Fighting To Keep The Planes Aloft

The German airline Lufthansa is putting armed sky marshals on its flights. British Airways has abruptly taken away the fancy cutlery from business class so it wonít be used as fancy weaponry. And Sabena, Belgiumís perennially troubled airline, is offering "Fear of Flying" seminars to its nervous clientele. Amid the worst falloff in passenger traffic in a decade, European airlines are all scrambling to convince the traveling public that itís still safe to fly in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the United States.

It will take some convincing. The North American route, once a cash cow for many...

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