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When the Lights Went Out, By Andy Beckett

Beckett was born ten days before the Seventies but his energetic account of that seedy decade will jump-start hazy memories for those who lived through it. Maplin may ring a distant bell, but what the hell was it? Beckett not only reminds us about the Heath government's failed plan for an estuarial airport for London but also visits a trial site built near Shoeburyness.

Poll shows Britons back limited curbs on the veil

The British people support some restrictions on wearing the burka in public but oppose an outright ban, according to a new poll for The Independent. The ComRes survey found that almost two out of three people believe it should be illegal to wear a burka in places such as banks and airports. But six out of 10 people oppose a ban on wearing it in all public places.

BA cabin crew video sets out strike case

The union representing British Airways cabin crew released a video today to counter "gross misrepresentations" over issues at the heart of a dispute which threatens industrial action.

Chris Yates: 'We cannot afford for the Government to duck this issue'

The Government cannot ignore the liquid aspect any more

Kate Simon: Passengers face tighter controls and longer check-ins

The fear on the faces of passengers disembarking last Friday's Delta-Northwest flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit will have touched anyone due to board a plane in the near future. For this latest attempt to bring down an airliner will conjure up those terrifying thoughts that most of us had put to the back of our minds.

Talent 2010: The environmentalist, Ben Stewart

The battle to save the planet sometimes comes down to a battle to be heard, and amid the din of the information superhighway, that is becoming harder and harder. But one environmental campaigner is showing superlatively how it should be done.

David Prosser: BAA humbles Incompetence Commission

Outlook: BAA is hardly likely to invest more than it can get away with in assets that it knows it will soon be selling off

BAA says earnings will fall next year

The British airport operator BAA has posted a 16.8 per cent rise in profits for the nine months to the end of September, but warned that it expects earnings in 2010 to fall below 2009 levels.

Witt forgoes All Black dream and signs for Crusaders

Otago have announced that Michael Witt is leaving them to join Crusaders in Super League after nine months in rugby union.

A Week at the Airport, By Alain de Botton

Terminal Five pushes De Botton

Six years for Hells Angel in airport brawl

A Hells Angel who fled to South Africa after being convicted of taking part in a terrifying airport brawl was beginning a six-year jail sentence today.

Tyson in scuffle at LA airport

Police are investigating conflicting accounts of an airport scuffle between Mike Tyson and a photographer that resulted in both men being questioned and released on suspicion of battery.

Threat to 158 jobs in bmibaby shake-up

A total of 158 staff at low-fare airline bmibaby face losing their jobs under restructuring plans announced by the carrier today.

Book Of A Lifetime: Maxims, By La Rochefoucauld

There's a widespread view that when someone is sad, what they most need is cheerfulness. But in truth, what they need is a dose of pessimism so powerful that their own problems will come to seem minor in comparison.

Simon Calder: Everyone's a winner now the big three airports are competing

New York? Tokyo? Paris? They may be mighty global hubs, but the aviation market in London and South-east England is way ahead of anywhere on the planet in scale and competition.

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