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  • 38 DEFENDANTS INDICTED IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FRAUD

    07/11/2010 2:43:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 3+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.justice.gov/usao/mow/news2010/harrison.ind.htm JULY 9, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLACK MARKET TRAVEL AGENTS 38 DEFENDANTS INDICTED IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FRAUD LOCAL INVESTIGATION EXPOSES NATIONWIDE NETWORK THAT USED STOLEN IDENTITIES, CREDIT CARDS TO PURCHASE AIRLINE TICKETS KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 38 defendants from across the United States have been charged in a series of indictments that allege an extensive network of black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme...
  • Holder: It was my decision to charge crotch bomber as civilian

    02/03/2010 12:09:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 992+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 3, 2010
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday he made the decision to charge the Christmas Day terror suspect in the civilian system with no objection from all the other relevant departments of the government. In a letter to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, the attorney general wrote that the FBI told its partners in the intelligence community on Christmas Day and again the next day that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab would be charged criminally.
  • Official Says Terrorism Suspect Is Cooperating (See? Mirandizing him worked!)

    02/03/2010 11:30:06 AM PST · by pabianice · 16 replies · 380+ views
    New York Times Fishwrap ^ | 2/3/10 | Zeleny et al
    WASHINGTON — Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a jetliner bound for Detroit on Dec. 25, started talking to investigators after two of his family members arrived in the United States and helped earn his cooperation, a senior administration official said Tuesday evening. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Mr. Abdulmutallab, 23, began speaking to F.B.I. agents last week in Detroit and has not stopped, two government officials said. The officials declined to disclose what information was obtained from him, but said it was aiding in the investigation of the attempted terrorist attack. “With the family, the...
  • More CYA From The Obama White House…Christmas Day Bomber Now Talking Because Of Family

    02/03/2010 9:07:14 AM PST · by Starman417 · 23 replies · 479+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-03-10 | Curt
    It only took a public thrashing to get Obama and pals to figure out that hey, maybe we want to get this Christmas Day Bomber to cooperate after all: The Nigerian man accused of trying to use a bomb hidden in his underwear to bring down a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day has been cooperating with investigators since last week, discussing his contacts in Yemen and providing intelligence in multiple terrorism investigations, officials said Tuesday. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s cooperation could prove to be a national security victory and a political vindication for President Barack Obama, who has been under fire...
  • WH claims to use family to crack EunuchBomber ( Christmas Day Bomber )

    02/03/2010 10:16:00 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 418+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 10:55 am on February 3, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    After being embarrassed by a report on the breakdown of counterterrorism efforts before Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarded a Northwest flight in Amsterdam for Detroit and a series of Congressional appearances that demonstrated a lack of communication in the decision to treat the terrorist as a criminal rather than an enemy at war, the White House has begun to push back.  Citing unnamed “officials,” the AP reports that the FBI and the CIA have begun to get information from Abdulmutallab despite having clammed up after getting Mirandized.  The key, they claim, was to get his family involved in breaking his resistance:...
  • Intel Chief Admits Dropping Ball on Christmas Plot, 'New Mistake' Inevitable

    01/20/2010 7:44:36 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies · 243+ views
    FoxNews.Com ^ | January 20, 2010 | FoxNews
    Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, in a candid assessment of what went wrong before and after the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas, said he had wrongly caved to external "pressure" to trim the no-fly list and even admitted the intelligence community would probably drop the ball in the future. The visibly frustrated director spoke Wednesday alongside other top officials in a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee. The intelligence director as well as Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism
  • Fla. cops: Man threatening Jews taken off flight

    01/07/2010 5:30:29 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 116 replies · 3,452+ views
    AP ^ | 1-7-10
    Fla. cops: Man threatening Jews taken off flight Advertisement Interactives Interactive: Fees soar on airlines Buy AP Photo Reprints Your Questions Answered MIAMI (AP) -- Police say an airline passenger in Miami proclaimed "I want to kill all the Jews" before officers forced him off a Detroit-bound plane. Miami-Dade police said in a statement Thursday that 43-year-old Mansor Mohammad Asad of Toledo, Ohio, was arrested. He faces several charges including disorderly conduct. Police say a taxiing Northwest Airlines flight turned around at Miami International Airport late Wednesday. Authorities say witnesses told them Asad was loud, disruptive and claimed to be...
  • Two Al-Qaeda Top Dogs Behind Flight 253 Jihad Plot Released from Gitmo (& Enter Art Therapy Rehab)

