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  • Wretched Old Hag Harasses Trump Supporter On A Flight And TOTALLY GETS WHAT’S COMING TO HER

    01/22/2017 10:48:58 AM PST · by Twotone · 198 replies
    Chicks on the Right ^ | Jan. 22, 2017 | Mockarena COTR
    A clever and competent reader sent me this story, posted on FB by a fellow by the name of Scott Koteskey about his experience on a flight from Baltimore to Seattle, and you have to see it for yourself to believe the amazing amount of seahaggery shown by this ridiculous woman towards her fellow flight passenger. Backstory and video below.
  • Ex-Sen. D'Amato kicked off flight after rallying passengers against crew

    01/10/2017 2:53:14 PM PST · by lafroste · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/10/2017 | Paul P. Murphy
    Former New York Sen. Al D'Amato was removed from a delayed New York-bound JetBlue flight on Monday after trying to rally passengers against the flight crew. JetBlue flight 1002 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport was originally supposed to depart at 1:42 p.m. ET, but six delays pushed the departure time to just after 8:00 p.m. Once the plane boarded, the pilots informed passengers that 10 of them needed to move from the front to the back of the plane due to weight distribution.
  • Majority back ban on handguns in checked baggage

    01/10/2017 3:09:49 PM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 114 replies
    YouGov Polls ^ | 10 January 2017 | YouGov Poll
    Most Americans, including half of independents and Republicans, support a ban on checking handguns into aircraft baggage In recent years, America has, unfortunately, become used to mass shootings, but the recent mass shooting by an Iraq War veteran in Fort Lauderdale has sparked some concern. In the shooting at the Florida city's airport, the man, Estaban Santiago, had checked a handgun into his baggage. After retrieving it from the carousel he loaded it in a bathroom and then allegedly murdered five people, exposing a weakness in airport security. The latest research from YouGov finds that most Americans (57%) support a...
  • People in Switzerland ‘fly too much’ says environment body

    10/01/2016 5:21:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies ^ | 30 Sep 2016 11:00 GMT+02:00
    People in Switzerland travel by plane twice as much as their neighbors and should cut down on flights to help the environment, according to a spokesperson for the Switzerland-based World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Pierrette Rey was speaking at a summit of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada, where representatives of 191 countries gathered to agree an initiative aimed at controlling emissions and carbon offsetting in the airline industry. So far 63 countries have opted to join the plan, WWF said. But according to Rey, WWF fears the voluntary agreement won’t do enough to protect the environment and...
  • Air Passengers Warned Not To Use Galaxy Note 7 (fire hazard)

    09/09/2016 7:00:27 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 19 replies ^ | 09 September 2016
    Airline passengers should not turn on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights or stow them in checked baggage, US aviation officials have said. The warning comes a week after Samsung suspended Note 7 sales, following reports that a battery problem led to some devices catching fire during charging.
  • VIDEO: Black Lives Matter Shut Down London Airport Because ‘Climate Change Is Racist’

    09/06/2016 7:07:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies ^ | 9/6/2016 | Liam Deacon
    Black Lives Matter UK, with the “full support” of the U.S. movement, has shut down London City Airport because “environmental inequality is a racist crisis”, demanding more mass migration into Europe. “This action was taken in order to highlight the UK’s environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally,” declared the group in a statement. “By 2050 there will be 200 million climate refugees. Black people are the first to die, not the first to fly, in this racist climate crisis.”
  • He's accused of war crimes in Somalia. Now he works security at a U.S. airport.

    06/01/2016 3:29:49 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 16 replies
    cnn ^ | June 1, 2016 | Kyra Phillips, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine, CNN Investigations
    An accused war criminal living in the United States is now working as a security guard at Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC. A CNN investigation found that Yusuf Abdi Ali, who is accused of committing atrocities while he was a military commander during Somalia's brutal civil war, has been living a quiet life near the nation's capital for about 20 years. He is just one of more than 1,000 accused war criminals living and working in the United States. Yusuf Abdi Ali served as a commander in the Barre regime and is accused of terrorizing the Isaaq people, torturing...
  • Woman Boards Plane Without Security Check or Ticket

