Category Archives: Air transport

London City airport cancels all flights after WWII bomb found

Discovery of 500kg second world war device forces all-day closure as properties are evacuated

All flights in and out of London City airport have been cancelled after the discovery of an unexploded second world war bomb.

The airport’s chief executive, Robert Sinclair, said it would be closed for the whole of Monday, affecting 120 flights out and a similar number of incoming flights.

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My airport nightmare shows exactly why mothers struggle to breastfeed | Sophie McBain

Heathrow’s lack of facilities is symptomatic of the complete lack of thought given to breastfeeding women in the UK

Last weekend I travelled without my baby for the first time, and I needed to express milk ahead of my seven-hour flight to New York. A member of Heathrow staff told me I should use the baby changing room. I felt bad that I would be occupying the room for at least 20 minutes, but I also felt bad because I thought my breasts might otherwise explode, midway over the Atlantic.

It seems someone knocked (I didn’t hear them) and when they got fed up with waiting they sought help. I heard keys jangling, and then a male attendant unlocked the door from the outside. While my breasts were still exposed and stuck inside a plastic pump, he began lecturing me about how I should pump inside the terminal building or leave the room unlocked.

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Hey Davos, how about a tax on business class airfares? | Felix Marquardt

Those who benefit from migration and globalisation should share the benefits with those bearing the brunt of its effects

The elites have learned their lesson this year, we’re told. “Ahead of Davos”, the Washington Post headlined a report this week, “even the 1% worry about inequality”. That statement is actually unfair. Davos is one of the places where the rise of inequality has been recognised most candidly over the past few years.

The thing is, worrying about inequality doesn’t stop people voting for Ukip, Trump or Brexit. Elites need to put their money where their mouth is and to go from being “committed to improving the state of the world” (the World Economic Forum’s tagline) to actually taking action to improve it. We need new ways to share the proceeds of globalisation more effectively with the people bearing the brunt of its negative effects. If we don’t, we might as well get used to the political ascent of people such as Donald Trump and Nigel Farage and the erosion of democracy they spearhead.

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'Serial stowaway': how does a 66-year-old woman keep sneaking on to flights?

It might seem harmless, comical, or a damning picture of airport security, but the true story of Marilyn Hartman is a tragic one that shines a light on mental illness

It required a concatenation of foul-ups for Marilyn Hartman to elude security at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and make it all the way to London Heathrow last week without a ticket or a passport. She kept her head down. She hid behind other passengers. Somehow she managed to walk past airport security agents, shuttle bus drivers, and ticketing agents. If she’d managed to sneak onto a domestic flight instead of an international one, she may well have pulled it off.

A few people may well lose their jobs, and a few policies may have to be reviewed. But, make no mistake, Hartman is not some manner of gate-crashing Moriarty. She’s just persistent. Because this is not the first time the 66-year old Chicagoan has managed to fly without a ticket. And it probably won’t be the last.

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