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Delta Air Lines will temporarily suspend service at 10 airports around the country beginning Wednesday, May 13.

The airline said the move is part of an effort to reduce exposure to COVID-19 for both their customers and employees.

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Delta Air Lines, the biggest and most profitable U.S. airline, is reporting a $534 million loss for the first quarter, a setback that will appear trivial when the full force of the pandemic is revealed in the current quarter. 

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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has made changes to its cleaning procedures, is waiving flight change fees and is restricting travel to certain countries in response to the spread of the newly identified coronavirus.

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Delta Airlines is suspending all flights from the U.S. to China until April 30.

The Atlanta-based company made the decision due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus.

A service dog strolls through the isle inside a plane at Newark Liberty International Airport while taking part in a training exercise, in Newark, N.J.
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Delta Air Lines has announced emotional support animals will now be allowed on flights longer than eight hours. The Atlanta-based airline instituted the ban last December. It prohibited emotional support animals under 4 months from flights regardless of length.

Last year’s ban came after Delta announced an 84% increase in incidents with support and service animals from 2016 to 2017.

Brian Kemp waves after being sworn in as Georgia's governor during a ceremony at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp is working on building a new healthcare waiver system. The governor has hired a firm to draw up plans in hopes of expanding Medicaid and giving a financial boost to private insurance buyers. How broad will the expansion program be and will there be a role for outside input before plans are finalized? 

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Georgia's House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that provides about $270 million to hurricane-stricken parts of the state.

The house voted 162-1 on the measure, which will help pay for debris removal and building repair, plus assist farmers whose crops were devestated by Hurricane Michael in October.

Today on the show, we heard from the first black flight dispatcher for Delta, Joe Jackson. He retired this year after a career spanning 50 years with the company.

We also heard from "Votes That Count and Voters Who Don't" co-author and University of Texas professor Sharon Jarvis. She discussed how elections coverage affects voters and voting. Alison Law, host of the podcast "Literary Atlanta," shared her favorite southern books in another edition of our series, "Southern Reading List."

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When Joe Jackson started working for Delta Airlines in 1968, he didn't realize he would become the first black flight dispatcher in Atlanta. Jackson's Delta career started in Miami where he entered the field as a ramp agent.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal makes a surprise announcement that he will suspend a controversial jet fuel tax long sought by Delta Air Lines. 

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On this edition of Political Rewind, in a matchup between Delta Airlines and the NRA, it’s no contest: GOP legislators pass a tax break that saves Georgian millions, but denies Delta a cut worth $40 million.  We’ll look at the long-range consequences of the battle.  Plus, thousands of gun safety advocates rallied at the State Capitol last month, but their voices were silenced by an official who made sure the microphones at the state facility were turned off.  Also, a Columbus state senator pushes a bill to force the city of Atlanta to shorten the hours of city polling places, leading critic

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Georgia’s governor is temporarily giving up on a controversial tax break for Delta and other airlines that buy jet fuel in Georgia.

Governor Nathan Deal proposed a tax break that would save airlines about 50 million dollars each year as part of a larger overhaul of the state’s income taxes.

But on Wednesday, the Senate Rules Committee followed through on Lt. Governor Casey Cagle’s tweet about ‘killing’ the tax break and removed it from the bill.

On this edition of Political Rewind, we are live from the Georgia State Capitol for Crossover Day.  Which crucial bills will die and which will live to see another day?  Among the measures hanging in the balance: a bill to keep guns out of the hands of Georgians with mental illness and a tax break for Delta Airlines that’s now caught up in the highly charged gun control debate. 


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Delta: Probe Uncovers 'Criminal Scheme' To Scam Pet Owners

Oct 27, 2017

One of the world's largest airlines says its investigation into a bogus pet shipping website has uncovered a "larger criminal scheme" preying on people hoping to buy Chihuahuas, poodles and puppies.

Delta Air Lines filed a federal lawsuit last month over a website that it says tricks people into thinking they're dealing with the airline when arranging for their pets to fly on jets.

Delta says the site — — is designed to look like a Delta site and uses the airline's logos and pictures of its planes.

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This weekend, Delta will begin selling flights from Atlanta to Havana, Cuba for the first time in almost 55 years. When diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba broke down in the early 1960s, a mass exodus of 14,000 children left Cuba for America as part of a large campaign called Operation Pedro Pan.

Delta canceled about 530 flights on Tuesday in addition to about 1,000 canceled a day earlier after a power outage in Atlanta brought down the company's computers, grinding the airline's operation virtually to a halt.

Seth Kaplan, who follows the airline industry, asks the question on everyone's mind: "If every small business on the corner can manage to keep its website running through a cloud-based server and all those sorts of things, why can't Delta Air Lines with all its resources manage to do that?"

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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is still working to resume normal operations after a computer failure early Monday morning caused the carrier to issue a full worldwide ground stop. 

As of around 3 pm Monday afternoon, Delta had canceled more than 400 flights, leading to thousands of stranded and delayed passengers.

But Delta could use the muck-up as an opportunity to gain a few more frequent fliers.


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The U.S. government on Thursday tentatively approved scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American cities, further bridging the gulf between countries as close as 90 miles and an hour flight but long kept at a greater distance by the Cold War. The decision is another long stride in President Barack Obama's effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba. Delta Air Line is among eight U.S. airlines are expected to begin round-trip service as early as this fall between the U.S. and the Cuban capital, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

Delta Air Lines Resumes Service To Brussels

Apr 8, 2016
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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has resumed service to Brussels, Belgium less than a month after the terrorist attacks there. A flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport landed at the city’s Zaventem Airport Friday morning.