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[Guardian] In a bird strike of a different breed, Byrdie the Rhodesian ridgeback bolted from her crate before her flight could take off.

A man attempts to retrieve the pup after it escaped from its cage at LaGuardia airport in New York City. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A man attempts to retrieve the pup after it escaped from its cage at LaGuardia airport in New York City. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A pooch named, appropriately enough, Byrdie, took flight at New York’s LaGuardia airport on Wednesday – but not in the way her owner intended.

The 30lb Rhodesian ridgeback bolted from her crate as she was being loaded onto her Memphis-bound Delta Air flight Wednesday, shutting down all traffic at the bustling hub for 10 minutes.

Authorities tried unsuccessfully to collar the 14-month-old pup, who took off down the tarmac and refused to to be corralled. Desperate Port Authority cops finally pulled the dog’s owner, Austin Varner, off the flight and drove her onto the runway.

“Your dog escaped,” a Delta employee told Varner, according to the New York Post. “We have got her kind of surrounded, but can’t catch her.”

“Get me out there,” Varner reportedly…….

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The Guardian
26th April, 2012


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One of the country’s busiest airports is about to get even busier.

Delta Air Lines executives joined with New York City officials Wednesday at LaGuardia Airport to break ground on a $160 million terminal project, ushering in a new era of airport expansion.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (third l.) and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (third r.) help to break ground on the new Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport. Photo courtesy Michael Bloomberg

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (third l.) and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (third r.) help to break ground on the new Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport: Photo courtesy Michael Bloomberg

The project includes the construction of a 630-foot connection bridge between the airport’s terminals C and D, allowing customers to walk between terminals without having to go through security again, the airport said. The new bridge marks LaGuardia’s single largest expansion project in more than 40 years, according to Delta. Renovations also include a new Delta Sky Club in Terminal C and expanded security lanes in both terminals.

“This investment will support a major expansion by Delta in the most competitive aviation market in the world,” said Gail Grimmett, senior vice president in New York. “Our goal is to become the preferred carrier for the business traveler in New York.”

Grimmett said the project would create 700 new jobs with an additional 135 construction positions in the process. The project’s completion, scheduled for July 11, will include service to 26 new cities and nearly 100 new daily flights, the airport said.

The work coincides with a $1.2 billion enhancement of Delta’s facilities at John F. Kennedy Airport, the site of an international hub.

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