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  • Dramatic Video Shows 'Near Miss' at Barcelona Airport

    07/07/2014 11:05:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | Mon July 7, 2014
    An apparent near miss between two aircraft that was captured on video at Barcelona Airport has prompted an investigation by Spanish aviation authorities. The video shows a Boeing 767 belonging to Russian airline UTair pulling up from its landing approach as an Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340 taxis across its path. No one was injured in the incident and the UTair plane was able to circle round and make a safe landing five minutes later. The video, shot on Saturday, had gained nearly two million YouTube hits by Monday. Spain's airport authority, AENA, said the government's Committee on Civil Aviation Incidents...
  • Dem Politician Appointed by Obama Defends Muslim Airline that Bans Israeli Jews

    04/27/2014 10:45:14 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 15 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 04/24/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    In late 2013, a formal complaint was filed with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) alleging illegal discrimination by Kuwait Airways (KA) on the basis of national origin, in violation of federal law proscribing such discrimination by air carriers. The complaint concerned the airline’s refusal to transport Israeli nationals on nonstop flights from New York to London. The Secretary denied the complaint earlier this year, asserting that KA had not violated any U.S. anti-discrimination law because the airline is required to comply with Kuwaiti law, which prohibits Israeli passport holders from entering Kuwait. As the attorney now pursuing this matter...
  • "Allah Saved Him": Santa Clara Teen Stowaway's Father

    04/24/2014 3:35:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    The father of a Santa Clara teen stowaway who survived a 5 1/2-hour flight from San Jose to Hawaii Sunday despite high altitudes, low oxygen and freezing temperatures tells the Voice of America that Allah protected his son. “When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy,” Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi, who lives in Santa Clara, told VOA's Somali service in an interview Wednesday. Abdi said he received the news about his son's trip in a phone call from...
  • Pilot's Response to Profiling of Arabs

    04/15/2014 7:30:47 PM PDT · by econjack · 17 replies
    email | N/A | Captain John Maniscalco
    A newspaper stated that some Muslim doctor is saying we are profiling him because he has been checked three times while getting on an airplane.The following is a letter from a pilot.This well spoken man, who is a pilot with American Airlines, says what is in his heart, beautifully. YOU WORRY ME! By Captain John Maniscalco, American Airlines Pilot I've been trying to say this since 911, but you worry me. I wish you didn't. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human...
  • US Airways Apologizes For Tweeting Pornographic Image To Disgruntled Customer

    04/14/2014 5:05:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | April 14, 2014 1:48 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — US Airways apologized Monday after a pornographic image was posted on the company’s Twitter feed. The company often responds directly to disgruntled passengers, but was seemingly unaware that one of its replies included a lewd photograph. “@thatkatzkat We don’t like to hear this, Alex. Please provide feedback to our Customer Relations team here,” read the tweet, which also included a link to a photo of a woman with a model airplane protruding out of a body cavity. The airline later removed the tweet and apologized for the incident.
  • You Blew it! This is What United Airlines Calls First Class?

    03/31/2014 11:45:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2014 | Mark Skousen
    Last Friday, I flew nonstop on United Airlines from New York to California on a first class ticket. I paid the bellman a nice tip to handle my bags that were labeled “priority.” I arrived an hour and a half before my flight, so there was plenty of time to get my luggage onboard. The flight was delayed half an hour to allow for passengers with connecting flights to make it on our flight, along with their luggage. But alas, when I arrived, my two bags were nowhere to be found. After numerous telephone calls to their lost luggage...
  • Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

    03/22/2014 9:59:39 AM PDT · by MosesKnows · 34 replies
    3/22/2014 | MosesKnows
    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 I wager you have heard just about every conceivable explanation of what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. I have an explanation I’d like to share. I cannot prove that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is missing because aliens abducted it. However, until proof of another explanation comes forward it is possible that is what happened.
  • Rating the Airliner Story