    04/01/2016 10:36:56 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    Flyertalk ^ | March 30, 2016 | Jennifer Billock
    Twenty-four-year-old Naja Eva Haynes of Kentucky was recently arrested after bypassing TSA agents and boarding a Delta plane. The incident occurred on March 24 when Haynes drove to Nashville International Airport, walked through Lane 4 of security without stopping for screening or showing a boarding pass or ID, proceeded to gate B5 where she pushed her way past a few airline agents, boarded the plane, and sat in a back row. She did not have identification on her. When Haynes was approached and asked for her ID, she refused, saying only, “My name and faith are my ID,” USA Today...
  • Airbus designs 'obese' seats to help airlines deal with the growth of big-bellied passengers

    02/21/2016 7:15:09 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 38 replies
    The Mirror ^ | Feb. 20, 2016 | Owen Hughes, Rachel Bishop
    Airbus has created a new seating plan that could help airlines deal with the growing number of obese passengers. A patent for a “Re-Configurable Passenger Bench Seat” has been submitted by the aircraft manufacturer that would see planes able to accommodate all shapes and sizes with adjustable chairs and seatbelts, writes the Daily Record . Worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980, and, according to the National Obesity Forum, one in four Brits can now be considered obese. The obesity crisis has been a hot topic in the flight industry, with some smaller airlines charging passengers by their weight and...
  • Delta Flight Attendants Get in Fist Fight, Plane Lands

    01/31/2016 12:38:08 PM PST · by drewh · 111 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 30, 2016 | Laura Begley Bloom Edito in Chief
    Two flight attendants reportedly got into a fist fight on a recent Delta fight. The skies weren’t so friendly on a recent Delta Air Lines flight. After two female flight attendants got into a fist fight on flight 2598 traveling from Los Angeles to Minneapolis, the captain decided to make an unscheduled landing in Salt Lake City. According to the Aviation Herald, the flight attendants had a disagreement over work issues on the flight. A third woman on the plane tried to break up the fight and was also hit by the brawling flight attendants. At that point, the captain...
  • Mysterious illness causes fainting and panic, forcing American Airlines flight to turn around

    01/28/2016 1:48:14 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 81 replies ^ | January 28 at 3:44 PM | Peter Holley
    Mysterious illness causes fainting and panic, forcing American Airlines flight to turn around By Peter Holley January 28 at 3:44 PM An American Airlines plane was forced to turn around Wednesday when multiple people on board the London-to-Los Angeles flight were struck by a mysterious illness. Passengers on the plane became fearful after one flight attendant collapsed and rumors of airborne contamination spread throughout the cabin, according to accounts from several people on board. The plane was in the air for more than two hours and was flying close to Keflavik in southwest Iceland and when it turned around and...
  • Company unveils airplane design with seats on top of aircraft

    12/16/2015 3:28:12 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 69 replies ^ | December 16, 2015
    Introducing the SkyDeck-- a patent-pending seat design that aims to give a few lucky passengers a 360 degree view of the surrounding clouds by sitting them on top of the plane in a fully transparent bubble. Unlike other seat design models, the SkyDeck is designed to be incorporated into existing types of aircraft and would cost between $8 million to $25 million to install depending on the type of plane. "Current in-flight entertainment offerings have not changed much over the decades. We wanted to come up with a product that would provide a higher level of entertainment to reduce the...
  • Passports Required For Domestic Travel In 2016, But IRS Can Revoke Passports For Taxes

    11/28/2015 3:31:08 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 82 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 25, 2015 | By Robert W. Wood
    Think you only need a passport to board an international flight? In 2016, some fliers better have one to fly domestic, which means they had better be paying their taxes. It now looks as though your passport could be cancelled if you owe the IRS. The Real ID Act created a national standard for state-issued IDs. It hits air travel in 2016. Some states initially refused to comply, fearing that the feds would make a national database of citizens. Others cited high administrative costs and a 50% increase in fees for drivers. Most states are OK, but millions in Louisiana,...
  • 'Worst ever air-rage passenger' jailed after Birmingham flight rampage

