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Letter from the editor: Consider the difference

I have just returned to London from Los Angeles, and my early reflection is this: it’s nice to be in a place where the sun shines all day, where the transport systems work, and where the people are generally friendly and helpful.

Air traffic boss quits as reports fly in of controllers nodding off

The head of air traffic operations for the United States resigned last night after a string of attention-grabbing news reports about controllers falling asleep in airport towers leaving pilots to land their planes with no guidance from the ground beyond the visual track of runway lights.

Best campaigner: Lily Kember

The government's disastrous plan for a third runway at Heathrow Airport is on the ropes. And the campaigning of Lily Kember is a major reason why. Just over a year ago, Lily and almost 60 other activists from Plane Stupid brought Stansted Airport to a halt. On a freezing December morning, they used bolt-cutters to enter a secure area and stopped flights from taking off. Still a student at the time, Lily said: "Being arrested is a terrifying prospect, but it is not nearly as terrifying as the threat of climate change."

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.

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.

Tips and deals: 27/09/2009

The book

If you like your hotels quirky, get a copy of Bed In A Tree by Bettina Kowalewski. Find some of the oddest locations to stay in, such as the German hotel shaped like a giant suitcase. Published on 1 October, by DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, price £14.99.

The great airport scam

Since when has Oxford been in London? For that matter; when did Stansted, Luton or Gatwick get a London postcode?

Rocker's horror movies recovered

Shock rocker Alice Cooper was being reunited with his beloved collection of more than 300 horror movies after his bag went missing at an airport.

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Benn taunted over Heathrow expansion

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn came under pressure today ahead of the Government's expected approval of a third runway at Heathrow Airport.