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  • Man Who Bit Into Needle Found in Sandwiches on Delta Flight Put on Anti-HIV Medication

    07/17/2012 6:06:30 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    One of the airline passengers who bit into a sandwich containing a one-inch needle earlier this week has now been put on antiretroviral drugs used for the treatment of HIV, and says the FBI is investigating the incidents aboard four Delta Air Lines flights as a criminal case. James Tonges said he was placed on the drug Truvada, which has recently been approved by the FDA, following the incident aboard a Delta flight from Amsterdam to Minneapolis-St. Paul. Half a dozen sewing needles have now been found in sandwiches on four separate Delta flights, and Tonges, who was sitting in...
  • World's biggest super-jumbos must be GROUNDED, say engineers

    01/09/2012 8:16:16 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies · 1+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 9, 2012 | Rob Waugh
    Australian aircraft engineers have called for Airbus A380 - the world's biggest passenger aircraft - to be grounded, after Singapore Airlines and Qantas found cracks in the wings of their super-jumbos. 'We can't continue to gamble with people's lives and allow those aircraft to fly around and hope that they make it until their four-yearly inspection,' said Steve Purvinas, secretary of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association.
  • "The System DID Work" TSA System Relies on Passengers Part of Their Security Safeguards

    01/05/2010 7:46:08 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 7 replies · 266+ views
    The Lid/TSA/CNS News ^ | 1/5/10 | The Lid
    On its website, the TSA talks about the 20 layers of Security it has put in place to protect us from being blown from the sky by a guy with a bomb in his briefs: We use layers of security to ensure the security of the traveling public and the Nation's transportation system. Because of their visibility to the public, we are most associated with the airport checkpoints that our Transportation Security Officers operate. These checkpoints, however, constitute only one security layer of the many in place to protect aviation. Others include intelligence gathering and analysis, checking passenger manifests against...
  • Union at Odds with FAA Over PIlots' Penalty

    10/30/2009 3:24:16 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 35 replies · 1,226+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 30, 2009 | Andy Pasztor
    Union anger over the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to revoke the licenses of two Northwest Airlines pilots threatens to disrupt voluntary safety-reporting programs used by many carriers, according to industry officials. FAA regulators Tuesday revoked the licenses of both pilots aboard Northwest Flight 188, which failed to respond to air-traffic controllers for about 90 minutes. The union isn't defending actions of the pilots, who asked to be protected under voluntary reporting rules. But officials of the Air Line Pilots Association claim regulators jumped the gun and disregarded voluntary procedures worked out over many years among regulators, airlines and unions. The...
  • Northwest pilots' licenses revoked; Franken calls for cockpit laptop ban

    10/27/2009 8:49:18 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 46 replies · 2,085+ views
    The licenses of the two Northwest Airlines pilots involved in last week's "overflying" incident were revoked today by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a day after Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., called for a ban on using laptop computers in airline cockpits. The San Diego-to-Minneapolis flight overshot its destination by 150 miles because the pilots were apparently online in the cockpit (though they initially told investigators that they were distracted by a "conversation") and missed the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. They didn't realize their mistake until they had reached Eau Claire, Wis., at which point they turned around and flew back...
  • NTSB: Planes at increasing risk from large birds

    07/28/2009 1:07:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 583+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/28/09 | Joan Lowy - ap
    WASHINGTON – Aircraft design standards aren't tough enough for planes to withstand collisions with growing numbers of large birds, safety investigators examining an Oklahoma crash that killed five men said Tuesday. The Federal Aviation Administration requires the bodies of commercial aircraft to withstand a collision with a bird weighing 4 pounds or 8 pounds depending upon the section of the plane — standards that haven't been updated since the 1970s, investigators told the National Transportation Safety Board. An FAA advisory committee spent 10 years examining whether the standards should be updated and then disbanded without reaching a conclusion, investigators said....
  • Costly Air Marshal Service a Waste of Money

    06/30/2009 7:19:09 PM PDT · by DBrow · 78 replies · 1,237+ views
    Scripps Howard News Service ^ | June 29, 2009 | Michael Collins
    WASHINGTON - The Federal Air Marshal Service is a "useless" agency staffed with under-worked officers who make few arrests, a Tennessee congressman is charging. U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Tenn., has taken to the House floor in recent days to ridicule the service as a "needless, useless agency" and argue that air marshals have "a cushy, easy job" that requires little more than sitting on a plane. He also contends that the number of air marshals charged with committing crimes exceeds the number of arrests the agents themselves have made. "I think they are doing almost no good at...
  • Airline record: 2 years, 0 deaths (Child has better chance becoming President than dying in crash)

