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  • Flight 4U9525 Crash: Who was the Pilot in the Cockpit? Germanwings Pressed to Release Names

    03/26/2015 4:29:21 AM PDT · by drpix · 151 replies ^ | 3/26/2015 | Johnlee Varghese
    The latest revelations over Germanwings flight 4U9525 crash have turned the focus on the pilots, but the German budget carrier has so far refused to identify them. One of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit moments before the crash, the data from the cockpit voice recorder has reportedly revealed, placing the pilots at the focal point of the investigation. However, the company has refrained from disclosing the identity of the pilots. According to the New York Times , data showed the pilot inside the cabin ignored the appeals of his colleague to open the cabin door. As time...
  • Passenger Is Subdued After Rushing Toward Cockpit On United flight

    03/18/2015 6:50:05 AM PDT · by Kaled · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3-17-2015 | Lori Aratani and Luz Lazo
    Donna Tellam was among the 33 passengers and six crew members aboard the Denver-bound flight that left Dulles about 10:15 p.m. She was relaxing in her seat in first class, playing a game on her phone, when a man came running down the aisle toward the cockpit. He was waving his arms and yelling, she said. The man, whom Tellam described as small and thin with dark hair, was clearly distressed. He kept saying that the plane "was going too slow, that it was going to fall... and all of us were going to die," Tellam said Tuesday, recounting the...
  • REAL ID to Launch in 2016: TSA Will Force Airline Passengers to Show National ID Before Flying

    02/10/2015 1:25:17 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 45 replies
    B Swann ^ | 2/2/15 | Barry Donegan
    Starting in 2016, the Transportation Security Administration will require all airline passengers to present a REAL ID compliant identification card or a passport in order to board a flight. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that 20-30% of Americans live in jurisdictions that are not REAL ID compliant, meaning their driver's licenses will no longer be accepted during security checks at the airport.
  • Scrawl found on United jet, attendants fired when they refuse to fly

    01/07/2015 7:49:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies ^ | 1/7/2015 | Angel Jennings
    On July 14, 2014, United crews departing from San Francisco International Airport bound for Hong Kong found the words "BYE BYE" in six-inch high letters alongside two faces, one smiling and the other one also smiling, but with eye brows drawn in a more sinister expression. The writing was traced in an oil slick from the auxiliary engine in the Boeing 747-4000 aircraft's tail cone. In the 26-page complaint, the flight attendants said that the markings constituted a"credible and specific threat to the safety of the aircraft." The flight attendants informed United officials they were uncomfortable flying unless extra security...
  • Eastern Air Lines Is Back After Being Gone For Over 20 Years

    12/24/2014 1:54:09 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 22, 2014, 3:47 PM | Luis Linares, Airways News
    Nearly 24 years after the original Eastern shut down on Jan. 18, 1991, the new Eastern Air Lines welcomed home its first new aircraft on Dec. 19. Ex-Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 “The Spirit of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker,” N276EA, arrived from Shannon, Ireland (SNN), via Portsmouth, New Hampshire (PSN), into the airline’s base at Miami International Airport at 3:13 p.m. local time on Runway 8R to a water-cannon salute. The fanfare reached far beyond that of a traditional airline launch, particularly in Miami. Miami was the original Eastern’s headquarters, and the carrier was the city’s largest employer from the mid-1970s until...
  • Plane Diverted To LAX After Woman Gives Birth In Flight

    12/09/2014 11:52:13 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    cbs ^ | December 9, 2014 11:08 AM
    Flight 623, bound for Phoenix, had just taken off from San Francisco when an unidentified woman went into labor.
  • St. Louis-Bound Flights Rerouted Amid Protests (to avoid ground fire)

    11/24/2014 11:21:21 PM PST · by Zakeet · 3 replies
    ABC News / AP ^ | November 25, 2014
    The Federal Aviation Administration is diverting some St. Louis-bound flights to other airports because of reports of gunshots fired into the sky in Ferguson following a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old.
  • Why airfare keeps rising despite lower oil prices

    11/17/2014 5:58:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 17, 2014 5:45 PM EST | Scott Mayerowitz
    U.S. airlines are saving tens of millions of dollars every week because of lower prices for jet fuel, their largest expense. So why don't they share some of the savings with passengers? Simply put: Airlines have no compelling reason to offer any breaks. Planes are full. Investors want a payout. And new planes are on order. In fact, fares are going higher. And those bag fees that airlines instituted in 2008 when fuel prices spiked aren’t going away either. …
  • The Ebola Effect Arrives: Half Of Americans Will Avoid International Air Travel Out Of Ebola Fears

