Mesaba Airlines and the ALPA say they've reached an 11th hour
agreement on a new contract for the airline's 844 pilots. ALPA and
Mesaba have been negotiating since June 2001.
"We look forward to continuing a good working relationship with our
pilots and ALPA," said John Spanjers, president of Mesaba Aviation.
"This deal reflects the professionalism and contributions of our
pilots and how important they are to the success of our
US Airways flight attendants, represented by the Association of
Flight Attendants, CWA/AFL-CIO, has filed a lawsuit in the US
District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to prevent
airline management from executing what it says is an illegal
process in the involuntary furlough of 552 flight attendants.
"The jobs and livelihoods of people are at stake," said AFA US
Airways Master Executive Council President Perry Hayes. "AFA will
fight with all legal means necessary to protect the US Airways
flight attendants from this kind of blatant disregard for our
contract and rights."
An American Eagle commuter flight from LaGuardia (NY) to Reagan
International (DC) was diverted to Washington Dulles International
(VA) Saturday, after an a passenger reportedly passed a note to a
flight attendant, saying there was a bomb on board. Authorities
said the passenger demanded the aircraft be flown to Atlanta
Flight 4959, an Embraer 135 (file photo of type and livery, right)
carrying 19 passengers and a crew of five, parked away from the
terminals at Dulles. Passengers and luggage were searched by
security officials and bomb-sniffing dogs before officials declared
there was no bomb.
At the intersection of politics and aviation safety, the British
government says it will name names of airlines banned from landing
in or overflying the UK and other European countries. Sort
British Transportation Secretary Alistair Darling made that promise
to an opposition party member in Parliament after MP David Wilshire
asked for the revelation. "If a government bans an airline from its
airspace it has to have a good reason. And we have a right to know
whether it is sensible to get on an aircraft," Wilshire told the
The Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with other
federal agencies, is taking an aggressive approach to counter the
threat of shoulder-fired missiles to civilian commercial aviation.
Homeland Security's Science and Technology division is leading the
technology aspects of the effort through its Counter-MAN Portable
Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) Special Program Office. The MANPADS
office will help determine the viability, economic costs and
effectiveness of adapting existing technology from military to
commercial aviation use. Following an aggressive 18-24 month
analysis, prototype demonstration and testing phase, Homeland
Security will provide the Administration and Congress with a
recommendation for the most viable solution to defend against