This subsection is about the long lines, general inconvenience, low average
travel time, and health hazards facing airline passengers. Baggage
handlers are cause for concern, not to mention the likelihood of sitting next
to someone who's wide enough for two seats.
Note: All the information about cell phones on airliners has been
Fights break out
at MSP Airport, are quickly subdued. Police are investigating a series of fights that broke out at
Terminal 2 of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport just before midnight Friday. The fights erupted
among a dozen or so male and female passengers after two large groups deplaned from a Frontier Airlines flight, according to
Patrick Hogan, spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which operates MSP. A video of the incident, which
lasted just over a minute, was posted on social media and shared by more than 7,000 people by midday Monday.
Fight Breaks Out Between A Dozen People In Minnesota Airport. Social media posts show a violent brawl
involving at least seven people that erupted inside the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Footage of
the incident was uploaded to Facebook and Instagram and seems to have occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday. The
footage posted to Facebook shows a group of men and women striking each other. One woman is pushed to the ground by two
attackers who continue to assault her as she struggles to stand. Another woman appears to use a trash can lid as a
weapon. A third wields a metal post as the fight spills into a closed security checkpoint. [Video clip]
Man Paid $12,000 by Airline Which Forced Him to Wear a Mask. Someone I'll call Frank, shared a personal example
of when it literally paid for him to know the law. Frank is from the UK, and for the better part of the last two years
has had to deal with mask mandates in public, and when traveling. Most people take what they are told by the news or
government propaganda posters at face value: you must wear a mask. Obey. But Frank makes it a habit
to read the actual rules, and he found that in the UK, there were exemptions to the mask mandate.
Airlines cancels hundreds of weekend flights. American Airlines canceled hundreds of flights Sunday
[10/31/2021] for a third straight day as it struggled with staffing shortages and upended weekend plans for tens of thousands
of travelers. By late afternoon Sunday, American had canceled more than 900 flights — one-third of its
schedule for the day — after scrapping nearly 900 flights over the previous two days, according to tracking
Airlines cancels nearly 250 more flights amid staffing woes. American Airlines canceled over 250 more
flights — about 9 percent of its scheduled trips — on Monday morning [11/1/2021] after canceling over
1,500 flights through the weekend, blaming the travel disruptions on weather woes and staffing issues. By
8 a.m. ET Monday [11/1/2021], American had canceled 269 flights for the day and delayed another 117, according to
data from aviation tracking site FlightAware. The recent bout of cancellations comes as the airline scrambles to
recover from a messy Halloween weekend that saw the airline cancel as much as 30 percent of its scheduled flights on
some days. In a note to staff on Saturday, American COO David Seymour blamed the delays on poor weather conditions
around the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the airline's base of operations, that had displaced staff around the
country, according to CNBC.
Airlines cancels more flights; total tops 2,300. Weather and staffing-led turbulence stretched into a fourth
day for American Airlines, with the top US carrier canceling more flights on Monday [11/1/2021] to push the total number to
nearly 2,300. The airline said it canceled 340 flights, or 6% of its total planned flights on Monday, as of
11 a.m. ET. Staffing shortages have hit American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines in
particular as they ramp up flights ahead of the holiday season but face problems finding enough pilots and flight
attendants. "Flight Attendant staffing at American is strained and reflects what is happening across the industry as we
continue to deal with pandemic-related issues," flight attendants' union APFA said.
wounds causing transportation and supply chain woes to cascade, crippling travel and commerce. Another airline
has experienced massive disruption, inconveniencing and alienating customers, as staffing shortages create havoc. [...] While
establishment outlets like Reuters studiously avoid any mention of vaccine mandates as a factor in the staffing issues, some
companies in transportation as well as other industries are not so shy. With labor force participation rates down, in
part due to tax-free payments to people to stay home, and with millions of job vacancies, hiring adequate staff levels is a
challenge in many industries. But airlines can be particularly badly hit when inclement weather arises in a hub because
delays on one place tend to cascade across the system.
Airlines cancels more than 700 flights, citing weather and staffing issues. American Airlines has canceled more
than 1,000 flights since Friday [10/29/2021], disruptions it blamed on staffing problems and high winds at its busiest
hub. On Saturday, American canceled nearly 460 flights, or 17% of its mainline schedule, according to flight-tracking
site FlightAware. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines cut 86 flights, or 2% of its Saturday operation. American
canceled another 285 flights, or 10% of its schedule planned for Sunday, on top of 340 cancellations on Friday. American's
COO David Seymour said in a staff note on Saturday that the problems started with high wind gusts on Thursday that cut capacity
at its Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport hub and that crew members ended up out of position for their next flights.
It was quite windy on Friday, but all that was gone by Saturday morning. American
Airlines cancels a quarter of its entire Sunday schedule — 634 flights — and blames strong wind in Dallas and staff
shortages. American Airlines has continued its streak cancellation over the course of Halloween weekend as a
quarter of its scheduled flights — more than 800 of them — were cancelled on Sunday. The airline has blamed weather
control issues, such as strong winds from Dallas, and ongoing staff shortages due to lay-offs made when travel cratered at
the start of the COVID outbreak. In total, more than 1,500 flights have been axed by the airline since Friday with 738
delays and 342 cancellations, according to FlightAware.
Left Stranded as American Airlines Cancels Over 1,500 Flights. American Airlines was pointing at the weather as
the main reason for canceling more than 1,500 flights over the weekend. On Sunday [10/31/2021], American canceled about
667 mainline flights, nearly a quarter of its schedule, according to the flight-tracking site FlightAware, CNBC
reported. American canceled 340 flights on Friday and 543 flights Saturday. Saturday's cancellations
amounted to about 20 percent of its scheduled flights.
The Editor says...
Once again, the weather on Sunday (afternoon) [10/31/2021] is ideal for flying: 80 degrees, very light wind.
There has been a vintage B-25 bomber flying around southwest Dallas yesterday and today. The weather is great.
Please select another excuse.
Whistleblower: Canceled Flights [are] the Result of a 'Coordinated Protest' Against Vaccine Mandate. In
the wake of massive Southwest Airlines cancelations and disruptions, a whistleblower within the company reached out to PJ
Media to confirm that employees, including pilots, gate agents, flight attendants, and others, are fighting back against the
mandatory vaccines ordered by the federal government. "It's a coordinated protest," said the source, on the condition
of anonymity. The employees have coordinated on social media platforms and are standing up at what they believe is a
pivotal moment in America that will determine whether the country remains free or slides into despotism. "We know we
can stop this," the whistleblower said. "And if we don't do it now, it will be too late. Everyone is very
excited!" Southwest Airlines has denied that there is a "sick-out" and has had the mainstream media running cover for
them all week.
Southwest Cancellations, Are American and Amtrak Next? We saw a huge problem with Southwest Airlines this
weekend, with over 800 flights canceled on Saturday and a thousand more on Sunday. As we reported, the initial claims
as to the problem were utter nonsense — "bad weather" — while other carriers weren't having that
significant an issue. Southwest canceled 28% of its schedule, according to ABC. The sheer scale of the cancellations
showed there were obviously internal issues. [...] On top of that, now there are questions being raised about Amtrak after
two trains were cancelled by them as well for "unforeseen crew issues." [Tweet] Now, because they're not
explaining what's going on there, we don't know what the rationale is behind those cancelations but the "unforeseen crew
issues" are causing a lot of people to conclude that it's related to vaccine mandate issues as well.
Airlines Cancels 1,000 More Flights as Disruptions Increase. Southwest Airlines has canceled at least 1,000
Sunday flights as of 12 p.m. ET, according to flight tracker FlightAware, coming after numerous cancelations were
reported Saturday [10/9/2021]. "We experienced significant impact in the Florida airports [Friday] evening after an
FAA-imposed air traffic management program was implemented due to weather and resulted in a large number of cancellations,"
Alan Kasher, who oversees Southwest's flight operations, in a statement obtained by several news outlets on Saturday.
About 800 Southwest flights were canceled on Saturday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. Other major
carriers, including American Airlines and Spirit Airlines, appeared to have significantly fewer disruptions. The Epoch
Times has contacted Southwest for comment, including regarding whether the cancelations were due to staffing shortages
related to the firm's recently announced COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees.
Mass Flight Cancellations After Federal Workers Protest Biden's Vaccine Mandate. Thousands of people
experienced flight cancellations and delays out of Jacksonville International Airport this weekend after a number of federal
workers reportedly staged a sickout in protest of President Joe Biden's Wuhan coronavirus vaccine mandate. [Numerous
tweets] But the Federal Aviation Administration is denying the reports of a vaccine mandate protest, while also
admitting limited staffing was "unexpected." [...] Meanwhile, a number of Southwest pilots are working to block the
[vaccination] mandate and have filed a lawsuit against the airline.
Airlines cancels 1,000 flights and blames it on air traffic control issues and the weather. Southwest Airlines
has been hit by a second day of mass-flight cancellations, two days after the firm's pilots' union asked a court to block a
COVID vaccine mandate. The Dallas-based carrier canceled over 1,000 flights Sunday, equivalent to 27 percent of its
entire schedule for the day. That came hot on the heels of 808 flights canceled on Saturday. Southwest has blamed
a combination of inclement weather and staffing shortages at Jacksonville Air Traffic Control Center in Florida for the disruption.
Airlines' Reputation Crumbles After Fallout From COVID Policies. Yesterday [10/9/2021], mass chaos ensued for
Southwest Airlines, with thousands of flights being canceled across the country. Passengers were left scrambling as
refunds were denied and nonsensical excuses were presented. The official story was that ATC "issues" and bad weather
caused the meltdown, which hit Jacksonville, FL especially hard. That rippled through flights elsewhere as planes were
not able to make their connecting legs. One look at the radar and airport delays, though, shows there was absolutely
nothing weather-related anywhere in the country (where Southwest Airlines operates) that caused this, much less in sunny
Jacksonville. Rather, it was some mix of an air traffic controller and pilot shortage due to pointless vaccine mandates
driving the cancellations. That's made obvious by the fact that other major US airlines saw cancellation rates over 10x
lower during the same period.
The Editor says...
It's bad enough to be stuck in an airport somewhere, but it's far more aggravating if the delay
is due to a completely avoidable problem. And by that, I mean the vaccine mandate.
It is entirely unnecessary, an affront to personal freedom. And the vaccine itself has
been shown to be lethal in many cases.
Gets Kicked Off Flight Because His Mask Was Low Even Though He Pleaded And Apologized. This pathetic scene is
making its rounds on social media showing a poor guy trying to fly to Denver and a nasty little, power-hungry airline
waitress forces him off the flight for having his mask too low. It is not known which airline this was but it reflected
the sad state of affairs when it comes to traveling via airlines. The man is seen begging the steward to stay on board
and promised not to wear his mask low. You can clearly see his mask is pulled up to his eyes. The steward doesn't
care, he tells him to grab his bags and get off the flight and he can have his 500 dollars refunded. When the passenger
asks how is he going to get to Denver, the heartless steward tells him to get the 500 dollars and figure it out.
Woman Loses It After Jetblue Cancelation, Calls White Man Racial Slurs, Another Black Woman Swoops In To Defend
Him. Earlier this week, JetBlue fell victim to extreme weather cancellations leaving thousands of passengers
stranded and angry. At this NYC airport, things boiled over when passengers who'd been standing in line for 5 hours
engaged in a racist tinged verbal altercation that eventually became physical. The video picks up with an African
American woman apparently defending a white male who is in line near her (although it would seem they were not together).
Another female, standing outside of the main customer service line, slings a few racist slurs at the man which doesn't seem
to set right with the aforementioned black woman who seems to defend the man. Chaos unfolds after that.
Passenger Eats His Mask, Growls On Flght From Los Anageles Before Cops Grab Him. A passenger is giving an
American Airlines flight crew praise for the way they handled a belligerent passenger on the flight from Los Angeles to Salt
Lake City. The hostile behavior was documented by one of the passengers and was posted to social media on Monday
[9/6/2021]. The flight typically lasts an hour and a half, but for passengers on American Airlines flight 1802, it
likely seemed much longer. [Video clip]
Intro Bill Banning Unvaxxed Americans From Flying. Democratic Congressman Ritchie Torres unveiled a legislative
effort to ban Americans opting to not get vaccinated against COVID-19 from taking domestic and international flights.
The New York Congressman sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) lobbying the agencies to only allow Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 on domestic and international
flights. He introduced a complementary bill in the House necessitating that "any individual traveling on a flight that
departs from or arrives to an airport inside the United States or a territory of the United States is fully vaccinated
against COVID-19." It has since been referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, where he serves as the
Vice-Chair. "The TSA never allows people to enter planes or airports with a weapon, and the delta variant is a weapon,"
Torres remarked. "It is a threat to everyone in an airport and everyone on a plane," he added in defense of the bill.
The Editor says...
Why would he say, "the delta variant is a weapon?" Who is using it as a weapon? As recently as a year ago,
if you had said Covid-19 was a weapon, you would have been ostracized, or worse.
Airlines expects flight cancellations to continue. Roughly half of Spirit Airlines flights were canceled on
Thursday [8/5/2021] — and will be again on Friday for a fifth straight day — as the airline continues
to cancel hundreds of flights throughout the week due to "operational challenges" and staffing issues that have thrown the
budget airline out of sync. The airline canceled 446 flights, or 56 percent of its flights on Thursday, according to
FlightAware. Spirit Airlines President and CEO Ted Christie said the cancelations come as the airline tries to reset
itself after widespread "disruption," he said in an interview with ABC News.
passengers reportedly stranded for over 30 hours with 'no sort of resolve'. Spirit Airlines passengers were
reportedly still stranded at multiple airports Monday night, forced to sleep in terminals for another night after weather and
some "operational challenges" resulted in hundreds of delays and cancellations over the weekend. Passenger Emma Wareus
was one of many others who were left with very few options. Wareus had been stranded in Puerto Rico for over 30 hours
after her flight was delayed on Sunday [8/1/2021], she said, and landed in Washington, D.C., at 1 a.m. Tuesday after
paying $1,300 for an American Airlines ticket.
duct-taped to seat after allegedly groping flight attendants. An "aggressive" passenger on a Frontier Airlines
flight was duct-taped to his seat after allegedly groping two flight attendants and assaulting another, video shows.
Cellphone footage obtained by WPLG shows the flier, Maxwell Berry, 22, being duct-taped to the back of a seat on Saturday's
Frontier flight from Philadelphia to Miami, where he was arrested by waiting cops on three counts of battery. The video
also shows Berry scuffling with a male flight attendant and yelling profanities while sitting in a window seat. An
arrest report alleges Berry ordered two drinks and then asked for another before brushing his empty cup against the backside
of a female flight attendant.
Or maybe it was Russian hackers, global warming, or racism. But in any case, it must be Trump's fault! American
Airlines, Spirit cancel hundreds more flights due to storms, staffing. American Airlines and Spirit Airlines
canceled hundreds more flights on Tuesday [8/3/2021] as cancelations and delays that began on Sunday due to thunderstorms
spilled into their third day. More than 280 flights, some 9 percent of all of American scheduled trips, had been
canceled as of 11 a.m. ET Tuesday, according to FlightAware.com. Another 190, or 6 percent of American's flights,
were delayed on Tuesday. The latest disruptions come on top of the roughly 850 flights that American canceled on Sunday
and Monday, as well as the nearly 2,000 that were delayed, according to CNBC.
fight breaks out between passengers on flight to Austin from New Orleans. A video captured on an American
Airlines flight from New Orleans to Austin shows a fist fight that broke out between passengers on Sunday [8/1/2021]. A
passenger on the flight sent KXAN video of what happened, and said two were detained shortly after the incident[,] but Austin
Police said they didn't arrest anyone. A statement from the airline confirmed "law enforcement were requested" after
the plane arrived to Austin "due to an altercation between passengers," but gave no other information.
Airlines cancels more than 200 flights in a single day. Thousands of Spirit Airlines passengers have been
stranded in airports for hours after the budget carrier canceled 30 percent of its scheduled flights nationwide. On
Monday [8/2/2021], the Florida-based airline canceled over 200 flights throughout the US, in addition to 165 canceled flights
on Sunday, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.com. Travelers took to social media to share vent their
frustrations from airports in cities such as San Juan, Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale while they waited for updates
from the airline.
jet fuel shortage is upon us. If you've found yourself waiting a very long time at the airport while attempting
to fly out of town, there are a number of reasons for that. Most of the airlines remain severely understaffed due to a
lack of planning and foresight. It's also possible that your flight was delayed because someone decided to punch out a
flight attendant after being ordered to wear a mask. But now you can add one more issue to the list, particularly at
airports in the western part of the country. Even if everything else is going smoothly, most of the airlines are
running into a shortage of jet fuel, leading to delays while they wait to get enough juice in the tanks to get off the ground.
monitoring 200 people in 27 states for monkeypox. The CDC is monitoring more than 200 people in 27 states for
possible exposure to monkeypox, after they were in contact with a Texan who contracted the rare disease in Nigeria earlier
this month. No additional cases of the smallpox-related disease have been detected in the US, according to Stat. [...]
The patient traveled from Lagos to Dallas with a layover in Atlanta on July 8 and 9, nearly a week before being diagnosed
with the rare bug, which can be transmitted through respiratory droplets and body fluids, the CDC said. The people
being monitored include fliers who sat within six feet of the patient or used the mid-cabin bathroom on the overseas flight,
according to the article.
Were American Airlines Passengers Told to Put Their Hands on Their Heads for the Remainder of This Flight?
American Airlines passengers were filmed with their hands on their heads on a flight from Los Angeles to Miami on
Wednesday. All passengers aboard the flight 2289 "were ordered to put their hands on their heads for 45-60 minutes
before landing," according to passenger Chris Nguyen, who filmed part of the bizarre incident: [Tweet with video clip]
The unusual order also came with the warning for passengers like Nguyen not to film what was occurring on the plane. After
landing in Miami, heavily armed law enforcement officers reportedly boarded the plane and appeared to arrest and remove one male
passenger. All remaining passengers were then permitted to deplane without their personal belongings. They were then
transported by bus to the terminal, but for some unexplained reason, passengers were not permitted to immediately leave the terminal.
Deals $10,000 Fine to Airline Passenger over Mask Refusal. The Federal Aviation Authority announced on Tuesday
[7/6/2021] that it dealt an airline passenger a $10,500 fine for refusing to cover his nose with his mask and allegedly
intimidating a flight attendant. The FAA said in a press release that flight attendants on an Allegiant Air flight from
Utah to Arizona repeatedly told the passenger to cover his nose and mouth with a mask, however the passenger immediately
"moved it off of his nose after the flight attendant walked away." Flight attendants then told him they would have to
file a disturbance complaint, however the passenger "argued" and "claimed that it was fine just over his mouth." When
the flight landed the passenger "approached a flight attendant from behind as she prepared to open the cabin door and touched
her," getting close to her saying she was "being aggressive" about the mask policy.
Attacks Ticket Agent At Airport As Her Little Daughter Begs Her To Stop. This is a video going viral on social
media showing a woman losing her marbles at a ticket agent counter at an airport. The airport is said to be in Orlando
but it's not confirmed. The irate flyer is seen berating the agent before jumping behind the counter and assaulting
her, throwing a computer keyboard at the woman. [Video clip]
Airlines grounds its entire fleet amid giant computer outage. Southwest Airlines grounded flights across the
country Tuesday for the second time in less than 24 hours, amid reports of nationwide computer issues. Air travelers
took to Twitter by the thousands with reports of what airline staff reportedly told them was a computer system outage —
hours after "intermittent performance issues" with a third-party weather app forced a similar group stop Monday night. "We
are aware of system issues and are working quickly to resolve. We will share more info soon," Southwest posted on its
official Twitter account at 2 p.m. Tuesday [6/15/2021].
Duty Flight Attendant Tells Passengers To Prepair For A Crash, Tries To Open Door, Starts Fight. A
cross-country flight from California to Georgia had to be diverted to Oklahoma after a man became unruly and had to be
detained by fellow passengers and the flight crew Friday night [6/11/2021]. Delta Flight 1730, going from Los Angeles
to Atlanta, was forced to divert when a man became unruly mid-flight. The aircraft landed in Oklahoma City where the man
was removed by law enforcement officials. [Video clip]
Airlines Passanger [sic] Is Tackled And Zip Tied After Trying To Breach Cockpit. A flight from Los Angeles to
Nashville was diverted to New Mexico on Friday afternoon after a passenger tried to break into the cockpit, Delta Air Lines
said. The "unruly" man-made the unsuccessful attempt on the locked cockpit aboard Delta Air Lines Flight 386 but
other passengers and crew managed to detain him, the airline said. Video taken aboard the plane shows the zip-tied and
shoeless man surrounded by passengers and crew members as he repeats over and over again: "Stop this plane!"
Buttigieg insists American travelers respect masks mandates on planes. Pete Buttigieg urged U.S. travelers to
respect flight attendants and other crew members as guidance still states even vaccinated people have to wear face coverings
on public transportation like planes, trains and buses. 'The flight crews and other workers you encounter, they're doing
their job,' the Transportation Secretary said during an interview [5/30/2021] on ABC's 'This Week' as they continue to
enforce mask mandates on planes.
Airlines: No more booze sales onboard until mask mandate ends (except in business and first class). Listen
up, proles: your failure to unquestioningly obey the useless mask mandate is going to cost you. The surge in passenger
misbehavior on airlines, partially attributable to mask mandate resistance, is ending steerage class passengers their access to
intoxicants while airborne. [...] Ruling class members can relax, though. Those who can come up with the money for business
and first class seats apparently are exempt from the booze ban, presumably on the theory that the better class of people there can
handle their liquor better, or are more obedient to the pseudo-scientific mandates emanating from their ruling class brethren.
Or maybe, if you pay extra, you get to behave a little worse.
friendly skies aren't so friendly anymore. Though the number of flights per day is still far below the daily
average of recent years, the FAA recently revealed that the total number of reported incidents of passenger bad behavior on
flights so far in 2021 is about 10 times the annual average — through just the first four months
of the calendar year. The FAA says it typically sees between 100 and 150 "formal" cases of bad behavior by passengers
in a typical year. By contrast, the agency said there have already been 1,300 such cases reported this year, even
with significantly lower passenger miles flown. These instances have involved verbal and physical assault and "political
intimidation," frequently over mask mandates.
star Janoris Jenkins' luxury car stolen at Atlanta airport. Police are investigating the circumstances
surrounding a car theft at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport where NFL star Janoris Jenkins said his luxury
vehicle was stolen. The incident happened Wednesday around 2:30pm. [...] According to preliminary details from police,
Jenkins said he parked his 2016 Rolls Royce in the lot before boarding a flight on May 5. He told the police when he
returned May 27, his vehicle was gone.
mull weighing passengers at gates for certain flights due to heavy loads. U.S. airlines may begin weighing
passengers at gates for flights involving smaller aircraft in order to comply with new Federal Aviation Administration rules
aimed at addressing the reality that Americans are getting fatter, according to an industry website. "For safety reasons,
carriers need to calculate an aircraft's weight and balance, and it has to be within allowable limits for the plane," View
From The Wing reported last week. "However the assumptions they've been using for passengers are outdated. Americans
are getting fatter, and the federal government wants airlines to find out how much fatter their passengers have
gotten, at least for smaller aircraft." The outlet went on to note the FAA is aware that overall passenger weight varies
depending on the route being flown and that it is likely in airlines' best interests to document the data. Also, the
agency understands that current standard weights being utilized by carriers may not reflect current realities, especially for
Brawl At Miami International After Passenger Refuses To Wear Mask, Entire Flight Deplaned. A viral video now
making the rounds shows a chaotic scene near Gate G15 at Miami International Airport. It happened Tuesday night, when,
according to a document from airport police, "units responded after passengers were reportedly fighting aboard the
aircraft. The passengers had to be deplaned due to an irate female refusing to comply with mask mandates." Police
went on to arrest Alexus Beaty, 25, of Chicago, for alleged disorderly conduct and breaching the peace. She's accused
of getting violent with the flight crew onboard and belligerent with other passengers. [Video clip]
The Editor says...