    10/16/2014 3:00:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/16/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Remember when Obama said "Putin was isolated", despite the Russian having the explicit support of the BRIC nations, and thus at least half of the world's population? Well, as irony would always have it with this particular US president, the tables have promptly turned, and paradoxically where ISIS failed to "terrorize" Americans into a state of paralyzed daze, the West African virus has succeeded in isolating none other than America, and as a brand new Reuters poll reveals, nearly half of Americans are so concerned about the Ebola outbreak that they are avoiding international air travel! In other words,...
  • US must stop all flights from Ebola-stricken WAfrica to prevent more outbreaks in US (abrev)

    10/07/2014 9:16:24 AM PDT · by wtd · 15 replies
    UKMailOnline ^ | 10/07/2014 | Michael Zennie for MailOnline
    UKDailyMail 10/7/2014: Epidemiologist says US must stop all flights from Ebola-stricken West Africa to prevent more outbreaks in America David Dausey, a Yale-educated disease researcher, has argued that the bungled handling of the Thomas Eric Duncan case proves the US must close its borders to keep Ebola out of the country He is one of the first experts to advocate the closing of borders The CDC maintains that blocking flights from West Africa would make the Ebola outbreak there worse by hurting the local economy
  • How windowless planes could be the future of cheap air travel

    08/26/2014 1:46:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 79 replies ^ | 5:03PM BST 26 Aug 2014 | By Alice Philipson
    Windowless planes could be the future of cheaper air travel as a government technology centre develops a proposal to help airlines save on fuel. In place of windows, plastic display screens projecting the sky outside could line the cabin of an aircraft. It is hoped the technology will significantly reduce aircraft weight and cut fuel costs without worrying nervous passengers. The display screens will function using a technique called printable electronics, which involves the use of conductive inks to carry electric current in cardboard and plastic for just a few pence per unit. The technology could be rolled out in...
  • Jet Airways Flight Drops 5,000ft as Pilot Takes a Nap; co-Pilot Busy Browsing on iPad

    08/14/2014 10:26:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, August 14, 2014 | Bindu Rai
    Mumbai-Brussels flight drops 5,000 feet as pilot ‘rests’In a year that has witnessed a number of aviation episodes, a potential incident was averted when a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Brussels dropped 5,000 feet in Ankara airspace while the pilot was having a ‘rest’. The co-pilot, meanwhile, was busy on her tablet and reportedly claims she had no idea the plane had dropped in altitude. A call from an alarmed Ankara ATC jolted the pilots into action. The Jet Airways flight 9W 228, operating on a Boeing 777-300 ER, was reportedly flying at an altitude of 34,000 feet when...
  • Airlines Begin Cutting Flights To West Africa Due To Ebola Threat

    08/04/2014 4:08:47 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 21 replies
    Flight Club ^ | 8/4/14 | Paul Thompson
    Emirates has become the first major airline to halt flights to Guinea, in the west African region affected by the recent Ebola outbreak. Upon announcing the stoppage of service, the airline said, "The safety of our passengers and crew is of the highest priority and will not be compromised." The International Air Transport Associartion (IATA) and World Health Organization (WHO) each provide guidelines for airlines for pre-flight health screenings. An IATA spokesman said, "There has never been a case of contracting Ebola from being on a plane – it's extremely unlikely." The west African nations of Liberia and Sierra Leone...
  • Nigeria: Ebola - Nigerian Travellers Commend NCAA, Arik Over Quick Response

    08/01/2014 10:35:22 AM PDT · by EBH · 5 replies
    All Africa ^ | 8/1/2014 | Chinedu Eze
    Nigerian air travellers have commended the decision of the nation's major carrier, Arik Air and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to ban operations to the Ebola endemic countries in West Africa. Arik Air last Sunday announced it has stopped operations to Liberia and Sierra Leone, two countries where the dreaded disease is endemic and in a swift reaction last Monday, NCAA stopped the operations of Asky Airlines to Nigeria, the airline that brought the first victim of the disease into the country. Explaining why Asky had to be stopped, the acting Director-General of NCAA, Benedict Adeyileka, said the regulatory...
  • Airbus Seeking Patent For Bicycle Seats Because Flying Isn’t Uncomfortable Enough Already

