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Monday
Aug292011

Hurricane Irene: NYC Airports, Subways to Reopen Monday Morning

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New York City's subways, the veins that keep the city that never sleeps alive 24 hours a day, will start reopening Monday morning after fears of Hurricane Irene led anxious officials to shut them down.

Along with the subways, the city's LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports were also scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. Monday, officials said, though there were concerns about how many airport workers would be on the job without the subways running.

Irene was expected to wallop the city, which had led Mayor Mike Bloomberg to order 370,000 people to evacuate their homes and to close the subways and halt all buses 18 hours before the storm was expected to arrive.

As city officials breathed a sigh of relief Sunday that the storm did not bruise the Big Apple as badly as predicted, the mayor defended his decisions to err on the side of caution.

"The good news is the worst is over," he said.  "We dodged a bullet there."

In another bit of good news for the city, crime was much lower than usual Saturday night, with only 45 arrests, Bloomberg said.  On a typical Saturday night in August, there are 345 arrests, he said.

But the storm did not pass without making an impression on the city.  As the center of tropical storm Irene passed through, the East River breached its seawall and major highways around the nation's largest city shut down due to heavy rainfall and flooding.

Water flowed through the streets in lower Manhattan and work crews pumped out water from several flooded buildings.  One 31-story building on the corner of Fletcher and Front streets had 15 to 20 feet of water in its basement.  Engineers tried to pump out the water, fearing an explosion if they couldn't contain it.

Con Ed reported Sunday morning that 72,000 customers were without power in New York City, 25,000 of whom are in Queens.  And city officials estimated that there were more than 700 trees down, split, or uprooted throughout the five boroughs.

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Thursday
Jul282011

Continental Cancels 24 Flights after Pilots Call Out Sick

United Continental Holdings(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Due to something that was apparently "going around," Continental Airlines was forced to scuttle two dozen flights Wednesday, most of them from New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport -- one of the carrier's main hubs.

The sick-out forced Continental to find accommodations for their passengers on other flights.  The airlines attributed the canceled flights to "pilot unavailability."

However, it's also known that Continental pilots have been upset with the slow pace of negotiations to combine labor agreements since Continental and United announced plans last year to merge the two carriers.

United has already said that it would not reach collective bargaining agreements with all the unions until after this year.

Continental typically offers 3,000 domestic and international flights daily.

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Monday
Dec202010

Terminal Shut Down at Newark Airport over Possible Bomb

Photo Courtesy - Matthew Peyton /Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- A suspicious package that shut down Terminal A at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport Monday morning was a computer monitor emitting small amounts of radiation, the FBI reported.  Law enforcement officials told ABC News that the situation is over and the package has been cleared.

According to the FBI, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and other law enforcement officials, the device was being shipped in checked baggage on the same flight with its owner, and despite initial suspicions, there was no cause for alarm.

The terminal was closed off while authorities investigated the suspected bomb that was found at an American Airlines counter.  The device in question was discovered behind the counter by a Transportation Security Administration employee.  TSA Bomb Appraisal Officers were alerted of the discovery and began their investigation.

Police halted incoming and outgoing vehicle traffic to the terminal shortly before 8 a.m. as the investigation got underway and the Essex County, New Jersey, bomb squad rushed to the scene.

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Thursday
Nov042010

Despite FAA Rules, New York Airports Continue Congesting Air Traffic

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Regardless of what airport you're in in the U.S., if your flight is delayed, chances are high that it is due to air traffic congestion in the New York area.  A Department of Transportation report says the Federal Aviation Administration has to do a better job preventing those delays.

John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport continue to be main air traffic bottle necks for the entire country.  New rules imposed by the FAA two years ago to limit the number of flights at all three New York area airports have done little to reduce delays, according to the report.  The ripple effect has an impact on airports elsewhere.

The report says the FAA needs to re-examine its rules to make them more realistic to air traffic conditions.´╗┐

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