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Spy pen jolts talks between airport, Delta

Airline officials discover Hartsfield-Jackson chief taped conversations

By Eric Stirgus and Kelly Yamanouchi

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The world’s busiest airport and the world’s biggest airline were locked in critical negotiations last summer when the talks lurched off the runway.

Executives from Delta Air Lines were chatting after a meeting with city of Atlanta negotiators ended when they discovered a high-tech pen on the table. It appeared to be surreptitiously recording their conversation.

Ben DeCosta, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s general manager, admits that he left the gadget — he loves gadgets — on the table with its recorder running. But he insists that he did not intend to record Delta’s negotiators, and he even charged later that Delta stole his pen.

The extraordinary story emerged in public documents obtained last week by Th


Added: Feb-22-2010 Occurred On: Feb-22-2010
By: gregory_peckory
Tags: delta airlines, spy pen, listening device, negotiations
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States (load item map)
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