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  • Poorly Behaved Airline Passengers Are Being Publicly Shamed Online

    09/17/2014 3:20:55 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jennifer Polland
    We all know that space is cramped on airplanes, but that doesn't mean that it's acceptable to put your feet on someone else's headrest, sprawl across a row of seats when they're already occupied, or walk around the cabin barefoot. PassengerShaming.com is a website that publicly calls out the rudest, grossest airline passenger behavior by posting photos of these offending passengers on Instagram and Facebook.
  • Report: Islamic State Forcing Captured Pilots To Train Its Militants

    09/03/2014 4:33:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | September 3, 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    The Islamic State has claimed on social media that it is utilizing captured Syrian pilots to learn how to fly stolen jets, according to a CNN Arabic report over the weekend. The Syrian pilots, which are part of the Syrian Armed Forces loyal to president Bashar al-Assad, had been captured after the Islamic State seized Tabqa airbase in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State took Tabqa airbase after a four-day battle with the Syrian military. Tabqa is home to a plethora of fighter jets, helicopters, artillery, and large caches of ammunition. It still remains unclear how much quantity of the munitions...
  • Petition calls for peanut-free zones on planes

    09/03/2014 10:02:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 180 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 2, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    The parent of a child with a life-threatening peanut allergy is fighting for new rules to protect airline passengers who have severe food allergies.Lianne Mandelbaum, who says she was practically kicked off a United Airlines flight last year because of her son’s condition, has been lobbying for new protections for allergy sufferers.Now, more than 14,000 people are coming to her aid, petitioning lawmakers and federal regulators to establish a "buffer zone" around passengers who are allergic to certain foods.“I am not after a nut ban,” Mandelbaum said. “Just the ability to preboard, wipe down the seat area and make an...
  • It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

    09/02/2014 11:35:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 51 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | September 2, 2014 | Scott Mayerowitz
    Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings in the past eight days after passengers got into fights over the ability to recline their seats. Disputes over a tiny bit of personal space might seem petty, but for passengers whose knees are already banging into tray tables, every inch counts.
  • Flight From LaGuardia to Florida Diverted Over Reclining Seat (Another one).

    09/02/2014 6:33:02 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 117 replies
    4 New York ^ | Sept 2, 2014
    Flight From LaGuardia to Florida Diverted Over Reclining Seat A flight from LaGuardia International Airport to Palm Beach International Airport had to divert after a pair of passengers got into a fight over a reclining seat, according to published reports. Delta airlines told NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach that Flight 2370 landed in Jacksonville, Florida, “due to safety reasons in regard to a passenger issue.” A witness on the plane told WPTV that a woman who was knitting tried to recline her seat, angering a woman who was trying to sleep on the tray table. The two argued,...
  • Iceland Volcano Pushes Aviation Warning To Highest Level

    08/31/2014 6:46:58 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 8-31-2014 | Robert Robertsson and Simon Johnson, Reuters
    Robert Robertsson and Simon Johnson, ReutersAug. 31, 2014 STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A small new fissure eruption in an ice-free area of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system prompted authorities to raise their warning of the risk of ash to aviation to the highest level on Sunday. Iceland's largest volcanic system, which cuts a 190 km long and up to 25 km wide (118 miles by 15.5 miles) swathe across the North Atlantic island, has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks and scientists have been on high alert. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, in...
  • Malaysia Airlines to Cut 30% of Its Workforce (6,000 layoffs)

    08/29/2014 6:46:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters. The staff reduction represents about 30 percent of its current workforce of 20,000. A search for a new CEO is underway, but there is no move to change the airline's name, which some branding experts had said was necessary for a successful makeover....
  • 'Cauldrons' Found At Iceland's Largest Volcano Could Spell Big Trouble

    08/28/2014 5:43:49 AM PDT · by blam · 27 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 8-28-2014 | Robert Robertsson and Anna Ringstrom , Reuters
    Robert Robertsson and Anna Ringstrom , Reuters August 28, 2014REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Ice over Iceland's rumbling Bardarbunga volcano has melted to reveal a row of 1-km wide "cauldrons", possibly due to a sub-glacial eruption, the country's meteorological office said late on Wednesday. Rumblings at Iceland's largest volcano system for about a week have raised worries of an eruption that could spell trouble for air travel. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano closed much of Europe's airspace for six days. The Met Office said on its website it had not observed an increase in the level of tremors...
  • Malaysia Airlines to be taken private ahead of revamp