    01/12/2009 5:53:29 PM PST · by Golddigger3 · 13 replies · 686+ views
    Sun-times ^ | 1/12/08 | ALAN LEVIN
    For the first time since the dawn of the jet age, two consecutive years have passed without a single airline passenger death on a U.S. carrier. No passengers died in crashes in 2007 and 2008, a period in which 1.5 billion people took scheduled airline flights. One major accident occurred during that time, last month's crash of a Continental Airlines jet in Denver. Going without a crash fatality for a full year has been rare. Only four years since 1958 have passed without a passenger fatality, the analysis found. That makes the two-year string even more impressive, aviation safety experts...
  • Qantas denies rust to blame for emergency landing

    07/26/2008 12:58:14 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 24 replies · 155+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | Last Updated: 5:01PM BST 26 Jul 2008 | By Barbie Dutter in Sydney
    Safety concerns were raised as long ago as February about the Qantas aircraft that had to make an emergency landing after a 9ft hole opened up in its fuselage at 29,000 feet, it has emerged.
  • Blast rips hole in Qantas jet over South China Sea

    07/25/2008 4:15:45 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 26 replies · 185+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 26th July 2008 | Steve Creedy and Angus Hohenboken
    DEBRIS flew past passengers as air was sucked out of an ageing Melbourne-bound Qantas jumbo jet after a mid-air explosion ripped a gaping hole in its fuselage and plunged the plane into a 20,000ft emergency descent. Almost 350 mostly Australian travellers on QF30 from London heard an "almighty bang" yesterday morning and feared a mid-air collision as a rush of wind coursed through the cabin and oxygen masks fell from the ceiling of the Boeing 747-400. "There was a terrific boom, and bits of wood and debris just flew forward into first (class) and the oxygen masks dropped down," Melbourne...
  • More U.S. flight delays loom as safety reviews expand

    04/10/2008 10:29:44 AM PDT · by webschooner · 12 replies · 67+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | April 10, 2008 | Michelle Maynard & Matthew L. Wald
    Air travelers in the United States, whose plans have already been disrupted by thousands of canceled flights recently, may face continued chaos in coming weeks as the Federal Aviation Administration and the airlines expand their scrutiny of passenger planes. The groundings at airlines like American, Alaska, Delta and Southwest resulted from a broader round of inspections, ordered by the FAA, to determine whether the airlines have complied with past directives to check airplane structures, wires, electronics and other components. A second wave of audits began on March 30 and will continue through June 30. Laura Brown, a spokeswoman for the...
  • Airport conveyor belt caused backpack fire

    11/18/2007 8:23:58 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 2 replies · 101+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Nov. 13, 2007
    PHOENIX - A backpack caught fire Tuesday in the cargo area at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, leading to an evacuation, but authorities said the flames were likely caused by heat from a conveyor belt. The bag contained no explosives or other banned items, just leaking toiletries. Phoenix police Lt. Rick Gehlbach said the backpack likely began to smoke after it got jammed between two larger pieces of luggage on a conveyor belt. The impact probably caused toiletries containing alcohol to leak, and a combination of heat from the conveyor belt and its track rubbing against the backpack caused it...
  • Pilot, Crew, TSA: Four Passengers Targeted Bathroom, Tampered with Mirror

    11/18/2007 8:16:14 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 49 replies · 47+ views
    The Aviation Nation ^ | 13 Nov 2007 | Annie Jacobsen
    This TSA Suspicious Incident #177, "...has many of the elements of pre-operational terrorist planning" according to TSA Office of Intelligence. It was leaked to me earlier today in my ongoing efforts to compile terrorist dry runs and probes on airplanes. A Federal Flight Deck Officer — i.e. armed pilot, flying in non-mission status on October 24, 2007, on a flight from Washington D.C. to Milwaukee, identified himself to flight crew in advance of take-off. When flight crew witnessed suspicious behavior by four passengers, they reported the information to the FFDO. The following unfolded...One of the subjects entered and exited the...
  • Iraqi passengers sue airline, claim discrimination