    12/28/2009 6:59:57 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 13 replies · 562+ views
    JihadWatch ^ | December 28, 2009 5:09 PM | Robert Spencer
    Gitmo recidivism comes back to bite us directly. Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the al Qaeda plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet over Detroit were released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo prison in November, 2007, according to American officials and Department of Defense documents. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the Northwest bombing in a Monday statement that vowed more attacks on Americans. American officials agreed to send the two terrorists from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia where they entered into an "art therapy rehabilitation program" and were set free, according to U.S. and Saudi officials....
  • The Fruit-of-the-Loom Bomber Fails

    12/27/2009 1:27:20 AM PST · by mattstat · 21 replies · 1,131+ views
    The guy was caught and nobody was hurt, but it is still too early for the obvious joke of the futility of bombing Detroit. So, as everybody already knows, on a Northwest Airlines flight to the Motor City, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to set his underwear on fire, hoping for an explosion. No jokes there, either. The print media has, unlike the Fort Hood shooting, immediately labeled the failed attack terrorism (or man caused disaster, if you’re an Obama supporter). They have also diligently pointed out that Abdulmutallab was a Christian. Just kidding! He was actually a Buddhist. Another joke!...
  • BINARY EXPLOSIVES: FROM DISCUSSION TO IMPLEMENTATION

    12/26/2009 2:37:05 PM PST · by Cindy · 265 replies · 7,929+ views
    INTERNET HAGANAH.com ^ | December 26, 2009 | Aaron Weisburd
    SNIPPET: "Discussion: I first observed discussion of binary explosives on the al-Firdaws forum in January of 2007. In light of recent events I will post here my archive:" SNIPPET: "Implementation: On Christmas Day, 2009, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab boards a flight in Amsterdam, bound for Detroit, and on final descent he attempts to set off what was most likely a binary explosive. Thank goodness he either screwed up or had bad instructions, because the chemicals he was working with were evidently quite good."
  • Justice Dept says Abdulmutallab has been charged with attempting to bring down Northwest flight

    12/26/2009 1:07:52 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 54 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-26-09 | The Wall Street Journal
    HEADLINE ONLY. Article will be posted when available.
  • Jet fliers tackle bomber: Al Qaeda plot foiled in skies over Mich.

    12/26/2009 2:36:04 AM PST · by Scanian · 31 replies · 1,863+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 26, 2009 | NY Post
    An al Qaeda terrorist tried to blow up a plane packed with Christmas travelers yesterday as it was about to land in Detroit -- but was thwarted by heroic passengers who tackled the madman, authorities said. The 23-year-old Nigerian suffered serious burns, and at least two other passengers were injured in the terrifying violence aboard the Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam. "This could have been catastrophic," Rep. Peter King (R-LI) told Fox News. "We were lucky." President Obama, on vacation in Hawaii, ordered his national security team to ensure that "all appropriate measures be taken to increase security for air...
  • White House Confirms Attempted Terrorist Attack on Northwest Airlines Flight - Video 12/25/09

    12/25/2009 9:46:35 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 13 replies · 912+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 25, 2009 | Brian
    Here is a video report on what the White House has confirmed as an attempted "terrorist attack" aboard a Northwest Airlines flight that was about to land in Detroit. A Nigerian national sought to ignite an explosive device aboard the plane, and was burned in the attempt: A male passenger on an international flight bound for Detroit Friday tried to blow up the plane with an explosive device in an incident that the White House is labeling an attempted act of terrorism. Several people were hurt on the plane, which had Delta markings, but was listed as Northwest Flight 253....
  • ABC Refuses to Identify NWA Incident as Terrorism

    12/25/2009 4:15:37 PM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 29 replies · 1,410+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 12-25-09 | Bob McCarty
    Two sentences contained in an ABC News article published today stand as proof that the network and its faux reporters are in denial when it comes to identifying terrorism and terrorists:
  • Terror suspected in plot to blow up Northwest jet

