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Future of the Airlines: Up in the Air?

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The botched Christmas Day terror attack was only the latest blow for an already-hurting airline industry. Before that, there was the recession, which brought smaller travel budgets for companies and American travelers. That was on top of the soaring price of fuel, which led some airline companies to charge extra to cover the gas bill… Add to the picture the swine flu outbreaks, pension costs and new airport safety measures and you can really wonder: is the airline industry reaching a breaking point?

With us today to answer this question is Robert Crandall, former CEO of American Airlines. He led the company for 18 years in the '80s and '90s.

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Yemen Detains Al Qaeda Militants

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Yemeni security forces arrested three more suspected Al Qaeda militants today.

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Obama Promises Changes to Security Procedures

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

President Barack Obama says there will be changes to national security procedures to prevent a repeat of the attempted bombing of a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day.

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Obama To Announce New Security Measures

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

President Barack Obama will announce enhanced security measures today, following the alleged terrorist attempt aboard a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner on Christmas Day.

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The Takeaway

Yemen's Role Evolving in US War on Terrorists

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

After al-Qaida militants were killed yesterday in Yemen and the U.S. embassy there closed due to security threats, how will the U.S. policy towards Yemen evolve next? We talk with Steven Erlanger, a reporter for The New York Times in Yemen, and Charlie Sennott, executive editor of the Global Post, about Yemen's changing role in the U.S. war on terrorists.

(Read Steven Erlanger's reporting from Yemen in The New York Times.)

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The Takeaway

International Backlash at New US Airline Security

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Air travelers from any of 14 countries specified by the Obama administration will be subjected to extra security procedures if they wish to fly into the U.S. This measure is a direct response to the alleged Christmas Day almost-bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who failed in his attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. The countries on the list: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen. Washington correspondent for The New York Times Eric Lipton has been following these developments and he says that many of the countries are accusing the United States of racial and ethnic profiling and calling it unfair. Nuala McGovern, host of the BBC's "World Have Your Say," posed the question– "Can profiling stop terrorism?" – to people from countries on the list, and the responses she got were overwhelming.

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TSA Increases Airline Security

Monday, January 04, 2010

The enhanced security measures go into effect today on flights heading into the U.S. from abroad.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Congress & Security, Unemployment, College Football

Monday, January 04, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: When the President and Congress finish up their winter vacations, they will return home to a very different national security landscape.  Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, joins the show to explain how lawmakers are going to have to play catchup to an evolving war on terror.
  • Jobs Takeout: Louise Story, finance reporter with our partners at The New York Times, discusses an unmployment report due out later this week that is expected to show a drop in job losses last month.
  • Sports Takeout: Nando DiFino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, reviews the weekend's college football bowl games and previews Monday night's "Tostitos Fiesta Bowl" between Boise State and TCU.

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US, UK Embassies in Yemen Closed, For Now

Monday, January 04, 2010

The White House said security concerns and Al Qaeda were its reasons for the temporarily closure.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda with Marcus Mabry and Jonathan Marcus

Monday, January 04, 2010

This week we take a look at the week ahead with Marcus Mabry, international business editor for our partner, The New York Times; and Jonathan Marcus, correspondent for our partner, the BBC.  They'll discuss President Obama's meeting with intelligence heads; the upcoming court appearance of Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab; and Elvis Presley's 75th birthday.

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The Takeaway

Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan Raises Question of Trust

Friday, January 01, 2010

The Taliban claimed responsibility for an Afghan officer who blew himself up on a US military base in Afghanistan killing eight Americans. We get an update from Anand Gopal, reporter for the Wall Street Journal, who is on the ground in Kabul. And we talk with Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA Bin Laden Tracking Unit, about how the American military can train Afghan forces if they can't trust them.

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Intelligence Officials Submit Prelim Report

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The report addresses how Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab got on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253.

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NYPD Requests Federal Assistance

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Raymond Kelly says security for the upcoming trial of the September 11 terror attack suspects is going to cost much more than the initial estimate of $75 million dollars.

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Dutch Airports Implement Full Body Scanners

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The scanners will be used on all flights headed to the United States.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Travelers' Privacy, Sports, Listeners Respond

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

  • Privaty Takeout: John Schwartz, legal correspondent for The New York Times, says a debate is brewing over balancing privacy and security for airline travelers, following an alleged terror attempt on Christmas Day.
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin says Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach is fighting to coach in this weekend's Alamo Bowl after being accused of treating one of his players badly after the young man suffered a concussion.
  • Listener Response: We close this week at the dawn of 2010.  Takeaway listeners called and wrote in with New Year's resolutions to ring in the new decade.

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Spotlight on US Security

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The attempted bombing of Flight 253 has brought to light leadership vacancies at two federal agencies.

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The Takeaway

The Challenges of Terrorism Security

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The investigation continues into how Uma Farouk Abdulmutallab was allegedly able to smuggle explosives onto Northwest Airlines Flight 253. President Obama from Hawaii said in a press conference that "we need to determine just how this suspect was able to bring dangerous explosives aboard an aircraft and what additional steps we can take to thwart future attacks." At The Takeaway, we want to find the answers to that, too: What exactly went wrong, and how can it be prevented in the future? To help with the answer is Barbara Peterson, a senior aviation correspondent for Conde Nast Traveller, and Chris Yates, and aviation security analyst for defense publication Jane's.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Airlines, The Value, Huskies Basketball

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

  • Airline Takeout: Airline Consultant and President of R.W. Mann and Company Incorporated, Robert Mann, tells us how the airline industry is being affected by the latest terrorist situation on Northwest flight 253.
  • The Value: In the latest installment in her series, "The Value," Takeaway correspondent Farai Chideya follows Umesh Malhotra, a former tech entrepreneur who gave up his job to form libraries poor children in his native India.
  • Sports: Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin picks another of his most memorable sports stories this year: the triumph of University of Connecticut's Huskies women's basketball team.
runs down one of his most memorable stories of 2009 – the triumph of the University of Connecticut’s Women’s Basketball team.

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Uncovering Abdulmutallab's Trail

Monday, December 28, 2009

Authorities worldwide are investigating the man who allegedly tried to blow up Flight 253.

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White House Hires Cybersecurity Expert

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The White House now has a cybersecurity expert on board.

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