    11/09/2007 8:00:19 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 3 replies · 87+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 8, 2007 | Audrey Hudson and Sara A. Carter
    A group of Iraqi Pentagon contractors is suing American Airlines claiming racial discrimination for delaying its flight, but a police report shows that some of the men might have been intoxicated, behaved in a frightening and belligerent manner and scared one family off the plane. The captain of American Airlines Flight 590 from San Diego to Chicago delayed the Aug. 28 takeoff after crew members reported that they "did not feel safe..." The Iraqi men filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, where they live... The captain did not alert the passengers...
  • Mich. men file discrimination suit against American Airlines

    11/02/2007 11:57:56 AM PDT · by Baladas · 31 replies · 76+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 1, 2007 | Associated Press
    DETROIT (AP) - Six Arabic-speaking men have sued American Airlines, saying they were publicly humiliated while being escorted from an aborted flight in San Diego. The six Michigan men filed an ethnic discrimination suit in Detroit federal court. They say airline employees grounded their August 28th flight from San Diego to Chicago and detained them, labeling them as security risks. The men were flying home after training Marines at Camp Pendleton when a passenger alerted guards after hearing them speaking Arabic. The men say they were detained while 100 other passengers got help finding hotel rooms. The airline says it...
  • Airplane Passenger Dispute Involving Six Iraqis Forces Jet Evacuation in California

    08/30/2007 11:15:31 PM PDT · by james500 · 74 replies · 2,145+ views
    AP via FOX News ^ | Thursday, August 30, 2007
    All passengers on an American Airlines overnight flight to Chicago were ordered off a plane after complaints about a group of Arabic-speaking Iraqi men who were on their way home to Detroit. The incident forced passengers to stay overnight. The six Iraqi passengers had been training U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton and worked for Defense Training Systems, a unit of the Alaska-based International Logistics Services Corp., said Dave Stephens, the company's chief executive officer. "They did nothing wrong," Stephens said Wednesday. A company press release called it "an unfortunate situation for all flight passengers."
  • Chinese Jet Explodes Into Fire in Japan

    08/20/2007 8:53:29 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 25 replies · 1,209+ views
    AP on AOL News ^ | August 20, 2007
    NAHA, Japan (Aug. 20) - Passengers used emergency slides to evacuate a China Airlines jet just minutes before the plane burst into a fireball Monday after arriving in Okinawa from Taiwan. All 165 people aboard escaped unhurt, including the pilot, who jumped from the cockpit at the last second. Transport Ministry official Akihiko Tamura told reporters that airport traffic controllers had received no report from the pilot indicating anything was wrong with the Boeing 737-800. "The fire started when the left engine exploded a minute after the aircraft entered the parking spot," Tamura said. The plane exploded into flames seconds...
  • DOT Inspector General Warns Of Non-Certified Airline Maintenance _(its not only the food)

    07/31/2007 3:39:15 AM PDT · by Flavius · 12 replies · 372+ views
    btn online ^ | 7/23/07 | By Jay Boehmer
    ULY 23, 2007 -- Lawmakers and watchdogs are ringing the alarm on domestic carriers' use of foreign repair stations for aircraft maintenance and repairs. A U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General report released last month said airlines increasingly are outsourcing aircraft maintenance, and gaps remain in Federal Aviation Administration supervision of some repair stations that they use. "We have emphasized that the issue is not where maintenance is performed, but that maintenance requires effective oversight," DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel III said in the report. Based on a review of 19 U.S.-based carriers' maintenance vendor lists, the Inspector General found...
  • Flight 327

    05/31/2007 6:54:32 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 9 replies · 624+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 31, 2007 | Editorial writer
    ...we are awash in government studies, reports and other data which make clear that nearly six years after September 11, the government bureaucracies that are supposed to keep out terrorists are in many ways as incompetent and dysfunctional as they were before... A newly released report from the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about the government's handling of 13 suspicious passengers on a June 29, 2004, Northwest Airlines flight serves as a reminder of why so many Americans are rightly skeptical of Washington's ability to manage a mass-amnesty program... The report, which details what happened on...
  • Box cutter found on United jet delays flight