Guess what all the participants in this disturbance have in common. It's the only aspect of the story that the media refuse to report.
United Airlines, racism and sexism are their copilots. United Airlines has apparently conquered such mundane
issues as late flights, canceled flights, uncomfortable flights, rude counterworkers, lost baggage, multi-hour delays in
answering their phones, that plane urchin who keeps kicking the back of your seat and the ample passengers who've sandwiched
you into the middle seat and the moron in front of you who's thrown his seat back into your knees at about Mach 2. [...] And
so United has announced they're joining the woke wars. They boast that they will reserve 50% of their new pilot slots
for People of Color and women. The wokerati applaud. This presents a question. Why doesn't United already
have at least 50% POC and women pilots? Instead, United's pilot corps are about 13% POC and 6% women. There are
two potential answers to this question, and only two.
Facing Charges After Allegedly Attacking Flight Attendant. A Brooklyn woman is facing charges after allegedly
attacking an attendant during a flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport from Miami. According to authorities,
it happened Sunday midway through the flight. Officials said Chenasia Campbell, a passenger, went to the crew area of
the plane and yelled at a flight attendant for not picking up her garbage. When another flight attendant tried to
separate the two, Campbell allegedly began pummeling her and pulling her hair.
extends mask mandate for planes, public transportation in U.S. until September. The Transportation Security
Administration announced Friday that it has extended through Sept. 13 its orders requiring people to wear masks in
transportation settings, including at airports, on commercial aircraft, and on buses and trains. TSA officials said the
extension of the mask requirement is consistent with updated policies from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. The TSA requirement had been set to expire May 11. "The federal mask requirement throughout the
transportation system seeks to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation," Darby LaJoye, a senior TSA
official, said in a statement. "About half of all adults have at least one vaccination shot and masks remain an
important tool in defeating this pandemic."
Airlines bans mask-resisting Republican state senator from home state. A Republican state senator from Alaska
who staunchly opposes COVID-19 restrictions has been banned from Alaska Airlines for refusing to wear a mask while
flying. Alaska State Sen. Lora Reinbold was handed the no-fly order by airline management after she resisted
multiple requests by staff to abide by its policies requiring masks for all passengers. "She is not permitted to fly
with us for her continued refusal to comply with employee instruction regarding the current mask policy," spokesman Tim
Thompson told the Anchorage Daily News. Reinbold was captured on video last week arguing with Alaska Airlines staff in
Juneau International Airport over her refusal to wear a mask covering her nose and mouth.
are a Joke, But No One is Laughing. [Scroll down] As I approached the door to board the jet with several
passengers ahead of me, my eyes met the fierce, darkly penciled eyebrows of a flight attendant overseeing the boarding.
Of course, I couldn't see the rest of her face due to her face mask. For a fraction of a second, I thought she was
going to give me a welcoming smile, but she yells over the people in front of me and points at my face, and says "Your mask,
pull it up all the way, cover your nose completely!" Apparently, unbeknownst to me, my mask was not sufficiently secured to
my face, even though it felt okay to me. I made sure not to let that happen again! Next, throughout the flight,
in two languages, we were berated and chided about the importance and necessity of thoroughly covering our faces, or risk
being ejected and suffering the consequences. We were told how to eat and drink while only momentarily lowering our
masks. Meanwhile, the rather large passenger in the seat next to me was invading into my seat space, even using my foot
space, but as long as I have my face muzzled, when not eating or drinking, all is well in COVID world. It is a complete
joke, but no one is laughing.
you really need to be afraid of when you get in an airplane. Affirmative action has eroded the efficacy of the
air traffic control system to an alarming degree. The air traffic controllers' strike in the summer of 1981 was a
crisis that the social engineers did not let go to waste. They replaced the PATCO workforce with many of the liberal
left's favorites. Let's just say their favorites do not include straight, white, competent, experienced males.
However, some level of competence still must be added to the mix; the nature of air traffic control demands it. [...] Now,
you shouldn't be blamed for thinking that incompetence would easily be outed and vanquished in an age of black boxes,
videotapes, and other gotcha devices. Unfortunately, the responsible are not always fingered, and mostly they are
coddled and protected by the same bureaucrats who appointed them to the positions they can't handle. An illustration
This is Out Of Control! Family is being
thrown off a Spirit Airlines flight from Orlando to NY because their two-year-old child is eating without a mask. [Video clip]
Biden's FAA Forcing Air Traffic Controllers to Wear Masks While Speaking to Pilots, Causing Serious Read-Back
Errors. An Air traffic controller is ringing alarm bells about the Biden administration's mask mandates,
warning that the face coverings are creating a serious safety hazard. Investigative journalist Alex Berenson reported
on Twitter that he received an "urgent warning" from an air traffic controller who works at a major Air Route Traffic Control
Center (ARTCC) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The whistleblower told Berenson that the FAA issued a
guidance about a month ago requiring controllers to "wear masks at all times" while at work and in position, and warned that
the directive could have devastating consequences for airline passengers and pilots. Prior to this, he said, most
controllers took off masks while speaking directly with pilots. "For context, our headsets use a boom microphone that
adjusts to fit somewhere an inch or two away from our face. It has created an issue where we get a lot more read-back
errors from pilots on instructions because they can't hear us clearly over the radio," he explained. "A bad readback or
failure to even copy can cause a lot of problems when we're busy because we use up more time to correct them," he
continued. "Worst case scenario is a pilot thinks we say something, reads it back wrong, and it results in disaster
because we can't correct them before we lose them on radios."
Airlines flight from Dallas to LA is forced to stop at Phoenix after disturbance. An American Airlines flight
from Dallas to LA was forced to divert to Phoenix and two passengers were arrested after they allegedly used racial slurs and
spat on a man who asked them to stop. Kelly Pichardo, 30, and Leeza Rodriguez, 29, from the Bronx, New York, were on
Flight 776 from Dallas-Fort Worth to Los Angeles, on February 24 when they were reportedly overheard using 'disturbing
and unacceptable' language, according to the airline.
seeks $27,500 penalty against female passenger who punched a flight attendant. A female passenger on a Delta
Airlines flight is being penalized for her actions during a flight last October. Friday [2/26/2021] the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a proposed fine of $27,500 for a passenger who punched a flight attendant. The
flight was from Miami to Atlanta on October 19. The passenger is not named in the announcement. She was traveling
with and sitting next to a male companion who refused to wear a face mask, secure his tray table or fasten his seatbelt, according
to the FAA. Due to the male's behavior, the flight returned to the gate. Flight attendants asked the two passengers to
get off the aircraft.
Orders Sweeping U.S. Transportation Mask Mandate as COVID-19 Rages. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) issued a sweeping order late Friday [1/29/2021] requiring the use of face masks on nearly all forms of public
transportation Monday as the country continues to report thousands of daily COVID-19 deaths. The order, which takes
effect at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday (0459 GMT Tuesday), requires face masks to be worn by all travelers on airplanes,
ships, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares and at transportation hubs like airports, bus or ferry terminals, train
and subway stations and seaports.
The Editor says...
Covid-19 does not "rage," except on CNN. There will always be germs in the air. With the exception of airline travel and
mass transit, the problem of germs in the air was not a great concern until 2020. Something tells me the airlines could pump
fresh air into their planes, but it would reduce their profits.
Fight Breaks Out At Spirit Airlines Check-in At Detroit Airport, Gate Agent Hospitalized, Arrested. According
to Click On Detroit, three passengers were arrested after injuring the gate agents who had asked them to make sure their
carry-on bags were the right size during the Sunday incident at Detroit Metro Airport. One of the workers was
hospitalized, the airline said. "Three passengers attacked our agents without provocation," a Spirit spokesperson told
the TV station. After the passengers started arguing with the agents over the luggage, the agents were attacked when
they tried to close the door to the jetway to prevent the passengers from boarding the flight. [Video clip]
Man caught living in
O'Hare for months, prosecutors say he was afraid to fly home due to COVID-19. A 36-year-old allegedly lived
inside O'Hare International Airport for three months before he was caught on Saturday [1/16/2021]. Prosecutors said Aditya
Singh was too afraid to fly back to Los Angeles due to COVID-19. Cook County prosecutors said Singh was found with an
airport worker's misplaced credentials and survived inside a secure area of O'Hare Airport. Singh arrived at O'Hare's
Terminal 2 on a flight from LA back on October 19th according to prosecutors, and has lived in the airport's security zone
The Editor says...
This is the inevitable byproduct of 24/7 fearmongering on TV. This guy isn't the only person frozen in
place by irrational fear. Turn off your television!
The Editor says...
Interesting. From this news article, one may surmise that each of the airlines maintains its own No-Fly List. Yet I've
never seen a "journalist" report such a thing.
No more warnings to disruptive passengers after 'disturbing increase' in confrontations. With recent incidents
of passengers confronting crew members or acting unruly, the FAA says the first response will be legal enforcement
action. Federal safety officials said on Wednesday [1/13/2021] that they are stepping up enforcement against unruly
airline passengers after confrontations on flights to and from Washington, D.C., around the time of the riot at the Capitol
by supporters of President Donald Trump. The Federal Aviation Administration said there has been "a disturbing increase
in incidents where airline passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior. These incidents have
stemmed both from passengers' refusals to wear masks and from recent violence at the U.S. Capitol."
Airlines and Delta Airlines are Now Refusing To let Trump Supporters on Their Planes. If you thought you were
living in a new world where wrong think could keep you from living your life, you would be right. People who are not
radically left are quickly realizing that some of their beliefs are going to get them targeted by the radical-Nazi-like
Democrats that are currently controlling the congress. Now American Airlines and Delta are literally keeping people
from being able to go home even after they purchased a plane ticket. [Video clip]
Airline Pilot Threatens To Dump Trump Supporters In Kansas If They Don't Stop Chanting USA. A fed-up American
Airlines pilot threatened to "dump" a plane filled with "USA" chanting President Trump supporters in Kansas if they didn't
"behave" during a flight out of Washington D.C. Friday [1/8/2021]. "This is the way it's going to be... It's a four and
half hour flight out to Phoenix, we'll put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off. I don't
care. We will do that if that's what it takes. Behave please." [Video clip]
Airlines says flight attendants forced to deal with 'politically motivated aggression' on DC flights. American
Airlines says it is taking several new "precautionary" measures, including no longer serving alcohol on flights to and from
Washington, DC, as one union reported several incidents during which flight attendants "were forced to confront passengers
exhibiting politically motivated aggression towards other passengers and crew." "We are working closely with local law
enforcement and airport authority partners to ensure the safety of our customers and team members on the ground and in the
air," the airline's statement said. The airline did not provide details on specific incidents, but the announcement
came on the same day thousands of rioters — supporters of President Donald Trump — stormed the US
Capitol as Congress kicked off its joint session to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
Its Long-Running Airport Network. CNN Airport, a long-running out-of-home media operation that became an
integral part of the traveling experience for people flying through Chicago's O'Hare, Dallas' Love Field or even
Fresno-Yosemite International Airport, is shutting down, the victim of shifts in consumer behavior that are moving more
quickly than a Boeing 737. CNN said the operation, which aired a mix of news from CNN and snippets from other
WarnerMedia networks in 58 different airports in the U.S., would close as of March 31.
you want to travel next year, you may need a vaccine passport. Now that coronavirus vaccines are starting to
roll out in the US and abroad, many people may be dreaming of the day when they can travel, shop and go to the movies
again. But in order to do those activities, you may eventually need something in addition to the vaccine: a vaccine
passport application. Several companies and technology groups have begun developing smartphone apps or systems for
individuals to upload details of their Covid-19 tests and vaccinations, creating digital credentials that could be shown in
order to enter concert venues, stadiums, movie theaters, offices, or even countries.
say "No" to mug shots at airports and borders. Today the Identity Project (IDP), Restore the Fourth, Privacy
Times, and the National Workrights Institute filed joint comments with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in
opposition ot the CBP proposal to require mug shots (and possibly collection of other biometrics) from all non-U.S. citizens
at all border crossings and international airports and seaports. [...] As our comments discuss in more detail, the Privacy
Act allows the collection of information "describing how any individual exercises rights guaranteed by the First Amendment",
which includes records of travel and assembly, only in specified circumstances — none of which apply to
suspicionless mug shots at airports and borders.
Airways says it will now force passengers to test negative for COVID before they fly to New York City. British
Airways and Delta say they will require passengers traveling from the UK to New York City to test negative for COVID-19
before they fly after being asked by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take action to stop the new mutant variant of the
virus arriving in the US. The airlines agreed on Monday [12/21/2020] as 40 countries around the world banned travel from the UK over
a new strain of COVID-19 that has been detected there. The new strain is 70 percent more infectious than what has been
seen previously. Cuomo had asked the federal government to ban all travel from the UK but having had his request fall
on deaf ears, he went to the airlines instead.
Hysteria Serves Desire for Power. We finally reached peak COVID-19 madness last week, when a family was ejected
from a United Airlines flight because their two-year-old girl could not tolerate a muzzle. So, on the apparent theory
that you can't be too safe or too careful, even from a two-year-old, the airline enforced its zero-tolerance policy and
booted the girl and her family from the plane. "The health and safety of our employees and customers is our highest
priority ... everyone onboard two and older wears a mask," said the airline. "These procedures are not only backed by
guidance from the CDC and our partners at the Cleveland Clinic, but they're also consistent across every major airline."
In case you're unaware, doctors, immunologists, and epidemiologists are now the highest authorities in the land. Under
their very own mini-Mussolini, Dr. Anthony Fauci, they can override our constitutional liberties, such as freedom of
assembly and religion, severely constrict our freedom of speech, limit our movements, commandeer our businesses, and
eliminate our livelihoods with complete impunity.
2-Year-Olds Are Thrown Off Airplanes, You Know America Has Changed. You may have seen the video of the family
thrown off a United Airlines airplane because the 2-year-old daughter would not wear a mask. Though the family wore
masks and the father promised to cover his daughter's face with a mask that he placed on her face, it made no
difference. Though the child was completely asymptomatic, and though it is exceedingly rare for a child to transmit
COVID-19 to an adult — that is why Sweden kept its schools open all spring and summer, with its students not
wearing masks — the airline had its orders, and the flight attendant duly obeyed them.
The Editor says...
"I was only following orders" didn't go over too well at the Nuremberg trials, either.
Department of Transportation Bans Emotional Support Animals. If you're used to flying with fluffy, the DOT is
clipping your wings. As made clear by the U.S. Department of Transportation Wednesday, the Air Carrier Access Act
regarding transport of service animals has been amended. Subsequently, emotional support animals have been banned.
dies!': Maskless woman booted from plane coughs on passengers. Wild video shows a plane passenger going berserk
after being booted off her Scotland-bound flight for refusing to wear a face mask — coughing on other passengers
and yelling, "Everybody dies!" The footage — shot by another passenger on Sunday's [10/18/2020] EasyJet flight
from Belfast, Northern Ireland, to Edinburgh — shows the woman losing her cool when a flight attendant approaches
her to escort her from the plane.
of COVID-19 exposure on planes 'virtually nonexistent' when masked, study shows. United Airlines says the risk
of COVID-19 exposure onboard its aircraft is "virtually non-existent" after a new study finds that when masks are worn there
is only a 0.003% chance particles from a passenger can enter the passenger's breathing space who is sitting beside
them. The study, conducted by the Department of Defense in partnership with United Airlines, was published
Thursday. They ran 300 tests in a little over six months with a mannequin on a United plane.
Supporter Is Kicked Off Southwest Air Flight For Pulling His Mask Down To Eat Peanuts. A black man wearing a
Black Voices For Trump hat was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for pulling his mask down so he can eat some
peanuts. The person filming the incident before the flight had taken off asked the flight attendant repeatedly what the
airline regulations were for eating on a flight. She specifically asked if there was a rule against pulling the mask
down to eat. The flight attendant didn't appear to want to answer the passenger's questions in the video.
Test of Viral Spread on Commercial Planes Reveals Good News, General Says. The head of U.S. Transportation
Command offered a sneak preview Wednesday [10/7/2020] of the results of a Defense Department test of particulate spread on
commercial aircraft — and they are surprising. Speaking at the National Defense Transportation Association's
annual fall meeting, Gen. Stephen Lyons cited an aerosol test held Aug. 24-31 aboard two large passenger aircraft:
the Boeing 767-300 and 777-200. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, teamed up with
biodefense company Zeteo Tech Inc. to evaluate in-flight spread of airborne particles. Industry partners included
Boeing and United Airlines.
first Covid passport technology will be trialled on flights from Heathrow this week. Coronavirus passport
trials are taking place at Heathrow this week to test technology to let people travel the globe without risk of being
quarantined. Passengers on United Airlines and Cathay Pacific are trying out an app called the CommonPass. The
phone software is a digital health pass which can hold a certified COVID-19 test status or show someone has been vaccinated
in future in a way designed to satisfy various governments' different regulations.
Fight Breaks Out On Phoenix Flight Over A Mask. A fight broke out between two passengers on an Allegiant Air
flight from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on Oct. 3 after one passenger confronted another for allegedly refusing the flight
attendant's request to wear a face mask in addition to a face shield. A spokesperson for Allegiant Air confirmed that
an altercation happened on Flight 607 to Provo, Utah, after a passenger refused to comply with airline policy.
passenger removed from flight after bizarre tirade about white privilege. A passenger was removed from a Spirit
flight for being a royal pain — after claiming she is a queen from California during a tirade about white
privilege and a trip to the toilet, according to a report. The unidentified black woman got up to use the bathroom at
the back of the plane after it landed in Sacramento last week, Fox News reported. A passenger's video captured the
woman arguing with a flight attendant who was trying to get to the front of the aircraft. "Don't push me," she
says. "Did you see what she did? She put her hands at me. She wants me to go to jail, y'all. See how
she's antagonizing me?" The woman, whose mask hangs below her chin, then tells the crew member that she has "white
privilege." "It's over with — it's 2020. Wake up, you got a mask on. So you're
under the government, too. You're confined and you don't have white privilege anymore," she says.
turmoil on airplane caused by woman lambasting 'white privilege'. Black Lives Matter is a Neo-Marxist
organization, but there are still millions of Americans who buy into the narrative that it's about fighting systemic racism,
police brutality, and income inequality. But even than false narrative is taking a beating with daily examples of Black
Lives Matter "activists" invoking racism in an effort to supposedly fight racism. The latest viral video depicts an
African-American woman on a plane lambasting, well, everyone around her. The flight attendant wanted to go to her
station. The passengers wanted to get their trip going. Everyone wanted her to end her racist rant and stop
insulting those around her. She claimed she wanted to go to the bathroom. Nothing was stopping her except her
need to express her discontent with a society that was just too white for her liking.
canceled after feud about toddler not wearing face mask. A Canadian flight was canceled after a feud with a
family over their young children not wearing masks on a flight. Safwan Choudhry said crew members approached the family
on the WestJet flight Tuesday from Calgary to Toronto about putting masks on their 3-year-old and 19-month-old daughters, CBC
News reported. "It started with my toddler and once we got a mask on her, they turned to my 19-month-old infant and
said, 'Every person on the plane has to wear a mask or the plane can't take off,'" Choudhry said.
Flight Cancelled After Toddler Refused To Wear Face Mask. A WestJet flight from Calgary to Toronto was
cancelled this week after a family was ejected from the flight for refusing to make their child, a toddler, wear a face
mask. Safwan Choudry and his family were removed from the flight on Tuesday after an argument broke out about whether
or not the man's 19-month-old toddler should be wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. [...] "It
started with my toddler and once we got a mask on her, they turned to my 19-month-old infant and said 'every person on the
plane has to wear a mask or the plane can't take off," he said.
wearing anti-cop mask says she was kicked off flight because she's black. A Florida activist wearing a face
mask with a vulgar anti-cop slogan on it claims she was kicked off an American Airlines flight because of her race. "I
think I got taken off the plane because I'm black," Arlinda Johns told Local10.com. "My mask said 'F--- 12' and my
shirt said, 'Black Lives Matter.'" Johns had just boarded the flight in Miami last week when a crew member asked her to
cover up the slogan, which is slang for "F--- the police," the outlet reported. Johns said she replaced it with a
different mask — but then had another tense conversation with the flight attendant.
Did the state legislature pass this law, or is it a unilateral decree? Cuomo
threatens $2K fine if you break coronavirus quarantine rules. Travelers flying into New York from states with
high infection rates of COVID-19 will be required to provide their contact information upon arrival or face a fine and court
summons, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted Monday [7/13/2020]. Passengers flying in from the 19 states on New
York's rolling quarantine list are now required to fill out a form detailing where they came from and where they're going
before they leave the airport, Cuomo announced during a press conference Monday.
Ban Alcohol On Planes In Response To COVID-19. Airlines are always looking to do less ... for more. After
the 9-11 attacks in the U.S. in 2001, airlines in America did away with most meal services (and many started charging you $50
for an extra bag — that'll teach those terrorists!). Now, with COVID-19 emerging as a new threat in the states,
airlines have decided to stop in-flight sales of alcohol on many flights ('cuz, you know, the coronavirus lives on those
little bottles). "Because COVID-19 can spread through surface contact, airlines have placed an emphasis on reducing
'touchpoints' between fliers and airline staff as much as possible. And beverage service is a major source of those
touchpoints," The Washington Post reported.
Airlines Passengers Who Won't Wear Masks Won't Be Allowed to Fly. United Airlines announced Monday [6/15/2020]
that passengers who refuse to wear masks will be put on an internal no-fly list and will be banned from boarding future
flights. The airline said the policy will start taking effect Thursday [6/18/2002] and last for a minimum of 60 days,
adding that the policy is being put into place to protect passengers and crew from contracting the coronavirus.
airplanes are still packed in the coronavirus pandemic — and is flying still safe? Despite the
ongoing coronavirus pandemic and social distancing guidelines advising people stay six feet apart, reports of terrified
airline passengers on packed flights continue to emerge. Just this week, passengers on an Iberian Airlines flight
became incensed over their crowded flight, which had jammed the plane to 70 percent capacity despite airline guidelines to
have the cabin no more than half full. And photos from a United Airlines flight last week showed passengers sitting
shoulder-to-shoulder — while a doctor returning from helping fight the virus in New York had a similar experience
with the carrier.
airlines are sitting on $10B in customer refunds. I was already aware that many customers have had issues
trying to get refunds from the airlines on flights they had booked before the coronavirus shut everything down. But I
had no idea the extent of the problem was so vast. This report from NextGov indicates that there are currently enough
of these cancellations that ten billion dollars worth of refunds are in limbo. The airlines want to give people travel
vouchers instead of money, basically saying that once they have your money, they're going to keep it. Whether you fly
or not is up to you.
withholding $10B in cash from customers, lawmakers say. US airlines are estimated to be sitting on more than
$10 billion in travel vouchers that should have been cash refunds from canceled flights, a group of senators released on
Friday [4/17/2020]. Many US airlines are canceling 60 percent to 80 percent of their flights, and under federal
law passengers on those flights are entitled to full refunds, Senators Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren and Richard Blumenthal said
in a statement. "However, many airlines have been obfuscating this right by offering travel vouchers as the default
option, requiring passengers to take burdensome steps to request refunds instead," they said.
