CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2007 |
Three workers were killed and three others were badly hurt Thursday afternoon in an explosion on the edge of Kern County's Mojave airport during the test of a propellant system for a pioneering private spaceship. The blast occurred at a private test site run by Scaled Composites, a company founded by high-profile aviation entrepreneur Burt Rutan. In June 2004, the firm became the first business to launch a reusable manned rocket into space, a craft known as SpaceShip One.
October 5, 2011 |
A test group of frequent fliers began using lower-hassle security lines Tuesday in exchange for sharing more personal info. If all goes well, the program will eventually be expanded beyond the four test airports at Atlanta, Miami, Detroit and Dallas-Fort Worth . . . . Another big winter on tap? Storm clouds and possible snow were on the horizon late Tuesday in Lake Tahoe . . . . The annual Carson City Nevada Day events will observe the 147th year since Nevada joined the union, with beard contests and carnival rides, Oct. 27-30.
May 5, 2013 |
President Obama recently groused that no U.S. airport ranked among the world's top 25 airports. If you're a regular traveler to or from Los Angeles, you may be even more disappointed to learn that Los Angeles International Airport didn't even make the top 100. Obama was referring to a ranking released in April - the Skytrax World Airport Awards - that is based on a survey of 12.1 million travelers around the world. Out of 395 airports worldwide, LAX ranked 109th. It came in at 24th among 50 airports in North America.
November 4, 2012 |
Super storm Sandy, the monster hurricane put a freeze on the nation's busiest airspace and stranded fliers across the country, especially in flood-stricken East Coast airports. Unfortunately, many of those marooned travelers were stuck in airports with lousy reputations for food, comfort and entertainment. In fact, the least desirable airports to be stuck in include Washington's Dulles International, Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International and New York's John F. Kennedy International, according to a new online survey by Misstravel.com, a dating site for frequent travelers.
August 16, 2013 |
Wi-Fi is free at San Francisco International. At Los Angeles International, only basic Wi-Fi is free; a speedy connection will cost you. Those are among the airports for which Airfarewatchdog's new chart provides the Wi-Fi scoop. Its Airport Wi-Fi Chart details the nitty gritty of Wi-Fi access for most major U.S. and international airports. The downloadable chart even details airports that give as much as 60 minutes of Wi-Fi for free. Oakland International and London Heathrow International both offer 45 minutes of free access, according to the chart from Airfarewatchdog.com , the Smarter Travel-affiliated website that steers travelers toward airfare deals, provides info on baggage fees and more.
January 12, 2014 |
Have gun -- won't travel. Last year, the Transportation Security Administration officers uncovered 1,828 firearms at airports nationwide, a 20% increase from 2012, according to a study by Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The tally represents the fifth year in a row that the number of guns confiscated by the TSA has increased. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport -- the world's busiest airport -- had the greatest number of uncovered guns, 110, according to the study.