Man lived inside Chicago's O’Hare airport for 3 months before detection, prosecutors say
CHICAGO — A California man who police said claimed to be too afraid to fly due to COVID-19 hid out for three months in a secured area of O’Hare International Airport until his weekend arrest, prosecutors said Sunday. Aditya Singh, 36, is charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanor theft. In bond court Sunday, prosecutors said Singh arrived at O’Hare on a flight from Los Angeles on Oct. 19 and allegedly has lived in the airport’s security zone ever since, without detection. Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz reacted incredulously Sunday after a prosecuto...
Plane crashes into home in South Carolina, causes fire
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A plane crashed in the Rosewood area of Columbia, striking at least one home on Wednesday morning. The wreckage of the small plane smoldered in a yard while detached landing gear was strewn nearby. The small plane hit a home, causing a fire, before crashing in the backyard, according to the Columbia Police Department. Rescue crews are on the scene near Kennedy Street and Prentice Avenue, police said. The Richland County coroner is on the scene. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the plane that crashed was a single-engine Beechcraft BE-33. The plane’s tail number wil...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Motormouth: A solar battery charger
Q: Like a lot of people, I haven’t been driving much during the pandemic. I couldn’t start the car one day, had it jumped, and drove right to the dealership, where they replaced the battery. A clerk told me that four computers are operating at all times in the car, draining the battery, and that I needed to drive the car more to charge the battery. I don’t want to drive around just to charge my battery. He instead suggested I buy a battery charger, but I do not have an electrical outlet where I park my car. S.P., Chicago A: A solar battery charger might be the answer. You simply place it on th...
Tribune News Service
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles gets into air taxi business with Silicon Valley's Archer
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, known for its love of heavy-duty horsepower in its Hemis and Hellcats, is partnering with a Silicon Valley air taxi start-up with plans to produce electric aircraft in 2023. FCA, whose brands include Jeep, Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati, has already collaborated with Palo Alto, California-based Archer on cockpit design, which the companies expect to unveil later this year, according to a news release Tuesday. The deal will allow Archer "to benefit from access to FCA's low-cost supply chain, advanced composite materials capabilities and engineerin...
Detroit Free Press
Disney ending Magical Express bus service and Extra Magic Hours for hotel guests
ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World will discontinue Disney’s Magical Express bus service and end its Extra Magic Hours benefit for hotel guests in 2021, the company has announced. Later this year, resort guests will begin getting 30-minute head starts in all four theme parks every day, Disney says. Disney Magical Express, a free service that carries visitors from Orlando International Airport to Disney resort hotels, will not be available starting with arrivals on Jan. 1, 2022. It will operate for existing and newly made reservations for 2021 stays. Meanwhile, Extra Magic Hours, which granted D...
Airbus jet deliveries depressed by the pandemic, yet still far ahead of Boeing
Airbus said Friday it delivered 566 commercial airplanes in 2020, down 34% from the previous year due to the heavy impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on air travel. Yet its business still far outstripped that of Boeing, which until year end couldn't deliver any 737 MAXs. Through the end of November, Boeing had delivered only 118 commercial jets. On Tuesday, it will announce its December orders and the 2020 final tally, certain for the second year in a row to trail its great rival. Airbus also announced net orders for 268 aircraft. Because of cancellations of the grounded MAX, Boeing at the end of...
The Seattle Times
14 passengers might be banned after no-mask, rowdy flight from DC to Seattle, Alaska Airlines says
SEATTLE — At least 14 people could be placed on Alaska Airlines' banned passengers list after they were rowdy, argumentative and refused to wear masks on a flight from Dulles International Airport to Seattle, the airline said. Airline spokesperson Ray Lane said those facing the possible ban were on Flight 1085 from the D.C.-area airport to Sea-Tac International Airport on Thursday night. "Last night, a number of passengers onboard Alaska Airlines Flight 1085 from Washington Dulles to Seattle were non-mask compliant, rowdy, argumentative and harassed our crew members," Lane wrote in an email Fr...
The Seattle Times
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao resigns
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao resigned her post Thursday, making her the first member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet to quit after his incitement of the Capitol Hill riot. The long-serving Chao blamed Trump for the “traumatic and entirely avoidable” chaos that the unleashed with his fuel on the fire speech to angry supporters. “It deeply troubled me in a way I simply cannot set aside,” Chao said in a statement. Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, becomes the highest ranking member of the government to quit after widespread bipartisan outrage over Trump’s...
New York Daily News
Commentary: Incite much? Rudy Giuliani has been down this riot road before
When he needed someone to help incite the terrorist mob that would occupy the venerable seat of American government Wednesday, President Donald Trump turned to a trusted destructive ally with experience in that sort of thing. Rudy Giuliani’s criminal fingerprints are all over this calamity just as they are on the coffee mug he uses when he’s washing down his morning bagel, or the cigar he holds when he’s blowing a more traditional kind of smoke. The president’s personal lawyer was Trump’s warmup act at a Washington, D.C., rally to protest baseless voting fraud claims as lawmakers were gatherin...
New York Daily News
Editorial: FAA reforms reassert primacy of Boeing oversight, safety
At last, Congress has undone disastrous Federal Aviation Administration policy that abetted Boeing’s lapses in pushing the unsafe 737 MAX to market. The restoration of trusted FAA oversight is a necessary step to set Boeing back on course as aviation’s longtime leader. Legislation that passed Congress Dec. 21, championed by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., rolls back Boeing’s ability to control much of the certification process for its aircraft. Misguided attempts to streamline federal policy and help Boeing over the years had improperly ceded too much of the FAA’s responsibilities to the manufac...
The Seattle Times