Why So Many Planes Are Still Flying, Nearly Empty. You have probably seen the video of an American Airlines
flight attendant making the best of a difficult situation on March 27, providing a customized inflight safety briefing for
Sheryl, the sole passenger on a flight from Washington Reagan National Airport to Boston. Sheryl was on the way to
visit her dying mother and the American crew did the best they could to cheer her up in a way she really appreciated.
As travel blogger Gary Leff has noted, flying alone on a commercial airliner is usually a once-in-a-lifetime hoot for a
frequent traveler, but now it's becoming a much more frequent and grim occurrence. While the airlines have drastically
cut their schedules, those service cuts haven't nearly kept up with the drop in demand, which is why lots of flights are
going nearly empty.
Socialism: No Bailouts for Open Borders Globalists!. After the aviation industry's last $15 billion
shakedown of taxpayers following the 9/11 terrorist attacks (a hefty combo of direct cash assistance and loan guarantees plus
civil liability protection), airline stocks soared as oil prices plummeted, carriers crammed more passengers into tinier
seats and customers faced new and higher charges on everything from carry-on baggage to Wi-Fi to peanuts. High-flying
American, JetBlue, United and Southwest splurged on megastock buybacks and dividend hikes for shareholders. In fact,
Bloomberg News reported that the top airlines plowed 96% of their free cash flow over the last decade on buybacks.
Waits at U.S. Airports for Virus Screenings Called 'Unacceptable' and 'Atrocious'. There wasn't much "social
distancing" at U.S. airports Saturday as the ban on travel to Europe resulted in 7- and 8-hour waits at airports for virus
screening. The situation at Dallas/Fort Worth airport was described as "atrocious, no semblance of a line beyond the
barriers and no officials or staff around to direct." Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker called the situation at
O'Hare "unacceptable," among other, more colorful epithets.
DFW airport passenger fights police.
Passenger attacked female gate agent then attacked police officers after being shot with tazers [sic] multiple times.
Passenger goes for officer's pistol at one point as well. This is all inside the security area as well. [Video clip]
passenger uses airplane vent to dry shoes. An unidentified traveler turned an airplane vent into their personal
dryer in a viral video that has the internet disgusted. The clip shows a passenger holding their presumably wet sneaker
up to their overhead air vent to dry them out. Posted to the Instagram account Passenger Shaming, the revolting video
has amassed more than 333,000 views from naysayers on Instagram. It's unknown on which airline the barbaric incident
occurred, captured on video by Canadian professional wakeboarder Dylan Miller.
more free rides: US seeks to limit emotional support animals on planes. Some animal lovers and nervous
fliers may squawk but the US government wants a definitive "neigh" to the question of passengers bringing rabbits, turtles,
birds, miniature horses and other unusual emotional support animals on planes in future, especially free of charge.
Even cats could be running out of lives to while away under passengers' seats at 30,000 feet.
passenger allegedly storms cockpit, attacks flight attendant, injures 6 officers. Authorities took a man into
custody after he allegedly assaulted a flight attendant and attempted to storm the plane's cockpit last week. A fellow
passenger on the flight described the Jan. 9 incident to news outlets, saying that the plane was about to land when the
suspect headed towards the cockpit in a "full sprint." A flight attendant and six law enforcement agents were injured in the
ensuing scuffle. Matthew Dingley was taken into custody after his flight United Express flight from Dulles International
Airport landed at Newark, NBC New York reports. He reportedly began acting erratically during the flight and stormed the
cockpit as the plane neared its destination.
least 5 US airports have exposed travelers to measles, health officials warn. An unknown number of U.S. air
travelers have been exposed to measles after at least five airports allowed people with the highly infectious disease to pass
through this month, according to health officials in the affected cities. At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, a
person with the disease traveled through two terminals over the course of a week, ABC News reported.
CNN Pays 58
Airports $100,000 Each to Play Channel at Gates. Tucker Carlson Tonight reported CNN is spending millions of
dollars to have their channel played at fifty-eight airports across the United States. As Carlson explained, CNN is
paying the airports approximately $100,000 each to "pump propaganda into America's airports, holding its hapless travelers
hostage." He commented: "It's not something [the airports] would do willingly. Who would? Nobody
watches [CNN] — it's garbage."
Pays Airports $100,000 Each to Play Fake News At Gates. An investigation by Tucker Carlson Tonight has revealed
that CNN is paying off more than fifty major airports throughout the United States to play their broadcasting to unsuspecting
travelers at airline gates. The network pays airlines around an average of $100,000 each to play the fake news, adding
up to more than $6 million dollars in bribery. Such a use of network resources could be easily used to fund legitimate
and newsworthy journalistic endeavors, but the network, under the leadership of Jeff Zucker, instead adopts an approach of
merely paying to have its propaganda broadcast to non-consenting viewers.
Admin Proposes Using Facial Recognition On All Airport Travelers — Including Americans. The
Department of Homeland Security is proposing a rule that would allow the government to use facial recognition data to
identify everyone traveling to and from the country, including U.S. citizens. [...] "The Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) is required by statute to develop and implement a biometric entry-exit data system," the proposal reads. "To
facilitate the implementation of a seamless biometric entry-exit system that uses facial recognition and to help prevent
persons attempting to fraudulently use U.S. travel documents and identify criminals and known or suspected terrorists, DHS is
proposing to amend the regulations to provide that all travelers, including U.S. citizens, may be required to be photographed
upon entry and/or departure," the filing continues.
Business vs. Coach:
The Class Divide in the Sky. [Scroll down] My crime, you see, had been wanting to use the toilet.
Not an uncommon experience, even at 30,000 feet. I had risen from my seat and observed with horror the long queue for
the toilets at the back of the plane. It was about 20 passengers deep, all of them anxiously hopping about. But
then I peeped through the curtain separating "my" area from the privileged few and saw not only no queue for the toilets but
also that both cubicles were free. So I did what any right-minded person would do and strode forward in search of
relief. Big mistake. Crossing the Berlin Wall would have been easier.
shaming is gaining traction and could cost airlines billions. Consumers are paying more attention to their
carbon footprint and it could cost airlines billions of dollars, Citi said in a note to clients Tuesday [10/22/2019].
The firm said that "flight shaming," which it defines as "the inherent guilt that an individual feels as a result of one's
aviation-related carbon footprint" is causing consumers to explore alternative modes of transportation when possible and to
look for ways to offset their carbon emissions. Citi estimates that over the next five years the cost of carbon
offsetting economy flights will grow to $3.8 billion per year. It will either be absorbed by the consumer or the
airline. But really the airline gets hit in both scenarios since if the price is absorbed by passengers the higher cost
could lead to an overall slowdown in air travel.
madness may be reason for disastrous Boeing 737 MAX safety issues. Air travel, which accounts for 2 percent of
global emissions, has become the great bogeyman for climate alarmists, sparking a backlash against airlines. Punitive
eco-taxes, aviation regulations, activist investors, green NGOs and climate-aware passengers conspire to force airlines and
manufacturers to lower CO2 emissions by using less fuel, which accounts for 99 percent of aviation's carbon footprint.
No one has said it explicitly yet, but this relentless pressure to reduce emissions appears to have been a significant factor
in the disastrous safety failures of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which resulted in two fatal crashes in the past year,
claiming 346 lives. The warning from Boeing's catastrophes is that climate ideology can have fatal consequences.
Airlines Joins Southwest In Abandoning Hope 737 MAX Will Fly Again This Year. Even as Boeing still tells anyone who
will listen that it is confident the infamous 737 MAX plane will fly again this year, its biggest clients are giving up
hope, and earlier today American Airlines abandoned expectations it would resume flights with the Boeing Co. 737 Max this
year, pulling the troubled plane from the carrier's schedule beyond the end of 2019, at least through January 15, 2020.
pilots sue Boeing for $100 million over lost wages from 737 MAX. Southwest Airlines' pilots union has filed a
lawsuit against Boeing for $100 million over lost wages from the grounding of 737 MAX jets in the wake of two crashes and a
myriad of safety issues. The lawsuit was filed in Dallas County, Texas, and alleges that Boeing represented the planes as
"airworthy and essentially the same as the timetested 737 aircraft that its pilots have flown for years." The union called
that assertion "false."
Nothing gets past the TSA! Woman
dragged off Delta flight after boarding without ID, ticket. A woman somehow managed to get on a Delta flight
without identification or a boarding pass, causing a three-hour delay in Florida over the weekend, officials said. The
airline apologized in a statement Sunday after the unidentified woman got on an Atlanta-bound flight Saturday at Orlando
International Airport, sat in another person's assigned seat and flatly refused to move, WFTV reported. "She said very
bluntly, 'I'm not moving,'" another traveler told the station, adding that a supervisor and a pilot tried unsuccessfully to
get the woman out of the 15th-row seat.
Woman Who Sneaked Onto OIA Flight Fooled TSA Agents. A woman who boarded a Delta Air Lines flight at Orlando
International Airport over the weekend without a boarding pass or ID fooled a TSA agent by pretending to be a part of another
family, multiple people with knowledge of the investigation tell Spectrum News 13.
refused to get off Delta flight after boarding without a ticket or ID. The female stowaway, identified as
Sylvia Rictor, is said to have refused to move after ticketed traveler Jenni Clemons found her sitting in her assigned seat
for the journey from Orlando International Airport to Atlanta on Saturday [10/5/2019]. In footage taken on board the
aircraft Rictor can be heard telling Delta workers she 'threw out' her boarding pass 'as soon as she got on the plane'.
She later tries, and fails, to convince crew that a picture of herself on her phone can be used for ID.
Ignore the sensational headline: This happened on the ground. In China. Plane
passenger opens emergency exit for 'a breath of fresh air'. Airlines passenger recently delayed her flight's
departure by one hour when she opened the emergency exit door of the aircraft because she reportedly felt the cabin was "too
stuffy" and wanted "a breath of fresh air." Video footage of the unbelievable sight is said to have gone massively viral on
social media in China.
Man who urinated on floor of BNA re-arrested for throwing rock off bridge. A man who was arrested for exposing
himself and urinating on the floor at Nashville International Airport was re-arrested hours later for throwing rocks off the
I-40 Jefferson Street bridge. According to Metro Police, 56-year-old Eliezer Nieves Gonzalez was originally at the
Southwest Airlines baggage office on Monday around 4 p.m. exposing himself and urinating in front of passengers near the
baggage belt. Officers noticed a large amount of urine on the wall and floor. Gonzalez was found with urine on
his hands and pants, and he admitted to investigators to urinating on the floor, saying it was okay to do so in Puerto Rico
so he thought he could do it here.
Activists Try to Shut Down Heathrow by Flying Drones in Front of Passenger Planes. Brain-dead climate activists
came up with the scathingly brilliant scheme of protesting against airplanes at Heathrow Airport by flying drones in front of
passenger planes to prevent them from taking off or landing. I guess the climate activists got it in their heads that
making airplanes crash would be an excellent way to reduce the world's carbon footprint. Fortunately, British police
foiled their plan by jamming drone frequencies. Several nutcases were arrested and, for the moment, plane passengers
have been spared the ordeal of being grounded by idiots who think threatening to kill people is a legitimate way of battling
Kong Cancels All Remaining Monday Flights as Protesters Swarm Airport. Hong Kong airport authorities canceled
remaining flights on Monday after protesters swarmed the main terminal building for a fourth day, the biggest disruption yet
to the city's economy since demonstrations began in early June. Thousands of black-clad protesters on Monday packed the
arrival area, where they had gathered for a three-day sit-in that was originally planned to end last night.
flight attendant busted after passing out for [an] entire trip. A boozed-up flight attendant was busted in
Indiana after passengers saw her stumbling all over the cabin — and then passing out in her seat for the entire
flight, according to new reports. Julianne March, 49, of Waukesha, Wis. was charged Thursday [8/8/2019] by St. Joseph's County
prosecutors in connection to an Aug. 2 incident on a flight from Chicago to South Bend, The South Bend Tribune reported.
de Blasio makes fliers wait on tarmac so he can rush to 'The View'. Mayor Bill de Blasio made Delta passengers
wait in their seats on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport for 10 minutes Thursday after flying back from his less-than-stellar
performance in the Detroit debate — so that he and his security detail could deplane first. But it wasn't a
pressing matter related to City Hall or the potential firing of Eric Garner chokehold cop Daniel Pantaleo that necessitated
the inconvenience to his fellow passengers — de Blasio had to rush off to tape an appearance on ABC's "The View."
And passengers on Flight 788 were not pleased.
drunk Delta pilot arrested just before flight. A Delta pilot who authorities suspect was boozed up was booted
off a fully boarded plane in Minneapolis and arrested, according to new reports. Gabriel Lyle Schroeder, 37, was cuffed
just after 11 a.m. Tuesday [7/30/2019] after police at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport found him
reeking of alcohol and with a bottle of booze on him.
This is only slightly off-topic: Airbus
A350 software bug forces airlines to turn planes off and on every 149 hours. Some models of Airbus A350
airliners still need to be hard rebooted after exactly 149 hours, despite warnings from the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
first issued two years ago. In a mandatory airworthiness directive (AD) reissued earlier this week, EASA urged
operators to turn their A350s off and on again to prevent "partial or total loss of some avionics systems or functions".
The revised AD, effective from tomorrow (26 July), exempts only those new A350-941s which have had modified software pre-loaded
on the production line. For all other A350-941s, operators need to completely power the airliner down before it reaches
149 hours of continuous power-on time.
Says Airline Changed Booked Seats, Then Tried Charging Her $75 to Sit With Her Child. A California woman is
claiming that an airline changed her booked seats and then tried charging her a $75 fee to sit next to her child. The
mom, who only gave her first name, Aliss, told KGTV she chose two seats next to each other when she booked the flight with
Sun Country Airlines from Providence, Road Island, to San Diego on a third-party website.
Announces 'Eco-Tax' Of Up To €18 On Tickets For All Flights Leaving Country. France will introduce an
"eco-tax" of up to €18 (£16.19) on tickets for all flights leaving the country, the government has
announced. Transport minister Elisabeth Borne told a news conference that the €180m (£162m) it is expected
to raise annually from 2020 would help finance daily transport, notably rail, in the country. The new tax will range
from €1.50 for short-haul flights and up to €18 for long-haul journeys in business class.
can airline seats get? (This small). You may have suspected this was coming, ever since the last time you
banged your knee on the airplane seat in front of you. Airlines have been reducing the space between rows of seats in
order to squeeze in a few more rows of seats and max the profits per flight. As a reward, they've also raised
fares. You don't mind do you?
1 At LAX Evacuated, Morning After Major Power Outage. Terminal 1 at LAX was evacuated early Thursday [6/6/2019]
due to residual problems from a major power outage that lasted for nearly four hours Wednesday night. Terminal 1, home
to Southwest Airlines, was evacuated just before 6 a.m. due to problems with passengers and baggage not being properly
rescreened. Airport officials decided Thursday to clear the terminal and rescreen all passengers by the TSA.
Rebellion' Climate Activists to Shut Down Heathrow for 10 Days in Drone Attack. The climate change activist
group Extinction Rebellion is planning a series of protests using drones to shut down Heathrow Airport for 10 days in July,
unless plans to expand the airport are scrapped. The group has threatened to hold a one-day demonstration on the 18th
of June, with ten days of disruption planned from July 1st if their demands are not met. This threatens hundreds of
thousands of passengers' journeys, most going on their summer holidays, and it is expected it would cost millions of pounds
shows hundreds of migrants occupying French airport terminal. Video showed hundreds of illegal immigrants
storming a French airport and occupying an entire terminal Sunday, demanding to meet with the country's prime minister.
Footage posted on Twitter shows roughly 500 migrants chanting in Terminal 2 of the Charles de Gaulle airport as about a dozen
police officers in tactical gear look on. "France does not belong to the French! Everyone has a right to be
here!" one person can be heard yelling into a loudspeaker.
Boeing Turned Off Malfunction Alerts On 737 Max, and Didn't Tell Airlines Or FAA. Just when did the airlines
know that they had to pay extra for a key warning system on the Boeing 737 Max? The Wall Street Journal reported last
night that it wasn't at the point of sale. Until a crash in Ethiopia last October, Southwest Airlines thought the
system came standard with the platform — so much so that their operating manuals included them. Somehow, the
news that the safety feature was an upgrade didn't get mentioned to the FAA, either.
dies on board flight from Germany to Houston. A passenger on board a Houston-bound Lufthansa flight from
Germany died Tuesday, according to media reports. Officials at George Bush Intercontinental Airport received a call
around 1:30 p.m. about a death on the airliner during its 11-hour journey, a Houston Airports spokeswoman told KTRK-TV.
Airways apologizes to travelers after flight lands 525 miles away from destination. A British Airways flight
from London to Germany accidentally took off in the wrong direction, landing 525 miles away in Scotland. The flight
from London City Airport was supposed to head to Duesseldorf, Germany, but ended up in Edinburgh, Scotland, instead —
the total opposite direction. The airline said Monday [3/25/2019] the problem started when an incorrect flight plan was filed
by WDL Aviation, which operated the flight on behalf of British Airways.
The Editor says...
Do the pilots not know where they are, and what direction they're headed?
looks 'possessed' during in-flight meltdown over a Pepsi. The unidentified Spanish woman began screaming and
taking shots from a flask right after boarding the TAP Air Portugal flight in Lisbon for a trip to Malaga on March 9,
according to the Daily Mail. But the turbulence really erupted when flight attendants informed her that they had no
Pepsi, only fruit juice. "Her hands had turned into claws. She looked like a demon. She was the worst
passenger I have ever seen on an airline and I fly quite a lot," a 38-year-old British tourist told the outlet.
turns around after mom realizes she left baby at airport. A Malaysia-bound plane made a U-turn for a frantic passenger
who realized that she forgot her baby back at the airport in Saudi Arabia, according to reports. The pilot of Saudi Arabian
Airlines Flight SV832 made the rare request to air traffic controllers shortly after takeoff, when the passenger told crew members
that she had left her child at the terminal in Jeddah, Gulf News reported.
traffic controller shortage delays flights at Newark, LaGuardia and Philadelphia. An increase in sick leave
among air traffic controllers delayed hundreds of flights at several major airports in the eastern U.S. on Friday
[1/25/2019], the Federal Aviation Administration said. Flights at New York's LaGuardia Airport, Newark Liberty
International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport were delayed on Day 35 of the partial government shutdown.
More than 14,000 air traffic controllers and thousands of other federal aviation workers have been deemed essential employees
and ordered to work without pay due to the impasse between lawmakers and President Donald Trump over funding for a wall along
the U.S. border with Mexico that the president had proposed.
Airlines flight diverted after flight attendant dies. A Hawaiian Airlines flight traveling from Honolulu to New
York City was reportedly diverted to San Francisco on Thursday night after a flight attendant died of an apparent heart
attack. Doug Yakel, a San Francisco airport spokesman, said Hawaiian Airlines Flight 50 landed in California
after a flight crew member had "a suspected heart attack."
Airlines cracks down on 'emotional support' animal air travel. United Airlines is closing a loophole for
passengers who try to avoid traveling fees when they fly with their pets. United will only let dogs and cats be
designated as "emotional support animals" and won't let passengers get on a plane with kittens or puppies who are younger
than four months. It also will not allow passengers to fly with emotional support animals if the flight is more than
eight hours long. Dogs, cats, and miniature horses will be allowed to fly as service animals to help passengers with
takes trip to jail after meltdown at Memphis airport. Tamiko Warner didn't just make a scene before her flight
at the Memphis airport — she made a mess, turning over furniture and setting off a fire extinguisher that filled
the airport gate with fog. The man who filmed the rampage and posted it to Facebook said it was all over a $20 baggage
fee. "I don't care about going to jail. Whatever. This is worth it," Warner said in the video. She
carried on for nearly five minutes uninterrupted in the video, causing thousands of dollars of damage in the airport.
Gatwick Airport: Drones ground flights.
Tens of thousands of passengers have been disrupted by drones flying over one of the UK's busiest airports. Gatwick's
runway has been shut since Wednesday night, as devices have been repeatedly flying over the airfield. Sussex Police
said it was not terror-related but a "deliberate act" of disruption, using "industrial specification" drones. About
110,000 passengers on 760 flights were due to fly on Thursday. Disruption could last "several days".
Airlines bans college student's pet fish from plane. A college student says Southwest Airlines banned her pet
fish from flying with her, and now she's lost her best friend. Lanice Powless, a sophomore at the University of
Colorado, was not allowed to board a Southwest Airlines flight from Denver to National City, Calif., with her pet fish,
Cassie, on Thursday [12/20/2018]. "This lady was just not having it," Powless told San Diego news station KGTV.
"So the supervisor comes and she said 'Unfortunately, you cannot bring fish onto Southwest Airlines.'"
Airlines flight returns to Seattle after human heart is left on board. A human heart left on a Southwest
Airlines plane caused a Dallas-bound flight to turn around and return to Washington state. "We made the decision to
return to Seattle as it was absolutely necessary to deliver the shipment to its destination in the Seattle area as quickly as
possible," Southwest said in a statement obtained by USA Today. Apparently, the heart was supposed to be delivered to a
hospital. However, it was mistakenly left on the connecting flight rather than being taken out of the cargo hold.
Air Lines Says No More Support Kittens, Puppies on Flights. Delta Air Lines Inc. is barring emotional-support
and service animals that are less than four months old, while banning all support animals from flights longer than eight
hours. The changes will take effect for tickets issued on or after Dec. 18, the carrier said Monday. Passengers
who bought tickets before then and who already requested to travel with an emotional support animal will be allowed a grace
period to fly as originally planned until a full ban starts Feb. 1. The changes don't affect pets that customers
pay to take into the cabin in enclosed carriers.
passenger removed from plane for head-butting flight attendant. A "violent" and "unruly" passenger forced a
Delta flight to make an emergency landing in Oklahoma City Friday morning [9/21/2018]. Flight 2603 was heading
from Salt Lake City to Orlando when 28-year-old Derek Edward Maas had to be restrained. The captain then determined he
needed to be removed from the flight to ensure the safety of the other passengers and crew, KOCO 5 reports.
accused of groping woman on Southwest flight says Trump said 'it's OK'. A woman flying from Houston to
Albuquerque on Sunday had just settled into her seat and fallen asleep when she was awoken by an unwanted touch — a hand from
behind her grabbing the right side of her breast. And the man authorities say is responsible allegedly cited President
Donald Trump's past lewd language about women. Federal prosecutors allege the hand belonged to 49-year-old Bruce
Michael Alexander from Tampa, Florida, another passenger on the Southwest Airlines flight, who reportedly told authorities
after being arrested Sunday that "the President of the United States says it's OK to grab women by their private parts,"
according to a criminal complaint.
Delta passenger gets flight diverted to Maine. A Delta Air Lines flight from Georgia to Stuttgart, Germany, was
diverted to Maine on Sunday after a passenger "got a little disorderly" midflight, according to a fellow traveler.