    07/14/2014 6:21:39 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 50 replies
    The Consumerist ^ | 14 July 2014 | Mary Beth Quirk
    While you’re fighting for territory on the arm rest and suffering the kicks, nudges and otherwise annoying seat disturbances that come with flying commercial airlines, just think… it could be worse. How much worse? Like perching on a bicycle seat worse. Airbus submitted a patent in Europe for the seats, with have small backrests but no tray tables or headrest, reports the Los Angeles Times. And legroom? Keep dreaming. The pared down design is an attempt to cut down on bulk, which in turn allows for more sardined passengers and ostensibly, more money. “In effect, to increase the number of...
  • United plane's evacuation slide deploys mid-flight

    06/30/2014 6:21:40 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 20 replies
    An evacuation slide inflated inside a United Airlines plane as it flew from Chicago to California, filling part of the cabin and forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kansas, the airline and passengers said. Mike Schroeder said he was flying to Orange County, California, late Sunday when he heard a hiss and pop. Schroeder said he turned around and saw the plane's evacuation slide — which would normally go outside the plane during an emergency — inflating inside the cabin.
  • Fox News Anchor Arrested at Minnesota Airport

    05/22/2014 5:32:53 AM PDT · by kristinn · 54 replies
    AP via ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2014
    Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett was arrested at a Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport bar on Wednesday for refusing to cooperate with airport police who were called to the scene, an airport official said. Jarrett was taken into custody at around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Northern Lights Grill in the main terminal, Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan said. He said the officers reported that Jarrett seemed intoxicated, acted belligerent and refused to follow orders.
  • A Pilot Shortage Made in Congress: Heavy-handed safety rule causing major problems for air travel.

    02/12/2014 8:07:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/12/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Five years ago this month, two pilots aboard Colgan Air Flight 3407 made a series of fatal errors as they descended near Buffalo, N.Y. The plane spluttered in mid-air, tilting unnaturally, then made a terrible grinding sound as it fell near-vertical from the sky. It hit a house, exploding loudly; neighbors could see the flames from blocks away. All 49 people aboard the flight perished, as did one occupant of 6038 Long Street, which was totally destroyed. Tragedies trigger calls for action. Unfortunately, such pleas are often more emotional than rational, resulting in bad policy. The legislation passed in response...
  • The TSA made half a million dollars last year because you forgot your change

    12/09/2013 1:01:52 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 5, 2013 | Reid Wilson
    The next time you go through airport security, check those gray and white bins where you unload your pockets. Last year, the Transportation Security Administration collected $531,395.22 in change left behind at checkpoints. Federal law requires the TSA to report the amount of unclaimed money they keep every year to Congress. The fiscal 2012 report, obtained by The Washington Post, shows the agency collected about $499,000 in U.S. currency, and another $32,000 in foreign currency, at their checkpoints.
  • Teenager dies aboard Delta flight soon after takeoff from Seattle

    12/07/2013 2:33:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    NBC ^ | Simon Moya-Smith
    A Delta Airlines flight from Seattle to Atlanta was rerouted to Spokane International Airport in Washington state shortly after takeoff on Saturday due to a medical emergency that left a 16-year-old male passenger dead, officials said. ... Pilots diverted to Spokane, the closest airport, upon learning of the emergency. The cause of death was not immediately known. Local authorities and a medical examiner were summoned to the airport, NBC affiliate KHQ reported.
  • Man removed from flight in Phoenix over infectious disease alert

    12/02/2013 4:10:59 PM PST · by bgill · 45 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | Dec. 2, 2013 | Reuters
    Officials removed a man with an unspecified infectious disease - possibly tuberculosis - from a US Airways Express flight with 70 passengers on board shortly after it landed in Phoenix over the weekend, authorities said on Monday. The unidentified man was removed from Flight 2846 from Austin, Texas, when it landed on Saturday after the airline received an alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding a passenger known to have an infectious disease, a spokesman for the airline said.
  • Germany plans to scrap air passenger tax

    11/22/2013 9:54:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies ^ | 22 Nov 2013 12:11 GMT+01:00 | Fred Searle
    Germany’s next government is set to scrap the country’s air passenger duty, which could make flights up to €40 cheaper. The move follows pressure from the airline lobby, but has upset environmental groups. … The tax was introduced in Germany two years ago, but the parties believe that it is costing the country more money than it brings in, as passengers are put off flying from German airports by the high cost of travel. If the duty is abolished, ticket prices would be reduced by €7.50 on short-haul journeys, €23.43 on medium-haul and slashed on long-haul flights by €42.18, the...
  • Beware "Underwear 2": TSA Chief Offers Rare al Qaeda Bomb Details (undetectable!)