    03/20/2014 9:32:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Rich Galen
    A minor food fight has broken out among news anchors over the amount of attention the missing Malaysian airliner is getting on the Cable news programs. There is no question that CNN has glommed onto this story and is not letting go. The other cable nets are often leading with the latest theory, conjecture, or unsourced leak, but then go onto other things like the Russian annexation of Crimea. The other day Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly - the master of all he surveys in the ratings - said that, according to MediaBistro.com, "Watching some of this coverage is painful"...
  • Has there been a military cover-up over missing jet? [Short title]

    03/18/2014 3:55:02 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | March 18, 2014 | Danield Miller
    Asian military officials may be staging a mass cover-up over missing flight MH370, because they do not want to expose gaping holes within their countries' air defences, a leading aviation expert has suggested...[SNIP]...Now Thailand's military say they detected a plane at 1.28am, eight minutes after MH370's communications went down, heading towards the Strait but didn't share the information because they were not asked for it.
  • JetBlue, American Airlines end frequent flyer agreement [After Obama approved MERGER]

    03/15/2014 6:52:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    JetBlue and American Airlines are ending an agreement that allowed travelers to add connections to their itinerary on each other's aircraft, as well as a frequent flyer program agreement. JetBlue travelers can no longer earn miles on AA-operated flights.
  • Vanity: Has CNN's Wolf Blitzer gone totally hysterical about the Malaysia Air situation?

    03/13/2014 5:28:02 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 47 replies
    SELF
    Been watching coverage on CNN about the Malaysia Airlines matter and Wolf Blitzer is starting to sound as hysterical as Nancy Grace. Hypothesizing more than other network anchors and very repetitious. What gives? He's usually as cool as a cucumber... Anderson Cooper seems more calm and collected these days...
  • Satellite looking into missing Malaysia flight detects 'suspected crash area'

    03/12/2014 2:10:46 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | March 12, 2014 | Jethro Mullen and Michael Pearson, CNN
    China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense announced the discovery, including images of what it said were "three suspected floating objects and their sizes." The images in the Strait of Malacca were captured on March 9 -- which was the day after the plane went missing -- but weren't released until Wednesday.
  • Vietnam media: Navy confirms flight MH370 crashed into the sea [disputed account]

    03/07/2014 9:28:46 PM PST · by barmag25 · 281 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 3/8/14 | Yahoo Newsroom
    UPDATE [12:37]: Tuoi Tre, a leading daily in Vietnam, reports that the Vietnamese Navy has confirmed the plane crashed into the ocean. According to Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat, Commander of the Region 5, military radar recorded that the plane crashed into the sea at a location 153 miles South of Phu Quoc island. When contacted, Malaysia Airlines declined to confirm or deny the reports, saying that the Malaysian authorities are working together with the Vietnamese government on the matter. Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reports that China has dispatched two maritime rescue ships to help locate the missing plane.
  • Malaysia Airlines Loses Contact With Flight Carrying 239

    03/07/2014 4:50:23 PM PST · by BobNative · 291 replies
    NBC ^ | March 7, 2014 | M. Alex Johnson and Sossy Dombourian
  • United Airlines Plane Hits Violent Turbulence, Leaves 1 in Critical Condition

    02/17/2014 8:29:59 PM PST · by NYer · 63 replies
    Weather.com ^ | Published: Feb 18, 2014, 2:17 AM EST
    Wikipedia/skinnylawyer United Airlines Boeing 737-800 This plane is similar to the aircraft that hit a pocket of violent turbulence enroute from Denver, Colo. to Billings, Mont. on February 17, 2013. A United Airlines flight on its way to Billings, MO encountered severe turbulence on its descent, injuring three crew members and several passengers. The Boeing 737 carrying 114 passengers departed from Denver at 11:57 a.m. on Monday and landed at 1:23 p.m.Several people were rushed to area hospitals.At least one person remains in critical condition while 5 have been treated and released."At the time of the incident, skies over...
  • Calls on Airliners Are Annoying, but Must We Legislate Them?