Delta passenger Tyler Hunter, of Atlanta, shared footage on Twitter of what appeared to be a woman sitting on the floor of
the cabin, with surrounding crew members attempting to get her to return to her seat.
student who refused to sit down on flight in effort to stop man's deportation to Afghanistan is indicted. A
student who livestreamed her dramatic efforts on a plane to stop an asylum seeker from being deported to Afghanistan in July
was indicted by Swedish prosecutors Friday [10/19/2018]. Elin Ersson, 21, a student at the University of Gothenburg and a
volunteer with refugee groups, had her broadcast go viral as she attempted to stop a flight from Gothenburg to Turkey on July 23.
Ersson and other asylum activists discovered an Afghan man on the flight was being deported to Kabul, Afghanistan.
flight makes emergency landing after passenger allegedly plays unwanted game of 'footsie'. A Southwest flight
on Tuesday [10/16/2018] was diverted after a Texas man on board played an unwanted game of "footsie" with a female passenger
sitting next to him and got into a confrontation with the flight crew, authorities said. Justin Riley Brafford, 29,
remains in federal custody in New Mexico and faces felony interference with a flight crew and a misdemeanor assault charge,
the Dallas Morning News reported. Brafford and the woman, identified only as M.W., were seated next to each other on Southwest
Flight 859 from Los Angeles to Dallas when he allegedly put his arm on her leg as the plane readied for takeoff, according to a
criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.
support' squirrel gets passenger removed from Frontier flight. A woman was removed from a Frontier Airlines
flight Tuesday night [10/9/2018] after the airline refused to let her fly with her emotional support squirrel. The
airline said the woman noted in her reservation for Flight 1612 from Orlando, Fla., to Cleveland that she would be boarding
with an emotional support animal, FOX8 Cleveland reported.
The Editor says...
If you need the constant presence of a squirrel to maintain your enotional stability in public places, you really should either stay home
or have yourself locked up in a mental hospital.
removed from flight bound for Cleveland due to 'emotional support' squirrel. Frontier Airlines said a woman had
to be escorted off a flight bound for Cleveland Tuesday night due to a squirrel. Frontier said a passenger boarded
Flight 1612 in Orlando, saying the squirrel was an emotional support animal. The airline said the passenger noted in
her reservation that she was bringing an emotional support animal, but it was not indicated the animal was a squirrel.
Frontier said "rodents, including squirrels are not allowed" on its flights.
The Editor continues...
Next time I fly, I should bring along a little box of my emotional support bedbugs.
This is why they call it "Lyin' Air." Lion
Air passenger boards flight and discovers assigned seat does not exist. A Lion Air passenger was shocked when
she boarded her flight from Palembang to Jakarta in Indonesia and discovered her seat did not exist on the plane.
Satwika Ika took to Facebook to express her confusion over the seating mishap. In the photo Ika shared on social media,
her ticket appeared to be marked for 35F, but the plane rows ended at 34.
travel nightmare: Hundreds of flights are cancelled. Hurricane Florence was already causing travel chaos
on Wednesday [9/12/2018], with hundreds of flights and train journeys cancelled and roads gridlocked with evacuees. A total of 967
flights were cancelled over the next three days as of 2.30pm (ET) — 230 on Wednesday, 504 on Thursday and 233 on
Friday. That is in addition to more than 1,600 delays on Wednesday, according to Flight Aware. Charleston
International Airport — the busiest in the Carolinas — is set to close at midnight on Thursday and not resume until Saturday
at the earliest. Amtrak has stopped trains running to Virginia and stops south of Washington, DC, until Monday.
With All the Planes Full of Sick People? The first one that came to my attention was a flight into the United
States from the Dubai. On that plane headed toward JFK International Airport in New York City, approximately 100
passengers and members of the crew became ill. The CDC met the flight at the airport and determined that out of the
plane full of 521 people, about a hundred of them self-reported fevers of over 100 degrees and coughing. 19 of
those people were found to be ill, 10 or 11 (reports vary) of them enough to be hospitalized by the CDC and the other
500+ people on that plane were sent on their ways, all over the nation, as JFK is a hub for international flights.
Airlines flight attendant told passenger to 'pee in a bag' after plane's toilets overflow. An American Airlines
flight to Hawaii became a trip from hell when a flushed diaper caused the plane's toilets to overflow, forcing passengers to
urinate in bags and bottles. On August 31, things got messy aboard flight 663 from Phoenix, Arizona, to Kona, Hawaii,
NBC News 12 reports. The outlet obtained video footage of a female passenger who desperately had to use the restroom and
spoke with a flight attendant, who agreed that the situation was "horrible" and suggested that she use a plastic bag.
plan to disrupt Labor Day traffic to [and] from O'Hare. An anti-violence demonstration scheduled for Monday [9/3/2018]
plans to shut down a part of the Kennedy Expressway aiming to disrupt traffic to O'Hare International Airport. The Labor Day
protest is led by Reverend Gregory Livingston, who organized a similar protest that shut down a part of North Lake Shore Drive on
youth group kept off American Airlines flight over check-in delay. A youth group headed to Mexico was kept off
a flight for being late — however, the group's youth pastor feels the blame is with American Airlines.
William Davis, a youth pastor at Clays Mill Road Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky., said he and his group of 40 teenagers
were heading to Irapuato, Mexico, as part of a mission to help children.
complain of bed bug infested seats on international flights from Newark. Passengers have been bitten by bed
bugs on multiple Air India flights out of Newark Liberty International Airport in the past week, according to a passenger
accounts and a published report. Pravin Tonsekar said that the business class seats he, his wife and children had for a
17-hour flight to Mumbai on Tuesday [7/17/2018] were infested with bed bugs.
20 cars burned in possible arson attack at Salt Lake City airport. An overnight parking lot fire at the Salt
Lake City International Airport destroyed more than 20 cars, causing an estimated $500,000 in damages and prompting an arson
investigation by authorities. Firefighters responded to the fire around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday morning [7/8/2018] in
the Hertz Rental Car Lot, according to Fox 13. Captain Kyle Lavender with the Salt Lake City Fire Department said
that the fire doubled in size between the time crews were dispatched and their arrival.
smelling jet passenger who later died identified as rock star. A man who caused a Transavia flight that
originated in the Spanish island of Gran Canaria to make an emergency landing in Portugal has died from tissue necrosis, De
Telegraaf reported. The male passenger, now identified as Russian rock musician Andrey Suchilin, purportedly smelled so
strongly that others on the flight began fainting and vomiting before the plane could touch down at the Netherlands' Schiphol
Airport. Several passengers said the smell was "unbearable" and the man was "unwashed." The Daily Mail reported the
58-year-old contracted an infection while on vacation in the Canary Islands that caused his body tissue to die, resulting in
put diversity over safety at FAA. The Obama administration's hiring rules for the Federal Aviation Administration's
(FAA) air traffic controllers placed diversity ahead of safety, says an attorney suing the federal agency for putting American
passengers at risk. Former President Barack Obama changed the FAA's rules for hiring air traffic controllers so that
applicants must pass a diversity test before being considered — an added step in the initial process that is argued
to put millions of passengers and crew members as risk. "For decades, the selection process for the Federal Aviation
Administration's air traffic controllers was rigorous," TheBlaze reported. "After all, one minor mistake could cost
hundreds of people their lives."
action in the control tower. I don't fly. When folks ask me why, the short answer is that I know too
much: I'm a former FAA air traffic controller. It's been recently reported that the FAA is now actively
recruiting new trainees to work in the towers and control rooms directing airplanes and that the criteria they now utilize to
screen applicants is a curiously absurd "biographical questionnaire." [...] First, the FAA stopped reporting aviation
incidents, including near mid-air collisions and runway incursions. When safety incidents are under-reported or
deceitfully downgraded, the system starts to look like perfection, and the FAA will gladly report, as it frequently does,
that it is "The Safest System In The World." These people want the flying public to skate out onto the ice, even as
they are lying about how thin the ice is, and while we are at it, how warm it is today.
FAA hiring rules place diversity ahead of airline safety, attorney tells Tucker Carlson. The safety of
America's airline passengers is being compromised for the sake of diversity in hiring air traffic controllers, an attorney
suing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" host Tucker Carlson on Friday. During the
Obama administration, the FAA replaced the previous hiring standards with rules designed to increase diversity among air
traffic controllers, attorney Michael Pearson said. "A group within the FAA, including the human resources function
within the FAA — the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees — determined that the
workforce was too white," Pearson told Carlson. "They had a concerted effort through the Department of Transportation
in the Obama administration to change that."
Airlines bans emotional support amphibians, ferrets, goats and more. The carrier is joining rival airlines in
tightening rules for passengers flying with emotional support animals, expanding the list of animals that can't fly in
addition to requiring customers vouch for their animal's ability to behave. Federal laws require airlines to permit
passengers with disabilities to travel with service and emotional support animals in the cabin, though airlines can require a
statement from a licensed mental health professional documenting the passenger's need for an emotional support animal.
experts think they've finally solved the mystery of the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight. On two occasions,
whoever was in control of the plane — and was probably the only one awake — tipped the craft to the
left. The experts believe Zaharie, the plane's pilot, was taking a final look. That is the chilling theory that
the team of analysts assembled by Australia's "60 Minutes" have posited about the final hours of MH370. They suspect
that the plane's 2014 disappearance and apparent crash were a suicide by the 53-year-0ld Zaharie — and a premeditated
act of mass murder. [...] Zaharie and co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid were prime suspects in the plane's disappearance from the
beginning. There were rumors that Zaharie's marriage was ending and that he downed the plane after learning that his
wife was about to leave, the news site said.
news about the missing Malaysia Airways flight MH-370. MH-370 aviation experts claim they have solved the
mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight, saying the passengers were a victim of a deliberate
and unconscionable act by the doomed plane's Muslim pilot — Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah. However, this is not
so shocking if you were following BNI at the time the plane went missing.
passenger in Houston says United Airlines ejected [her] for "pungent" odor. A Nigerian passenger has filed a
civil rights lawsuit alleging that United Airlines personnel ejected her and her children from an international flight
departing from Houston in 2016 because of her "pungent" odor. The woman says in a federal discrimination suit filed in
Houston Friday that she and her minor children were boarding a San Francisco bound plane — the second leg of a
three-flight journey from Nigeria to Canada — when an incident occurred involving a white male passenger that
escalated to her being asked by United staff to exit the plane.
passenger toppled drink cart, threw coffee before attacking air marshal, police say. A woman on a Delta Air
Lines flight was arrested Thursday [4/19/2018] after she toppled a drink cart, threw coffee on passengers while running up
and down the aisle before assaulting an air marshal, police said. Sarah Maria Beach, 45, was on a flight from London to
Salt Lake City, Utah, when she allegedly went on a rampage that ultimately left her handcuffed for the remainder of the trip,
FOX13 Salt Lake City reported. She doused coffee on passengers, knocked over a drink cart and "repeatedly" ran up and
down the aircraft's aisle, the criminal complaint stated.
Airlines tightens emotional support animal policy. Alaska Airlines is the latest carrier to tighten up the
rules for traveling with emotional support animals, following the lead of United and Delta. In January, the story of a
woman denied boarding her United flight with an emotional support peacock went viral and sparked debate about the ethics of
policy, given escalating instances of customer abuse and animal-related incidents in the high skies, according to the carriers.
Great Pet Scam: More fliers feeling need to bring pets on board — for free. The bond between
pets and their human is amazing, powerful, touching, inspiring and really, really annoying if you're seated next to them on a
packed airplane. That's happening more and more these days as thousands of Americans catch on to this generous scam of
airlines. The con is that passengers can claim they need the dog or cat's company for "emotional support." Airlines
simply require a health professional's letter confirming the need for such support. Apparently, few doctors have the
emotional fortitude to deny a paying patient such a letter.
questions about CNN's airport monopoly as network veers left. CNN's ubiquitous presence in airports — where
it broadcasts from thousands of screens to a captive audience of millions — is facing new scrutiny after the cable network's
hard left turn. The CNN Airport network dates back to when CNN was known for straightforward news programming — and has
been a fixture at airports since before competitors MSNBC and Fox News even existed. But critics are now asking if busy travelers
should be subjected to CNN's increasingly ideological programming — at gates, bars, food courts and baggage claims —
which can include on-screen chyrons or subtitles that gleefully mock President Trump.
going on with airline travel? United, Southwest, American and Alaska Airlines are just a few of the carriers
scrambling to explain the behavior of crew members. And tales of passengers gone wild can often be even more harrowing.
In a recent survey of airplane crew members, 67 percent of respondents said they have witnessed passengers behaving aggressively
or violently toward each other, and 10 percent have experienced firsthand passenger-initiated violence. But it's not just
the flyers acting out.
dies after United flight attendant forces it into overhead bin. On Monday night [3/12/2018], a dog died in a
plane after a United Airlines flight attendant forced the dog into an overhead bin. Maggie Gremminger, a passenger on a
flight from Houston to New York's LaGuardia Airport, uploaded a photo of the dog's owners on Twitter.
The Rapid 'Progress' of
Progressivism. Not long ago I waited for a flight to board. The plane took off 45 minutes late.
There were only two attendants to accommodate 11 passengers who had requested wheelchair assistance. Such growing efforts to
ensure that the physically challenged can easily fly are certainly welcome. But when our plane landed — late and
in danger of causing many passengers to miss their connecting flights — most of the 11 wheelchair-bound passengers left
their seats unassisted and hurried out. It was almost as if newfound concerns about making connections had somehow improved
their health during the flight. Two passengers had boarded with two dogs each. No doubt the airlines' policy of
allowing an occasional dog on a flight is understandable. But now planes are starting to sound and smell like kennels.
full of vomiting passengers land in Washington DC amid powerful wind turbulence. Flights full of vomiting
passengers have been landing in Washington DC as powerful winds buffeted the state today [3/2/2018]. Even the pilots were
on the verge of throwing up as the planes were hit with heavy turbulence on Friday. One passenger, My Nguyen, was
flying back to Washington on a Jet Blue aircraft when the turbulence hit. She warned anyone planning to fly into DC
today, to 'rebook it for tomorrow.'
over man's flatulence forces flight to make emergency landing. A pilot made an emergency landing after a fight
broke out over a passenger who allegedly refused to stop passing gas. Two Dutchmen sitting next to the flatulent
passenger reportedly asked the man to stop, but he refused and continued to break wind aboard the Transavia Airlines flight
from Dubai to Amsterdam Schiphol.
breaks out at Des Moines International Airport after 14-hour delay. A 14-hour flight delay erupted in chaos at
Des Moines International Airport overnight, causing police and security to be called in to calm the irate passengers.
Allegiant Air Flight 153 was supposed to leave Friday morning, but didn't take off until 2:30 am Saturday, KCCI reports,
stranding passengers at the airport. "They couldn't get a refund," Cassie Marks, whose parents were stranded in Des
Moines, IA, on their way to Arizona, told KCCI. "They couldn't get their luggage. People were literally stuck."
Next time I fly, I'll insist on bringing my emotional support skunk. Woman
denied emotional support peacock on United flight. Live and Let Fly reported earlier this week that even though
the unidentified woman claimed that she had a second ticket for the peacock, the airline denied her request. A spokesperson
for United further tells Fox News that the traveler(s) with the peacock were told they would not be able to bring it on board.
"This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size. We explained this to the customers
on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport," said United in a statement.
stowaway' arrested at O'Hare days after judge bans her from airport. A woman charged earlier this month with
flying to London without a ticket was arrested again early Sunday and denied bail after police spotted her at O'Hare
International Airport, a violation of a previous order banning her from Chicago's two airports, authorities said.
Marilyn Hartman, 66, was barred by a Cook County judge from entering the airport after she was charged earlier this month
with felony theft after allegedly sneaking onto a British Airways jet at O'Hare and flying to the United Kingdom without a
$2,400 plane ticket. Hartman, who is notorious for stowing away on commercial airplanes, also was charged in that
incident with misdemeanor criminal trespassing for allegedly entering O'Hare illegally.
illegal aliens are getting priority boarding on commercial flights? As if commercial airline flights weren't
miserable enough, now we have Homeland Security officials escorting unscreened groups of illegals onto commercial airline
flights, riding alongside paying passengers. In another example of special treatment, the illegals board with all their
luggage on a priority boarding basis, ahead of paying passengers. It's the return of catch-and-release, and it's
responsible for a nearly threefold surge of illegal crossers of the U.S.'s southern border in the past few months, according
to Judicial Watch.
Airlines flight diverted after 'toilets reach capacity'. A passenger aboard a United Airlines flight from
Denver to Hawaii claims the airline "ruined a lot of people's vacations" by failing to service the plane's bathrooms before
takeoff on Sunday [1/14/2018]. United Flight 1219, which left for Hawaii just before noon, was forced to divert back to
San Francisco after the "lavatories had reached capacity" before the aircraft was able to arrive at its intended destination
of Lihue, in Kauai, United confirmed in a statement.
Airways fires pilots who fought on flight, left cockpit unattended. Jet Airways has ultimately decided to
terminate the employment of two employees who got into a heated in-flight fight on New Year's Day, during which the male
co-pilot allegedly slapped his female commander and later left the cockpit completely unattended. "Consequent to the
review of the events ... Jet Airways has terminated services of both the cockpit crew with immediate effect," said the
airline in a statement obtained by the AFP. Jet Airways had initially grouned the two pilots following an incident during
a 9-hour trip from London to Mumbai on Jan 1. During the altercation, which occurred shortly after takeoff, the male
co-pilot allegedly slapped the aircraft's female commander, prompting her to leave the cockpit of the Boeing 777 in tears,
according to sources for The Times of India.
accuses United of giving her seat to Houston's Sheila Jackson Lee. A passenger on a flight from Houston to
Washington D.C. has accused United Airlines of giving her first-class seat to U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.
D-Houston, and then threatening to remove her from the plane for complaining and snapping a photo of the Houston
congresswoman. "It was just so completely humiliating," said Jean-Marie Simon, a 63-year-old attorney and private
school teacher who used 140,000 miles on Dec. 3 to purchase the first-class tickets to take her from Washington D.C.
to Guatemala and back home.
apologizes to passenger booted for congresswoman. United Airlines has apologized to a female passenger and
given her a $500 travel voucher after she accused the company of giving away her first-class seat to a Texas congresswoman,
an airline spokesperson said Monday [12/25/2017]. Jean-Marie Simon, 63, of Washington, DC, claimed she was tossed aside to
make way for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Houston Democrat, during a Dec. 18 flight. Airline officials told reporters
that their internal systems showed that she canceled her trip following a weather delay, but Simon denies doing this.
Not Ruled Out In Atlanta Airport Power Outage Incident, FBI Says. Federal authorities have not ruled out
terrorism — or another inside threat — in the power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport earlier this week. [...] The outage forced the Federal Aviation Administration to suspend outgoing flights and
implement a "ground stop" for incoming flights. No one was injured in the incident.
Time to Get CNN Out of the
Airports, etc.. With minor exceptions, almost everywhere one goes that is a public facility like airports, bus
and railroad stations, as well as most private venues like the lobbies of banks and corporate towers and even bars and
restaurants, CNN is the default cable news network hanging Big Brother-like on the wall for all to see and believe.
Often it is blaring at us in elevators. This is true even though in terms of voluntary home viewership CNN trails
massively behind Fox News and even the less popular MSNBC. It's clear from years of ratings, the people, by and large and
consistently, don't want to watch CNN. Nevertheless, they are force fed the network's vision of the world as they sit
stupefied in airport lounges waiting endlessly for a delayed flight. It's like having your brains drilled. This
has been going on for decades. Why?
worker filmed 'opening passenger bags' and stealing contents. Abdullah Hayee Mayeh was arrested October 12
following video footage that circulated showing him opening airplane passenger's bags in the luggage compartment of a Jetstar
flight and stealing the contents inside. The 27-year-old airport worker was caught on CCTV "opening passenger bags and
helping himself to contents," the Mirror reported.
contracts rare bacterial infection on 12-hour flight. In a rare case, a woman contracted a potentially deadly
bacterial infection while on a 12-hour flight from Japan to Germany, according to a new report. Called meningococcal
disease, this bacterial infection is generally transmitted only through close contact, for example, by kissing or living in
close quarters with someone who is sick, according to the World Health Organization. The new report is only the third
case ever reported of this disease being transmitted on an airplane, said Yushi Hachisu, of the Chiba Prefectural Institute
of Public Health in Chiba, Japan, who helped investigate the case.
airport chaos after computer check-in systems crash. Air passengers have been suffering major disruption at
airports around the world after computer check-in systems crashed. Problems were reported at airports including
London's Heathrow and Gatwick, Charles de Gaulle in Paris, Zurich, Melbourne, Johannesburg, Changi in Singapore and
Washington DC's Reagan Airport. Travellers endured delays at check-in desks after the outage from about 10.30am on
Coach Is So Cramped It Could Be a Death Trap. A Daily Beast investigation has found: •
The tests carried out to ensure that all the passengers can safely exit a cabin in an emergency are dangerously outdated and
do not reflect how densely packed coach class seating has become — or how the size of passengers has
simultaneously increased; • No coach class seat meets the Department of Transportation's own standard
for the space required to make a flight attendant's seat safe in an emergency; • Neither Boeing nor
the Federal Aviation Administration will disclose the evacuation test data for the newest (and most densely seated) versions
of the most widely used jet, the Boeing 737.
agent caught stealing cash from luggage at Orlando International Airport, cops say. Transportation Security
Administration employee was arrested Thursday after he was caught on video stealing cash from a bag going through screening
at Orlando International Airport, Orlando police say. Alexander Shae Johnson, 22, who had been with TSA just a few
months, was arrested on a charge of third-degree felony grand theft, records show. A passenger was going through
security when she was selected for a pat-down search and saw Johnson was standing near her bag. Afterward, she went
through her bag to make sure her cash was still there, but it was missing.
leak contaminates checked bags at Nashville airport. A sewage leak at Nashville International Airport may have contaminated about
200 Southwest Airlines passengers' bags, the airline said in a statement Thursday [8/3/2017]. Airport officials told ABC News that the source
of the problem was a single toilet in a women's restroom inside the terminal, closely positioned over the baggage handling area. The sewage
flowed through the bathroom floor, leaked into the bagging handling area and seeped into some bags that were checked in for Southwest's early morning
flights, according to the officials. The bags are currently being sanitized, and replacement bags are being offered on a case-by-case basis, the
air traffic control system is badly broken and the FAA is hopeless. For over 30 years the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) has tried — and failed — to modernize America's woefully dysfunctional air traffic
control system (ATC). It is time to get ATC out from under the thumbs of federal bureaucrats and partisan politicians, and
create a completely new structure that will get U.S. air traffic moving. American ATC is stuck in the 1950s.
Unbelievably enough, in the age of computers, U.S. air traffic controllers still hand each other little slips of paper to
track aircraft locations. Pilots are forced to fly from one radar point to another (a 70-year old technology), instead
of following the most direct routes from A to B. Our air space is so congested it takes 20 percent longer
to fly to most places today than it did 20 years ago.
The Editor says...
Radar is not obsolete. Over-reliance on computer systems is a very dangerous thing. Stick with whatever works.
The article immediately above sounds like a sales pitch for some new computer system that would refurbish the FAA's system.
This would be a very lucrative contract, of course. To tout this product, it would be necessary to generate some frightening
press coverage that makes the current system sound archaic and unsafe. The Editor has neither the time nor the inclination
to connect the dots.
