Transportation fetishist Ed Rendell, no surprise, is backing a plan to bring an ultra-fast Japan-style magnetic levitation bullet train to the northeast corridor.
Update: An earlier report was incorrect (see below)–the alleged gunman is not dead, but in custody. He is 23-year-old Paul Ciancia, of Pennsville, New Jersey.
Update: The alleged gunman was a TSA employee, the LA Times reports. In addition to the TSA agent he reportedly killed, seven have been treated for injuries.
Suspect pulled rifle out of bag, opened fire in several locations. Police tracked suspect down, shot him in Terminal 3. He was taken into custody. “At this point be believe this was a lone shooter,” he said.
A gunman reportedly opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport today, killing a TSA agent, according to the Los Angeles Times. That alleged gunman is now being reported as dead.
In light of U.S. Airways’s declining profits–related to preparations for its proposed merger with American Airlines–Michael Nutter has co-signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General urging him to let said merger go through. The Justice Department is currently suing to block the merger on anti-trust grounds. The letter read, in part:
Yesterday’s rainfall–the rain that set a bunch of records we already told you about–has cancelled all American Airlines flights to and from PHL til at least noon. Some measured thoughts from the people:
What a fuster cluck. #PHL
— Nicholas LeBlanc (@avigeek) July 29, 2013
The radio is reporting all American Airlines flights cancelled. There computer system says on time. Rolling the dice and going to PHL
— Jessica Leis (@jssl) July 29, 2013
And this, from last night, via Reddit user Andrewz111:
Department of Weeks-later corrections. Also, Department of Don’t Believe Everything on the Internet. In late June, I posted a Redditor’s photo that appeared to depict Snoop Lion Dogg at PHL.
Today, the Daily News published an item about Clementon, N.J. Snoop impersonator Lawrence Johnson tricking other celebrities into thinking he was the man himself. Here’s a pic from Johnson’s Facebook page.
And sure enough, as the Daily News correctly noted at the time, Johnson was indeed the guy at PHL. Anyways, now you know who to book on the cheap for your next birthday party!
Leave it to a New York Giant to bring a knife to a city of gun fights. Giants linebacker Dan Connor, a Penn State grad and recent signee to the team, was arrested at Philadelphia International on Saturday after TSA officers found a switchblade in his luggage. Connor, 27, was charged with possession of an offensive weapon and has since been released, making him the 30th arrest of an active NFL player since the Super Bowl, proving once again that millionaire wannabe thugs will be millionaire wannabe thugs. Or, you know, just dumb. [NYDN]
Nervous travel agents and passengers–joining forces at last!–have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the proposed U.S. Airways-American Airlines Merger on antitrust grounds. The plaintiff’s attorney called it “skyway robbery.” Heyo! Seriously though: The monopolistic behemoth that would emerge from the deal, a government report found in late June, could end up reducing overal competition on 11.9%, of all routes. Put another way: The merger would “reduce competition on 1,665 routes affecting 53 million passengers.” Meaning: A. Increased fares, and B. PHL could very well cease to be the U.S. Airways hub. [Courthouse News]
A Reddit user reports that Snoop Lion, aka Snoop Dogg, was passing through PHL this morning. This photo, which does indeed depict PHL, and does indeed appear to depict the pride of Long Beach, is our evidence. The tired look on the young man’s face–the user’s brother–and the closedness of a shop in the background appears to confirm the earliness of the encounter.
Why Snoop was passing through town, I have not been able to divine. Hanging out again with his buddy DeSean Jackson perhaps?
53-year-old Donald Gee, a Philly guy who appears to be seriously intoxicated, attempted to attack a pilot today at D.C.’s Dulles International Airport. (What is with obnoxious drunk 53-year-olds today?) Considering the amount of face-slapping that ensued, “attack” may have been a strong word choice.
00:20 Gee delivers an impassioned “FOK You,” apparently about a delayed or missed flight.
1:40 The fight.
Gee: I’ll step outside anytime you want to.
Pilot: You don’t have to step outside, I’m right here.
Gee: You wanna go right now? *Gets up and slaps Pilot’s face*
5:15 The handcuffed walk of shame.
First there was the possibly specious New York Times Magazine story about the flight that almost crash-landed in Philly. Now #43 had a scare of his own around.
A plane [re: Gulfstream IV private jet] carrying former President George W. Bush out of Philadelphia was forced to make an emergency landing overnight after the pilot reported smelling smoke, according to CNN.
The Gulfstream landed in Kentucky, before making its way to its final destination in Dallas. The threat turned out to be benign. I look forward to W’s watercolor rendition of the ordeal. [Philly.com]