    05/09/2007 12:58:18 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 29 replies · 1,195+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 9, 2007 | AP
    DENVER - A box cutter found by a passenger onboard a United Airlines plane delayed a Denver to Dallas flight for nearly two hours Tuesday. Flight 490 had left the gate and was taxiing toward a runway when the passenger found the cutting instrument and notified a flight attendant, said airline spokeswoman Megan McCarthy. The flight attendant notified authorities and Transportation Security Administration officials met the plane on the tarmac. McCarthy said all the passengers were taken off the plane and re-screened while officials checked the plane for additional weapons. None were found and the plane took off at 2:25...
  • Crew's actions reflect growing U.S. intolerance (Lib BARF alert)

    01/02/2007 5:37:50 AM PST · by radar101 · 43 replies · 1,336+ views
    AZ (red) STAR NET ^ | 1 JAN 2006 | Wayne Madsen
    Muslims are required by their faith to pray to Mecca five times a day. There is nothing sinister or criminal about people peacefully carrying out the obligations of their faith. Airlines that single out praying Muslims and deny them flight privileges permanently are no different from the five-and-dime stores that once prevented blacks from eating at luncheonette counters. It is as unthinkable to ban praying Muslims from a flight, as it would be to deny boarding to a group of praying Hasidic Jews. Both sects engage in public group prayers. Both are exercising their constitutional rights as U.S. citizens. Persecution...
  • Editorial: Who is walking on eggshells? [Imams On A Plane]

    12/04/2006 5:49:53 AM PST · by Quilla · 40 replies · 1,521+ views ^ | December 4, 2007 | Staff
    The facts pretty much speak for themselves. An airline gate agent told the Minneapolis Police Department that six Muslim men began praying very loudly and repeatedly shouting “Allah” as passengers began boarding Flight 300 bound for Phoenix Nov. 20. The six imams refused to sit on their assigned seats, moving around the cabin and arranging themselves in a pattern reminiscent of the Sept. 11, 2001 hijackings. Three asked flight attendants for heavy seat belt extenders, but then didn’t use them to buckle up. Witnesses overheard them talking about al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden. Such obviously suspicious behavior was deliberately intended...
  • Ann Coulter: What can I do to make your flight more uncomfortable?

    11/22/2006 2:59:00 PM PST · by Vinny · 204 replies · 10,075+ views
    Human Events Online (Contributors) ^ | 11-22-2006 | Ann Coulter
    Six imams removed from a US Airways flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix are calling on Muslims to boycott the airline. If only we could get Muslims to boycott all airlines, we could dispense with airport security altogether. Witnesses said the imams stood to do their evening prayers in the terminal before boarding, chanting "Allah, Allah, Allah" -- coincidentally, the last words heard by hundreds of airline passengers on 9/11 before they died. Witnesses also said that the imams were talking about Saddam Hussein, and denouncing America and the war in Iraq. About the only scary preflight ritual the imams didn't...
  • Israeli gets passport back (arrested with magazine of bullets in El Al flight to India)

    11/01/2006 2:06:47 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 6 replies · 538+ views
    YNet News ^ | Published: 10.30.06, 14:32 | Roee Mendel
    A month and a half after being arrested in Mumbai for carrying bullets in her rucksack, Noa Haviv is expected to gain back her freedom Monday after an Indian judge instructed authorities to return her passport. She is expected to return to Israel in the coming days. Haviv, a 28-year-old from Jerusalem, was arrested upon arrival to India on an El Al plane from Israel. A cartridge loaded with 16 9mm bullets was found in her bag, which belonged to her brother. Haviv was released about a week later, but her passport was held by local authorities and she was...
  • Airline-security incidents seen as terrorist feints

    09/04/2006 10:59:27 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 16 replies · 1,014+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Sept. 4, 2006 | Audrey Hudson
    The rash of airline-security incidents since the London terror arrests -- which has diverted or delayed more than 20 flights all over the world -- has more to do with flukes, red herrings or terrorist probes than with actual, imminent threats, intelligence observers and security officials say. "We are constantly being probed by terrorists," Mr. Hagmann said. "We are going to have a limited number of incidents that are just a ploy, a nonevent as a result of misunderstandings or innocuous activity. You can expect that and factor that in. But the extent we are seeing today -- the numbers...
  • Our relatives are traders not terrorists (Reaction to Dutch Arrests)

