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Maui government reconsiders air travel for work


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LAST UPDATED: 12:47 p.m. HST, Mar 10, 2014


WAILUKU, Hawaii >> Maui County agencies are reconsidering how much government employees should travel by air for work after recent deadly plane crashes on Lanai and Molokai.

The Maui News reported Monday (http://bit.ly/1lPskS9 ) that Deputy Planning Director Michele McLean is allowing her employees to travel by commercial plane or ferry to Lanai and Molokai and by car to Hana, staying overnight when necessary. In the meantime, her department plans to revisit logistics and staffing for meetings.

The Feb. 26 crash on Lanai killed two planning workers and hurt three other county employees. On Dec. 11, a crash landing in waters off Molokai killed Hawaii's health director, Loretta Fuddy.

It's up to each department to choose what's best when it comes to employee travel, county spokesman Rod Antone said. He said it's necessary to use planes and ferries because the county includes three islands.

"We are doing research now so our employees have some options," Antone said.

Antone said hotel room prices are an issue, so the county is looking into affordable alternatives should employees need to stay overnight.

The Lanai crash led officials to cancel two upcoming meetings of the Lanai Planning Commission, which were scheduled to discuss a community plan. McLean said the meetings have not yet been rescheduled.







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eoe wrote:
They could take the superfer.... oh actually they can't.
on March 10,2014 | 12:48PM
iwanaknow wrote:
give them a pup tent and sleep on the ground or in their rental car? What about SKYPing?
on March 10,2014 | 01:42PM
cojef wrote:
With current tele-communication technology available, some the travel can be eliminated or curtailed. On the other hand reverse the travel pattern. Let the field travel to the headquarters instead the opposite. Less personnel involved if the reverse was effected.
on March 10,2014 | 02:33PM
serious wrote:
It amounts to $$$$. Let them fly scheduled times and routes rather than the expense of a charter flight.
on March 10,2014 | 04:45PM
ryan02 wrote:
That plane crash was very sad. But, driving is still more dangerous than flying. Unless Maui is looking at ways to prevent its workers from having to drive to work, their "concern" about flying seems more like a knee-jerk reaction.
on March 10,2014 | 04:24PM
ryan02 wrote:
The plane crash was very sad. But driving is still more dangerous than flying. Unless Maui is also considering eliminating the need for employees to drive, their "concern" over flying seems more like a knee-j-rk reaction.
on March 10,2014 | 04:25PM
ryan02 wrote:
The plane crash was very sad. But driving is still more dangerous than flying. Unless Maui is also considering eliminating the need for employees to drive, their "concern" about flying seems like a public relations stunt.
on March 10,2014 | 04:26PM
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