Officers to Shed 'Police' Label After United Airlines Dragging Episode. It was a video clip watched around the
world: A screaming doctor, forcibly yanked from his seat by an officer, who dragged the man down the aisle of a United
Airlines jet. As passengers cried out in horror, two other officers followed down the aisle at the man's feet.
They were draped in black jackets with one word stitched in white capital letters across their backs: "POLICE." But
on Wednesday, more than three months after the episode, the Chicago Department of Aviation conceded that their security officers
were not actually police officers and that the uniforms had been "improperly" marked. It vowed to remove the word from
uniforms, vehicles and other insignia in the coming months.
Was No 'Golden Age' of Air Travel. It's pile-on time for America's commercial airlines. The contempt
people hold for them has long been severe, but following a raft of highly publicized incidents, resentment has hit a fever
pitch. It started about a month ago, with the forced removal of a passenger onboard a United Express flight. This
was followed by several more airlines-behaving-badly controversies, up to and including the death of Simon, a giant rabbit
who perished after a London-to-Chicago United flight. Over and over we are reminded about the hellishness that is
commercial flying. Enabled by cellphone cameras and the catalyst of social media, even the most mundane boarding snafu
or onboard fracas has been getting its 15 minutes. I'm a commercial pilot, so I take some of this personally.
I also think it's time for a slightly different perspective.
worker to dad: Give up the seat you bought, or go to jail! A family from California was threatened with
jail time and then booted off an oversold Delta flight last week for refusing to give up a seat they paid for, according to a
report. The latest debacle for the airline was caught in an eight-minute YouTube video that shows employees telling
Brian Schear that he and his family would be tossed behind bars if they didn't get off the Los Angeles International Airport-bound
flight from Maui on April 23. A female employee can be heard telling him in the video, "Then that's going to be a
federal offense and you and your wife will be in jail and your kids."
10 worst airports in the US. President Trump wants to upgrade the nation's infrastructure, and much of that
desire comes from his hatred of the nation's airports. Trump in a presidential debate compared the nation's airports to
what he would expect to find in a "third-world country." As a frequent flyer on his own personal jet, the subject of airports
is something very close to the president's heart. Here are the 10 worst large airports in the United States based on
customer satisfaction, according to a year-end study by J.D. Power and Associates, in descending order of quality.
spill prompts emergency landing during American Airlines flight. An American Airlines flight on Monday [3/13/2017] from
Miami to Chicago was diverted to Jacksonville shortly after takeoff due to a soda spill. Matt Miller, a spokesman for American
Airlines, told Jacksonville.com that a soft drink splashed on an electronic device in the main cabin. Preston Wake, 43, a
passenger, said a flight attendant fumbled a soda that soaked him. "I can't really tell you how far it went, but I was
soaked," Wake told the paper. "I had to change my clothes and everything."
Airlines pilot is removed from flight from Austin to San Francisco. An unidentified female United Airlines
pilot was removed from a plane before a flight from Austin to San Francisco Saturday evening. United flight 455 was
scheduled to depart Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at 5:02 pm but was delayed for more than two hours after the pilot
went on what passengers described as a 'rant'. The pilot came into the cabin wearing 'street clothes' and talked to
passengers over the intercom about her divorce and the presidential election, passenger Randy Reiss told KVUE.
Protests Block Airports, Frustrate Travelers. Protests against President Donald Trump and his executive order
restricting travel from several terror-prone countries continued Sunday evening [1/29/2017] at several West Coast airports,
blocking traffic and causing some travelers to miss their flights. In contrast to the demonstrations on Saturday
evening, which ostensibly were aimed at securing the release of individuals who had been detained after arriving from one of
seven countries on a list originally approved by the Obama administration, the protests on Sunday aimed primarily at
disrupting travel and creating chaos to send a signal to the Trump administration.
hag tossed off plane after harassing Trump supporter. Late Saturday, Facebook user Scott Kotesky said he had
what he called the "craziest experience ever on an airplane." Kotesky said he had a somewhat harrowing experience when he
boarded a flight going from Baltimore to Seattle. It seems he sat next to a woman who apparently didn't like President
Donald Trump. In no time, she began berating him, telling him that she would throw up in his lap because he supports
the new president. Eventually, the woman was removed from the airplane for her conduct.
cheer as anti-Trump woman Thrown Off Plane for angry rant on President. Passengers on a plane clapped, cheered
and chanted "USA" as a woman was escorted off a flight by police after aggressively challenging a Donald Trump
supporter. In video footage posted online on Saturday, the woman is heard asking a flight attendant if the man sitting
next to her could be moved to another seat. She tells the man next to her: "You pretend you have the moral high
ground but you put that man's finger on the nuclear button."
kicked off plane for berating Trump supporter in viral video. The left wing is always a dangerous place for a
Trump supporter to be. Even on an airplane. But when Scott Koteskey boarded his flight from Baltimore to Seattle
on Saturday, he likely had no idea the woman sitting next to him would berate him in an incoherent and unhinged rant —
that was all captured on a video that quickly went viral.
D'Amato kicked off flight after starting rebellion against crew. Former Sen. Al D'Amato was escorted off a
JetBlue flight Monday night [1/9/2017] after trying to lead passengers in a rebellion against seating changes that followed a
lengthy delay, an eyewitness told The [New York] Post. JetBlue flight 1002 from Ft. Lauderdale to JFK was
scheduled to depart at 1:40 pm Monday, but didn't take off until 8 pm.
Flight attendants can't
'think straight' after 'toxic fumes' leak. British Airways attendants began babbling, stuffing food in their mouths and forgetting
where they were during a flight after "toxic fumes" leaked into a cabin, according to a report. At least 12 attendants began exhibiting weird
behavior on the Oct. 25 flight from San Francisco to London, including "forgetfulness, confusion, inability to think straight," the Sunday
Times of London reported. They treated themselves with emergency oxygen as the pilots called for an emergency landing in Vancouver, Canada.
Airlines faces DOT investigation for weighing passengers. Two American Samoan businessmen have filed complaints with the U.S. Department of
Transportation allegeding they may have been the target of discrimination after being weighed while boarding a recent flight from Honolulu. In the
complaints, the men also say they were assigned new seats on the aircraft that they did not originally select, to ensure that the weight on the flight was
The Editor says...
Weight and balance are critical to the safe operation of an airplane. The uniform distribution of an airplane's payload must be arranged before the
plane leaves the runway. An imbalance discovered after take-off can bring the plane down immediately. In the good old days, one could have presumed
that all adults weighed about the same, and seats could have been assigned accordingly. Unfortunately there are thousands of airline passengers today who
weigh twice as much as they should. If they all sit on one side, or they all sit in the front or the back, the plane is in big trouble. The safe
operation of the airplane is more important than the risk of occasionally offending a few grotesquely obese passengers.
woman: Airline changed my seat to honor Pakistani monks' religious beliefs. A Southern California woman
said she is the victim of discrimination, CBS Los Angeles reports. Mary Campos said her pre-booked ticket was given
away by United Airlines. The reason? She's a woman, and two men didn't want to sit next to a female. A
million-mile flier, Campos, a mom who lives in Coto de Caza, said she thought she'd seen it all -- until a gate agent
handed her a new boarding pass just before she got on a flight to Houston last Monday [9/26/2016].
at Heathrow airport as protesters take over terminal. Passengers reported "total carnage" trying to get into
Heathrow airport today as protesters staged a demo against airport expansion. Police were on site as crowds of cyclists
dressed in red rode their bikes outside the airport in a bid to block traffic before staging a 'die-in' inside the terminal.
Demonstrators lay on the floor inside the terminal building and refused to move as passengers made their way to catch flights.
sues Emirates airline after 'enduring' nine-hour flight seated next to an obese man. A disgruntled flyer is
suing Emirates airline and claiming his nine-hour flight was 'ruined' by an obese passenger seated next to him. Giorgio
Destro, a lawyer from Padua in northern Italy, claims the 'spillover' caused by the South African man neighbouring his 29K
window seat, made for a deeply uncomfortable journey from Cape Town to Dubai. According to an Italian newspaper, Mr
Destro is 'gold member' flyer, but says Emirates wouldn't let him change seats and refused to offer an apology or any form of
City Airport flights disrupted after 'Black Lives Matter' protesters occupy runway. Flights at London City Airport were
disrupted this morning [9/6/2016] after a group of protesters occupied the runway. Nine demonstrators got onto the runway and
chained themselves to a tripod at about 5.40 am, police said. The protesters, who claim to be acting in support of Black
Lives Matter UK, are said to have got onto the tarmac at the airport after using a boat to sail across the Royal Docks.
JetBlue sends 2 children to wrong destinations.
A five-year-old boy from Manhattan and another child from Boston are finally home where they belong. Both unaccompanied
children were traveling to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic last month when JetBlue says they boarded the wrong fights
and ended up in the wrong cities.
best (and worst) dishes at 35,000ft according to an in-flight food addict who travels the world sampling plane
food. Airline food doesn't always have the best reputation — especially if you're travelling in economy or with
a budget carrier. But for one man, the joy of flying is all about the food served on board. For the last four
years, Australian ex-pat Nik Loukas has hopped on hundreds of flights just to sample their culinary offering. Along the
way, he's eaten everything from steak and lobster to satay and sushi — and he can certainly tell you which airlines have the
best, and the worst, food. Now, the airline food addict is looking to make a documentary about the subject.
flights grounded after IT systems failure. Delta Air Lines flights have resumed after a "major system-wide
network outage" temporarily grounded all the carrier's flights worldwide [8/8/2016], causing massive delays. Delta
advised customers to expect "delays and cancellations" as the backlog of missed flights begin to get airborne again.
monoxide diverts plane to Tulsa, passengers panic. Passengers getting sick on a flight from Atlanta to Denver
Saturday began to panic before the flight was diverted to Tulsa. "As people started seeing other people freaking out
everybody just kind of went in to a panic," passenger Dylan Doyle said.
no-fly list revealed: 81,000 names, but fewer than 1,000 are Americans. The FBI's no-fly list contains about
81,000 names, but fewer than 1,000 of those are "U.S. persons," a top lawmaker revealed Monday, giving the outlines of the
secretive program on the floor of the Senate. Another list maintained by the FBI, dubbed the "TSA selectee list"
because it triggers higher scrutiny but doesn't ban flying, has some 28,000 records, of which fewer than 1,700 are U.S.
persons, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said as she argued for denying gun sales to those who appear on the lists, in the wake
of the Orlando terrorist shooting.
headache for thousands at JFK airport. It was a holiday travel headache for many passengers at John F. Kennedy
Airport after a computer outage forced delays and cancellations for hundreds on Sunday [5/29/2016], CBS New York reported.
Passengers inside Terminal 7 said the crowded mess seen late Sunday evening was actually an improvement since many of them
arrived earlier for their international flights. "It's been pretty packed. And pretty cramped and pretty unsafe at
times," passenger Mike Priestley said.
Woman Boards Plane Without Ticket: 'My Name and Faith is My I.D.'. A woman who claimed "my name and faith is my
I.D." bypassed an airport security checkpoint and boarded a plane at Nashville International Airport without showing
identification or a boarding pass, officials said. Naja Eva Haynes, 24, drove herself to the airport, parked and went
inside, where she went to a TSA security checkpoint and through a lane without being screened on March 24, according to
an arrest affidavit. "(Haynes) then went to gate B5, got on a Delta Airlines plane without proper identification and
occupied a seat near the rear," the document said.
in the cockpit: FAA records show pilots fly drunk, engage in criminal activity. An American Airlines
pilot flunked two sobriety tests before a 7 a.m. flight out of Detroit. An Alaska Airlines pilot flew a
commercial plane from California to Oregon and back again, all while allegedly drunk. Yet another pilot, from United,
allegedly moonlighted as a pimp, running half a dozen brothels out of apartments in Houston, according to authorities.
The cases are enough to frighten the flying public, and are not isolated, according to a FoxNews.com investigation.
Passenger from hell gets
lifetime ban from British Airways. A woman has received a lifetime ban from British Airways after arguing with another
passenger who claimed she got up too many times on their flight from London to Dubai. Bridget Nhire, 33, was handcuffed and
escorted off the plane, but claims she did nothing wrong. Passengers on the flight had a different story. A number of
them described a series of in-flight incidents to the Daily Mail that included Nhire becoming intoxicated, making racist remarks
to the crew, getting up from her seat at least 20 times, yelling, and even trying to get into the cockpit. The fashion
stylist claims she only got up three times, had two glasses of wine with her onboard meal, and was "treated like a terrorist."
Airbus could seat obese passengers on
benches. Travel can be tricky for passengers of larger girth. For years, travelers have been getting wider, while airline seats have been
getting smaller. Not to mention the fact that heavier fliers are too often rewarded with ridicule from their thinner cohorts. Airbus might have a
solution: replace individual seats with rows of benches.
The Editor says...
Sure, put in bench seats, but then charge airline passengers by the pound. What could be more equitable than that?
It will take drastic action to make air travel bearable again. How the Left Ruined Air Travel.
[Scroll down] Obviously, the TSA is part of it, but only part. That's too shallow an answer. The real reason is that, despite
deregulation, there is no real competition among airlines. Why is that? Because the four major U.S. airlines — United,
American, Delta and Southwest — have monopolies over particular markets. At 40 percent of America's large airports, one
of the big four controls an outright majority of the seats sold. At 93 percent of the large airports, a majority is controlled by
two of the four combined. Which means their market shares are assured and there's no need to compete with one another. Where do
the monopolies come from? Why don't smaller, newer airlines just start flying out of the monopolized airports? There aren't
enough airports for the volume of air traffic the American market demands. Because of airport "slots."
on Second American Airlines flight as mystery fainting illness hits passengers and crew. Unnerved passengers
feared for their lives after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing when passengers and crew passed out mid-flight.
The American Airlines flight, which was flying from Brazil to the United States, was travelling at a height of more than 30,000 ft
when three members of staff became ill. This is the second time this week that the US airline has been forced to ground a
plane as a result of a mystery illness on board.
Delta Flight Attendants Get in Fist Fight, Plane
Lands. According to the Aviation Herald, the flight attendants had a disagreement over work issues on the Jan. 22 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 made the decision
to land the Boeing 757. The plane was flying just south of Salt Lake City when the fight broke out.
Says It Will Stop Accepting Driver's Licenses From Nine States. The last time we took notice of the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA), it was to inform you that the unpopular, expensive, and ineffectual outfit had
decided it could force travelers on domestic airline flights to go through full-body scanners. Previously, TSA had allowed
folks to submit instead to a full-body pat-down. Now comes even more troubling news. A decade ago, Congress passed The
Real ID Act which was supposed to make it easier for law enforcement to share information on driver's licenses issued by the
states and territories. Even during a period of heightened fear of terrorism, there was massive and continuing pushback
because everyone realized that when the federal government (or any other centralized authority) concentrates information, it
just makes it that much easier for it to get hacked or misused.
Confusion? DHS push could make some IDs invalid for flying. Millions of air travelers across the U.S. are potentially
at risk of finding themselves grounded in the new year thanks to a post-9/11 law that took a decade to finally come into effect.
The REAL ID Act, originally passed in 2005, was meant to tighten standards for government-issued IDs like driver's licenses —
to boot, it banned federal agencies from accepting any IDs that don't meet the bar. That means the TSA technically shouldn't accept
driver's licenses from certain states, once the law is in full effect. While Washington let the rules slide for years, the Department
of Homeland Security could start to enforce them in 2016 and is pushing states to comply.
wait for hours in DIA security, baggage lines; Denver airport blames TSA. Security lines eased at Denver International Airport by
late Tuesday [12/29/2015], following a day of missed flights and wait times that lasted several hours. Airport spokespeople apologized to
frustrated travelers because of the massive wait times that began Monday night and went on through the morning that caused passengers to miss
their flights. DIA tweeted that heavy security wait times were due to holiday traffic and blamed TSA for poor staffing levels at the
There are those who think blacks can get away with anything. 7
passengers kicked off Spirit Airlines flight at LAX; some claim racial discrimination. Seven passengers were booted from
a Spirit Airlines flight at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday night [11/2/2015], and one of them says they were discriminated
against because they were black. The onboard commotion began about 7:15 p.m. when an African American couple raised concerns
about an overbooked seat on Flight 868 to Dallas, said Officer Rob Pedregon, an airport police spokesman.
Man Tries to 'Slaughter' Israeli Passenger on Flight to Ethiopia. The Israeli victim, identified as Arik, works
in Africa and was traveling on to Israel. He said that the alleged attacker choked and threatened to "slaughter" him. [...]
"He hit me over the head with a metal tray and shouted 'Allah akbar' and 'I will slaughter the Jew.' Only after a few
seconds, just before I was about to lose consciousness, did I manage to call out and a flight attendant who saw what was
happening summoned her colleagues," Arik said.
man bites passenger on Irish aircraft, collapses and dies. A postmortem exam is being conducted Monday on a 24-year-old
Brazilian man who collapsed and died aboard an Irish aircraft Sunday [10/18/2015] after he bit another passenger. Cork police arrested
a 44-year-old Portuguese woman traveling with the man after discovering five pounds of suspected amphetamine powder in her suitcase.
Francisco-bound Southwest flight returns to LAX after 'altercation'. A San Francisco-bound Southwest Airlines flight returned to
Los Angeles late Sunday night [10/18/2015] after an apparent altercation between two people on the plane. One eyewitness account from the
flight indicated that the fracas may have begun after one passenger reclined her seat, possibly provoking the passenger behind her.
flight forced to turn around after fight between passengers. A brawl between two passengers that broke out Monday [10/19/2015]
forced a Southwest Airlines plane bound for San Francisco to turn around mid-flight. The captain declared an emergency to receive
priority handling from air traffic controllers to land the Boeing 737-300 back at Los Angeles International Airport, ABC's Channel 7
reports. The pilot on board Southwest Flight 2010 taxied to a gate where police entered the cabin.
Chaos, long lines at JFK Airport after
glitch knocks out Customs, Homeland Security computer system across the country. Chaos and confusion were reported at JFK
and airports around the country Wednesday night [10/14/2015] after customs computers that screen for terror suspects went down.
The problem reportedly started about 7 p.m., when a Homeland Security Department computer system that checks for airline passengers
on terror watch lists experienced a service disruption — meaning passengers traveling internationally couldn't be checked in
or out. The scare lasted about two hours with some systems coming back online about 9 p.m.
destroyed' plane in French Alps crash. The co-pilot of the Germanwings airliner that slammed into an Alpine
mountain "intentionally" sent the jet into its descent that ended in the deaths of all 149 people aboard, a French prosecutor
said Thursday [3/26/2015]. Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said the captain left the cockpit, presumably to use the lavatory,
and then was unable to get back inside. The barricaded co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, 27, then manually and "intentionally" set
the Airbus A320 on its fateful eight-minute path into the mountainside in the southern French Alps. It was Lubitz's "intention
to destroy this plane," said Robin — who announced he has opened an investigation into a "voluntary homicide."
Lubitz was not on any terrorist watch list, he said.
Man arrested for urinating on fellow
passengers during JetBlue flight, police say. Jeff David Rubin, 26, of Oregon, was booked on misdemeanor accusations of
offensive littering and third-degree criminal mischief. [...] Plane staff and other passengers told officers that Rubin had been
sleeping for most of the flight, but stood up toward the end of the trip and began urinating between the space of the seats
in front of him, the report said. The urine hit passengers sitting there. Rubin soon lost his balance and fell backward,
causing his urine to shoot upward, the report said. Other passengers, their seats and their personal belongings were hit.
screener charged with stealing $7,000 diamond watch at JFK airport. A TSA screener at John F. Kennedy
International Airport was charged with steeling a passenger's $7,000 diamond watch, authorities said. The screener, Margo
Louree-Grant, 41, of Brooklyn, admitted taking the "Diamond Master" watch at a JFK checkpoint on Aug. 26, but told
investigators she destroyed it after fearing she would be caught, said Joe Pentangelo, a Port Authority Police spokesman.
Men Detained In Texas After Disrupting Flight From San Diego To Chicago. A Southwest Airlines flight from San
Diego to Chicago was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, late Monday night, after six passengers became unruly during the flight.
[...] The men who were detained were being processed at the Randall County Jail and charged with interference with a flight
crew, police said. They have been identified as Saiman Hermez, 19; Jonathan Khalid Petras, 20; Ghazwan Asaad Shaba, 21;
Essa Solaqa, 20; Khalid Yohana, 19; and Wisam Imad Shaker, 23. They are all from the San Diego area.
D.C., New York flight delays caused by air traffic
glitch, FAA says. A computer problem at a Virginia air traffic control center led to significant flight delays Saturday
[8/15/2015] at airports in the Washington and New York City areas, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Just after
4 p.m. ET, the FAA tweeted that an automation system that experienced problems was back in service.
For Your Travel Inconvenience.
Having created the problem of too many passengers lugging their suitcases aboard airplanes by
charging for checked bags, the major airlines are now planning to make checked bags even more
unpopular. The are testing various methods for making bag-checkers do their own checking instead of
giving their bags to attendants with the attendant putting tags on the bags and sending them on a conveyer belt
Keep your face buried in your cell phone or you'll be face-to-face with some talkative stranger. New
airline seat arrangement looks to increase passenger capacity. After years of financial struggles,
the nation's airlines are now collecting hefty profits thanks in part to industrywide efforts to squeeze more
seats into the economy section of most planes. But if you thought airlines were finished trying to shoehorn
more seats into each plane, think again. One of the world's largest airline seat makers, Zodiac Seats France,
has applied for a patent to reconfigure the seats on airplanes so that every other passenger in a row is facing
toward the back of the plane.
Dept. investigating potential airline price collusion. The Justice Department is
investigating whether some of America's biggest airlines have colluded to keep airfares high,
striking at an industry that has posted record profits recently while limiting routes and affordable
seats, officials familiar with the matter said Wednesday [7/1/2015]. Justice Department
spokeswoman Emily Pierce confirmed the probe, saying investigators are looking into "possible
unlawful coordination by some airlines," but she would not name the carriers.
The Editor says...
Two obvious questions arise: Why hasn't she locked up for a long time, and how many times has she successfully flown without a ticket?
on edge as EPA prepares to regulate airline emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency will soon
announce it plans to regulate airline emissions, asserting they contribute to global warming and endanger public
health, according to industry and environmental groups. Those findings will prompt a regulatory process for
the EPA to determine and enforce aircraft emissions limits, following a similar effort to limit emissions by cars,
trucks and power plants. But conservatives say higher airplane efficiency standards will only force airlines
to raise ticket prices or install more seats on already cramped flights.
vast warehouse tucked away in Alabama that is filled with America's lost luggage. It's
a paradise for bargain-hunters — filled to the rafters with electronics, clothes, musical
instruments and jewelry, sold with as much as 80 percent of the value lopped off. Inside, crowds
of shoppers pore over the gear — some of it practically brand new — in the hope of
giving the best finds a new home. In an earlier life, all the items were checked onto planes,
trains and buses, their real owners expecting to see them again a few hours later.
in the Skies. Millions of Americans will fly to their summer vacations unaware that
some of the men and women in the nation's air traffic control towers and centers may have cheated on
the test to get their jobs. Fox Business presents Trouble in the Skies[,] a six month
investigation of the FAA's new hiring practices which uncovers changes that may put the nation's
flying public at risk as well as allegations that the newest air traffic control recruits had access
to answers on a key test that helped them gain jobs with the FAA.
forced to sit in vomit on United flight. A Maryland family says they were forced to
sit in a vomit-soaked seat during a return flight home after a vacation in Orlando last Sunday
[4/19/2015]. Scott Shirley had boarded a United Airlines flight with his wife and son when the
trio noticed an unusual smell after placing their carry-on bags underneath their seats. After
realizing their bags were damp, the family recognized the odor as vomit.
