John Croft

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Saving Private Luggage

On any given day, the specials at Bryan Owens' Unclaimed Baggage retail store in Scottsboro, Ala., include deals like a $75 Sharper Image pillow for four bucks, a brand-new Trivial Pursuit 20th anniversary edition board game for $15 and a Schwinn double jogging stroller in excellent condition for just $40.

Without A Trace 

Russian investigators are homing in on RDX, the main ingredient in C-4 and Semtex, as the explosive that triggered the near-simultaneous destruction of a Tu-154 and a Tu-134 over Russia on the night of Aug. 24. The materials are believed to have been carried into the cabin inside the clothing or carryon bags of two suicide bombers who detonated the RDX at altitude, killing all 89 passengers and crew on the two aircraft.

Choose Your Pipeline 

George Cooper, head of airline operations and Aircom services for SITA, has a six-word business strategy: Voice and data, long-haul and short-haul, Airbus and Boeing.

"It's an approach that takes into account what people say they want," he says. "What do you as an airline manager want to provide?"

De-Wired in Des Moines

The US heartland is a popular stumping ground in an election year and Des Moines International is the politicians' portal to get there. Reporters covering such rituals as the Iowa caucuses noticed a difference this year at the Iowa state capital's airport, however. Last October Des Moines went live with its airportwide wireless LAN with coverage in the terminal, ramp areas, concourse, car rental lots, general aviation lobbies and some private hangars.

Transformation not modernization 

John Kern is surprisingly calm for a man on a mission to save an economy. Kern, director of FAA's Joint Planning and Development Office, is at the helm of the US's latest and presumably greatest attempt to jolt the curb-to-curb air transportation experience, a do-or-die manifest if the $10 trillion US economy is to remain constraint-free on the global stage.

Cabin Safety On Trial 

A push to expose international airlines to greater liability for cabin injuries will either hit a brick wall or surge forward early this year when the US Supreme Court rules on Olympic Airways vs. Husain. At stake is whether the high court will agree or disagree with a broad new interpretation on what can be considered an "accident." The action represents the latest assault on the tried-and-true threshold for liability under the Warsaw Convention and could have a major impact on the priority of cabin safety initiatives.

Saving Private Luggage

On any given day, the specials at Bryan Owens' Unclaimed Baggage retail store in Scottsboro, Ala., include deals like a $75 Sharper Image pillow for four bucks, a brand-new Trivial Pursuit 20th anniversary edition board game for $15 and a Schwinn double jogging stroller in excellent condition for just $40.

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