    08/07/2014 9:54:22 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Tahoo News/AFP ^ | 8-8-2014 | AFP
    Deeply troubled Malaysia Airlines will be de-listed and taken private ahead of a major restructuring following the double disasters of MH370 and MH17, under a proposal announced Friday by its majority shareholder. State investment vehicle Khazanah Nasional, which owns 70 percent of the flag-carrier, said it would purchase all minority shares and finalise a restructuring plan by the end of the month. The move confirmed growing speculation that Khazanah planned to completely take over Malaysia Airlines to strengthen its hand in addressing the free-falling carrier's mounting problems. Khazanah said all stakeholders will need to work together to save the company...
  • U.S. Orders Airlines to Fly at Higher Altitudes Over Iraq

    08/04/2014 12:08:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 1, 2014 3:57 p.m. ET | Robert Wall
    The U.S. government told airlines flying over Iraq to remain at higher altitudes, amid growing concerns about carriers operating around conflict zones. U.S. airlines are now prohibited from flying over Iraq below 30,000 feet, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The agency, which had previously restricted airlines from flying below 20,000, issued the new requirement because of “the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Iraq.” The guidance, which is mandatory for all U.S. airlines but not others, comes amid increased disquiet about airlines flying near conflict zones after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over war-torn eastern...
  • Family Asked To Leave Southwest Flight After Tweet

    07/23/2014 9:36:52 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 59 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | 7/22/2014 | CBS Minnesota
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities man is upset about the way his family was treated on a Southwest Airlines flight because of a tweet. Duff Watson says he was asked to de-board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis with his two kids on Sunday after an agent didn’t like a tweet he wrote about her service. Watson and the agent had a disagreement before boarding initially. “I was left, you know, very upset, very embarrassed, very humiliated,” Watson said. He’s an “A-List” passenger, which means he gets priority boarding. But a gate agent wouldn’t let his 6-year-old and 9-year-old...
  • Family Asked To Leave Southwest Flight After Tweet ( Minnesota)

    07/23/2014 5:46:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 65 replies
    WCCO ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jennifer Mayerle
    MINNEAPOLIS — A Twin Cities man is upset about the way his family was treated on a Southwest Airlines flight because of a tweet. Duff Watson says he was asked to de-board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis with his two kids on Sunday after an agent didn’t like a tweet he wrote about her service. Watson and the agent had a disagreement before boarding initially. ... He’s an “A-List” passenger, which means he gets priority boarding. But a gate agent wouldn’t let his 6-year-old and 9-year-old board with him — so they’d all have to wait to board later....
  • Travelers will start paying higher TSA Fees...paydown deficit

    07/18/2014 5:48:40 AM PDT · by EBH · 8 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 7/18/2014 | Alison Grant
    Congress estimated the new system would result in TSA fees of $36.5 billion over the next 10 years, a $16.9 billion jump from the current system. The Treasury will take $12.63 billion of the new collections for the general fund, with the rest going to offset TSA costs. "I think we've created another black hole to throw our money into," said Anthony DeMarco, a sports TV director from Columbus who flies 200 to 250 segments per year and says he has logged 2 million "butt in seat" miles. Robert Erzen of Westlake, a retiree and overseas leisure traveler, said the...
  • Biden Says Downed Jet Apparently "Blown Out of the Sky" (Thank You Capt. Obvious)

    07/17/2014 4:10:32 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune (Reuters) ^ | July 17, 2014 23:05 GMT | Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday it appeared that the downing of a Malaysian airliner near the Ukraine-Russia border was not an accident and that the passenger jet apparently was "blown out of the sky." "This is truly a grave situation," Biden said in a speech in Detroit. He said he had seen reports that Americans may have been on board and that "we're now working every minute to try to confirm those reports as I speak." Biden said the downing of the jet was tragic. He spoke by phone to Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko.
  • UKRAINE: WE DID NOT SHOOT AT ANY PLANE

    07/17/2014 9:29:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 17, 2014 | Peter Leonard
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's president says his country's armed forces did not shoot at any airborne targets, after reports that a Malaysian Airlines plane went down over Ukraine.
  • TSA Allowing Illegals to Fly Without Verifiable ID

    07/12/2014 2:34:11 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 21 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | July 11, 2014 | Brandon Darby
    Illegal aliens are being allowed to fly on commercial airliners without valid identification, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). “The aliens who are getting released on their own recognizance are being allowed to board and travel commercial airliners by simply showing their Notice to Appear forms,” NBPC’s Local 2455 Spokesman, Hector Garza, told Breitbart Texas.
  • 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.