Publisher Lifts Flight Ban For Employees

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(AP) The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press will no longer prohibit employees from taking commercial flights to assignments and business meetings, the papers’ publisher said Monday.

Walter Hussman Jr. told employees he was lifting the ban imposed after the Sept. 11 attacks. He said employees still uncomfortable with flying will be accommodated.

“We will leave the decision to fly up to the individual, but we will not require anyone who works for us to fly on a commercial aircraft until more safeguards are implemented,” Hussman said. “If someone elects not to fly, we will assist them with some other means of travel or give them some other assignment.”

The ban had applied to all employees of WEHCO Media, including five other dailies and cable television operations. Hussman said after the ban was imposed that employees could use one of two company planes if necessary to reach distant news events or business meetings.

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