    07/21/2013 5:47:14 AM PDT · by Innovative · 68 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 19, 2013 | Michael Crowley
    Speaking in unusual detail, (Transportation Security Administration chief ) Pistole offered specifics about an underwear bomb devised by a master al Qaeda bomb-maker in Yemen meant to be exploded in an airliner over the United States last year. The plot was foiled thanks to a double-agent inside al Qaeda's Yemen branch. Pistole described the May 2012 bomb as "a next generation device" that was "new and improved in many respects" from the Christmas 2009 bomb. Designed by one of the most wanted terrorists in the world, Ibrahim al-Asiri, the device featured "a new type of explosive that we had never...
  • AP Impact: More air passengers show up with guns

    07/02/2013 9:37:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 2, 2013 11:16 PM EDT | Joan Lowy
    Several times every day, at airports across the country, passengers are trying to walk through security with loaded guns in their carry-on bags, purses or pockets, even in a boot. And, more than a decade after 9/11 raised consciousness about airline security, it’s happening a lot more often. In the first six months of this year, Transportation Security Administration screeners found 894 guns on passengers or in their carry-on bags, a 30 percent increase over the same period last year. The TSA set a record in May for the most guns seized in one week—65 in all, 45 of them...
  • Budget cuts back in spotlight as flight delays mount

    04/24/2013 7:01:46 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/24/13 | Mark Felsenthal and Alwyn Scott Reuters
    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Wednesday backed a plan that would temporarily eliminate spending cuts disrupting U.S. air travel, while lawmakers in Washington scrambled to avoid blame as the impact of the reductions began being felt across the country.
  • AMERICAN AIRLINES flight grounded after passengers panic over Iraqis shouting to each

    04/17/2013 7:46:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | 4/17/13 | staff
    Passengers on an American Airlines flight from San Diego to Chicago were ordered off a plane on Tuesday night after complaints about a group of six Arabic-speaking Iraqi men. Consumerist Details of what happened before American Flight 590′s scheduled departure late on Tuesday are sketchy. According to the Associated Press, an American Airlines flight was grounded after passengers complained about 6 men who were speaking Arabic. American Airlines spokesperson Tim Wagner said that local law enforcement was called in to question the men but the TSA did not get involved. He also said that passenger traveling with two small children...
  • Texas to Fund Control Towers Shut Down by Sequester

    03/31/2013 2:07:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 30, 2013 | Tony Lee
    Texas will pay to keep 13 local air traffic control towers that the Obama administration plans shut down in order to play politics with the sequester. Last week, the Obama administration announced it would close 149 air traffic control towers nationwide starting on April 7 to save $600 million. The Texas Department of Transportation said safety and Texas's economy, which relies on air travel, prompted the state to keep the air traffic control towers open. “Safety is the primary reason we felt a need to take immediate action for the air travelers and business aircraft that use these airports," Texas...
  • Ray LaHood: Sequester will disrupt air travel even though we get more money for fewer flights now

    02/25/2013 11:02:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    We picked on CNN's Candy Crowley last week, so it's only fair to highlight her effort here in demolishing Ray LaHood in his attempt to push the Nightmare on Sequester Street hysteria, FAA edition. Air travel will go haywire if the sequester cuts take place, LaHood warns, but Crowley notes that (a) even with the sequester, the FAA will have more money in this year's budget than last year's, (b) the cuts bring the FAA back to their 2008 funding level in real dollars, and (c) the level of domestic flights has dropped by 27% since 9/11. So why the...
  • Jet-skier breaches $100 million security system at JFK

    08/13/2012 11:15:49 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 13, 2012
    A jet-skier who became stranded in Jamaica Bay easily breached the security system at John F. Kennedy International Airport by walking undetected through two runways and into a terminal. Daniel Castillo of Queens swam to shore and then walked past motion sensors and closed-circuit cameras of the airport's state-of-the art Perimeter Intrusion Detection System. The $100 million system is meant to safeguard against terrorists. Castillo climbed an eight-foot-tall perimeter fence and made his way to Terminal 3, according to The New York Post. He approached a Delta Air Lines worker, who alerted authorities, the paper said. The Port Authority of...
  • United (Airlines) Passengers Revolt After Being Stranded for 3 Days in China