    12/25/2009 3:53:18 PM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 72 replies · 2,678+ views
    Houston Chronicle via AP ^ | 12/25/09 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON — U.S. officials said a Northwest Airlines passenger from Nigeria said he was acting on behalf of al-Qaida when he tried to blow up a flight Friday as it landed in Detroit. And a White House official called the Christmas incident an attempted act of terrorism. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., identified the suspect as Abdul Mudallad. King said the flight began in Nigeria and went through Amsterdam en route to Detroit. One of the U.S. intelligence officials said the explosive device was a mix of powder and liquid. It failed when the passenger tried to detonate it. The passenger...
  • Union at Odds with FAA Over PIlots' Penalty

    10/30/2009 3:24:16 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 35 replies · 1,226+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 30, 2009 | Andy Pasztor
    Union anger over the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to revoke the licenses of two Northwest Airlines pilots threatens to disrupt voluntary safety-reporting programs used by many carriers, according to industry officials. FAA regulators Tuesday revoked the licenses of both pilots aboard Northwest Flight 188, which failed to respond to air-traffic controllers for about 90 minutes. The union isn't defending actions of the pilots, who asked to be protected under voluntary reporting rules. But officials of the Air Line Pilots Association claim regulators jumped the gun and disregarded voluntary procedures worked out over many years among regulators, airlines and unions. The...
  • FAA Reacted Slowly to Errant Jet

    10/29/2009 10:51:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 605+ views
    wsj ^ | OCTOBER 29, 2009 | CAM SIMPSON and ANDY PASZTOR
    The Federal Aviation Administration violated its own rules by taking more than 40 minutes to alert the military after losing communication with a Northwest Airlines flight last week, according to officials familiar with internal reviews under way at several federal agencies. The delay has sparked consternation within the military, concern within the FAA and special oversight by the White House, these officials said, particularly because such time lags were supposed to be eliminated as a result of the lessons learned from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks... the man charged with protecting the skies above North America, U.S. Air Force...
  • Union Fumes Over Punishment of Northwest Pilots

    10/29/2009 9:14:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 68 replies · 1,867+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 29, 2009 | Andy Pasztor
    The Federal Aviation Administration's decision to revoke the licenses of the pilots of the Northwest jetliner that lost radio contact with controllers last week threatens to disrupt voluntary safety reporting programs used by pilots, according to industry officials and aviation-safety experts. Immediately after FAA regulators on Tuesday revoked the licenses of both pilots aboard Northwest Flight 188, leaders of the largest U.S. pilot union began complaining and planning a response, these officials said. Officials of the Air Line Pilots Association decided on Wednesday that the government's enforcement move violated the spirit, and probably the letter, of voluntary incident reporting and...
  • Wayward pilots were working on their laptops

    10/26/2009 12:34:26 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 57 replies · 1,973+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 10/26/2009 | JOAN LOWY
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Northwest Airlines pilots told federal investigators that they were going over scheduling using their laptop computers in violation of company policy while their plane overflew their Minneapolis destination by 150 miles. National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement Monday that the pilots said in interviews that they were not fatigued and didn't fall asleep, as many aviation safety experts have said was likely. The board said the pilots told investigators the first officer was instructing the captain on monthly flight crew scheduling. The pilots were out of communication with air traffic controllers and their airline...
  • Somalis Leaving U.S. for Jihad

    12/12/2008 3:57:22 AM PST · by Cindy · 157 replies · 3,859+ views
    PAJAMAS MEDIA via FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE.com ^ | December 12, 2008 | Patrick Poole
    Pajamas Media | Friday, December 12, 2008 The funeral for Shirwa Ahmed last week in Burnsville, Minnesota, punctuated a growing national security threat metastasizing inside the U.S. — one Homeland Security and law enforcement authorities have quickly taken note of. Ahmed, who killed himself in a suicide bombing attack in Somalia in October, is just one of up to 40 men from the Twin Cities area who have disappeared and are feared to have returned to their homeland for training with the al-Shabaab terrorist group to wage jihad. The FBI is investigating similar disappearances in other major Somali communities in...
  • CNN : "Penis Being Served on Northwest Airlines"

    02/18/2009 10:10:25 PM PST · by libh8er · 30 replies · 1,833+ views
    CNN (Youtube) ^ | 2/17/09
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5ajv_Db-_g
  • Threat Matrix: September 2008