    02/16/2014 12:05:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    I have found the issue that can bring America together. Republicans and Democrats, urban hipsters and country folk, corporate scions and infrequent fliers -- they all seem to agree: The federal government must not allow mobile phone use on planes. If the Federal Communications Commission allows airlines with properly equipped planes to open the cellphone gates on commercial flights, even Washington agrees there will be revolts in the friendly skies. On Tuesday, by a bipartisan voice vote, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed a bill, the Prohibiting In-Flight Voice Communications on Mobile Wireless Devices Act, to the House floor....
  • Canceled! Airlines scrap record number of flights

    02/14/2014 6:46:10 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 14, 2014
    The relentless snow and ice storms this winter have led to the highest number of flight cancellations in more than 25 years... U.S. airlines have canceled more than 75,000 domestic flights since Dec. 1, including more than 14,000 this week. That's 5.5 percent of the 1.37 million flights scheduled during that period.
  • Virgin Space: ‘You Could Do London-Sydney In Two Hours’ Branson Plans To Bring Air Travel To Space!

    01/01/2014 3:34:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    KpopStarz ^ | December 6, 2013 | Staff
    Virgin Galactic space travel is aiming to revolutionize commercial air travel at its best, with the launching of the first ever space tourism flight next year, which took nine long years in the making. Although the space travel will be available to those who can afford the $250,000 ticket, the space travel company wants to bring this to the masses; it also aims to provide an ultimate passenger experience that no other air company has ever offered before. With the first ever commercial space travel flight on its way, the giant company aims to "push long-haul air travel above the...
  • Delta airlines celebrates the marriage of Jack and John today.

    12/30/2013 10:31:42 AM PST · by barmag25 · 77 replies
    12/30/13
    While boarding a flight today from Norfolk Va. To Atlanta Ga. the Captain announced while boarding that two passengers are celebrating a big life event this past weekend. The marriage of Jack and John after 21 years together. A few passengers clapped. A few more were clapping for a second then stopped and said "huh?" That is not done for heterosexual couples, i have never heard a marriage anounced. Why is it ok to do for gay couples?
  • Delta to retire last commercial service Douglas DC-9 aircraft

    12/24/2013 12:12:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Delta News Archive ^ | Dec. 24, 2013
    Delta Air Lines on Jan. 6, 2014 will retire its remaining Douglas DC-9 aircraft following Flight 2014 scheduled to depart Minneapolis/St. Paul for Atlanta at 4:20 p.m. (CST), the last scheduled commercial flight of the DC-9 by a major U.S. airline. “The DC-9 has been a workhorse in our domestic fleet while providing a reliable customer experience,” said Nat Pieper, Delta’s vice president (for) Fleet Strategy. “The aircraft’s retirement paves the way for newer, more efficient aircraft.” Since 2008, Delta has removed or retired more than 350 aircraft from its fleet including 50-seat CRJ-200s; Saab 340s and DC-9s; while adding...
  • Spirit Airlines Mocks Obama-Schmidt Photo: 'Sometimes A Selfie Makes A Wifey Angry' [PHOTO]

    12/13/2013 2:00:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    IBT Times ^ | 12/13/13 | Amethyst Tate
    Spirit Airlines pokes fun at Obama selfie controversy  Spirit Spirit Airlines is at it again, riffing off a current event for one of its promotional ads, this time using the Obama selfie flap to good advantage.While in South Africa to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela at the official memorial service last Tuesday, President Barack Obama captured a moment with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, seated near him in the stands at FNB Stadium.Taking selfies is a new trend, thanks to improved cameras on smartphones these days. Oxford Dictionary even named "selfie" the international...
  • Pilot who killed 50 after crashing 737 into runway in near-vertical dive may have had a fake licence

    12/07/2013 4:56:17 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 38 replies
    National Post [Canada] / AP ^ | December 6, 2013 | Vladimir Isachenkov
    The Russian pilot who sent a Boeing 737 into a near-vertical dive, killing all 50 people on board, might have had a fake licence, investigators said Friday. Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said his team believes that some pilots working for small regional airlines in Russia have not been properly trained but managed to get fake licences in centres certified by the country’s aviation agency. Markin said the pilot who sent the Boeing 737 into a dive in the city of Kazan had received his licence from a small training centre that has since been shut down.... Soviet-made airliners typically...
  • How a ‘tiny’ flight attendant wrestled a gun from a hijacker’s hands and ....

