OUTGOING MAIL TO HAWAI‘I SPENDS A WEEK IN PAGO PAGO

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By La Poasa

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (January 18, 2000 – Samoa News)---"People's safety comes first," Postmaster Smitty McMoore told Samoa News last week when he confirmed that Hawaiian Air had not taken outgoing mail on last Monday night's flight.

Hawaiian Air left 500 pounds of mail behind, as well as personal luggage because of weight restrictions.

"The airline promised me that all the mail would go out Friday night (January 14) even if they had to leave empty seats," McMoore said.

It was only the second time mail has been left behind since McMoore became postmaster here last year.

According to McMoore, Hawaiian Airline is under no obligation to carry the mail, and doesn't even need to notify the Post Office when they leave it behind.

McMoore also added that the 1,000-foot runway extension that has been planned for many years would solve this problem because Hawaiian would then be able to take off with a heavier load.

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