    07/16/2012 9:58:22 AM PDT · by rawhide · 36 replies
    good morning america ^ | 7-16-12 | JIM AVILA
    A United Airlines flight from Shanghai,China,to New Jersey should have taken just 13 hours,but it took some folks three days to make that trip,after a firestorm of protests,threats,even violence. United Flight 87 was scheduled to leave Shanghai Wednesday and bring 225 passengers to Newark Airport in New Jersey. The flight was canceled twice because of maintenance on the Boeing 777, and a third delay came because the flight crew had been on duty too long. Passengers say they couldn't get to their luggage, some of which was unceremoniously dumped off carousels, leading to fist fights. "They [airport officials] grabbed him...
  • Flight attendant loses cool aboard NYC plane

    06/29/2012 6:40:48 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    AP - googlehosted ^ | 29 June 2012 | Alex Katz
    NEW YORK (AP) — A flight attendant on a weather-delayed plane yelled at passengers and challenged them to leave the plane if they dared before he was removed and the flight was canceled. The incident, involving American Eagle flight attendant Jose Serrano, was caught on video. Flight 4607, from LaGuardia Airport to Raleigh-Durham, N.C., was delayed for more than seven hours on Monday before being canceled. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police, who help keep the region's major airports secure, were called to the plane, but there were no arrests, unlike a similar incident in 2010, when...
  • The TSA's Trayvon Martin revenge

    05/31/2012 7:52:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | May 31, 2012 | Ilana Mercer
    Had a rare video surfaced in which a black toddler was being brutalized by agents of the Transportation Security Administration, President Barack Obama would have enough solidarity, and some to spare. “If I had a son,” he’d say, “he’d look like the boy whose breeches were breached by adults who should know better.” I don’t wish the homegrown terrorists of the TSA to become equal-opportunity offenders; I want Congress to call off these attack dogs, now. Still, I am unconvinced that when they travel, black women, tots and geriatrics are subjected to the same invasive searches as are whites. My...
  • Spirit Airlines' boss calls complaints 'irrelevant,' says dying veteran should've bought insurance

    05/03/2012 1:42:07 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 56 replies ^ | 5-13-2012 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    The boss of Spirit Airlines isn't about to cave in to a dying former Marine, and he doesn't lose sleep knowing his company leads the industry when it comes to customer complaints, he told “That’s an irrelevant statistic,” Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza said when told his airline generates gripes at two-and-a-half times the rate of the next most complained about carrier. Spirit racked up 8.27 complaints per 100,000 passengers in January, while United finished a distant second-worst, registering 3.5 complaints per 100,000 fliers, according to U.S. Department of Transportation statistics. By comparison, Southwest notched just 0.2 complaints per 100,000...
  • Plane diverted after passenger lights cigarette in cabin

    01/25/2012 6:06:09 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 56 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 01/25/2012 | Michelle Mondo
    A Continental Airlines flight traveling from Houston to California had to be diverted here Tuesday evening because of an “unruly passenger” who reportedly lit a cigarette in the cabin and refused to put it out then fought with a flight attendant, officials said. The man, whose name and age were not available, was taken into custody by the San Antonio police and the FBI and could face federal charges, officials said. San Antonio police Capt. Cris Andersen said the man allegedly lit the cigarette while in the cabin. He reportedly refused to put out the cigarette and when a flight...
  • World's biggest super-jumbos must be GROUNDED, say engineers

    01/09/2012 8:16:16 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies · 1+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 9, 2012 | Rob Waugh
    Australian aircraft engineers have called for Airbus A380 - the world's biggest passenger aircraft - to be grounded, after Singapore Airlines and Qantas found cracks in the wings of their super-jumbos. 'We can't continue to gamble with people's lives and allow those aircraft to fly around and hope that they make it until their four-yearly inspection,' said Steve Purvinas, secretary of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association.
  • Off-Duty Officer Subdues Passenger on Flight

    11/28/2011 1:07:11 AM PST · by Pontiac · 14 replies
    WSJ On-Line ^ | 11/27/11 | PERVAIZ SHALLWANI
    <p>An off-duty New York police officer helped subdue and arrest a passenger who allegedly punched a flight attendant and assaulted passengers Sunday morning on a flight from the Dominican Republic to New York, authorities said.</p>
  • TV series 'Pan Am' is a flight back to a better time

