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May 12, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
It's not exactly like winning the lottery, but boarding passes for some frequent fliers on US Airways, Delta and United airlines will now include a symbol that lets them go through screening faster. The faster screening lines are offered under a program called PreCheck, operated by the Transportation Security Administration. Frequent fliers with five of the largest airlines are invited to apply for the PreCheck program. If they get selected by the TSA to participate they can go through screening without removing their shoes, belts, jackets or taking laptops and liquid bottles out of carry-on bags.
July 6, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Lee Romney
Catherine Malone Habas and her family were 20 minutes from landing at SFO, en route home from a two-week vacation in Cape Cod, when the plane headed into an unexpected circle and the pilot came on the public address system. "He said, 'Everything went smoothly for 5 hours and 40 minutes, but we've been put into a holding pattern for at least 20 minutes because of a disabled plane at SFO,' " Malone Habas recounted. Twenty minutes later, the pilot came on wagain with a short message for the passengers of United flight 1699: "We've been diverted to Sacramento.
July 6, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
This post has been updated, as noted below. SAN FRANCISCO -- When the Asiana Airlines flight crashed at San Francisco International Airport, passengers fled in all directions from the burning plane. "You have to imagine the chaos of the scene," said San Francisco Police Dept. Acting Capt. Dominic Yin. Some passengers were found wandering, dazed, near the wreckage. Others made a beeline for the international terminal, where they waited for as long as five hours to be reunited with panicked friends and family.
December 4, 2013 | By Lee Romney
Some passengers whose BART train became stuck in the Berkeley Hills tunnel were being treated Wednesday morning for smoke inhalation after the disabled train emerged at Oakland's Rockridge station. Bay Area Rapid Transit spokesman Jim Allison said the train got stuck between the Orinda and Rockridge stations at about 8:30 a.m., after a parking brake apparently deployed accidentally. Passengers reported smelling smoke from the brakes. A technician was able to get the train moving again and passengers were evacuated at the Rockridge station at 9:35 a.m. Some were seen in news footage being removed from the train by paramedics -- one on a stretcher.
July 18, 2012 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
The Transportation Security Administration program that allows prescreened passengers to move more quickly through security is scheduled to expand next week to United Airlines in Terminal 7 at LAX . The program, known as PreCheck, is already in place at LAX for select Delta and American passengers. Under the program, such passengers may not have to remove their shoes or lightweight outerwear or remove their laptop or liquids from their carry-on during screening. “All of our customers absolutely love it,” said Alexandria Marren, senior vice president of network operations for United and United Express, under which security falls.
July 6, 2013 | By Harriet Ryan, Shelby Grad and Carlos Lozano
San Francisco International Airport was closed after a Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing on Saturday. It's unknown when the airport will reopen. Photos taken by a passenger on the plane shows people on the runway with smoke coming from the aircraft. In a brief phone interview, a passenger from the flight who didn't want to give his name told the Los Angeles Times that most of the passengers on the flight were unharmed. “I just want their families to know,” he said.
November 2, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson and Matt Stevens
What one Los Angeles International Airport official called a “logistical nightmare” played out Saturday afternoon inside Terminal 3 as passengers who had fled in the midst of Friday's shooting rampage returned to search for their belongings -- resulting in long lines and hot tempers. Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, announced at a press conference Saturday afternoon that LAX was "returning to normal" and Terminal 3 is fully operational. But she also acknowledged that operations were "very, very busy.” "We greatly appreciate the public's patience because of this," she said.  In the wake of the shooting that killed a Transportation Security Administration officer and left several others injured, people who had lost their bags and personal effects in the chaos were essentially sent on a scavenger hunt for their belongings.
March 24, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Delta Air Lines recently began testing a program that greets its corporate clients by name when they check in at an airport kiosk or use the Delta mobile app. And last week, United Airlines introduced its first planes with revamped cabins for transcontinental “premium service” customers. The new interiors have Wi-Fi service, on-demand entertainment and seats that convert into 180-degree flat beds. The efforts to court first-class and business-class travelers make sense. Such fliers typically buy the most expensive seats and book at the last minute, incurring the highest fares.
July 6, 2013 | By Daniel Siegal
Bob Hope Airport in Burbank saw the number of passengers who passed through its gates rise slightly in May -- the second month this year to show an increase. The airport handled 345,997 passengers in May, a 0.4% increase compared to 344,566 in May 2012, according to statistics released by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority last week. This uptick came two months after a 0.27% increase in March, which was followed by a 2.4% drop in April. There were double-digit declines the first two months of the year.
July 9, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Six passengers from Asiana Airlines Flight 214 remained in critical condition Tuesday at two Bay Area hospitals, officials said. San Francisco General Hospital said a child listed in critical condition was upgraded to serious Monday. The five patients that remain in critical condition include four adults and one child. One patient was previously thought to be an adult but later determined to be a minor, officials said. Five patients were discharged Monday, officials said. In all, 12 patients remain at the hospital - nine adults and three children - ranging from serious to good condition.
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