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Archive: October 14, 2007 - October 20, 2007

Your Thoughts: Autumn Drives, Close to Home?

Leaves haven't really started to change yet (unless you count the brown ones), so there's still plenty of time to plan a driving trip. But our colleague Dr. Gridlock doesn't want to send people hundreds of miles away. Instead, he's soliciting scenic drives in this area. Nice, huh? Here's what...

By John Deiner | October 19, 2007; 4:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

World Fares: Taxi, Please

Count me among the multitudes who think that D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty made the right call when he decided that the city's cabs must switch over to meters from the weird, antiquated zone system that's confounded the world for decades. One thing that's struck me in the pro-meter argument is...

By John Deiner | October 19, 2007; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Gotbaum-US Airways Case, Cont'd

If you've been following the case of Carol Anne Gotbaum, the US Airways passenger who died while in police custody at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Sept. 28, here's an update. First, the undisputed facts: Gotbaum became distraught after not getting on her connecting flight. The police were called. She...

By K.C. Summers | October 18, 2007; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

The French Rail Strike: What You Need to Know

By the time you read this, a general rail strike will have begun in France, a massive shutdown that's certain to wreak havoc on travelers who are already in -- or about to travel to -- the country. Here's the latest strike information: A domestic rail strike -- called by...

By Scott Vogel | October 17, 2007; 4:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should There Be Mercy?

A recent email raises again the question: When there are rules, should airlines just stick with them, or should mercy ever be shown? The email was from a woman who took her family of four from Washington on British Airways to visit relatives in India. On past visits, all flights...

By Cindy Loose | October 17, 2007; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

72.2 Million Served

In high school, I could not stand statistics; I preferred to find the value of a and b if a=c, or even measure right angles. However, when the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics issues a report, I regret making a vodoo doll out of my math teacher,...

By Andrea Sachs | October 16, 2007; 6:46 AM ET | Comments (3)

When Flying Kills

If you haven't seen it, take a look at yesterday's Outlook story on the death of Carol Anne Gotbaum, the US Airways passenger who died shackled to a bench in the Phoenix airport. It's distressing on several levels. Gotbaum was flying US Airways and its subcontractor, Mesa Airlines, from New...

By K.C. Summers | October 15, 2007; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (19)

 

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