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February 03, 2014

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-United Airlines announced Friday that it is de-hubbing its operations in Cleveland. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the airline will cut 60 percent of its departures from the city beginning in April. "Our hub in Cleveland hasn't been profitable for over a decade, and has generated tens of millions of dollars of annual losses in recent years," said CEO Jeff Smisek in a letter to employees. "We simply cannot continue to bear these losses."

-U.S. airlines are facing a pilot shortage as new government pilot work rules go into effect. "Although job prospects for commercial pilots are bright, and regional airlines are scooping up newly minted aviators with signing bonuses, fewer young people are choosing aviation careers," says this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

-Yes, the TSA agents really are making fun of you when you walk through a body scanner, former TSA agent Jason Harrington wrote in this lengthy piece for Politico that appeared last week. "Many of the images we gawked at were of overweight people, their every fold and dimple on full awful display," wrote Harrington is currently working on a book about his former job.

-Andrea Ahles

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