Airline passengers will be allowed to use smartphones and devices such as Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle throughout U.S. flights as soon as the end of this year, with some restrictions, the chief U.S. aviation regulator said.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s decision to allow pocket knives on airliners was meant to signal a philosophical shift: focus less on screening everyone for everything, and more on terrorist threats.
American Airlines’ flight attendants union doesn’t expect federal mediators to rule until early 2011 on its request to be freed from contract talks with the carrier, an action that would move it closer to a strike.
Gerard Arpey’s eight-year effort to keep AMR Corp. out of bankruptcy ended with his retirement as a board decision to seek court protection threatened to erode his credibility, people familiar with the matter said.
American Airlines executives began considering a bankruptcy filing in August and were joined by parent AMR Corp.’s board in October as the carrier prepared a 2012 business plan, people familiar with the matter said.