    09/03/2008 6:13:02 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 926 replies · 12,869+ views
    How The West Was Won The rapid and unexpected decline of the Sunni insurgency in Iraq was officially recognized this week, when Maj. Gen. John Kelly, commanding the Marine Expeditionary Force, turned operational control of Anbar Province over to the Iraqi army and police. Anbar, a vast expanse of desert the size of North Carolina, had been the stronghold of the Sunni insurgency. For years, foreign fighters loyal to al-Qaida had sneaked across Iraq's northwestern border with Syria, into Anbar and down a "rat line" of safe houses in Haditha, Ramadi and Hit. From Fallujah, the arch terrorist Zarqawi...
  • Mysterious Midair Dent in Jetliner’s Nose

    07/08/2008 10:39:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies · 231+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 7, 2008 | Micheline Maynard
    Don’t blame a bird for the punch that the Northwest Airlines plane took in the nose on Sunday. Northwest is now examining the dented nose cone of a Boeing 757 jet that was damaged during a flight from Detroit to Tampa. Images snapped by passengers... show the front tip of the plane looking a bit like a beer cup smashed in after a football game. Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the F.A.A. in Atlanta, said pilots heard a bang when the plane was at 18,000 feet during its descent into Tampa. Its radar went out, prompting the crew to suspect...
  • Flight Attendant Accused of Setting Fire on Airplane

    05/15/2008 11:51:45 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies · 136+ views
    ABC News/Associated Press ^ | May 15, 2008 | DAVE KOLPACK
    A flight attendant angry about his work route set a fire in an airplane bathroom, forcing an emergency landing, authorities said. The Compass Airlines flight carrying 72 passengers and four crew members landed safely in Fargo on May 7 after smoke filled the back. No injuries were reported. The plane was flying from Minneapolis to Regina, Saskatchewan, authorities said. Eder Rojas, 19, appeared in court Thursday, following his arrest a day earlier in Minneapolis, and ordered held without bail, prosecutors said. The charge of setting fire aboard a civil aircraft carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
  • Feinstein's husband bankrupted Northwest Airlines!

    09/28/2005 9:25:15 PM PDT · by metneal · 9 replies · 638+ views
    Check out Richard Blum's inside action at Northwest. Unbelievable. This guy shorted Northwest into the ground RICHARD BLUM Declared Holdings Relationship/Company Reported Shares Value Director Northwest Airlines Corp Cl A Roster, Transactions 12/01/2003 216423 as of: 12/01/2003 as of: 09/27/2005 $2,835,141.29 $136,346.48 12/01/2003 *26304 as of: 12/01/2003 as of: 09/27/2005 $344,582.40 $16,571.52 12/01/2003 7,850 NWACQ Stock Gift value of $102,835.00 10/22/2003 56,104 NWACQ Stock Gift value of $777,601.43 10/20/2003 1,786 NWACQ Stock Gift value of $25,182.59 10/17/2003 31,786 NWACQ Stock Gift value of $440,553.96 09/16/2003 2,325 NWACQ Stock Gift value of $25,342.50 07/14/2003 22,222 NWACQ Stock Gift value of $245,997.54...
  • CA: Feinstein's husband takes on starring role (Richard Blum now Chairman of Board of Regents)

    03/21/2007 6:19:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 442+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/21/07 | Richard C. Paddock
    They are one of California's most influential political couples: four-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Richard Blum, a wealthy businessman, philanthropist and behind-the-scenes political advisor. For decades, first as San Francisco mayor and then as senator, Feinstein has had the public persona while Blum has operated in the background. Now, at 71, Blum has stepped into the limelight to take over as chairman of the University of California Board of Regents. --snip-- Blum was appointed to a 12-year term on the 26-member board in 2002 by then-Gov. Gray Davis, to whom Blum and his companies had given more than...
  • Ann Coulter: What can I do to make your flight more uncomfortable?

    11/22/2006 2:59:00 PM PST · by Vinny · 204 replies · 10,075+ views
    Human Events Online (Contributors) ^ | 11-22-2006 | Ann Coulter
    Six imams removed from a US Airways flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix are calling on Muslims to boycott the airline. If only we could get Muslims to boycott all airlines, we could dispense with airport security altogether. Witnesses said the imams stood to do their evening prayers in the terminal before boarding, chanting "Allah, Allah, Allah" -- coincidentally, the last words heard by hundreds of airline passengers on 9/11 before they died. Witnesses also said that the imams were talking about Saddam Hussein, and denouncing America and the war in Iraq. About the only scary preflight ritual the imams didn't...
  • Twelve passengers arrested after Northwest Airlines disturbance (Amsterdam to Mumbai flight)