Cameras Show Airport Workers Stealing. Inside a plane at Miami International Airport,
baggage handlers are going on a shopping spree with passengers' bags. What they don't know is
that they are being recorded on a hidden camera. The Miami-Dade Police Department set up the
camera as part of an ongoing police investigation into luggage thefts by the very airport workers
who are supposed to get bags safely onto planes.
Officer Lands Delta Jet As Captain Locked Out Of Cockpit. A jammed door in a Delta Air
Lines jet left the captain locked out of the cockpit during a flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas
Thursday [2/12/2015], leaving the first officer to complete the flight in the right seat. Delta 1651 otherwise
landed uneventfully and on time at McCarran International Airport. However, since the first officer
notified the airport of an in-air emergency, as CNN reported, the media was alerted and interviewed
Flying? It's Your Fault. I hardly need to tell you that flying these days is a miserable experience.
In fact, it's so miserable that it's tempting to suspect that the suffering is deliberate — that airlines are
making us miserable as part of a calculated strategy to extort more money from us.
support' pig kicked off flight for being 'disruptive'. A woman was kicked off a US
Airways flight after the pig she brought for "emotional support" became disruptive, an airline
spokeswoman told CNN. The passenger and her large pig were booted from the flight before it left
Connecticut's Bradley International Airport on Wednesday, spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said. "After
the animal became disruptive, the passenger was asked to deplane," she said. How disruptive?
Fellow passengers told the Hartford Courant that the pig stank up the cabin of the tiny DC-bound aircraft.
Is America's Worst Airport? The first observation: Are bookstores dying in airports?
Do people on planes not read anymore? If so, this strikes me as a strikingly depressing development
for our society. It's one of the few places where you can get relative peace and quiet, you're out
of cell-phone range, and you probably don't have Internet access (and if you do, it's pretty slow).
[Indeed], reading is one of the few things you can do comfortably in an airline seat. Yes, perhaps
everything has shifted to e-readers and Nooks, but there's something so inviting about seeing an actual
bookstore, as opposed to a newsstand, near your gate with time to kill.
Coach: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room. Some 24.6 million people (equal to the
whole population of Australia) will be heading down the aisle toward a seat on an American airline
during this Thanksgiving holiday. That's an average 31,000 a day more than last year —
including international and domestic flights — as Americans wing their way home from far
and not so far. Depending on whether they turn left or right at the door, they're going to find
increasingly different levels of service, from a hearty, personal welcome to a dismissive instruction
to get seated ASAP.
fears after passenger flying from Nigeria to JFK dies in his seat after vomiting profusely. A 63-year-old American
man has died during a flight from Nigeria to New York's JFK after vomiting profusely -- but it was only a 'cursory' exam by the
CDC that confirmed he did not have Ebola. The unnamed passenger boarded an Arik Air plane out of Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday
night [10/15/2014], but passed away before the plane reached its final destination. Flight attendants called the CDC, Port
Authority and customs officials, who then boarded the plane in protective gear as it touched down, forcing 145 worried passengers
to remain on board.
The Editor says...
Right after 9-11-2001, the government would issue rash pronouncements whenever any
suspicious event occurred, saying there was absolutely "no connection to terrorism." We are now seeing the same thing with regard to Ebola:
In the story immediately above, other passengers have ample reason to be concerned; after all, people don't usually throw up and die after boarding
an airplane in Nigeria. But don't you worry, Big Brother says immediately, there's no reason to think this has any connection to Ebola.
Jews delay flight, refuse to sit next to women. Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men refused to sit next to
women on an El Al jet from New York to Israel — and spent the 11-hour flight trying to bribe people to switch
seats and loudly praying in the aisles when they refused. "It was an 11-hour long nightmare," one of the passengers told
Israel's ynet news Web site after the Wednesday morning [9/24/2014] flight landed. The flight — on the eve
of Rosh Hashanah — was not only delayed, but degenerated into chaos once in the air, passengers said.
passengers forced to wait 2 hours for VIP politician. Resentment over the arrogance of ruling elites has boiled over.
While reports of air rage in the United States are increasingly common, the phenomenon of resentment over the indignities of contemporary
air travel is global.
standing-only section on planes could mean lower fares, study says. Would you buy a bargain-priced airline ticket,
but the catch was you had to stand for the entire flight? A new university study says the idea of standing-only sections
on planes is no joke. An airline that removes seats can fit about 20% more passengers and, as a result, offer discounts
of as much as 44% compared with airlines that offer big comfy seats, according to the study published in the International
Journal of Engineering and Technology. Airlines in Ireland and China have looked into the concept, but none have yet
put the idea into practice.
The Editor says...
Isn't the air stale enough on an airplane without this? And wouldn't all the standing-room passengers break their necks if the
plane hit a pocket of clear-air turbulence? And isn't it illegal to take off, or even leave the gate, before all the passengers
have buckled up? Will the airlines push people into the doors, the way they pack people onto Japanese subways? How about
an additional discount if you agree to squeeze into the unpressurized cargo hold?
thieves stole thousands of valuables from luggage, police say. As the sea of luggage twists and
turns down rollers from terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, the bags stop briefly at large platforms
where workers separate them for flights across the world. It is there, police said, that a group of baggage
handlers pulled off one of the largest property heists in airport history. For months, detectives said,
workers rifled through bags looking for items to steal. "Basically everything of value — be
it electronics, jewelry and items — that could be stolen in seconds would be removed from bags," LAX
Police Chief Pat Gannon said. "They'd just open up the suitcases and rifle through them and pocket valuables."
flutes destroyed by US Customs. Before you whine about an airline temporarily losing your luggage, think of poor Boujemaa Razgui.
The flute virtuoso who performs regularly with The Boston Camerata lost 13 handmade flutes over the holidays when a US Customs official at New
York's JFK Airport mistook the instruments for pieces of bamboo and destroyed them.
The Air Boehner Tax. He is the new tax collector for the
welfare state. And House Speaker John Boehner's latest gift to the American people — a 124% tax increase on air
travel — can aptly be called The Air Boehner Tax.
Tragic security snafu: Man dies at JFK after doors
delay responders. A man died after suffering a heart attack at Kennedy Airport after two teams of first responders failed to reach
him — because their electronic ID cards couldn't open secure doors at the newly renovated Delta terminal, The Post has learned. [...] A
call went out for help, but what happened next was a massive mix-up.
You will watch a movie, whether you want to or not. Flight
diverted after family raises concerns over PG-13 inflight movie. A family's criticism of inflight entertainment allegedly
prompted a United flight to be diverted over "security concerns." In a story published in The Atlantic, one family recounts
traveling from Denver to Baltimore with two young sons, ages 4 and 8. During the flight, the PG-13-rated detective
film "Alex Cross" was shown on drop-down monitors across the plane. The family worried about their young children seeing
inappropriate content in the film.
Wife called in bomb hoax to prevent husband from flying to Paris without her.
A whacked-out New Jersey woman sent police rushing to Newark Airport yesterday after falsely accusing her husband of plotting to blow up a plane, authorities said.
Eunice Ukaegbu, 50, called cops about her hubby, Okieze Ukaegbu, 58, because she didn't want him to leave the country without her, authorities said.
Another TSA Agent Accused of iPad
Theft. A TSA agent was arrested this week and charged with stealing from passengers traveling through New York's John F.
Kennedy Airport, adding to the long list of TSA officers accused of theft of passenger belongings.
Woman Says TSA Agent Stole
Jewels At Logan Airport. Terri Ivester was on her way to a family christening in Chicago when she ran into a snag at the
security checkpoint at Logan Airport. Terri Ivester says, "The TSA agent holds my backpack up, and um, says there's a water bottle
in this backpack, I'm going to have to take that." That's when Ivester says the agent left the area with her bag.
TSA Worker Steals $500 From Traveler As
Punishment For Complaining. A former TSA worker has pleaded guilty to stealing over $500 in cash from a man who complained about the
TSA's invasive pat down procedure, with the TSA agent admitting the theft was a punishment for the man's lack of obedience. 60-year-old
John W. Irwin pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny following an incident in November 2011, during which a man asked that he be given a
pat down rather than face a body scanner due to a medical condition.
TSA Confiscates Camera, Deletes Footage of Checkpoint.
Despite the TSA admitting on its own website that there is no law which prevents people from filming TSA checkpoints, a man traveling through San Juan
airport in Puerto Rico had his camera confiscated and footage deleted. [...] Tom McCormack explains how he was repeatedly harassed by TSA officers and
then police simply for filming at a body scanner checkpoint, before TSA agents violently grabbed his camera from him and disappeared, a concerning
development given the fact that TSA workers are routinely caught stealing expensive personal items belonging to travelers.
ABC News Tracks Missing iPad To Florida Home of
TSA Officer. In the latest apparent case of what have been hundreds of thefts by TSA officers of passenger belongings, an iPad left behind
at a security checkpoint in the Orlando airport was tracked as it moved 30 miles to the home of the TSA officer last seen handling it.
Confronted two weeks later by ABC News, the TSA officer, Andy Ramirez, at first denied having the missing iPad, but ultimately turned it over after
blaming his wife for taking it from the airport.
Convicted TSA Officer Reveals Secrets
of Thefts at Airports . A convicted TSA security officer says he was part of a "culture" of indifference that allowed corrupt employees to
prey on passengers' luggage and personal belongings with impunity, thanks to lax oversight and tip-offs from TSA colleagues.
JFK Booster Shots. A
gang of 18 JFK Airport workers really could have used a stiff drink yesterday after they were busted for stealing thousands of the tiny
liquor bottles served on airplanes to resell at bodegas around the city, officials said. The airport insiders allegedly grabbed
the mini-bottles — at a total value of $750,000 — that were left over after American Airlines flights landed
at the airport.
saggy pants booted from plane after dispute. A man was kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight at O'Hare International Airport over
the weekend after he became "verbally abusive" to flight attendants who asked him to to pull up his sagging pants, an airline spokeswoman said.
The man and the woman he was traveling with Sunday morning became "verbally abusive," threatening physical harm to flight attendants who had
asked him to pull up his pants, which were "excessively low," hanging below his buttocks, Spirit spokeswoman Misty Pinson said. The man was
boarding the Orlando-bound plane when flight attendants spoke to him, she said.
50 airlines collect $22.6 billion in extra
passenger fees in 2011. Fifty airlines throughout the world collected $22.6 billion from bag fees and other extra passenger charges
last year, according to a study released Monday [7/23/2012]. The fees that air passengers pay to check bags, change reservations, upgrade to
roomier seats and buy food and drinks, among other fees, have grown steadily for the past four years, representing a major share of total revenues for
most airlines, according to the study by Wisconsin-based IdeaWorksCompany, a consultant on airline revenues, and Amadeus, a travel technology firm
based in Madrid.
sicken 1 in 10 Alaska Airlines flight attendants. Hundreds of Alaska Airlines flight attendants say their uniform
is making them ill. The Association of Flight Attendants — which represents roughly 2,800 Alaska employees — says
the company's recent uniform makeover has prompted itching, hair loss, and other adverse health reactions.
Best seat on the plane is 6A. Flying, as we all
know, is not always fun. Along with long delays, disappearing services and creeping costs, choosing the right seat is always a gamble.
But one survey claims there is a perfect seat — one that combines maximum comfort with convenience.
Air Canada pilot mistook planet for plane, report finds. He had indulged in a lengthy mid-flight nap, denied himself a hit of
caffeine and was suffering from the sleepiness experienced by North American pilots flying overnight to Europe. So it was in a groggy
haze that an Air Canada first officer flying over the Atlantic initially mistook the planet Venus for another aircraft, then plunged his
Boeing 767 — with 95 passengers on board — 120 metres to avoid an imaginary crash with an oncoming U.S. C-17
military cargo plane.
than 200 items stolen every day from checked baggage at JFK airport. It's one of the busiest airports in the
world, but it's fast earning a tarnished reputation. More than 200 thefts occur daily at the New York City
airport, law enforcement officials told CBS New York. What's worse is that these thefts are not being reported — rather,
the airlines involved write the stolen items off as 'lost luggage.'
Update: JetBlue pilot who had midair
meltdown to plead insanity-filing. A JetBlue pilot whose midair meltdown prompted a cross-country flight
to make an emergency landing in west Texas last month will plead he was insane at the time of the incident, his lawyer
said in a federal court filing on Wednesday [4/18/2012].
Airplane air: Does it really make you sick?
Despite literally millions of passengers being crammed daily in tightly sealed, industrial flying tubes like sardines in a can, research
has shown that the risk of infectious disease transmission aboard a plane is very low. In fact, the risk of airborne transmission is
probably higher in the departure lounge, where air isn't rigorously filtered.
Out Below! Do airplanes ever dump their waste while in flight? Not intentionally.
female TSA agents means no flight for Denver woman. A Denver woman claims she couldn't board a flight from
Wyoming to Denver because of her gender. Jennifer Winning makes the flight from the small airport of Rock Springs,
WY to Denver often, but on January 29th it was different. "They wouldn't let me get on the plane because I'm
female," Winning said. She said she checked in and arrived at security about 35 minutes before the scheduled
departure of her United flight.
screener arrested for swiping $5K from passenger. A TSA screener was busted for allegedly stealing
$5,000 from a passenger who was going through a security checkpoint, the latest in a string of snafus by the
federal agency at the city's three airports, authorities said.
JFK, La Guardia and
Newark terminals among worst in world. Three [New York] area airport terminals were cited as among
the worst in the world yesterday — with Kennedy's Terminal 3 earning the dubious distinction as
the most miserable layover location on the planet. The former Pan Am terminal — which now
houses Delta Air Lines — took home the dubious dishonor for its "endless immigration lines," crummy
food and shopping options, and dank environment, according to the travel Web site Frommer's. "JFK's terminals
range from the awful to the mediocre, but Delta's hubs take the rotten, worm-infested cake," according to Frommer's.
Europe's Unfriendly Skies.
Flying to and from Europe just became more expensive thanks to the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme
(ETS). The ETS was instituted in January 2005, in an attempt to control greenhouse gas emissions,
specifically carbon dioxide. Initially the scheme applied to power-generating facilities, oil refineries,
steelworks, and other heavy industry in Europe. Now, as of the first of the year, the regulations have
reached the airline industry, including aircraft based in the United States.
began descending very sharply'. A British Airways jet was forced to make an emergency landing
after two women pilots 'almost passed out' at the controls. The captain and first officer had to put
on oxygen masks as the aircraft, which had just taken off from Heathrow, was climbing at 20,000 feet.
Ways to get thrown
off your holiday flight. You may not know this (but probably should, in case you need to remind flight
attendants that the rule does, in fact, exist) airlines have the right to boot you off the plane if you smell bad:
Several airlines state in their policies that it can remove a passenger with an offensive odor and the language varies.
trapped on plane: 'We were all slowly losing it'. JetBlue Flight 504 had been a perfectly
normal flight right up until it wasn't. And then it stayed that way — a strange, surreal
experience that trapped passengers and the flight crew on board for nearly seven and a half hours amid one of
the worst October snowstorms on record.
FAA romance led to $970 million contract award, increase in ATC errors.
A recent spike in air traffic control errors is likely attributable to a change in the Federal Aviation Administration's
chosen contractor for training air traffic controllers, The Daily Caller has learned. That change was likely
the result of a government contracting shuffle orchestrated by an FAA official and her lover — a
former FAA official who worked for Raytheon at the time the contract was awarded. Raytheon won the contract,
worth nearly $1 billion. Potentially deadly aircraft incidents attributable to control tower mistakes
have increased dramatically in recent years.
workers stole my baptismal cross! Laura Ingraham's baptismal cross went missing from her checked
luggage at the Newark airport this weekend, and the syndicated radio host says either a Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) worker or a Continental Airlines employee is responsible.
Agent Caught With Passenger's iPad in His Pants. The Broward Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old
Nelson Santiago stole around $50,000 worth of electronics over the past six months from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
International Airport's Terminal 1. Santiago — a TSA officer since 2009 — was
caught earlier this week by a Continental Airlines employee taking an iPad out of someone's luggage and stuffing
it into his pants, the cops say.
TSA agent accused of pilfering from passengers.
A Transportation Security Administration employee accused of stealing from passengers at a South Florida airport
has been arrested. Nelson Santiago, 30, of Hollywood, Fla., was arrested Monday on two counts of grand
accused of stealing from passengers. A TSA screener in Fort Lauderdale Florida was arrested and
charged with stealing from passengers, deputies said. Sheriff's deputies said Nelson Santiago stole
items out of passengers' luggage and sold them online.
TSA worker arrested
on suspicion of stealing from passengers at LAX. A Transportation Security Administration
worker has been arrested on suspicion of stealing from passengers' luggage at Los Angeles International
Airport, police said. Paul Yashou, 37, was arrested Thursday for burglary. Yashou posted
$20,000 bail and is set for arraignment on July 14.
TSA Supervisor Sentenced for Bribery. A former supervisor with the Transportation Security Administration
has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to taking bribes from a TSA officer
who was stealing from passengers.
Sex, Lies & the TSA. [Scroll
down] Recent studies have shown that naked body devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher
than expected. Despite this statistic, the government has assured their workers and the flying public
alike that the scanners are perfectly safe. Given the incestuous involvement of government with the
scanner manufacturers, would anyone expect a report to the contrary? Where are the journalists who
should be actively investigating this issue?
Doctors sound TSA germ alert.
Syphilis, lice, gonorrhea, ringworm, chlamydia, staph, strep, noro and papilloma viruses all are part of
the possible fringe benefits when airline passengers next go through a full hands-on pat-down by agents of
the federal government's Transportation Security Administration, according to doctors.
Spreadin' the glove: TSA infecting
U.S.? Those latex gloves Transportation Security Administration agents wear while giving
airline passengers those infamous full-body pat-downs apparently aren't there for the safety and security
of passengers -- only the TSA agents. That's the word being discussed on dozens of online forums
and postings after it was noted that the agents wear the same gloves to pat down dozens, perhaps hundreds,
of passengers, not changing them even though the Centers for Disease Control in its online writings has
emphasized the important of clean hands to prevent the exchange of loathsome afflictions.
on Flight 547. An American Airlines plane had to be diverted today after four passengers
fainted and two flight attendants complained of feeling extremely dizzy. The flight made an
emergency landing at Dayton, Ohio, after a suspected problem with the plane's air conditioning system.
Passengers may have suffered 'aerotoxic syndrome' caused by breathing in contaminated air.
blood boils over in-flight. A vegetarian air passenger was so disgusted by the food she was
served on a Newark-bound Continental Airlines flight that she threw the loaded tray at a flight attendant.
The New York Post reported that things came to a boil somewhere between the Dominican Republic and Newark Airport
after the 30-year-old passenger complained that her special meal did not meet her expectations.
employees admit to repeatedly stealing money from passengers. A TSA supervisor stole money
from passengers who went through his security checkpoint and accepted bribes and kickbacks from a colleague.
Michael Arato, a supervisor at Newark Liberty Airport, admitted on Monday [2/14/2011] that he regularly
took money from passengers during security screenings and deliberately targeted foreigners who could not
speak much English.
Worker Avoids Prison After Stealing Travelers' Laptops. A 37-year-old former Transportation
Security Administration officer has been sentenced to three years' probation for stealing laptop computers
from passengers' luggage at Philadelphia International Airport. Federal prosecutor Arlene Fisk says
defendant Troy Davis, upset about a demotion and lost pay, admitted stealing five laptops and a Sony
Radiation risk from flying trumps body
scanners. "Most people are unaware about the fact that there is significant radiation exposure
associated with air travel because they are well above the Earth's atmosphere," said Robert J. Barish, a
radiological and health physicist in New York City. "You'd get as much radiation in a whole-body scanner
as you'd get in two minutes at 30,000 feet."
Petite woman bumped from plane for
hefty passenger. It's irritating enough to get bumped from a flight. If you are already
seated on that flight, having to walk off the plane adds a little indignity. But to be told to leave a
plane because a too-large passenger needs two seats? It turned into a seeing-red, head-scratching
moment for one frequent flyer.
Dude Where's My Gun?
No one can escape the experience of lost luggage when traveling by air, not even the Israeli Secret Service.
The Israeli Secret Service confirmed to Fox News that a suitcase belonging to the Israeli Secret Service entourage
traveling with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington, was accidentally (or not) sent to Los Angeles
instead. When it was located and opened in L.A a box with 4 guns were missing.
Airline Food Health Threat:
Roaches, Rat Feces, Horrors, Says FDA. Airline meals are notoriously unappealing, but newly
disclosed reports from the FDA suggest they could pose a serious health threat. The reports, obtained
by USA Today via the Freedom of Information Act, say that some kitchens where the meals are prepared use
unclean equipment, employ food handlers who practice poor hygiene, and store food at the wrong temperatures.
on airplanes: Your seatbelt may hide a lifesaving surprise. The perception persists among
many passengers that a commercial airline accident is all or nothing — either disaster is averted or
everyone succumbs. And while many aviation professionals have long known that surviving an accident is
not only possible but increasingly likely, educating the public remains a serious challenge.
While you're standing in line at the airport... Reid,
Boxer flying high on Feinstein's private jet. Hey, who wouldn't like to travel by private jet?
It's a treat few of us get to enjoy, including members of Congress. Financial disclosure forms released
Wednesday [6/16/2010] show that Sen. Dianne Feinstein let Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Barbara
Boxer hitch a ride Christmas Eve on her private plane after they had trouble booking commercial flights
because of a blizzard, reports our colleague Paul Kane.
causes taxiing plane to return to gate. A caged, 2-inch turtle traveling with a 10-year-old
girl caused a crew to turn around a taxiing plane, take the girl and her sisters off the flight and tell
them they couldn't bring their pet along.
radiation a concern, but not from scans. Passengers may be suspicious of the low-level
radiation doses coming from full-body scanners being deployed at airports, but a far greater threat
comes from the radiation that creeps into airliners while in flight. The phenomenon has been well
known in scientific circles for years but has never gained much mainstream attention.
Europe extends flight bans as ash
cloud spreads. Millions of people faced worsening travel chaos Saturday [4/17/2010] as a volcanic
ash cloud from Iceland moved further south and east, forcing European countries to extend flight bans into next
week. France decided to shut the three airports in the Paris area and others in the north of the country
until 8:00 am (0600 GMT) on Monday [4/19/2010] due to the ash cloud that has caused the biggest
airspace shutdown since World War II.
brush with ash now aviation lore. When Speedbird 9 ran into trouble on its way from Kuala Lumpur
to Perth, the pilots had no idea why their engines had stopped. They were flying in the dark and the crew saw
only a bright light on the windshield as the glass was being sandblasted. There were fumes and a smell of
sulphur in the cabin and the passengers could see fire as unburnt fuel ignited behind the stopped engines.
Only later did the crew hear that the nearby Mount Galunggung had erupted days earlier and that its ash had choked
Dead man kept off plane. Two
women were arrested at a British airport on suspicion of trying to smuggle a dead relative onto a flight bound
for Germany, police said on Tuesday. The 91-year-old deceased man was pushed in a wheelchair through
Liverpool's John Lennon airport wearing sunglasses before check-in staff became suspicious on Saturday and he
was prevented from boarding the plane.