    12/05/2013 5:24:59 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 7 replies
    National Post [Canada] ^ | December 4, 2013 | Joe O'Connor
    ...“In that moment you become a whole new person,” the now 31-year-old says from the airlines’ offices in Enfield, just outside of Halifax. “You shut down and your survival instinct kicks in, and my thought was — how do we get all these people off the plane — and how do we survive this? “The whole time you are in the situation, in the moment, you are acting, but you are also thinking: ‘I can’t believe this is happening.’.... On Thursday morning Nicole Foran will be presented with the Star of Courage — a medal recognizing acts of “conspicuous courage...
  • Delta vs. ObamaCare: Friendly skies, unfriendly rules (Will cost company $100 Million a year)

    11/30/2013 5:10:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | The December 2013 Issue | Peter Suderman, senior editor
    Delta Airlines says that ObamaCare will cost the company $38 million directly over the next year, and nearly $100 million when all additional costs are factored in. A June letter signed by Robert Knight, Delta's senior vice president for government affairs, said that the company will absorb some of those costs but will also end up sharing some of them with employees. Ultimately, Knight wrote, ObamaCare "will result in increasing costs, for both companies and our employees, and will also reduce the benefits provided." The bulk of the letter, which was obtained and published by Erick Erickson at RedState.com, details...
  • RDU-bound plane plummets in mid-air ( NC )

    11/14/2013 7:20:06 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    ABC11 - WTVD ^ | November 13, 2013 | Heather Waliga
    RALEIGH-DURHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, N.C. -- The pilot of a Southwest Airlines flight headed to RDU went on the loudspeaker and told passengers their plane was going down, according to a woman on board the flight. "He said, we're going down. And everyone is looking around like, is this a joke? Is he serious? And then you felt the nosedive," passenger Shelley Wills said. Wills told ABC11 the Tuesday night flight from Tampa took a nosedive thousands of feet in the air while they were about 100 miles away from RDU. Wills is a nurse and tried helping the first-time flier...
  • Are terrorists doing 9/11-style dry runs on U.S. flights?

    10/12/2013 11:05:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    Yahoo/The Week ^ | Oct 11, 2013 | Frances Weaver
    "If a dry run is occurring, the attack will shortly follow." That's according to Wolf Koch, a Boeing 767 pilot for Delta Airlines and an official at the Air Line Pilots Association International, who was discussing common terrorist tactics in the run-up to devastating attacks like those on 9/11. That is an extremely worrying thought given a memo leaked this week from the U.S. Airline Pilots Association, which warns of "several cases recently…of what appear to be probes, or dry runs" of such attacks.
  • US Airways-American Airlines Merger Challenged (Holder: 'higher airfares, fees, fewer choices')

    08/13/2013 1:37:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    KLFM967 ^ | 8/13/13
    The US Justice Department and a number of state attorneys general have challenged the proposed $11bn (£7bn) merger between US Airways and American Airlines. The Justice Department says the merger would result in the creation of the world's largest airline and reduce competition for commercial air travel in local markets. In a joint statement, the airlines said they would "mount a vigorous defence" of the planned merger, adding that blocking the deal would "deny customers access to a broader airline network that gives them more choices".
  • Foreign airlines urged to use GPS at San Francisco

    07/31/2013 11:02:00 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 39 replies
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Federal aviation officials have advised all foreign airlines to use a GPS system instead of visual reckoning and cockpit instruments when landing at San Francisco International Airport in the wake of the deadly Asiana Airlines crash.</p>
  • Chinese Cabin Crew Learn Kung Fu as Mobs of ‘Unstable’ Passengers Attack Staff Over Flight Delays

