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  • United is rated as the WORST large airline in the US - even before the company courted scandal....

    04/25/2017 7:37:09 AM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 25, 2017 | Gareth Davies For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: United is rated as the WORST large airline in the US - even before the company courted scandal over doctor who was dragged off a plane United Airlines has been rated as the worst among its peers for customer satisfaction even before the scandal over a doctor who was dragged off a plane. Those responding to an American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) study ranked United lower than all large airlines in the survey, which analyzed data from across all sectors. Last month, Dr David Dao was violently dragged from his seat on a United flight after the airline...
  • Kitty Hawk Aero

    04/25/2017 6:32:37 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 8 replies
    Kitty Hawk Corp. ^ | April 2017 | Kitty Hawk Corp.
    ABOUT THE FLYER The Kitty Hawk Flyer is a new, all-electric aircraft. It is safe, tested and legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas under the Ultralight category of FAA regulations. We’ve designed our first version specifically to fly over water. You don’t need a pilot’s license and you’ll learn to fly it in minutes. We publicly revealed the working prototype in April 2017. The official Flyer will be available by the end of the year.
  • People Are Seeing U.F.O.s Everywhere, and This Book Proves It

    04/24/2017 12:09:08 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 86 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 4/24/2017 | Ralph Blumenthal
    SYRACUSE — Why have sightings of unidentified flying objects around the nation more than tripled since 2001? Why is July the busiest month for U.F.O. sightings? Why did they spike in Texas in 2008, or in New Mexico in September 2015? And how in the world, or out of it, has Manhattan racked up New York State’s second-highest tally of U.F.O. sightings in this century? These questions and many others emerge from the first comprehensive statistical summary of so-called close encounters: 121,036 eyewitness accounts, organized county by county in each state and the District of Columbia, from 2001 to 2015.
  • The Sweet History of Cassata, a Cake With a Complicated Past

    04/23/2017 8:07:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Eater ^ | Daniela Galarza
    Get to know this ricotta-filled Easter tradition“Of course I know it — cassata Siciliana, my mom used to make it,” says Cecelia Maiogan, a Chicago-area resident who grew up in a small town outside of Palermo on the Northern shore of Sicily. “From the time I was seven or eight, around Easter, she would send me on foot to town to go buy the candied fruit that we used to decorate it with,” Maiogan says, “and as a treat for my errand I got to have a small piece of the fruit. I remember really liking that, the sliver of...
  • Sweden to Open 'Museum of Failure' Showcasing Flop Products

    04/23/2017 7:26:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Helsingborg in southern Sweden is set to become the home of a museum dedicated to some of the biggest flop products of all time, including the Betamax player, the Harley Davidson perfume and an ill-advised "female" pen. Those are just three of the items that will be on display at the new Museum of Failure when it opens its doors on June 7th, before becoming a touring exhibition throughout Sweden at a later date. "Companies are innovative, but they don't learn from their mistakes. And they keep them secret," explained Samuel West, a psychologist and innovation researcher who is contributing...
  • French Quebec City to Pachabel's Canon on Wine Glasses

    04/23/2017 9:58:41 AM PDT · by mairdie · 14 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzVwp2rSJeQ&index=1&list=PLYTtL1FB2XCqRlBa-eUkRBSnoioKOtXQk
    Scenes of Quebec City over Pachabel's Canon, played on water-filled wine glasses by a street musician on the boardwalk.
  • American Airlines investigates after video shows mom in tears

    04/22/2017 10:22:07 AM PDT · by Morgana · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | April 22, 2017 | Faith Karimi and Joe Sutton, CNN
    CNN)American Airlines is investigating after a video surfaced on social media showing a confrontation between a passenger and a flight attendant aboard one of its flights.
  • 'Hit me!' The shocking moment an American Airlines flight attendant challenges a passenger to a....

    04/21/2017 9:46:33 PM PDT · by Morgana · 197 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | April 22, 2017 | Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com and Reuters
    FULL TITLE: 'Hit me!' The shocking moment an American Airlines flight attendant challenges a passenger to a FIGHT after 'hitting a crying mother in struggle over her baby's stroller' A shocking video has emerged showing an American Airlines employee challenging a passenger to a fight after allegedly hitting a woman with a stroller on a domestic flight. The upsetting footage, filmed shortly before Flight 591 departed from San Francisco on Friday afternoon, shows the airline employee goading a passenger and saying, 'hit me'. The clip was uploaded by passenger Surain Adyanthaya, who explained he started filming after the flight attendant...
  • GM plans to launch 10 electric cars in China by 2020

    04/21/2017 7:29:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2017 8:24 AM EDT
    General Motors Co. says it plans to launch 10 electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020 amid government pressure on the industry to promote alternatives to gasoline. The president of GM’s China unit, Matt Tsien, said Friday during the Shanghai auto show that the company will start production of a pure-electric model in China within two years. …
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish passenger delays flight for more than an hour because he wanted the TV.....