    08/23/2006 9:50:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 2,525+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/23/06 | AFP
    THE HAGUE (AFP) - Twelve passengers on a Northwest Airlines flight that returned to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport after the pilot raised an alert over worrying behaviour have been arrested, the Dutch ANP news agency has reported. The plane was flying from the Dutch capital to Mumbai, India, with 149 passengers on board on Wednesday when what the pilot called "behavior of concern" prompted him to return to Amsterdam. The plane was escorted by two Dutch air force jets.
  • Amsterdam - F-16s escort Northwest Airlines flight back to airport

    08/23/2006 3:46:44 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 35 replies · 2,931+ views
    AP News Alert | August 23, 2006
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- An airport spokeswoman says Dutch F-16s have escorted a Northwest Airlines flight back to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.
  • D.B. Cooper (Vanity)

    05/05/2006 10:22:55 PM PDT · by Ptarmigan · 14 replies · 552+ views
    45 year old D.B. Cooper enters Portland International Airport. Cooper uses the name Dan Cooper to buy a one-way ticket to Sea-Tac International Airport on November 24, 1971, a Wednesday before Thanksgiving. He boards Northwest Flight 305, a Boeing 727-100. He boards the airplane and attracts no attention. He is wearing suit with a pearl tie and wearing a homburg hat. The airplane starts to taxi and take off from the runway. Flight attendant Flo Schaffner walks by and he hands her a note. Men traveling alone handed nots to flight attendants as a way to pass hotel and phone...
  • Northwest refuses gay couple's award tickets

    02/12/2006 5:39:39 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 43 replies · 2,139+ views
    PlanetOut Network ^ | Sat Feb 11, 8:01 PM ET | Staff
    SUMMARY: Northwest Airlines took heat from the ACLU on Thursday for refusing to honor award tickets that a gay couple in Los Angeles tried to use for a trip to Florida. Northwest Airlines took heat from the ACLU on Thursday for refusing to honor award tickets that a gay couple in Los Angeles tried to use for a trip to Florida. In a letter to Northwest, the legal advocacy group said the airline's action violated California's nondiscrimination laws. Rob Anders, a longtime airline industry employee, won the tickets at a holiday party in December. When he tried to redeem the...
  • Ex-congressman Jimenez to sue US airline over stopover snafu (Convicted Clinton donor)

    12/28/2005 8:57:03 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 510+ views
    inq7.net ^ | December 29, 2005 | Norman Bordadora
    HE may consider it prudent not to wade into politics at this time, but former Manila congressman Mark Jimenez can never be away from the limelight for very long. The controversial businessman, who was released recently from a United States prison, has taken up the cause of Filipinos claiming to have been allegedly mistreated by the United States-based Northwest Airlines. Jimenez announced during the Christmas weekend that he was planning to lead Northwest victims in filing a class suit against the US carrier for allegedly treating its Filipino passengers on its December 18 flight from Detroit to Manila like...
  • Severance issue breaks NWA-mechanics talks

    09/12/2005 8:53:55 AM PDT · by From The Deer Stand · 8 replies · 442+ views
    Detroit Free Press ^ | September 12, 2005 | Jewel Gopwani
    <p>The Detroit Free Press reported that after three days of negotiations between Northwest Airlines and its mechanics union, talks broke down Sunday over severance pay issues. That leaves the union with no talks set at the bargaining table and with no deal.</p>
  • Northwest Airlines mechanics walk off the job

    08/19/2005 9:23:56 PM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 65 replies · 2,006+ views
    The Wall Street Journal | August 20, 2005
    BREAKING NEWS: Northwest Airlines mechanics walk off the job. Full article coming shortly.
  • Northwest WorldPerks Miles Can Help Wounded Service Members

    03/23/2004 6:16:36 PM PST · by Calpernia · 12 replies · 1,212+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 23, 2004 | Press Release
    Thanks to a partnership between Northwest Airlines and the nonprofit Fisher House Foundation, travelers can donate their miles from the airline's WorldPerks frequent-flyer program to help service members wounded or injured on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. Northwest is providing travel through the use of donated WorldPerks miles for wounded or injured service members to take leave or pass from military hospitals, and for their families to visit them at their bedside. Jim Weiskopf, Fisher House spokesman, said the Northwest program is the second airline partnership involving the foundation. The first one, with American Airlines, uses donated "AAdvantage Award"...
  • PDX (Portland airport) Concourses A,B,C closed: Suspicious device found

