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June 8th, 2011
10:26 AM ET

Why is America the 'no vacation nation'?

A recent Reuters poll found that just 57% of U.S. workers use all of their vacation days, compared to nearly 90% of French employees.

International editor at Travel and Leisure, Mark Orwoll, joins the AM anchors this morning to discuss the importance of time off and why Americans seem to be all work and no play.

April 15th, 2011
08:11 AM ET

Aviation security expert: 'Airlines need to do more in the way of risk management and profiling'

The TSA and the FAA have been taking major criticism of late for air traffic controllers sleeping on the job to the rigorous patdown of a six-year-old. The family of the 6-year-old girl said today there needs to be a different screening process for children. In the wake of the third incident this year involving a sleeping controller, an FAA boss resigned. Will traveling the skies ever be friendly and safe again? Legal analyst, Sunny Hostin and aviation security expert, Billy Vincent speak to CNN's American Morning on these issues and the future of flying.

Filed under: Travel
April 13th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

Pilot: JFK collision shows airports need to revisit jumbo jet safety

What likely went wrong when an Air France jumbo jet’s wing plowed into a smaller commuter plane at John F. Kennedy Airport on Monday night?

Can JFK safely coordinate the arrivals and departures of the massive Airbus 380 planes that seat 525 passengers, or are they just too big to land at such a busy airport?

Today on American Morning, John Lucich, a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor who has landed at JFK before, analyzes the incident with Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans. He describes the feasibility of landing jumbo jets at bigger airports.

Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines • Transportation • Travel
April 6th, 2011
07:12 AM ET

Emergency 737 inspections broaden talk of aging aircraft

(CNN) - The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive Tuesday mandating operators of at least 80 older Boeing 737s to conduct inspections for wear and tear. The order comes days after a Boeing 737 flown by Southwest Airlines made an emergency landing with a hole in its fuselage. The planes must be inspected every 500 cycles, which are take-offs and landings, until more can be learned about a Friday incident when a Southwest Airlines plane landed with a hole in its fuselage.The FAA mandate affects about 80 U.S.-registered 737-300s, 737-400s and 737-500s, mostly operated by Southwest. Another 95 or so aircraft are registered outside the United States.

How safe are our planes? Do low-cost carriers planes that fly frequent, shorter flights need more maintenance? Today on American Morning Peter Goelz, former National Transportation Safety Board managing director, explains the meaning behind the emergency inspections.

Filed under: Airlines • Transportation • Travel
April 4th, 2011
07:11 AM ET

Aircraft cracks not found in routine inspections

Southwest Airlines canceled 100 flights Monday and about 600 over the weekend to conduct inspections, following an incident Friday when a hole opened in the roof of one of the company’s Boeing 737 planes during flight and caused an emergency landing in Arizona.

Initial inspection of the plane and the 5-foot by 1-foot hole showed cracking in the plane’s skin, which the National Transportation Safety Board says would likely not be visible during routine inspections. Weekend examinations of other aircraft found found “small, subsurface cracks” or indications of cracks in three other planes.

Why are Southwest planes having this problem, and is it specific to the airline's fleet? Today on American Morning, former FAA chief of staff Michael Goldfarb talks about the Boeing 737-300 plane's maintenance track record with AM’s Ali Velshi.

Flying Southwest? The company says to check its site to see if your flight is among the canceled trips.

Read CNN's coverage of Friday's emergency landing here.

Filed under: Airlines • Transportation • Travel
March 9th, 2011
09:25 AM ET

Nightmare flight takes twelve hours instead of four

American Airlines Flight 1384 was supposed to take four hours to get from Barbados to New York but ended up lasting eight hours longer than expected after encountering bad weather Sunday.

After three reroutings, two aborted landings, and twelve hours, the flight originally destined for New York landed in Philadelphia. Caitlin Gorry was on the flight and tells Kiran Chetry and T.J. Holmes about her experience.

Filed under: Travel • U.S.
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