    07/29/2013 3:13:53 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 14 replies
    National Post [Canada] / The Telegraph ^ | Sunday, July 28, 2013 | Malcolm Moore
    China has spent billions on building some of the largest and most modern airports in the world, but, much to everyone’s embarrassment, it seems unable to get planes to fly between them on time. Last month, only 18 per cent of the 22,000 flights out of Beijing’s Capital airport departed on schedule, according to the aviation research company FlightStats, making it the world’s worst major airport for punctuality. Not one Chinese airport managed to get even half of its flights to leave on time. The delays have seen mobs of angry passengers mount at least eight large protests at departure...
  • Spirit Airlines Makes Carlos Danger Its Promo Poster Boy: The Weiner Rises Again

    07/25/2013 4:14:01 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 19 replies
    The Consumerist ^ | July 25, 2013 | Mary Beth Quirk
    If you don’t know what New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is, you might just think Spirit Airlines’ new promo has something to do with a mysterious hot dog that is coming back from wherever it is texting hot dogs go. “The Weiner Rises Again!” trumpets Spirit in its new promo, featuring a masked frank holding a cell phone. See, because it’s the second time that Weiner has admitted to sending saucy messages to women. And this go-around, he took on the personality of one “Carlos Danger.”Weiner stepped down from Congress in 2011 in the aftermath of sending photos...
  • Landing Gear Comes Off Southwest Jet At LaGuardia Airport

    07/22/2013 3:17:48 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 104 replies
    business insider ^ | July 22, 2013
    Runways at New York's LaGuardia Airport have been closed down after the front landing gear on a Southwest Airlines plane came off
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines reportedly refuses Israeli passport holders to purchase tickets

    07/15/2013 2:12:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    fox ^ | 7/15/13 | fox
    Saudi Arabian Airlines reportedly is discriminating against Israeli citizens by refusing to let them fly from U.S. airports. The New York Post reported that for customers booking on online, the airline’s website has no drop-down menu options for anyone holding an Israeli passport, even though, as the Post pointed out, there is a drop-down menu option for Antarctica citizens. The airline appears to prevent passengers simply looking to transfer in Saudi Arabia to another country, as well. “No city in the world has closer ties to Israel than we do, and yet Israeli citizens are being discriminated against right here...
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines reportedly refuses Israeli passport holders to purchase tickets

    07/15/2013 8:42:51 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7-15-2013 | FoxNews
    The New York Post reported that for customers booking on online, the airline’s website has no drop-down menu options for anyone holding an Israeli passport, even though, as the Post pointed out, there is a drop-down menu option for Antarctica citizens. The airline appears to prevent passengers simply looking to transfer in Saudi Arabia to another country, as well. -------- When a member of de Blasio called the airline --trying to book a ticket from JFK to Mumbai, India -- identifying themselves as an Israeli passport holder, the caller was told by an agent that they would not be able...
  • Animation Depicts Flight 214 Crash

    07/15/2013 4:39:48 AM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 17 replies
    AvWeb ^ | 7/14/2013 | Russ Niles , Editor-in-Chief
    http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/Animation-214-Crash220137-1.html A Florida company that specializes in animations that re-create crimes and accidents has released its animated take on the crash landing of Asiana Flight 214 at SFO earlier this month. Eyewitness Animations, which has been doing the animations for court cases and accident investigations for 23 years, shows the final 40 seconds of the Boeing 777's flight to San Francisco and includes a "ghost airplane" in the sequence showing the proper flight path of the airliner.
  • Hawaiian Airlines says aloha to Taipei, adding 7th Asian destination

    07/09/2013 8:54:16 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    KHON ^ | 07/09/2013 | KHON
    It’s the latest addition to its expanding international network and seventh Asian gateway destination. The departure of HA 807 followed gate side festivities that included Hawaiian music and hula, performance honoring the Taiwanese culture, traditional Hawaiian blessing, and presentation of lei to passengers boarding the inaugural flight. “The demand for service to Hawaii from the Taiwan market has been growing and we are delighted to respond to the strong interest by delivering our new non-stop service to and from Taipei,” Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said. “The Hawaiian Islands are the ideal midpoint destination, perfectly situated to offer...
  • US airlines cancel México flights due to volcano

    07/04/2013 2:51:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 4, 2013 5:21 PM EDT
    At least six U.S. airlines canceled more than 40 flights into and out of Mexico City and Toluca airports Thursday after the Popocatépetl volcano spewed out ash, steam and glowing rocks, airport officials said. Mexico City airport spokesman Jorge Gomez said U.S. Airways, Delta, United, American and Alaska Airlines canceled 47 flights as a precaution. But he said the airport otherwise continues to operate normally and that by Thursday afternoon no ash had reached the area, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) from the volcano. …
  • United Airlines Forgets to Pack Toilet Paper on 10-Hour Flight...