16-hour flightmare. They were supposed to be taking a direct flight from LAX to JFK —
but wound up on a 16-hour nightmare tour by air and bus of New York state. Before finally arriving at
their destination, the starving passengers of jinxed Virgin America Flight 404 had been stranded on a
tarmac for seven hours and forced to ride a bus for another 2½ hours.
A no-fly list?
Count him in. Over the weekend, an idiot walked the wrong way through a secure exit for
arriving passengers at Newark airport. An entire terminal was shut down so that everybody on
the "sterile" side of the security barriers could be herded back out and rescreened. The entire
process took just under seven hours. The cascading delays disrupted air travel worldwide.
It doesn't help if the pilot is insane. Pilot:
I kept having urges to crash. Bryan Griffin, a veteran Qantas pilot, had a problem. During
flights he experienced overwhelming urges to crash his plane. Once he had to pin his arm behind his seatbelt
to prevent himself switching off the engines.
The airport is a police state. Military Blogger Michael Yon Detained, Handcuffed by TSA in Seattle
Airport. [Scroll down slowly] Yon described the TSA officials as noticeably frustrated
by his refusal to answer their questions: "I always assume everything is being recorded. I was
trying to be professional." Yon continued, "They said I wasn't under arrest, but I'm handcuffed. In
any other country, that qualifies as an arrest." ... "TSA people are out of control," he said. "They
are not doing their jobs, they are harassing people, creating animosity. They ask you 'what time is
your connective flight?' and they bully you until you miss the flight."
From Hell. The Obama Administration is rarely careful about what it wishes for, and right in
time for the holidays it has decreed there shall be no more flight delays. If you happen to be reading
this editorial stuck in an airport, we sympathize, though the new regulations will almost certainly result in
longer waits, more cancellations, higher ticket prices and even greater inconvenience.
Flying Barely. I, like
most frequent flyers nowadays, am mentally ready to hurl myself at some guy with a weapon or who acts like a
terrorist. But I was totally paralyzed by the naked man.
You never know when some of your fellow
passengers may exhibit remarkably poor judgment. Arabic-language
flashcards don't fly with TSA. Nicholas George planned to brush up on his Arabic vocabulary
during a flight in August from Philadelphia to California, where he was to start his senior year at Pomona
College. So he carried some Arabic-English flashcards in his pocket to study on the plane. But
those flashcards changed George's life far beyond the classroom.
Passenger Kicked Off Plane. Few people would argue that air travel doesn't stink on same days,
but what about their fellow passengers? Well, the smell of one passenger was so bad that he was
apparently asked to leave a recent Air Canada regional airline flight.
asks passengers to use the toilet before boarding. A Japanese airline has started asking passengers
to go to the toilet before boarding in a bid to reduce carbon emissions. All Nippon Airways (ANA) claims
that empty bladders mean lighter passengers, a lighter aircraft and thus lower fuel use. Airline staff will
be present at boarding gates in terminals to ask passengers waiting to fly to relieve themselves before
boarding, The Independent reported.
for Salem man. A man whose "concerning" behavior aboard a flight from Portland to Hawaii today
caused the plane to turn around was released without being charged. The plane's captain decided to turn
the plane around after the man "made threatening remarks and refused to store his carry-on bag," said Dwayne
Baird, a Transportation Security Administration spokesman.
Crying babies and overflowing toilets.
When Link Christin boarded a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Minneapolis on Friday night [8/7/2009], he
expected to be on the ground in about three hours and ready for a comfy bed. Instead, he was among 47 passengers
who spent the night trapped inside a small airplane, parked at the Rochester, Minn., airport, complete with crying babies
and the aroma of over-used toilets.
47 Spend 'Surreal' 6 Hours on Grounded Plane.
By its sixth hour sitting on a deserted tarmac, Continental Express Flight 2816 had taken on the smell of diapers
and an overwhelmed lone toilet. What should have been a 2½-hour trip from Houston to Minneapolis
had moved into its ninth hour, and the 47 passengers on board had burned through the free pretzels and drinks
handed out early in their Friday night [8/7/2009] flight from Houston.
Nightmare on a plane — the
Flight 2816 fiasco. The latest infamous incident of Major Airline Tarmac Dysfunction occurred in
Minnesota last weekend when a severe storm curtailed Continental ExpressJet Flight 2816. The flight,
bound from Houston to Minneapolis-St. Paul, was redirected to Rochester, Minn., and landed around midnight.
Then, because some person or persons made an unconscionably stupid call, the airline did not release the
47 passengers until 6 a.m.
New kiosks at SFO
first to sell carbon offsets. Travelers flying out of San Francisco International Airport
can be the first in the nation to wipe away some of the damage their flights wreak on the planet by
swiping their credit cards.
The Editor says:
There's a sucker boarding every minute.
When Skies Become
Unfriendly: Should rowdy airline passengers be prosecuted under the USA PATRIOT Act? On the
surface, the question seems to answer itself: PATRIOT, enacted by Congress in the wake of 9/11, was intended
to protect against a terrorist attack, not the drunk in seat 16A. Dig a bit deeper, however, and there are
good reasons to hold people accountable when they prevent pilots or flight attendants from doing their jobs.
Three luggage handlers
convicted of stealing. Three baggage handlers at San Francisco International Airport have been convicted
of stealing from luggage during an undercover sting begun after the theft of a retired police sergeant's gun, authorities
said Friday [7/31/2009].
Turtles on runway delay flights in New York.
The speed of the world's biggest jets was no match against the slow and steady pace of a group of turtles who delayed
flights at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday morning. A runway that juts out
into a bay was closed for 35 minutes while 78 diamondback terrapin turtles, each weighing 2-3 pounds, were
removed, said a spokesman for airport operator The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
United Airlines Song Background (short
version): In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour
and my Taylor guitar was witnessed being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. I
discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. They didn't deny the experience occurred
but for nine months the various people I communicated with put the responsibility for dealing with the damage
on everyone other than themselves and finally said they would do nothing to compensate me for my loss.
nabs sticky-fingered JFK airport workers going through luggage. A sting captured by security
cameras nabbed two sticky-fingered airport workers who swiped electronics planted by authorities, officials said.
[Two suspects] stole a laptop and cell phone from the decoy luggage as it moved through Kennedy Airport, Port Authority
business, Clear may sell customer data. Three days after ceasing operations, owners of the Clear
airport security screening service acknowledged that their database of sensitive customer information may end up in
someone else's hands, but only if it goes to a similar provider, authorized by the U.S. Transportation Security
Administration. Until this week, the Clear service had given customers a way to skip long security lines in
to ensure safety of customer data after Clear closing. For a $199 annual fee, New York-based VIP
offered a service called Clear that was designed to help air travelers get through airport security checks
faster by vetting their identities and backgrounds in advance. VIP was the largest of seven private
companies approved by the TSA to operate a registered traveler program. VIP announced it was ceasing
operations on June 21 because of financial reasons. The announcement prompted immediate concerns
about the privacy and security of the detailed personal identity information, including fingerprints, iris
scans and digital images, the company had collected on its approximately 260,000 customers.
Ryanair may charge for toilet
use on planes. Irish carrier Ryanair, Europe's largest budget airline, might start charging passengers
for using the toilet while flying, chief executive Michael O'Leary said on Friday. "One thing we have looked at
in the past and are looking at again is the possibility of maybe putting a coin slot on the toilet door so that
people might actually have to spend a pound to spend a penny in future," he told BBC television.
who stripped naked on L.A.-bound jet held by FBI. A passenger who stripped naked aboard a Los
Angeles-bound US Airways jet, forcing its diversion to Albuquerque, will be arraigned Thursday [7/2/2009] and
possibly be ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination, the FBI confirmed today.
Cops: Late passenger claims to be air marshal.
A man running late for a flight flashed a fake police badge to airline workers and claimed to be an air
marshal so they would let him through the gate, authorities say. Miami-Dade police said a 49-year-old
man was booked on a flight to Los Angeles Wednesday night [2/25/2009], but the gate had already closed and
the plane was departing.
Corporate Jets and
Congress. Most of us seem to hate the idea that our corporate executives are able to fly without
the normal burdens of lines, delays and bureaucratic hassles. We resent the whole business and our
politicians know that so they pile on. Corporations are so intimidated that no corporate jet carries
any form of public identification. It is impossible to tell from looking at these planes who owns them.
Little Flight Attendant. It's been a little while since I talked about the horrors of contemporary air
travel. Either I've become so desensitized to the situation or it's gotten better in the last year or so, I don't
know. Either way, my head hasn't flown off my shoulders in quite some time. Which made my experience of
JetBlue the other day all the more rich and surprising. I'll just tell it to you as it happened.
Qantas probe laptop
link after 300 foot plunge. Passenger laptop computers are now being investigated as a possible
cause of the Qantas mid-air emergency off Western Australia on Tuesday [10/7/2008]. The Airbus A330-300,
with 303 passengers and a crew of 10, experienced what the airline described as a "sudden change in
altitude" north of its destination on Tuesday. In July, a passenger clicking on a wireless mouse mid-flight
was blamed for causing a Qantas jet to be thrown off course, according to the Australian Transport Safety
Bureau's monthly report.
Update: Qantas mid-air drama
explained. An error in the automatic pilot system caused an Airbus jet to plummet last week,
injuring scores of passengers on a Qantas flight from Singapore to Perth, Australia's air safety agency said
on Tuesday. The incident was an "unique event", but was serious enough to prompt Airbus to issue
emergency guidelines to airlines worldwide operating the Airbus A330-300 in the event of a similar
emergency, Australian Transport Safety Bureau director Julian Walsh told reporters in Canberra.
passenger restrained with duct tape. An airline crew used duct tape to keep a passenger
in her seat because they say she became unruly, fighting flight attendants and grabbing other passengers,
forcing the flight to land in North Carolina. Maria Esther Castillo of Oswego, N.Y., is due in
court Thursday [11/6/2008], charged with resisting arrest and interfering with the operations of a flight crew
aboard United Airlines Flight 645, from Puerto Rico to Chicago.
American cancels 922 more
flights. American Airlines canceled 922 flights today — including 16 that were to depart
from Logan International Airport — as the world's largest carrier continued its struggle with aircraft
safety inspections. Today's cancellations followed nearly 1,000 on Wednesday [4/9/2008].
The Editor says...
As I understand it, the FAA (under pressure from Congress) won't let American fly their MD-80's because of
potential wiring problems in the airplanes' wheel wells. Obviously the airline considers the planes to
be reasonably safe. Here's my proposed solution: Instead of inconveniencing thousands of people at
airports all over the country, why not let them fly on the planes as usual, after signing a waiver and
acknowledging that the plane might not be 100% safe. American Airlines would be be better off letting
people fly for half price, rather than getting so upset that they would never fly American again. That
would be the free market solution. Unfortunately the American public has been conditioned to assume that
the government can and will keep everyone 100% safe all the time, so that's why people are sleeping on cots
in the terminals at DFW Airport.
Cleared To Return All But Three MD-80s To Service. There may finally be a (landing) light at the
end of the tunnel for American Airlines, stifled for days following groundings of its 300-plane fleet of
MD-80 airliners for safety inspections. On Saturday [4/12/2008], FAA officials cleared the airline
to return all but three of the aircraft to service.
Best Route to Airline Safety: [Scroll down] Unnoticed in the furor is that during all the time
these carriers were doing something supposedly dangerous, it didn't cause any accidents. The carriers'
definition of "safe" seems to have been vindicated. That should come as no shock. As a rule, it
makes sense to assume the industry puts great emphasis on safety. Aircraft manufacturers have a huge
stake in producing safe vehicles, and airlines have powerful incentives not to crash those planes.
The Latest Political Crusade: CFL Light Bulbs and
Airline Safety. We are in an unprecedented era of safety as far as American commercial airlines
are concerned and the uninspected items did not all have to be inspected immediately. Since there were
thousands of airline flights cancelled in the name of safety, this means that there were at least tens of
thousands of passengers unable to take the flights they had booked. Some of those passengers drove
cars to reach the destinations to which they had originally planned to fly.
30 lashes for smoking on
plane. A Sudanese man has been sentenced to 30 lashes for smoking on a domestic Saudi Arabian
Airlines flight, local media reported on Monday.
US Airways to charge $7 for
pillows and blankets. If you want a pillow and blanket in coach on US Airways, it's going to
cost you $7. US Airways said Thursday [2/5/2009] it will begin charging for its "Power-Nap Sack" on
Feb. 16. It's following the lead of JetBlue Airways, which announced a similar policy last summer.
American Airlines waives 3rd bag fee
for military. American Airlines said Wednesday [8/13/2008] it will waive the fee to check a third bag for
active members of the U.S. military. Fees for first and second checked bags have always been waived
for active service members, American said. Previously, military personnel had to pay the $100 fee
for the third checked bag, and then fill out a form to be reimbursed. The new waiver policy
to follow JetBlue's pillow fee. US Airways will likely begin selling pillows and blankets to
its customers by the end of the year, following closely behind discount carrier JetBlue Airways Corp., which
said Monday [8/4/2008] it will start charging fliers $7 to use a pillow and blanket.
rising fees confuse and anger their passengers. Rising airline fees reached new milestones last week
with a charge for pillows and blankets and record charges for frequent-flier award tickets. JetBlue began
charging $7 for a new pillow-and-blanket set that passengers can keep. US Airways established processing
fees for frequent-flier tickets that will cost fliers booking online $30 for a domestic flight and $40 for nearly
all international destinations.
Cutting Back, Plans $15 Bag Fee. There's an old saying about the best way to travel: bring
half the clothes and twice the money. Now may be the time to take that advice to heart. American
Airlines said Wednesday [5/21/2008] that it would soon start charging passengers $15 to check their first bag
each way, or $30 round-trip, if they are flying on a discounted fare.
The Editor says...
Now American Airlines is grounding its MD-80s for a different reason: The airline says (if I heard
the TV report correctly) that the MD-80s are such gas-guzzlers that even if they were filled to capacity,
the price of a ticket wouldn't pay for the jet fuel they burn.
Had a lost bag in 2007? It was one
of 42 million. Airline passengers suffered more delays than ever in retrieving their luggage last
year as 42 million bags went missing, 25 percent more than in 2006, according to a report issued
Thursday [4/17/2008]. Of these, 3 percent or one bag for every 2,000 travelers were never found,
said the report from the Geneva-based SITA organization, which provides computerized services including
baggage handling to the air travel industry.
Arriving on carousel 1, far fewer of your bags.
After the crammed parking lot, the amusement-park-length check-in lines, security procedures that require all
but a striptease, flights that are jampacked, if they're not delayed or canceled — after all that
comes baggage claim, where the maddening odyssey of modern air travel is supposed to end but often just gets
worse. More than 1 million pieces of luggage were lost, damaged, delayed or pilfered by U.S. airlines
from May to July, according to data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. June and July ranked
among the 20 worst months for mishandled baggage in 20 years.
Late, Fliers Even Later. As anyone who has flown recently can probably tell you, delays are getting
worse this year. The on-time performance of airlines has reached an all-time low, but even the official
numbers do not begin to capture the severity of the problem. That is because these statistics track how
late airplanes are, not how late passengers are. The longest delays — those resulting from missed
connections and canceled flights — involve sitting around for hours or even days in airports and hotels
and do not officially get counted.
Fed Up? Airline Employees Feel the Same. And you thought the passengers were mad.
Airline employees are fed up, too — with pay cuts, increased workloads and management's miserly
ways, which leave workers to explain to often-enraged passengers why flying has become such a miserable
Air passengers win right to water,
food. A group representing air travellers in the US have claimed victory after a New York judge
ruled airlines in the state must provide essential services to passengers stranded for long periods.
Passengers sue after being stuck on
airplane. Two passengers who were stranded for hours on American Airlines airplanes diverted
during a major storm over North Texas have sued the carrier, accusing it of false imprisonment, fraud and
negligence. After landing, passengers sat in the planes for more than eight hours, unable to leave
despite overflowing toilets and little food or water.
overturns air passenger rights law. A federal appeals court Tuesday [3/25/2008] struck down a
state law requiring airlines to give food, water, clean toilets and fresh air to passengers stuck in delayed
planes, saying the measure was well-intentioned but stepped on federal authority.
The Editor says...
Airline passengers fork over hundreds of dollars to get on an airplane, only to be
held captive on the plane for hours in some cases. Here is the solution: Pick the
airline with the worst track record in this category, and don't fly on that airline
again! (Indeed, the courts have just ruled that there is no other recourse.)
When they go out of business, the other airlines will get the message.
Flight delays worst in 7 years.
Last year was the worst on record for flight delays since 2000, according to a new report from the federal
Transportation Department. Fort Worth-based American Airlines tied with U.S. Airways for the worst
2007 record among the largest domestic carriers, with more than 31 percent of flights delayed, according
to the Transportation Department. Southwest Airlines of Dallas posted the best record, with just
20 percent of flights delayed.
delays are the second worst in 12 years. "Travelers should look back on 2007 with a sense of
fondness," said Kevin Mitchell, chairman of the Business Travel Coalition, a Radnor, Pa.-based trade group
of corporate travel managers. "It's going to get worse. These will be the good old days."
Any flight arriving less than 15 minutes behind schedule is considered to be on time.
Flight Delays, Lost Bags at Record
Highs. Flying, if it ever was fun, became less fun last year. According to the Department of
Transportation's (DOT) Air Travel Consumer Report, U.S. airlines experienced a lower rate of on-time flights
and more reports of mishandled baggage last year than in 2006, and passengers filed more complaints with the
government about airline service than they did the previous year.
Hundreds Of Items Disappear From Luggage At OIA.
Thousands of dollars in property are being stolen from luggage handled at Orlando International Airport.
That information is according to the new data the Transportation Security Administration released after a
year-long battle with the media to keep it private.
a national embarrassment, says airlines' chief. Giovanni Bisignani, the director general of the International
Air Transport Association, rounded on the airport when he addressed aviation executives at the industry summit in
Istanbul. "Look at Heathrow," he said. "Service levels are a national embarrassment, but still the Civil
Aviation Authority increased charges by 50 percent over the last five years and plan 85 percent for the
Use Handicapped Parking Slots at Airport. The lure of free and convenient parking for the
handicapped was apparently too much for some able-bodied baggage handlers to resist. County
investigators said Wednesday [4/9/2008] that at least 227 workers at Miami International Airport had been
caught parking near the terminals with permits for the handicapped, only to walk away from their cars,
typically with very little effort and bags in hand.
cancelled as Heathrow bag mountain grows. British Airways on Monday cancelled dozens more
flights from its new flagship terminal at London Heathrow amid mounting anger over the disruption and a
mountain of stranded luggage. Five days after Terminal Five opened, ministers criticised anger at
the chaos which has engulfed the multi-billion pound facility, while it also emerged that the turmoil
had triggered a diplomatic incident.
Airways bags sent to be sorted out in Milan. British Airways is sending thousands of suitcases
by lorry to Milan because staff cannot cope with the Terminal 5 baggage mountain. A large chunk of
the 20,000 suitcases, which built up after the Terminal's disastrous opening day, are being sent to the
courier firm in Italy to be driven or flown to their owners.
My Escape from
the Titanic: In the case of T5, the planners had forgotten to create parking spaces for the
baggage handlers. When the handlers finally got to the doors of T5, their security passes didn't
work. The few that managed to get through didn't know where their workstations were. The baggage
handling software had already failed. My two bags I had complacently supposed were being whirled at
tremendous speed to the Boeing 747 at Gate 38 in Terminal B had in fact joined a vast logjam in the
center of the baggage maze. Everything came to a standstill.
problem delays flights at DFW Airport. [Doug] Church said the FAA had called in a
technician from Oklahoma to fix the problem. "We were told he was told not to fly, but he
was supposed to get in his car and drive," Mr. Church said. [Ric Loewen,
spokesman for NATCA at D/FW Tower, asks,] "Why is the maintenance guy who is responsible for
the nation's third busiest airport driving from Oklahoma City? Why don't we have enough
technicians here at D/FW that are certified who can fix it?
The Editor says...
Why drive all the way from Oklahoma City? Couldn't he fly to Love Field and take a taxi?
Airline pilots may have slept
past their stop in Hawaii. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether two
airline pilots who flew past the airport in Hilo Hawaii by 15 miles last Wednesday [2/13/2008] were
asleep. Go! Airlines flight 1002 left from Honolulu and was expected to land in Hilo around 10 a.m.,
but had to turn around after flying past the airport.
This item was published four weeks later... 'Sleeping pilots' overshoot destination.
The pilots of a passenger jet are being investigated over suspicions that they both fell asleep at the controls. An air traffic
controller monitoring Hawaiian airspace repeatedly tried to raise the two pilots of the go! flight from Honolulu to Hilo as it overshot
its destination by 15 miles. Aside from a suspicious 17-minute-long radio silence, the plane remained flying at an altitude of
21,000 feet, suggesting that it had not even begun its descent to land.
Who Slept Through Landing Suspended. Two pilots for Hawaii's Go airlines who slept through their
flight's landing procedure were suspended for the careless and reckless operation of an aircraft, the Federal
Aviation Administration said. The pilots, who have been fired by Go, completed their suspensions on
Sept. 9, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said Tuesday [9/23/2008]. He did not know whether they are
flying again with a different carrier.
A similar case: Plane
soared past destination as pilots slept: report. An Air India flight headed for Mumbai overshot
its destination and was halfway to Goa before its dozing pilots were woken out of a deep slumber by air
traffic control, a report said. The high altitude nap took place approximately two weeks ago, the
Times of India reported today [6/27/2008].
Passengers also sleep past their destinations sometimes: Woman
says she fell asleep, woke up alone on plane. A Michigan woman who fell asleep on a
United Express flight to Philadelphia says she woke up and was shocked to find she was alone on the plane.
the angry skies. Flights are packed. Delays are rampant. Cancellations are all too
common. This year, airline passengers and employees already frustrated by delays say they have added
peevishness, anger, even shouting matches to their travels. Chances are not only greater that you will
arrive late at your destination these next few months, they say. It's just as likely you'll have a
thoroughly unpleasant time on the way.
The Editor says...
I'm not a pilot, but I do know that the time to check the weather forecast is before loading
people onto an airplane.
Flight diverted due to
alleged groping. Federal air marshals charged a Seattle-area man with groping a female passenger
aboard a United Airlines flight that the pilot diverted to Pittsburgh because of the disturbance.
3 a.m. home
invasion? No, it's American Airlines. In November, The New York Times
reported that U.S. airlines lost one in every 138 bags checked in the first nine months of
2007. That's 3.4 million bags, a 17 percent increase over the same period in
2006. And during the holiday travel season the situation is usually even worse.
Hits Grand Rapids Airport. A nearly 14-hour power outage caused some flight
delays Monday [12/24/2007] for holiday travelers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, which was
left without heat in the passenger terminal.
Coffee Grounds Qantas.
Qantas Flight QF2 from London To Sydney via BKK (Bangkok) (a Boeing 747-400) suffered a total AC
electrical loss 15 minutes before landing at BKK on 8 January 2008. Inspection of
the aircraft showed that water from the first class galley had overflowed down onto the sub-floor
E racks which contained the GCU's (controllers for engine generators) and BPCU (backup PCU).