    08/24/2006 3:23:49 PM PDT · by samsonite · 20 replies · 884+ views ^ | August 24, 2006 | Syed Firdaus Ashraf
    "Is keeping beard a sin in this world?" screams Abdul Kadar Kolsawala, 70, on the top of his voice in his two-room apartment at Memon Colony in Jogeshwari, a north-western suburb of Mumbai. "The terrorists get away all the time but it is only innocent Muslims who are caught," says Kadar. "It has become difficult to move around with a beard. The police doubt your credentials all the time. My son is innocent and he has nothing to do with terrorism," he adds. Kolsawala's son Ayub was detained by the Dutch police along with eight friends and two cooks at...
  • Flying blind: Airport screeners treat everyone the same. They shouldn't

    08/12/2006 11:02:43 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 78 replies · 1,457+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Saturday, August 12, 2006 | David Frum
    Flying blind: Airport screeners treat everyone the same. They shouldn't David Frum National Post Saturday, August 12, 2006 So now we're to ban lipsticks and hand sanitizers from airplanes? The success of British security services in stopping a terrorist plot has unleashed all the most perverse and unavailing instincts of transportation safety authorities. They already banned nail scissors after 9/11. They require passengers to remove shoes in perpetual remembrance of Richard Reid's attempt to smuggle explosives on to a plane in his trainers. Now once again they will impose a massively costly new rule on all passengers in order...
  • Shoulder-Fired Missiles Pose Serious Threat to Passenger Jets

    03/27/2006 12:27:42 PM PST · by Quilla · 44 replies · 1,328+ views
    The potential target: an American commercial jet. The potential weapon: a shoulder-to-air missile that terrorists fire at the jet on takeoff. Worldwide, at least 24 civilian aircraft have been brought down by shoulder-fired missiles, and more than 500 people have been killed. And experts say that shoulder-to-air missiles can be bought for only a few thousand dollars on the black market. But U.S. commercial aircraft still have no defense system against these portable missiles. Scare in Los Angeles Last November, just minutes after takeoff from Los Angeles International Airport, an American Airlines pilot reported that something resembling a rocket might...
  • Flight Attendant Panics On VA Flight

    03/03/2006 7:32:15 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 45 replies · 1,496+ views
    Aero-News.Net ^ | March 3, 2006
    Top News Flight Attendant Panics On VA Flight Fri, 03 Mar '06 Stay Calm... We're All Gonna Die! Virgin Atlantic has launched an investigation into claims a flight attendant aboard a flight from London-Gatwick to Las Vegas earlier this week panicked when the Boeing 747 hit severe turbulence. The aircraft was hit by storms and plummeted thousands of feet within seconds, hurling one man to the ceiling and causing general disarray onboard the jumbo jet. According to The Independent, however, passengers were mostly calm... until the flight attendant reportedly began to, well, freak out. "We're crashing, we're crashing, we're crashing!"...
  • What if they Made A Propaganda Film and Nobody Noticed?

    10/07/2005 4:18:30 PM PDT · by J. Neil Schulman · 33 replies · 1,688+ views
    The Karl Hess Club ^ | October 7, 2005 | Brad Linaweaver & J. Neil Schulman
    What If They Made a Propaganda Film and Nobody Noticed? By Brad Linaweaver and J. Neil Schulman On March 30, 1981 outside the Washington Hilton Hotel, an insane young man named John Hinckley, Jr., in an attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, shot the President, the White House press secretary, James Brady, Secret Service Agent Timothy McCarthy, and DC Police Officer Thomas Delanty. The president’s life was saved by emergency surgery at George Washington University Hospital, as were Agent McCarthy’s and Officer Delanty’s. Press Secretary Brady suffered incapacitating and permanent brain injury. When asked why he attempted to kill...
  • Important Observation About JetBlue Landing

    09/21/2005 8:25:21 PM PDT · by HighWheeler · 86 replies · 1,780+ views
    News | September 21, 2005 | me
    After looking carfully at the replays of the JetBlue landing tonight, I noticed during landing that the nosegear flames and fires were pulsing on and off during the landing. The flames became quite fierce during the "roll"out of the aircraft, but would diminish and suddenly flame-on strongly again. If you watch the landing carefully, you will see the times that the flames pulse on are the moments when the nose gear is scraping on the painted stripe on the runway. This is very significant. The FAA, airlines and manufacturers are always concerned with fire and especially fire avoidance and fire...
  • Bizarre Incident on British Airways 0215 (Muslim Air Passenger Arrest on 4/5 on Boston-bound Flight)