    06/21/2013 1:09:33 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 59 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Jun. 21 2013 | Erin Sherbert
    Yes, flying can get more uncivilized. A United Airlines flight departing SFO earlier this week, bound for London, reportedly forgot to pack an important item for the non-stop 10-hour trip across the ocean: toilet paper. So along with a safety demonstration, the airline crew had to instruct passengers to dig around their bags and purses for some alternative wiping machinery -- a napkin, a tissue ... The crew was kind enough to offer cocktail napkins as an alternative. -snip- Now might be a good time to remind travelers that United Airlines was recently ranked the worst airline in the country.
  • U.S. Gives Saudi Airlines ‘Unrestricted’ Access to American Skies

    06/05/2013 12:01:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 6/5/13 | Ryan Kierman
    The United States and Saudi Arabia have signed an Open Skies agreement that will "permit unrestricted air service by the airlines of both countries between and beyond the other’s territory." The agreement means Saudi airlines may fly from any point in the kingdom to any point in the United States, and that U.S. airlines may fly from any point here to any airport in Saudi Arabia. The deal was signed May 28 in Jeddah by U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia James B. Smith and Dr. Faisal bin Hamad Al-Sugair, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Director of the
  • 100 students ejected from NYC to Atlanta flight for being too rowdy

    06/05/2013 4:04:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 122 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6-4-2013 | Associated Press
    A group of about 100 high school students traveling from New York to Atlanta were thrown off a flight, along with their chaperones, after the pilot and crew lost patience with some kids who wouldn't sit down and put away their cellphones. The teenagers, all seniors at the Yeshiva of Flatbush, in Brooklyn, were ordered off the AirTran flight around 6 a.m. Monday as it sat at a gate at LaGuardia Airport. AirTran's parent company, Southwest Airlines, said in a statement that flight attendants asked passengers several times to take their seats and put their mobile devices away. The airline...
  • Delta Air Lines boosts CEO pay 42 percent

    04/30/2013 10:07:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2013 1:02 PM EDT
    Delta Air Lines says the compensation package for CEO Richard Anderson jumped 42 percent last year as the company boosted his long-term incentive pay. … Delta had a billion-dollar profit last year and has been more profitable than its chief competitors, United and American. …
  • Virgin America flights allow mile-high flirting: Passengers can send drinks, texts to others

    04/24/2013 12:35:59 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 49 replies
    WKMG Local 6 - Orlando ^ | Apr 24 2013 | Jordan Early
    Tired of striking out at the singles bars? Then you might want to try a Virgin America flight. The airline has launched a new service that allows passengers to send a drink to someone on the plane who's caught their eye. It's done through the airline's in-flight entertainment system. Passengers pinpoint their designated hottie with Virgin's digital seat map, browse the menu and have a drink, snack or meal sent over. Passengers can also follow up with a text through the seat-to-seat messaging system. Virgin launched the service this week to mark the start of its Los Angeles to Las...
  • As flight delays increase, so does the finger-pointing in Washington

    04/24/2013 5:00:36 AM PDT · by Tugo · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 23, 2013 | John Whitesides
    Federal officials reported flight delays at U.S. airports for a third consecutive day on Tuesday, fueling a political blame game as Republicans and Democrats accused each other of causing the furloughs of thousands of air-traffic controllers. On Capitol Hill and at the White House, the rhetoric over across-the-board federal budget cuts known as "sequestration" became increasingly biting. Both sides tried to take political advantage - and avoid responsibility - for cuts by the Federal Aviation Administration that officials say could plague the country's aviation system during the summer travel season.
  • AMERICAN AIRLINES flight grounded after passengers panic over Iraqis shouting to each

