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.
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.
American Airlines’ push for $1.25 billion in labor savings is bogging down, possibly imperiling its turnaround bid, as the union strife that preceded parent AMR Corp.’s bankruptcy spills into a new round of talks.