シアトルのバストンネルでの暴力事件

2週間前にシアトルダウンタウンのバストンネルの中心駅、ウエストレイク駅で、ショーラインの黒人の女子高校生が若い黒人の集団に殴ったり蹴られたりして物を取られたという事件がありました。第一報が新聞などで報じられた時は、なんて酷いことがシアトルで起きるものだと思われました。発生した時間も平日の午後7時過ぎと、まだまだ通勤客も多い時間帯。記者会見でこの女子高生が泣き崩れている映像が流されて、またニューヨークタイムズ紙まで報じており、とてもショッキングなものでした。
 
シアトルのトンネル内には民間のセキュリティーガードも各駅に常駐しており、現場ではその民間のセキュリティーが立ち会っていましたが、その暴力行為をとめなかったと問題になりました。セキュリティーは契約上、介入してはいけないとなっており、警察に通報する義務しかないそうです。この事件以降、トンネル内には警察官の巡回も行われるようになりました。
 
このニュースを聞いた時に、シアトルダウンタウンに住んでおりトンネル駅を日常的的に使用している私には奇異に感じました。トンネル駅を夜間も普通に利用していますが、こういう事には遭遇したこともないです。むしろ、セキュリティーも常駐で安全に感じていました。
 
その後、どうもこの事件、怨恨らしいことがほぼ確実になってきました。どうやら、この女子高生はデパートのメーシーズ内でこの集団と遭遇しており、この集団のメンバーとは顔見知りであったそうです。また、集団の中の別の女子生徒2人を過去に何度も殴っており、その恨みがこの事件のきっかけになったそうです。その為に、この集団がメーシーズからこの被害者女子高生につきまとい、トンネル内で事件に発展したということです。
 
そして、さらに、今日のシアトルタイムスの報道によれば、昨年、この被害者の女子高生は、少なくとも2人の他人に対して暴力窃盗事件をおこしており、その事件で告訴されています。一人は51歳の会計士で、もう一人はセキュリティーガード。
 
当初は被害者と思われていたこの黒人女子高生、筋金入りの悪党であったようです。
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シアトル-東京羽田線 開設

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デルタ航空がシアトル-東京羽田線を開設することが決まりました。10月31日就航なのでまだまだ先ですが、便利になりますね。ただ、スケジュールを見ると、羽田発が深夜0時、羽田着が夜22時という感じで私のように東京に家がある人はいいですけど羽田で乗り換えの方には不便ですね。
 

Delta Air Lines Seeks to Compete at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport

Customers will enjoy flights at convenient, centrally located airport

Feb 16, 2010

ATLANTA, Feb. 16 — Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to offer customers nonstop service between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Seattle, Detroit, Los Angeles and Honolulu. Delta is seeking to compete at Tokyo’s centrally located Haneda airport, which is slated to be re-opened to U.S. carriers for the first time since 1978 under a proposed new aviation treaty with Japan.

The importance of Delta’s application is underscored by the fact that Delta’s SkyTeam alliance is the only global network without the ability to compete at Haneda.  The two other major alliances serving Tokyo-Haneda – Star and oneworld – have Japanese partners that dominate service at the airport, with large hubs and extensive networks across Asia. Awarding Delta new slots to Haneda would add a third major airline alliance flying between the airport and the U.S., increasing competition and benefits to consumers.

"Enabling Delta to enter Haneda is critical to advancing airline competition in Tokyo, particularly considering the strong presence that the Star and oneworld alliance carriers already enjoy at this important and tightly controlled airport," said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president – Network and Revenue Management.  "No U.S. airline has invested more in Tokyo, and more customers and communities stand to gain from new Delta service at Haneda than can be served by competing applications."  

Delta’s application proposes new nonstop service, beginning Oct. 31, 2010, between Haneda and four U.S. cities:

  • Seattle – This city – already Delta and partner Alaska Airlines’ primary West Coast gateway to Asia – would serve as a convenient connecting point to central Tokyo for customers in 55 U.S. cities, as well as providing nonstop service for Seattle’s large local market. Flights would be operated on 298-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

 

  • Detroit – Service between Detroit and Haneda is a natural addition to Delta’s Eastern U.S. gateway to Asia. Delta’s hub at Detroit, featuring a state-of-the-art 120-gate terminal designed for international connections, will provide one-stop service to Haneda for 106 U.S. cities. Service would be operated on 403-seat Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

 

  • Los Angeles – With flights between Haneda and Los Angeles, Delta would be serving the largest U.S.-Tokyo market, as well as providing one-stop service for customers in 18 U.S. cities. Flights would be operated on Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

 

  • Honolulu – Service between Haneda and Honolulu would provide new options for customers traveling the already popular and competitive leisure route between Tokyo and Hawaii’s largest city.  Delta would operate service with Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

 

"Delta’s proposed new service stands to advance the commercial and tourism interests of both the U.S. and Japan by creating jobs and boosting local economies in communities on both sides of the Pacific, especially in Seattle, Detroit, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Tokyo," said Andrea Fischer Newman, senior vice president – Government Affairs.  "Delta needs to be able to meet the competitive challenge of new services that soon will be launched by Japanese airlines from Haneda, and our strong track record of trans-Pacific service from communities across the United States enables us to do that most effectively."

She noted that Haneda’s popularity among business travelers could attract new businesses to cities with nonstop service.

"We are looking forward to working with elected and community leaders, our customers and Delta employees to make the case to the Department of Transportation that our new Japan service will have widespread benefits for consumers, residents and businesses alike," Newman said.

Delta’s new service at Haneda would complement the airline’s existing service at Tokyo’s Narita airport. Delta currently offers flights between Narita and 11 U.S. cities.

Delta’s complete proposed schedule for summer and winter service at Haneda is available online at http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=18&item=123.

Delta Air Lines, the world’s No. 1 airline, serves more than 160 million passengers each year. With its unsurpassed global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 367 destinations in 66 countries on six continents. Delta employs more than 70,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of nearly 800 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France KLM. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 16,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline’s service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, the world’s largest airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.

SOURCE Delta Air Lines