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

    04/16/2013 2:04:04 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 19 replies
    MyFoxBoston ^ | April 16 2013 | MyFoxBoston
    Sources told FOX 25 there was an American Airlines flight that was headed to Chicago. There were two men on that plane – not sitting next to each other – and speaking Arabic. There were some concerned marathoners on the flight so the plane was brought back to the gate and the two men were escorted off the plane.
  • Airline passenger complaints surged in 2012

    04/07/2013 10:35:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 8, 2013 12:06 AM EDT | Joan Lowy
    Airline passengers are getting grumpier, and it’s little wonder. Airlines keep shrinking the size of seats to stuff more people onto planes, those empty middle seats that once provided a little more room are now occupied and more people with tickets are being turned away because flights are overbooked. Private researchers who analyzed federal data on airline performance also said in a report being released Monday that consumer complaints to the Department of Transportation surged by one-fifth last year even though other measures such as on-time arrivals and mishandled baggage show airlines are doing a better job. …
  • Flight diverted after family raises concerns over PG-13 inflight movie

    04/05/2013 10:21:14 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 74 replies
    My Fox Orlando ^ | 04/05/2013 | FOX News
    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. "Alarmed by the opening scenes, we asked two flight attendants if they could turn off the monitor; both claimed it was not possible," the family said, according to The Atlantic....
  • Jet Diverted After Cabin Incident

    10/10/2001 6:08:34 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 41 replies · 515+ views
    http://www.cincypost.com/ ^ | OCTOBER 10, 20:15 EDT | AP
    Jet Diverted After Cabin Incident SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Delta airliner bound for California was diverted to Shreveport with an escort of two military planes Wednesday after a passenger passed a threatening note to a flight attendant, the FBI said. Flight 357, with 148 people aboard from Atlanta to Los Angeles, landed safely after what the airline described as a ``passenger incident.'' Edward A. Stephenson, 36, of Venice, Calif., was arrested and charged with interfering with a flight crew member and attendants, FBI spokeswoman Sheila Thorne said. The passenger's note was in response to an announcement by the pilot ...
  • Academic calls for pay as you weigh flight fares

    03/24/2013 6:09:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 77 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/25/2013 | David Millward
    Charging overweight fliers more would help carriers recoup the cost of the extra fuel required to carry them. The idea has been floated in the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management publication, by Bharat P Bhatta, an academic in Norway. He suggests three methods of implementing the scheme. A straightforward price per kilogram, a fixed low fare with heavier passengers paying a surcharge and lighter passengers being offered a discount. The third option would see passengers divided into three bands – heavy, normal and light and being charged accordingly. “I think the simplest way to implement this would be for...
  • Royal Navy girl told to cover up uniform on Virgin flight in case it offended other passengers

    03/09/2013 12:14:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:23 EST, 8 March 2013 | Ian Drury
    For 15 years she has proudly served her country as a Royal Navy engineer, risking her life in Afghanistan when she fought against the Taliban. But far from showing Nicky Howse the respect she deserved as she flew back to her latest posting, Virgin Atlantic staff chose to humiliate her—by demanding that she remove her uniform because it was “offensive”. They warned the 32-year-old helicopter technician she would not be allowed to fly unless she took off her combat fatigues and wore a sleep suit instead. … They told her—wrongly—that it was the company’s policy not to allow military personnel...
  • What's the Biggest Pet Peeve Among Air Travelers?

    03/03/2013 4:10:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | March 01, 2013
    Uncomfortable seats and sky-high airline fees are among the top complaints among air travel passengers, according to the results of a consumer survey. In TripAdvisor’s annual air travel poll, in addition to limited legroom and exorbitant ticket prices, 2,000 respondents in the US also named unpredictable flight delays, long security lines and “other passengers” -- notably loud, crying children -- the top five pet peeves about air travel. The survey also found that more US passengers will be flying the global skies this year, with 67 percent of respondents indicating they plan to take an international flight this year, compared...