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Bailout or bust? Alitalia divides a nation, paralyzes Rome

April 29, 2017 By Giselda Vagnoni and Agnieszka Flak ROME/MILAN (Reuters) – Italians are watching their flag carrier Alitalia go into yet another financial tailspin, and a growing number of them believe it would be better for the country if it crashed. Outraged at repeated state bailouts that have cost taxpayers more than 7 billion euros ($7.62 billion) over a decade, many Italians are taking to social media to urge the government to resist the political temptation to rush to its rescue again.     “In electoral terms, Alitalia is worth…

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United passenger launches legal action over forceful removal

April 12, 2017 By Alana Wise NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lawyers for the passenger dragged from a United Airlines plane in Chicago filed an emergency request with an Illinois state court on Wednesday to require the carrier to preserve video recordings and other evidence related to the incident. Citing the risk of “serious prejudice” to their client, Dr. David Dao, the lawyers want United and the City of Chicago, which runs O’Hare International Airport, to preserve surveillance videos, cockpit voice recordings, passenger and crew lists, and other materials related to…

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U.S. FCC chair wants to end effort to allow cellphone use in air

April 10, 2017 By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said on Monday he is proposing to end a 2013 regulatory proceeding that had sought to lift the ban on mobile phones on U.S. airlines. The FCC said in 2013 that it would consider allowing air travelers to make mobile phone calls but never finalized it. “I stand with airline pilots, flight attendants, and America’s flying public against the FCC’s ill-conceived 2013 plan to allow people to make cellphone calls on planes. I do not…

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U.S. FCC chair wants to end effort to allow cellphone use in air

April 10, 2017 By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said on Monday he is proposing to end a 2013 regulatory proceeding that had sought to lift the ban on mobile phones on U.S. airlines. The FCC said in 2013 that it would consider allowing air travelers to make mobile phone calls but never finalized it. “I stand with airline pilots, flight attendants, and America’s flying public against the FCC’s ill-conceived 2013 plan to allow people to make cellphone calls on planes. I do not…

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U.S. FCC chair wants to end effort to allow cellphone use in air

April 10, 2017 (Reuters) – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Monday he is proposing to end a 2013 regulatory proceeding that had sought to lift the ban on mobile phones on U.S. airlines. The FCC had said in 2013 it would consider allowing air travelers to make mobile phone calls, but never finalized it. “I stand with airline pilots, flight attendants, and America’s flying public against the FCC’s ill-conceived 2013 plan to allow people to make cellphone calls on planes. I do not believe that moving forward with…

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U.S. FCC chair wants to end effort to allow cellphone use in air

April 10, 2017 (Reuters) – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Monday he is proposing to end a 2013 regulatory proceeding that had sought to lift the ban on mobile phones on U.S. airlines. The FCC had said in 2013 it would consider allowing air travelers to make mobile phone calls, but never finalized it. “I stand with airline pilots, flight attendants, and America’s flying public against the FCC’s ill-conceived 2013 plan to allow people to make cellphone calls on planes. I do not believe that moving forward with…

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