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April 8, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Los Angeles airport officials on Tuesday told a City Council committee that improvements in training, communications and emergency management are on the way in the aftermath of November's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. The measures include better communication and coordination between airport and public safety command centers as well as an expanded emergency notification system for airlines, LAX concessionaires, hotels and ground transportation companies. Among the other improvements are a new wireless communications system to send emergency information to all cellphones at the airport, a special team of officials to help stranded travelers and more evacuation training for all workers at LAX. Airport Director Gina Marie Lindsey, airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon and two high-ranking emergency managers for Los Angeles World Airports appeared at a special meeting of the council's Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee.
April 4, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
Airfares in Europe - even in shoulder season - continue to put a crimp in travelers' budgets so this round-trip fare from LAX to Copenhagen may provide a new gateway to the Continent. Air Canada is offering a $573 round trip, including all taxes and fees. It is subject to availability, and you must stay over a Saturday night but may not stay more than 30 days. It is for departures Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in September and October. Info: Air Canada , (888)
April 4, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO DUBLIN, IRELAND From LAX, United, Delta, US Airways, American, British, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus offer connecting service (change of planes) to Dublin. Restricted round-trip fares from $659 to $1,214, including taxes and fees. From Dublin, there's a direct train to Westport. The three-hour trip costs about $45 each way. WHERE TO STAY Knockranny House Hotel, Castlebar Road, Westport; 011-353-98-28600, . This elegant hotel, set in a Victorian-like mansion on a hill, is nicely located near bicycle rentals for the start of a greenway ride.
April 3, 2014 | By Jason La
Looking to photograph the light trails of planes, Timo Saarelma set up a camera and tripod on a picnic table in Vista Del Mark Park near Los Angeles International Airport in January. Luckily, the sky was clear, and Saarelma managed to capture a couple of shots before the marine layer settled in for the evening, he said. He used a Canon EOS 7D.  Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
April 3, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Want to use your tax refund to do some traveling? Booking engine Expedia has come up with a tool that it claims can offer inspiration, although with limitations. The “ Take a Trip ” feature allows people to plug in the amount of their refund (or the part of it they want to spend), enter a few other parameters and then get some suitably priced air-plus-hotel packages. The average refund so far this year, according to the IRS , is $3,034. I figured that was a good amount to use in giving the website a test drive.
March 30, 2014 | By Angel Jennings
In the name of civic progress, the Crenshaw corridor has lost a lot of trees. First, to clear the way for the space shuttle Endeavour's trek to the California Science Center, 71 mature magnolias and pines were chopped down in 2012 along an almost two-mile stretch in South Los Angeles. Now, with the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX subway line, residents are bracing for more. About 175 trees - a third of those remaining - are expected to be cut down along Crenshaw Boulevard during the light-rail project, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
March 28, 2014 | Richard Winton, Kate Mather and Dan Weikel
As the sea of luggage twists and turns down rollers from terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, the bags stop briefly at large platforms where workers separate them for flights across the world. It is there, police said, that a group of baggage handlers pulled off one of the largest property heists in airport history. For months, detectives said, workers rifled through bags looking for items to steal. "Basically everything of value -- be it electronics, jewelry and items -- that could be stolen in seconds would be removed from bags," LAX Police Chief Pat Gannon said.
March 28, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Dan Weikel
The debate over the presence of armed police officers at airport passenger screening areas continued Friday as lawmakers met at Los Angeles International Airport to take a fresh look at November's deadly shooting and the steps airport and federal officials have taken in its wake. Members of the House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Transportation Security heard testimony Friday about the Nov. 1, 2013, shooting, which raised questions about airport security and emergency response.
March 28, 2014 | By Richard Winton, Kate Mather and Dan Weikel
Authorities are still trying  determine how long an alleged theft ring at Los Angeles International Airport was operating, but say a group of baggage handlers was responsible for one of the largest property heists in the airport's history. As of Thursday, s ix people were arrested in the case, but officials said as many as 25 are thought to be involved in the scheme.  Police said that for months the workers rifled through bags as they separated them for flights going to destinations around the world, looking for items to steal and then sell, sometimes using Craigslist.
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