    01/05/2004 4:18:22 PM PST · by nwrep · 44 replies · 1,310+ views
    KGWN News (Local TV) | January 5, 2004 | nwrep
    Suspicious device found in terminal. A,B,C serve Alaska, NW and Southwest. Developing.
  • Lufthansa Plans to Resume Baghdad Flights

    05/10/2003 1:39:01 PM PDT · by sarcasm · 1 replies · 285+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 10, 2003
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa said on Saturday it was seeking approval to resume flights to Baghdad as soon as possible. Deutsche Lufthansa AG said it needed the consent of the authorities in Iraq but hoped to take a decision in a few weeks after clarifying issues such as take-off and landing rights. ``With its oil refineries, Baghdad is the country's leading industrial center and is becoming an increasingly important destination for business travelers,'' it said in a statement. A spokeswoman said decisions on the frequency of flights and aircraft to be used would be taken once approval was...
  • Northwest Seeks to Start Baghdad Flights

    05/09/2003 3:19:51 PM PDT · by El Conservador · 7 replies · 271+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 09, 2003 | Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Northwest Airlines Corp. said on Friday it has applied to U.S. government agencies for permission to start flight service between Detroit and Baghdad via Amsterdam. The U.S. government has banned commercial flights to the Iraqi capital since 1990, and Northwest is the first major carrier to seek approval to fly to Iraq (news - web sites) since the end of the U.S.-led war. Cargo carriers World Airways Inc. and North American Airlines Inc. have also applied for permission to fly to Baghdad, said a spokesman for the Department of Transportation. He said there was no timetable for...
  • Airlines Pilot's Address

    04/29/2003 12:01:56 PM PDT · by LivefromVegas · 23 replies · 770+ views
    Unknown | Karl Kankel
    I truly wish I had been on this flight. H O M E I want to tell you of an experience I had last night flying home from Atlanta. The pilot came on the intercom and went through the usual announcements telling us that "we're just east of Montgomery cruising at 28,000 feet" and "you've picked a beautiful night for flying, just look at the gorgeous southern sunset out of the right side of the plane." He then, however, said this: "Please bear with me as I deviate from the script, but I want you all to know that simply...
  • Man threatens passenger, says he's a terrorist

    11/22/2002 2:31:40 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 20 replies · 266+ views
    Anchorage Daily News via Drudgereport ^ | November 22, 2002 | Tataboline Brant
    <p>A Boeing 747 en route from Minneapolis to Tokyo was diverted to Anchorage on Thursday and searched by bomb-sniffing dogs after an unruly passenger claimed to be a terrorist, federal officials said.</p> <p>The plane remained in Anchorage overnight, said Eric Gonzalez, a special agent in the FBI's Anchorage office.</p>
  • Richard Blum Plumbs Nasdaq's Ruins

    07/29/2002 1:29:03 PM PDT · by markfiveFF · 315+ views
    San Francisco, July 29 (Bloomberg) -- For three years, Richard Blum watched the Internet bubble grow from the balcony of his fourth-floor office, where Buddhist prayer flags rustle in the breeze from San Francisco Bay. His 27-year-old investment firm, Blum Capital Partners LP, avoided soaring technology stocks. ... Blum counts as friends Chinese President Jiang Zemin and the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader whom the Chinese government terms a dissident. ... Blum's 22-year marriage to Feinstein has brought charges of conflicts of interest. When Feinstein ran for reelection in October 2000, she backed improved trade relations with China. ......
  • Northwest: Airlines to seek approval for eye-scan check-ins

    06/20/2002 11:37:26 AM PDT · by The Energizer · 12 replies · 300+ views
    AP | June 20, 2002 | AP
    Northwest: Airlines to seek approval for eye-scan check-ins EAGAN, Minn. (AP) Northwest Airlines and other major carriers plan to ask the Transportation Security Administration in July to allow them to test a check-in system using cards with encrypted eye scans, company officials said. Northwest hopes the ``registered traveler'' would give its frequent flyers a faster way to get through security, said Dirk McMahon, senior vice president of customer service. ``If the TSA approves, Northwest will use its employees to start the pilot program at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by fall,'' McMahon said Wednesday. If the test program succeeds, Northwest would...