    04/21/2017 7:21:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | April 21, 2017 | Sadie Whitelocks for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish passenger delays flight for more than an hour because he wanted the TV screens switched off A flight from Kiev to Israel was delayed for more than an hour on Thursday night after an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man insisted the overhead television screens were retracted or turned off. In keeping with traditional religious teachings and practices, the passenger argued that he did not want his children to watch any TV or films during the flight with budget Israeli airline UP. Despite his verbal protest, flight attendants were unable to adhere to the man's request and they issued...
  • First Class Vs. Last Class? Airlines Bolster Premium Cabin, Skimp on Economy

    04/21/2017 7:20:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 21, 2017 | Robert Wall
    The distance between the front of the plane and the back is feeling longer. Battling it out with discount carriers, the world’s biggest airlines are rolling out ultracheap economy-class tickets, or cutting back sharply on basic amenities for their lowest-paying customers. At the same time, they are pulling out the stops to lavish their premium fliers with more perks. American Airlines Group Inc., AAL -0.15% United Continental Holdings Inc. UAL -0.77% and Delta Air Lines Inc. DAL -1.09% all now offer super-low fares, dubbed “basic economy,” that strip out even once-standard allowances, such as carry-on baggage or a choice of...
  • Brazen tourists are baring their NAKED bottoms at scenic spots around the world [tr]

    04/21/2017 6:34:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 21, 2017 | Kerry McDermott
    The next time you're taking in the sights at a local beauty spot, keep your eyes peeled for something unexpected on the horizon. You might just find a naked bottom blocking your view. It's all thanks to a new Instagram account encouraging people to strip off at scenic landmarks and share their snaps, which already has 22,000 followers. The Cheeky Exploits account has featured exhibitionists from as far afield as France, Brazil and Australia - as well as British attractions like Durdle Door and even Kensington Gardens.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish passenger delays flight for more than an hour because he wanted [tr]

    04/21/2017 6:29:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 21, 2017 | Sadie Whitelocks
    flight from Kiev to Israel was delayed for more than an hour on Thursday night after an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man insisted the overhead television screens were retracted or turned off. In keeping with traditional religious teachings and practices, the passenger argued that he did not want his children to watch any TV or films during the flight with budget Israeli airline UP. Despite his verbal protest, flight attendants were unable to adhere to the man's request and they issued eye masks instead.
  • GM halts operations in Venezuela after factory is seized

    04/20/2017 7:52:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 20, 2017 10:16 AM EDT | Tom Krisher
    General Motors has stopped doing business in Venezuela after authorities took control of its only factory there in what GM called an illegal judicial seizure of its assets. The plant was confiscated on Wednesday as anti-government protesters clashed with authorities in a country that is roiling in economic troubles such as food shortages and triple-digit inflation. The Detroit automaker said in a statement Thursday that other assets such as vehicles were taken from the plant, causing irreparable damage to the company. It’s not the first time the Venezuelan government has seized a foreign corporation’s facilities. In July of last year,...
  • ‘Fat, Old and Ugly’ Flight Attendants Lose Their Discrimination Case Against Russia’s Top Airline

    04/20/2017 6:45:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Heat Street ^ | April 18, 2017 | Masha Froliak
    A Moscow court has dismissed a lawsuit by Russian flight attendants who had sued Russia’s national airline, Aeroflot, for discrimination. The airline had imposed regulations governing stewardess’ weight, height and clothing sizes. Several Aeroflot flight attendants had stepped forward claiming that the company demoted them based on their body types and attractiveness.
  • 'Magic Carpet' Will Make Landing On An Aircraft Carrier So Much Easier

    04/18/2017 1:04:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Terrell Jermaine Starr
    Landing an aircraft on a moving vessel requires a particular kind of precision and know-how that very few human beings can execute with significant technological support. Believe it or not, one psychological test observed that the stress landing on a carrier causes pilots more stress than what troops experience in combat. No wonder cleanly landing on a carrier is a source of pride for pilots. So F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler pilots are practice landing on the USS Washington (CVN 73) with a fascinating new landing system called Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery...
  • Hello From Spain

    04/17/2017 7:12:37 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 134 replies
    Vanity ^ | 4/17/2017 | Oshkalaboomboom
    Because my wife wanted to be closer to her Grandchildren who live in England and we were looking to retire I decided to leave America and move to Spain in March 2016. Since I didn't know how busy it was going to be I left FR also but now that we are settled in I can afford to spend a bit more time on the site and share my impressions of the country. Spain has a lot of things conservatives would actually appreciate and I wish America would follow their lead. The most admired thing there is no entitlement mentality...
  • 'It will never happen again': United bars employees from taking passengers' seats in rule....

    04/17/2017 7:11:15 AM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | April 16, 2017 | Jennifer Smith and Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: 'It will never happen again': United bars employees from taking passengers' seats in rule change meant to prevent repeat of Chicago flight fiasco We issued an updated policy to make sure crews traveling on our aircraft are booked at least 60 minutes prior to departure,' a United spokeswoman wrote in an email to the Times on Sunday. 'This is one of our initial steps in a review of our policies.'
  • More pets DIED while being transported by United than any other major airline in 2016, data shows

    04/15/2017 2:13:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 66 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | April 15, 2017 | Valerie Edwards For Dailymail.com
    More people are keeping an eye on the actions of United Airlines after a disturbing video of a United Airlines passenger being forcibly and violently removed from a plane went viral. Most recently, several people took to Twitter to post statistical information from the Department of Transportation that showed more pets died while being transported by United than any other major airline in 2016. The data, which surfaced on Monday, showed that United reported 9 pet deaths and 14 injuries for last year alone. Some of the pet deaths include a Yorkshire Terrier named Diamond, a Belgian Malinois named Bakry...
  • Adding insult to injury: United did NOT take passenger's bags off his plane after he was dragged...

    04/15/2017 1:23:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 85 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | April 15, 2017 | Abigail Miller For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Adding insult to injury: United did NOT take passenger's bags off his plane after he was dragged off - then sent his luggage to the WRONG address hundreds of miles from where he was hospitalized The doctor dragged off a United plane in scenes which created global outrage was further insulted when the airline withheld his luggage, sending it on a convoluted path home. Dr David Dao was accused of refusing to give up his seat on Sunday's United Express flight UA3411 flight from Chicago to Louisville for the airline's staff. Cell phone footage then shows the moment...