Wednesday sat there for four seconds until a chorus of honks behind her jolted her away from looking at her phone.
This scene and others...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 4:49 PM
For three weeks of every year, I fear for my life.
Well, it's more accurate to say that I become highly attuned in regard to my safety while running. See, I spend some time each year in a small coastal town in south British Columbia, and the roads are...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 4:18 PM
When travel agents sell an airline ticket, they are required by federal policy to disclose the airline you will be flying.
So far this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued six fines, totaling $430,000, to travel agencies that have...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 9:56 PM
Carriers interested in providing air service for the Aberdeen Regional Airport have until Oct. 24 to submit their proposals to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Aberdeen City Manager Lynn Lander said he was notified Tuesday that Essential Air...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
The overall "quality" of the 15 biggest U.S. airlines dropped slightly below the performance in 2012, but only from -1.08 to -1.11. So says the latest release of the annual "Airline Quality Rating" (AQR), scores. (Don't be put off by the negative scores:...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Despite having authority to regulate airline fees on international tickets, the U.S. Department of Transportation decided on Nov. 6, 2012 not to enforce its statutory requirement. This decision was in response to a formal July 2, 2012 complaint by...
| Oct 21, 2013
Orland Park police later this month will conduct a "roadside safety check" — a checkpoint where police stop cars to see whether drivers are following the law or driving under the influence.
Police don't say what day they conduct the checks for...
| Oct 3, 2013
Americans are becoming more familiar with e-cigarettes, which are beginning to appear in restaurants, bars and coffeehouses where regular cigarettes have long been banned. An e-cigarette is, in effect, a battery-operated nicotine delivery system that...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 11:37 AM
When Southwest Airlines offered a "Luv a Fare Sale" earlier this year, the carrier apparently did not supply enough love.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has fined the Dallas-based carrier $200,000 for violating its full-fare advertising rules for...