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Archive: December, 2009

POSTED: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 4:30 PM
I'm back (sometimes) from a break and tracking the followup to the foiled Christmas Day terrorist attack. Unless you live in cave you know it continues to dominate the news. A good summary of the failed or less-than-perfect systems for detecting a threat that have evolved since Sept. 11, 2001, ran in print today and can be found here.
POSTED: Monday, December 28, 2009, 8:34 AM
This posting is for those who come only to this space for their airline and air-travel news. Everyone else knows what happened as Delta flight 253 approached Detroit from Amsterdam on Christmas day: A man attempted to set off an explosive device. Given that it happened on a holiday, followed by a weekend, needless to say the story, it has dominated news coverage, mostly in the form of educated or semi-educating guessing by a host of TV talking heads. For the record, the most recent story is posted here. 
POSTED: Monday, December 28, 2009, 8:24 AM

The Winging It column today provides the feedback promised two weeks ago on this issue: Is it time to revist the ban on cell phone voice calls during an an airline flight? I asked you to let me know what you thought of the arguments of overseas cell phone providers who say in-flight talking on the phone is working all right in places around the world, so why not here? As I reported to you briefly last week, about 100 of you took the time to tell me "Don't let 'em do it!" Read more here ...

POSTED: Friday, December 25, 2009, 10:32 AM

Merry Christmas everyone. Sorry to have only this important followup story to post today: Investigators say they will look at the action pilots' took before their American Airlnes jet crashed two nights ago as they landed at Kingston, Jamaica. Fortuately, there were no fatalities in this one. Read the latest here.

We will be posting news and opinion here sporadically the rnext 10 days, through Jan. 3, but will have columns in print and online on Monday and Jan, 4, so check back then. Enjoy the rest of your holidays.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 2:29 PM

Today it was Amtrak's turn to suffer delays in the Northeast. All trains on the Northeast Corridor stopped for three hours because of an electrical problem in North Jersey. Read more here.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 10:25 AM

The new PHL cell phone lot, on airport property in an easily accessible location, is apparently still a second choice for some motorists approaching the airport. The Daily News did a spot check and found that cars are still parking on the entrance ramps. Read it all here.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 9:23 AM

This year will go down as one of worst in several years for U.S. airline accident with the latest: An American 737 skidded off a runway on landing in heavy rain at Kingston, Jamaica, last night. Fortunately there were no fatalities but 44 were injured. Read on here.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 10:36 AM

The fast trains that link London with the European continent, and have taken big chunks of business from airlines in recent years, resumed service today after a chaotic weekend breakdown. Eurostar rail service officials said they determined that unusually dry and powdery snow got in its electric-locomotive engines, causing extra condensation that shut down the power. Read more about the disruption here.

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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at Reach Tom at

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