    11/25/2015 11:15:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    Birmingham MAIL ^ | 24 NOV 2015 | HARVEY DAY
    An air-rage passenger has been jailed after drunkenly abusing cabin crew on a flight from Dubai to Birmingham Airport - and biting a police officer when they tried to arrest him. Jasbir Singh Bharaj, 46, was labelled by one flight attendant as the “worst passenger he had ever encountered” after he went on the rampage. He was sentenced to a total of 11 months at Birmingham Crown Court for his actions aboard the Emirates plane on September 16 last year. The court heard Bharaj, of Downing Drive, Leicester, had threatened to punch an air hostess in the face and caused...
  • India's IndiGo places record order for Airbus A320neo

    08/17/2015 3:18:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    rfi ^ | 17 August 2015
    Indian low-cost airline IndiGo has placed a record order 24-billion-euro order for European planemaker Airbus's A320neo passenger jet. The first A320neo left Airbus's plant in Toulouse, south-west France, in July 2014. The order for 530 planes, with a catalogue-price worth 26.5 billion dollars (24 billion euros), is a record for Airbus. t was signed on Indian independence day, 15 August, although the company first announced it in October 2014. IndiGo, which is India's fastest-growing airline and, with 38.4 per cent of market share, its largest, ordered 100 A320s in 2005 and they have all been delivered. In 2011 it became...
  • Kneejerk Reaction? New Air Passenger Seating Scheme Hits Turbulence

    07/10/2015 5:17:33 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 37 replies
    NBC Business ^ | July 10, 2015 | Alexandra Gibbs
    The lot of the poor economy-class airline customer has never been a happy one: there's the food (or lack of), cramped conditions, loud noises and being just that bit too close for comfort to your fellow passengers. However, things could get a whole lot worse, if one company's designs are adopted. Named the "Economy Class Cabin Hexagon", the design aims to switch up seating arrangements, by placing airline seats in different directions in order to improve space and "increase cabin density."
  • Free Checked Bags Come to an End on JetBlue

    07/03/2015 6:03:03 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Airways News ^ | July 1, 2015 | Roberto Leiro
    No More Free Checked Bags on JetBlue. As of June 30, the airline introduced new fare options when booking tickets online, which include charges to checked bags, unless passengers pay for its premium fares. Passengers purchasing Blue fare—JetBlue’s base fare—will now be charged $20 for the first checked bag when purchased during web check-in or at a kiosk, or $25 at the check-in counter, and a $35 fee for a second checked bag.
  • United flight bound for DC is diverted to Ohio (tr)

    07/02/2015 12:15:09 PM PDT · by dware · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07.02.2015 | Sophie Jane Evans
    FULL TITLE: United flight bound for DC is diverted to Ohio after female passenger 'makes threatening comments about a bomb' A United Airlines flight from Missouri to Washington D.C. was diverted to Ohio on Thursday after a female passenger allegedly made threatening comments about a bomb while on board the plane. United Express Flight 3342 had set off from St Louis at around 8.50am and was traveling to the nation's capital when the flier, described as being 'in her fifties', made the remarks, officials said. The flight crew alerted the pilot, who decided to take action and the aircraft was...
  • Autistic Girl Removed From Flight After Emergency Landing

    05/11/2015 7:05:40 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 296 replies ^ | May 11, 2015
    (CBSNews) — An Oregon family traveling with a 15-year old autistic girl was kicked off a flight this week for what the airline calls a “disruptive” situation. The family calls it an outrage. Video shot by a fellow passenger and posted to YouTube showed Salt Lake City airport police removing the family from a United Airlines flight last Tuesday, after the pilot made an emergency landing. The girl’s mother, Donna Beegle, was shocked when officers explained why. “He said, ‘Well, the captain doesn’t feel comfortable flying to Portland with your daughter on his flight,” Beegle told CBS News. The trouble...
  • Woman removed from plane for poking snoring passenger with pen

    04/16/2015 2:56:07 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 39 replies
    Chicago Suntimes ^ | 4-16-2015 | Jordan Owen
    A woman was removed from a flight Thursday afternoon after she “poked” her seatmate with a pen to stop him from snoring before takeoff at Midway Airport, authorities said.  The customer on Southwest Airlines Flight 577 poked the person in the next seat with a pen to keep him from snoring, a statement from Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said. The woman was removed from the flight and the plane took off for Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, according to the statement. No one was injured.
  • 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...