All controllers were disabled resulting in total loss of AC power.
passengers demand more legroom. Airline passengers should be given the legal right to at least
two inches more legroom to counter the threat of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), peers have said. The gap
should be widened from the current statutory minimum of 26 inches to at least 28.2 to take into account
the fact that the traveling public were getting fatter and taller.
Man Drinks Liter of Vodka at Airport Line.
A man nearly died from alcohol poisoning after quaffing a liter (two pints) of vodka at an airport security check
instead of handing it over to comply with new carry-on rules, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred
at the Nuremberg airport on Tuesday, where the 64-year-old man was switching planes on his way home to Dresden
from a holiday in Egypt.
flight attendant arraigned. A flight attendant for Atlantic Southeast Airlines who was removed
from a plane because she was allegedly drunk was arraigned Monday in a Lexington, Ky. court. Public safety
officials at the Lexington airport said the flight attendant threatened the jet's captain, telling him "You're
dead" as she was removed from the plane.
United Airlines [stinks] (part 40). United
damaged our bag, refused (through a contractor) to accept our damage report at the airport, and then over the
phone blatantly misrepresented what it was offering as compensation. If United had been telling the truth
then we would have received the $150 compensation that United owes us. Instead we seem to be receiving
nothing at all.
Planes, Trains, and Solicitations: With the
holidays fast approaching, Americans are already bracing for the high anxieties of holiday travel: missed
flights, lost luggage, weather delays, and explaining to the children why that TSA agent gets to open all their
presents. But this weekend's latest expose in the Idaho Statesman gives millions traveling through the
nation's crowded airports a whole new worry: how to get home for the holidays without being solicited by
To Normal After Second LAX Computer Glitch. [Scroll down] A more serious snag occurred about
2 p.m. on Saturday [8/11/2007]. The Customs and Border Protection computer system — which is
used to process travelers entering and leaving the country and identifies those on a "no-fly"
terrorist watch list — went down and was not restored for about seven hours. The outage
prompted security officials to keep international passengers on their planes on the tarmac for
up to six hours, creating gridlock throughout LAX. Some 20,000 passengers were affected.
Update: LAX airport delay cause.
According to the Los Angeles Times (and an Associated Press article), the issue that
caused thousands of travelers to be delayed at LAX was caused by a faulty network interface
card (NIC) on a single machine.
crackdown: Passengers forced to answer 53 questions before they travel. Travellers face
price hikes and confusion after the Government unveiled plans to take up to 53 pieces of information from
anyone entering or leaving Britain. For every journey, security officials will want credit card details,
holiday contact numbers, travel plans, email addresses, car numbers and even any previous missed flights. The
information, taken when a ticket is bought, will be shared among police, customs, immigration and the security
services for at least 24 hours before a journey is due to take place.
reasons to stay at home. If you think radical Muslims, bureaucrats and cops have made travel
miserable for everyone in America, you might have to stay away from Britain. Gordon Brown, the new prime
minister in London, revealed his new scheme yesterday for saying hello and goodbye to tourists and other
travelers, and it's a scheme that could please only a busybody bureaucrat. The relevancy of all this to
Americans is clear and present, since bad things spread swiftly to unexpected places.
Passengers Spend 5 Hours On Plane At
LaGuardia. Stormy weather in the Northeast had led to canceled and delayed flights at all local
area airports, hundreds being stranded at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports, and
frustrated passengers sitting for hours on planes that never took off.
down aisles of trans-Atlantic flight. Passengers on a Continental Airlines flight had to hold
their noses for hours as sewage overflowed from toilets while they were high over the Atlantic. "To be
blatantly honest, I was more nervous than I had ever been on a flight," said Collin Brock. The University
Place man was on board Continental Airlines flight 1970 from Amsterdam to Newark, New Jersey last week when
things went bad.
industry in a jam. Flight 1073 shows how easy it is for a situation to go from bad to worse,
especially when carriers operate with little or no slack.
Plane diverted from IAH over
unruly passenger. A Continental Airlines flight bound for Houston from Dallas Love Field was
diverted Wednesday night to College Station, according to a spokeswoman for the airline. Continental
Express Flight 2828, which had 40 passengers and three crew members on board, was diverted to Easterwood
Field in College Station.
problem grounds United. United Airlines grounded all of its flights for two hours yesterday
[6/20/2007] because of a computer malfunction, adding to the woes that fliers are expected to endure this
Travelers Forced to
Throw Out Liquids. Airline passengers around the country stood in line for hours and airport
trash bins bulged with everything from mouthwash and shaving cream to maple syrup and fine wine
Thursday [8/10/2006] in a security crackdown prompted by the discovery of a terror plot in Britain.
Amazingly, people go along with this new level of stringent baggage checking without complaining. Many
were shown on television tossing their toothpaste and carbonated beverages into trash cans, while professing
a belief that they're keeping America safe by doing so. Someday even more restrictions will be put in
place and the people who travel by air will gladly comply. Some people believe that security
guards are always right, no matter what they demand.
Air travel quit being fun about the time snazzy Braniff Airlines went out of business, but it has become a
nightmare as a result of the most recent security rules. Not only can't you bring a bottle of water aboard
to stave off dehydration on a five-hour flight, but even a tube of lipstick or mascara has become suddenly
suspect in response to the recently foiled plot against American carriers in Great Britain.
Obese can get 2 airline
seats. Obese people have the right to two seats for the price of one on flights within Canada,
the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Thursday. The high court declined to hear an appeal by Canadian
airlines of a decision by the Canadian Transportation Agency that people who are "functionally disabled by
obesity" deserve to have two seats for one fare.
Fat man sues over plane seat.
An overweight passenger has sued Air France after being told he was too fat and forced to buy a second seat to
accommodate him on a flight. A lawyer representing Air France told a court the company had a clear policy
of asking obese passengers to pay for two seats. "Let's be objective. This man is fat," lawyer
Fernand Gamault told the court in Bobigny. "He barely fits on the courtroom chair. How could he
sit in an aeroplane?"
Call for airlines to charge 'fat
tax'. Obese airline passengers should be forced to pay a "fat tax" to cover the cost of transporting
their excess weight, according to a controversial proposal by health experts. Calls for the tax —
which would be determined per extra kilo, in the same way as excess baggage — come as obesity rates and
fuel prices surge to new highs in Australia.
United Air to Charge Obese
Fliers Twice on Full Jets. United Airlines, the third-largest U.S. carrier, may force some obese
travelers to buy a second seat when flights are full and other passengers complain about being cramped.
The policy brings practices at UAL Corp.'s United in line with those at the other five biggest U.S. carriers
including Delta Air Lines Inc. The rule took effect today after being adopted in January, said Robin
Urbanski, a United spokeswoman.
France to charge obese passengers for two seats. Overweight passengers who struggle to fit into
just one seat will have to pay double to fly with Air France in a new rule introduced by the airline. Obese
passengers will be charged 75 percent of the cost of a second seat if they are deemed too large to fit into
just one seat of a 43-44cm width.
The Editor says...
Charging by the pound is, in my opinion, the only sensible way to sell airline tickets.
NWA jet. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a Northwest Airlines pilot who
locked himself inside an airplane lavatory while screaming obscenities before the flight was scheduled to take
off for Detroit from Las Vegas on Friday [4/7/2007].
Sue British Airways For Lost Luggage. When does an airline's mishandling of luggage
cease to be a major inconvenience... and become an actionable, legal issue? According to three
US travelers, British Airways has crossed that line, and they have filed a proposed class-action
lawsuit to prove it.
Found Near Houston Store. Authorities were trying Tuesday [12/26/2006] to figure out how dozens
of pieces of luggage belonging to air travelers ended up in a trash bin behind a Houston pet store. The
store's owners discovered 60 to 70 pieces of luggage, which belonged to passengers of Continental Airlines,
Lufthansa, British Airways and U.S. Airways, and contacted the Harris County Sheriff's Department, according
to Houston television station KRIV.
Airport tries to get handle on bag
theft. The 68 pieces of baggage that turned up in a trash bin Tuesday [12/26/2006] near George
Bush Intercontinental Airport were probably stolen by a team of thieves in a single day's work while airline
staffers were stretched thin by the demands of holiday travel, a Texas travel adviser theorized Wednesday.
arrested in Houston airport theft. Police in Houston arrested five contract workers suspected of
stealing luggage at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. [They] were charged with engaging in
organized criminal activity after dozens of pieces of luggage were found in a trash bin near the airport.
Dogfight over MSP:
If you arrive at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, 16th busiest in the world, with a seeing eye dog
and want to take a taxi, you may be out of luck. God help you if it is January and the temperature is
twenty degrees below zero, for you may be refused service. Somali Muslim taxi drivers, who comprise
roughly three quarters of the supply of drivers there, think that Muslim law regards dog saliva as unclean, and
they want to make their religious beliefs the basis on which they supply service to the traveling public.
passengers share first class cabin with dead traveller. First Class travelers on a British
Airways transatlantic flight were horrified when they were forced to sit next to a dead body for three
hours. The elderly passenger had died of a heart attack just minutes earlier and was carried into their
cabin to continue the journey to America. It followed a mid air drama in which a doctor and crew lost a
35 minute battle to resuscitate the man after he suffered a cardiac arrest in business class where he was
traveling with his wife.
Clockwork: Hour of Delay, Hour of Flight. Few things are certain in air travel today, but
one comes close: If you're on Delta Connection Flight 5283 from New York to Washington, you can expect
to be late. The flight had the nation's worst on-time performance in September, arriving late
100 percent of the time at Reagan National Airport, according to a recent government report.
Questions Raised About Airport
Staffing. The ban on carrying liquids and gels onto airliners will continue indefinitely,
raising questions about whether there are enough airport screeners to do the added work.
The filth that you would expect on a bus or subway can now be found on an airliner. Beware
of the Squish Behind the Jet Seat. Seatback pockets hiding sticky surprises, carpets with patterns
that can no longer conceal the curious stains, overripe lavatories and crevices oozing snack grit and plain old
grime. Increasingly, that describes the modern airliner, an untidy tube hurtling through the sky full of
passengers who cannot wait to land and go wash their hands with disinfectant soap. Cleanliness may be
next to godliness, but in the airline industry it has taken a back seat to financial survival.
Security Ban Could Put Passengers' Health at
Risk. The highly restrictive carry-on rules in force today at airports could put many passengers'
health at risk, especially those who suffer from chronic conditions such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes,
a doctor warned. Plus, the long lines and anxiety could exacerbate health conditions.
[Note to poorly educated TV news writers: Plus is not a conjunction.]
U.S. relaxing ban on liquids, gels on
airliners. The government is partially lifting its ban against carrying liquids and gels onto
airliners, as long as they are purchased from secure airport stores, and will also permit small, travel-size
toiletries brought from home, officials said today [9/25/2006]. A total ban on such products, instituted
after a plot to bomb jets flying into the United States was foiled, is no longer needed, said Transportation
Security Administration chief Kip Hawley.
War on Terror Is Worth the Costs. Tighter restrictions on passengers, of course, severely limited
carry-on luggage. In addition, extra security at the gate required each passenger to go through a
thorough search before boarding the plane. After that, passengers were held in a secured area until
they were allowed to board. You could forget about getting a coffee or taking a trip to the facilities
after being searched. Add to that the restriction on standing up in the plane at the beginning of the
flight, and you start talking serious hardship. We might be losing the war on terror, but we are
winning the war on trips to the bathroom.
on flight 63: Police boarded a jumbo jet yesterday [8/24/2006] amid fears furious passengers
would riot after being stuck in their seats for seven hours. The 352 travelers were kept cooped inside
Virgin Atlantic Flight 63 on the ground after a technical problem.
are squeezing more Fourth of July travelers into fewer planes. Before celebrating the nation's
birthday, many travelers will fight some Independence Day-caliber battles of their own. They will face
long airport check-in lines, followed by security lines and even lines at Starbucks. Planes packed to
record levels are great news for cash-strapped carriers but frustrating for travelers who want a little extra
space. And those who haven't traveled in a while will discover check-in kiosks and mandatory fees for
On the other hand... Airways in USA are the safest
ever. A passenger hasn't died in a U.S.-registered airline jet accident in more than 4½ years,
the longest stretch in the modern history of aviation. Even accounting for the death of a 6-year-old boy
in a car that was struck by a Southwest Airlines jet last December in Chicago and other accidents involving
small planes, the risks of flying are at an all-time low.
Next Time, We're Driving. All things
considered, our flight to Cleveland took eight hours from driveway to hotel check-in. Some of our
compatriots drove the same trip in ten hours. The two hours saved were not worth the loss of freedom,
hassle, and expense. We are going to go on another trip soon. This time we will be driving.
The Airport Experience: [In the first
two months after the September 11th attack, there were] at least four instances of people smuggling knives
and guns successfully past security, in most cases, just to prove it could be done. Clearly, making people
stand in line for hours while ill-trained inspectors paw through their bags is not the answer.
your seat in the upright position — or else. I am on a book tour, sitting in the
middle seat of a row in the economy class cabin of an Airbus A-320. Surrounding me are two people
who are considerably larger than I, one of whom is eating a sandwich the size of a ferret that smells
like a seafood Dumpster in August.
United airlines computer out(r)age.
TSA, not known for their flexibility, was not allowing people to go to the gates directly with a boarding
pass. Even an e-ticket receipt with a seat assignment wouldn't get you there.
United abandons Denver baggage system. The
$250 million automated system was intended to be a cutting-edge model but turned into a
major problem for Denver International Airport. The city, which owns the airport, spent
an additional $100 million for construction and $341 million in interest to try to
get it to work. The automated system was an underground, computer-driven railroad network
for moving baggage. But bags were misdelivered, luggage was chewed up and cars derailed
and jammed tracks.
Should Cities Be Allowed to Block Your
Airwave Access? Imagine if an airport declared that all food was banned — except
for food that it specifically allowed you to buy, and that food was overpriced. Does it sound
fair? Who decided that it's okay to ban access to the Internet, turning it into a monopoly?
Read this article! G.I. Joe a security risk?
Airline travel is more than getting from place "A" to place "B" and it used to be fun. It's not fun anymore.
People, who travel on other than business, use airlines strictly as an option. Families who fly save their money
all year long to go on a deserved vacation, but I predict that this optional way to travel will soon go the way of the
Buffalo, caused by government over-reaching, ordered by mindless, stupid bureaucracy.
Be Careful What You
Write: On September 1, 2002, I wrote a column critical of the way screening is carried
out at U.S. airports ("A
U.S. Police State"). Since that time I have been on ten flights. On every one of
those ten flights I have been "selected" for "random" searches by the same airline screeners I
criticized. Surely this was a coincidence!
Flowers, perfume in airline cabins not
OK? The Canadian Transportation Agency has issued a landmark ruling that could affect what
passengers are allowed to take on airplanes, including pets, flowers and even the perfume they wear.
The following is an anti-war column, but the writer makes some interesting points.
Isn't it time for the
truth?: Last Friday, at Los Angeles airport, I saw people trying to check their baggage —
standing in a line that was at least 200 yards long. I stood in five separate lines to identify
myself and my carry-on luggage. The soldiers in fatigues with sub-machine guns reminded me of
a Third World country.
IRS Laptop Lost With Data on 291
People. An Internal Revenue Service employee lost an agency laptop early last month that
contained sensitive personal information on 291 workers and job applicants, a spokesman said yesterday
[6/10/2006]. The IRS's Terry L. Lemons said the employee checked the laptop as luggage aboard a
commercial flight while traveling to a job fair and never saw it again. The computer contained
unencrypted names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and fingerprints of the employees and applicants,
of the Tweezer People: The backlash against senseless — and
useless — airport security rules is building up into something nasty. The anger
that travelers feel toward airline security measures — like the confiscation of
G.I. Joe, nail clippers and tweezers, or "random" searches that seem to target mostly
white-haired old women or whoever's the first person in line — is real. It could
blossom into a political force.
Lighters Banned From Airplanes. Starting Thursday [4/14/2005], air travelers
will have to leave their lighters at home. Unlike guns, knives and other dangerous
items that a passenger cannot carry aboard but may stow in checked bags, lighters are
banned everywhere on a plane.
unhappy skies. The allure has vanished, but the adventure remains, but it's
an adventure into long security lines, high-tech glitches compounded by inefficiency,
incompetence and irresponsibility.
Note: All the information about cell phones on airliners has been
in line: The feds are considering changing the rules on airport security
again, which could end up creating even greater bottlenecks at those security checkpoints
that are the bane of every traveler.
Air Rage Information Resources: Extreme
misbehavior by unruly passengers, often called air rage or sky rage, can lead to some tense moments in the air
and may even put crew members and passengers at risk.
Is cabin air
making us sick? More and more pilots are reporting that air polluted by engine fumes
is making them ill and even incapable of handling their aircraft. So why are passengers not
being told? Incidents of contaminated air on aircraft are referred to in hundreds of reports
filed by pilots in recent years, and some of the accounts have been seen by The Daily Telegraph.
They highlight concerns about the effects of toxic fumes from engines — which some medical
specialists refer to as "aerotoxic syndrome".
Air Rage is Caused by Oxygen Deprivation. Passenger
unruliness began to rise some 20 years ago, coinciding with the cost-cutting practice of using recycled air
instead of fresh air in commercial jets.
Used To Fill Aircraft Oxygen Systems. Airlines all over the world are being warned to check to
make sure there's actually oxygen in their aircraft oxygen systems after an embarrassing mix-up by Qantas
Airlines at Melbourne International Airport. For ten months, crews have been filling airliner oxygen
systems from a nitrogen cart that's supposed to be used to fill tires.
787 Dreamliner is a breath of fresh cabin air. The successful launch of the Boeing Dreamliner
this week has highlighted concerns about the amount of toxic air in conventional aircraft cabins. The
new lightweight plane, which is designed to cut fuel costs by 20 percent, has been hailed as the answer
to the problem of contaminated air that scientists claim affects up to 200,000 British passengers each
year — known in the industry as aerotoxic syndrome.
Airline Air: Airline pilots get ten times more oxygen
than passengers get. Insufficient oxygen can cause many symptoms including impaired visual acuity. … What
about flight attendants who catch tuberculosis from passengers and then spread it on subsequent flights?
This is a big coverup. I've been contacted by several international flight attendants who have TB.
TB case brings warning to air passengers.
A man with a rare and exceptionally dangerous form of tuberculosis has been placed in quarantine by the U.S.
government after possibly exposing passengers and crew on two trans-Atlantic flights this month, health officials
said Tuesday. It is the first time since 1963 that the government issued a quarantine order.
Fear of flying
with tuberculosis: One unglamorous truth about airplane travel is that it is a place where
several hundred people are trapped for hours in a confined space, coughing, breathing on one another and
sharing germs. Nowhere is this more true and upsetting than in the case of a budding groom from Georgia
with a dangerous form of tuberculosis. This Atlantan simply had to get to Europe and back on two
trans-Atlantic flights for his wedding.
crisscrossed border with TB. A Mexican national infected with a highly contagious form of
tuberculosis crossed the U.S. border 76 times and took multiple domestic flights in the past year,
according to Customs and Border Protection interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times.
contagion. A tubercular Mexican national's 76 border crossings and multiple domestic flights over
10 months beginning in August 2006 require explanations from Customs and Border Protection. So, too,
does the six-week lag between April 16, when federal authorities first learned of this mobile danger to
public health, and May 31, when the Department of Homeland Security finally got around to warning its
inspectors. Add the fact that not until June 7 was the infected Mexican businessman placed on the
Transportation Security Administration's "no-board" list, by which time the man had flown to Atlanta, Salt
Lake City and Phoenix after dozens of border crossings by land. Finally, add a cover-up. We are
witnessing a genuine public-health scandal.
orders probe of TB case. Capitol Hill lawmakers yesterday called for an investigation into why
federal officials knowingly allowed a Mexican national infected with a highly contagious form of tuberculosis
to repeatedly board planes and cross U.S. borders.
Is First Class Worth It? For me, the most significant
first-class perk is oxygen. According to a study by the US National Academy of Sciences (The Airliner Cabin
Environment, 1986), first-class passengers get about three times more oxygen per person than economy passengers!
Skypoxia: Flight attendants, unlike other
employees in the U.S., are not protected by OSHA. Instead, the FAA has full responsibility.
Immobility is Not the Only Factor in
DVT Risk. Air travel, particularly long-haul flights, can increase the odds of developing
dangerous blood clots but researchers said on Friday [3/10/2006] they are not only due to being immobile for long
periods. Low pressure and low oxygen levels in aircraft may also contribute in some people to
the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Flying Hassles Ground Many
Passengers: Security checks, random searches, new airline ticket fees and other hassles since the
Sept. 11 attacks have kept many people off planes and on the road, particularly for short trips. The
number of people flying commercially between 200 miles and 400 miles dropped 22 percent in the
year after the attacks.
a speeding world, rage is all the rage. Air rage
and road rage are distinct products of our time. We are too impatient for gracious
living. And if we want it, the people who service us have no desire to provide it. Today's
airline travel - especially in coach - makes steerage on the Titanic look like the lap of
luxury. Passengers are packed in like sardines without the oil.
I have a hard time feeling sorry for someone who's getting to his (or her) destination
at 500 miles an hour. If you don't like airline travel, get
on a bus; or just drive on an interstate highway for a couple
of days and see how you like it.
Love Field is
again in the news, this time illustrating the farcical consequences of the
government's ten-thumbed attempt to manage an industry. … If you want to fly Southwest
from Love Field to Los Angeles, you must buy a ticket to Albuquerque, collect your baggage
there, buy another ticket, go through security again and board another plane.
Set Love Free: Southwest
Airlines would like to show you the statistics and let the consumers decide.
Obese fliers: A
judge has ruled that Southwest Airlines did not unlawfully discriminate against
Cynthia Luther, whose weight exceeds 300 pounds, when it required her to buy a
second seat on a flight from Reno to Burbank.
In England: Airlines
load extra charges onto air fares. Airlines are loading extra charges on to
air fares, which can more than treble the basic price of a journey. Research by The
Independent on one of the key international air routes, London to Amsterdam, reveals sharp
discrepancies between airlines about the amount added on to fares as "taxes, fees, charges and
bottoms crushing airlines' bottom lines. Heavy suitcases aren't alone
in weighing down airplanes and requiring them to burn more fuel, raising flight
costs. A new government study reveals that airlines increasingly have to
worry more about passengers' weight.
Airlines Can't Cut The Fat: The current flap over whether and how to deal
with overweight passengers is a no-win situation. The latest dustup involves a woman
flying from London to Los Angeles on Virgin Atlantic in 2001. She apparently suffered leg
injuries after being seated next to an obese woman who spilled over into her seat, reportedly
squashing her. This week, Virgin paid the woman $20,000 in compensation, but the
company is not changing its policy on overweight passengers.
No Camel, That's My Baggage! A baggage handler wearing a camel suit
taken from a passenger's luggage has left Qantas Airways red-faced, with Australia's
national carrier investigating a potentially embarrassing security lapse. Passenger
David Cox complained after he saw a baggage handler driven across the Sydney airport
tarmac Wednesday [4/6/2005] wearing the camel suit that had been packed into the baggage he had
checked in only minutes earlier.
Unlike Chelsea, Bush Daughter
Flying Commercial after Terror Attack: "Remember Clinton saying no one should be afraid to fly
and that he was taking four different domestic flights last week?" reminded Lucianne Goldberg on her website
Monday [10/08/2001]. "Last Sunday he and Chelsea hopped onto a grocery mogul's private jet at Dulles and
whisked off to Oxford."