    10/22/2011 6:47:51 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 35 replies ^ | Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 | Gary A. Warner:
    One of the more intriguing shows of this fall's tepid television season is "Pan Am," which focuses on a gaggle of young stewardesses - as they were called then - flying for the unofficial American flagship airline during its early 1960s heyday. The series has been derided as "Mad Men in the Sky" for its obvious slipstreaming of the popular show set in a New York advertising agency during the early 1960s. From the two weeks of "Pan Am" I've watched so far, there's a lot of thematic overlap. Strong women beginning to push back at a male-dominated culture, New...
  • How my shirt flummoxed the TSA

    09/24/2011 12:26:35 PM PDT · by matt04 · 36 replies
    On the same July day that Donald Rumsfeld was patted down by airport security at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, I underwent an upper-body pat-down at Reagan National. I was posing spread-eagle in the full body scanner, in compliance with various mandates of the federal Transportation Security Administration, when something set off a female TSA agent, who began mumbling anxiously into her walkie-talkie. I leaned forward, trying to hear her description of my offense. I was wearing no shoes and no heavy jewelry, and I’d thrown my belt into a bin along with my BlackBerry, my bulging key ring and an Amazon...
  • Fighter Jets Escort Flight to JFK After Passengers Refuse to Leave Bathroom (Muslims?)

    09/11/2011 2:14:53 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 97 replies
    WNBC New York ^ | 9/11/11 | Jonathan Dienst
    Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to escort a flight from Los Angeles to John F. Kennedy Airport Sunday afternoon after three passengers refused to come out of a bathroom. The flight landed safely after 4 p.m. The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement that it was "notified of passengers allegedly behaving suspiciously" onboard the flight at about 3 p.m., and that the jets were scrambled "out of an abundance of caution." "Law enforcement met the flight and will interview passengers," the TSA said. The passengers on American Airlines Flight 34 went into a bathroom and were "not compliant,"...
  • Judicial Watch Uncovers New Documents Detailing Pelosi's Use of Air Force Aircraft for Her...

    07/21/2011 12:22:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 21, 2011
    Complete title: Judicial Watch Uncovers New Documents Detailing Pelosi's Use of Air Force Aircraft for Her Family in 2010 Records Also Detail Massive Pelosi-Led Bipartisan Congressional Junket to Detroit Auto Show Washington, DC -- July 21, 2011Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained new documents from the United States Air Force (USAF) detailing then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s use of USAF aircraft in 2010. The records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which include flight manifests, expense summaries, copies of receipts and Congressional correspondence, detail a number of...
  • Can High-Speed Rail Reduce Air Travel and Highway Expansion?

    06/18/2011 6:49:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 116 replies
    Streets Blog ^ | 06/09/2011 | Tanya Snyder
    Yesterday, Miller-McCune’s Michael Scott Moore accused Southwest Airlines of helping to bury a potential Texas bullet train 15 years ago. “Southwest understood better than most high-speed rail critics just how well the trains could work,” Moore wrote. “[High-speed rail in Spain] has reduced Spanish highway traffic — even for cargo, by freeing up space on the older rail network — and it’s cut dramatically into domestic airline business.” Miller-McCune quotes a 2006 story in The Austinist: Dallas-based airline company Southwest Airlines launched a sweeping, aggressive public relations campaign throughout the state in order to discredit TGV and prevent the company...
  • Kenlie Tiggeman 'Too Fat To Fly' On Southwest

    05/12/2011 2:13:20 PM PDT · by Baladas · 54 replies
    AOL Travel ^ | May 12th 2011 | Kate Auletta
    Southwest Airlines is landing in hot water after they told a passenger that she was "too fat to fly." During a layover in Dallas on Easter Sunday, Kenlie Tiggeman was told by a Southwest employee that she and her mother were "too fat to fly" when they asked what the weight restrictions were on the flight, according to MSNBC. Tiggeman, who has lost 120 pounds in the last two years, told the news organization: "It doesn't matter how far I have come. I have a long way to go, but no one sees that. All they see is my exterior...
  • Southwest Airlines grounds 81 planes after emergency

    04/02/2011 9:16:29 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 144 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Apr 2, 2011 10:57am EDT | David Schwartz
    (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines grounded 81 aircraft from its Boeing 737 fleet for inspection after a gaping hole in the fuselage forced one of its planes to make emergency landing in Arizona on Friday, the company said on Saturday. Southwest (LUV.N) and Boeing (BA.N) engineers will inspect the aircraft to try to determine the cause, Southwest said in a statement. Passengers heard a loud noise and suddenly saw a hole about mid-cabin. Southwest Airlines is working with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration on the ground in Arizona to determine the cause of a sudden drop...
  • Bed-bug Airways: BA grounds two jumbos after woman tells how flights left her covered in bites

    02/26/2011 5:52:57 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26th February 2011 | Ray Massey
    British Airways grounded two jumbo jets after a passenger complained of being badly bitten by bed bugs during two separate long-haul flights. The airline fumigated one of the planes on which it confirmed there had been an infestation and apologised to the woman for her ordeal. Businesswoman Zane Selkirk revealed her body was ‘crawling’ with bugs and ‘covered with bites’ during a ten-hour transatlantic flight from Los Angeles to London Heathrow in January. The 28-year-old believes she was also bitten on a second flight in February during a business trip from Bangalore in India to Heathrow. The revelations will certainly...
  • Make me wanna holla and feel-up with both of my hands

    02/16/2011 5:09:58 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 8 replies
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 2/16/11 | Alaphiah
    Well this is living! Marvin Gaye who sung about intercity Blues had no idea that we’d all be receiving sexual healing inside our near-the-city airports. Who among us wakes up every morning and after the morning rituals of hygiene and breakfast bolts out of the door to work where hundreds of women are lined up before you? And your job is either to scan anatomically correct female images all day or to glide your lecherous fingers up and down the nether and frontal regions of the female body? Not your job description? Well one might think it is the job...
  • Putin says Russian officials must spend dark New Year's Eve

    01/01/2011 8:40:24 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | Dec 31, 2010
    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday three top Russian officials should spend New Year's Eve in the dark after failing to fulfill their promise to repair damaged power lines. "You said everything would be fine by 1800 (1500 GMT)," Russia's de facto number one said in nationally televised comments to the three. "You should not have said anything if you were not sure," he added during a meeting that included the governor of the Moscow region as well as federal energy minister and the head of the local power utility. The televised comments were followed an hour later by news...
  • Airport Security: Let's Profile Muslims (says the Muslim author)

    11/29/2010 1:20:04 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 9 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11/29/2010 | Asra Q. Nomani
    In the wake of yet another Muslim terror plot, we can't ignore the threat profile any longer—or the solution. Asra Q. Nomani argues the case for religious and racial profiling. For all those holiday travelers negotiating the Transportation Security Administration’s new cop-a-feel strategy, there is a difficult solution we need to consider: racial and religious profiling. As an American Muslim, I’ve come to recognize, sadly, that there is one common denominator defining those who’ve got their eyes trained on U.S. targets: MANY of them are Muslim—like the Somali-born teenager arrested Friday night for a reported plot to detonate a car...
  • Massport investigating two 'suspicious' duffel bags in Logan cargo building

    11/23/2010 11:34:25 AM PST · by Skeez · 22 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/23/2010 | Globe Staff
    Authorities this afternoon are examining two duffel bags stored inside a Delta cargo terminal building at Boston's Logan Airport after a dog trained to sniff out explosives reacted, a Massport spokesman said. Phil Orlandella said that a K9 dog from the Transportation Security Administration "got a hit'' while routine security inspections were being performed around 12:30 p.m. today. The duffel bags carried an address in Nigeria, he said. Orlandella said the package was found inside Delta cargo building 56 and that the 25 people working there have since been evacuated. He said the suspicious package is now undergoing a more...
  • What's the TSA's policy? Search me!

    11/21/2010 1:06:49 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Washingoton ^ | Sunday, November 21, 2010 | Christopher Elliott
    Just a few days before the busy holiday travel period, the Transportation Security Administration has decided to change the rules of flying - again. At the beginning of this month, the agency began enforcing its name-matching requirements for airline tickets. Passengers must now provide their full names as they appear on a government-issued ID, their date of birth and their gender when they book a flight. After a terrorism scare involving explosive devices shipped by cargo, the government banned printer cartridges from luggage. And the TSA started implementing several new screening measures, including an enhanced "pat-down" protocol for air travelers...
  • TSA and Guccione

    11/20/2010 3:21:02 PM PST · by Othniel · 16 replies
    My Own Self | Nov. 20, 2010 | Othniel
    Dear Penthouse Forum,I know that you won't believe what happened to me, and I know that I must be a one-in-a-million guy to have this occur, but last week I was standing in line at the airport...