    04/17/2005 6:18:03 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 43 replies · 3,210+ views
    Women's Wall ^ | 4/15/05 | Annie Jacobsen
    Since I first starting writing on the subject of airline security (Terror in the Skies) I have received volumes of email on related subjects. Among my correspondence, there are certain incidents that stand out, including the one you'll read about today. It stands out not just because of the incident itself, but because the lack of media coverage as well as the "official" spin on the part of the airline and security personnel in its aftermath, much like my experience, defies belief. But I'm getting ahead of myself… A few days ago, I received an interesting email from Barry Johnson,...
  • UK: Near-miss for pedestrians as door falls off BA plane.

    03/10/2005 6:52:24 AM PST · by yankeedame · 20 replies · 813+ views
    BBC On-Line ^ | Thursday, 10 March, 2005 | staff writer
    Last Updated: Thursday, 10 March, 2005, 02:06 GMT Near-miss after plane door falls The report recommended a review of BA maintenance procedures A couple had a near-miss with a falling door from a British Airways passenger plane while taking a walk in Surrey, an accident report shows. A large part of a 32kg (70lb) door came away from a Boeing 777 because it had been inadequately fastened, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch found. It landed just six metres from the couple, shortly after take-off from Gatwick Airport on 26 June, 2003. BA said it had reviewed its maintenance procedures and...
  • Investigation Underway On US Airways Flight From Denver (Bullet hole and bullet found)

    03/09/2005 7:30:54 AM PST · by TaxRelief · 44 replies · 5,463+ views
    WBTV News ^ | 3/08/05 | WBTV News Staff
    The FBI is investigating an incident of a bullet found in a plane at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. US Airways Flight 847 from Denver arrived here in Charlotte Monday at 11:30 a.m. A hole was found in the plane during a routine check of the A319 Airbus at the gate. WBTV spoke with the FAA in Charlotte and they tell us the FBI will be handling the case. The plane was shot in the right fuselage. The bullet has been recovered. There had been recent reports of bullets holes found in other US Airways planes, however investigations revealed those holes...
  • Some US Airlines Outsource Maintenance to Central America

    01/21/2005 11:15:13 AM PST · by null and void · 33 replies · 861+ views
    KYW 1060, via Drudge ^ | 21 Jan 04 | unknown
    There's more outsourcing of jobs -- now it's the airlines industry. The latest, preferred location for airline maintenance? El Salvador. The Wall Street Journal reports at least two airlines -- Jet Blue and America West -- send their planes to El Salvador for "long distance" maintenance, outsourcing the work to cut costs. Air safety experts are said be concerned that it jeopardizes safety and makes scrutiny by regulatory agencies more difficult.
  • Pilot error blamed by NTSB for American Airlines crash that killed 265 in November 2001

    10/26/2004 8:24:11 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 107 replies · 2,044+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 26, 2004 | LESLIE MILLER
    WASHINGTON - The co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 587 caused the November 2001 crash that claimed the lives of 265 people, the staff of the nation's airline safety agency reported Tuesday. Investigator Robert Benzon of the National Transportation Safety Board staff said the copilot's response to turbulence, just seconds after the Airbus A300-600 plane took off from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, was "unnecessary and aggressive." Benzon also said that investigators found that American Airlines improperly trained its pilots to use the aircraft's rudder while recovering from upsets and said the problem could have been exacerbated by the...
  • Another Passenger from Flight 327 Steps Forward With Disturbing New Details(Part V)

    08/11/2004 10:32:23 PM PDT · by sockmonkey · 160 replies · 5,917+ views
    Womens Wall Street ^ | 8/12/04 | Annie Jacobsen
    This is Part V of the ongoing series entitled “Terror in the Skies, Again?” A few days ago, received an important email. It was from Billie Jo Rodriguez, another passenger who was on Northwest Airlines flight 327 from Detroit to Los Angeles on June 29. Billie Jo is a Certified Public Accountant living in Oxnard, California. She had some additional, disturbing information about flight 327 that she felt someone needed to know. She had been so terrified by what happened on the flight that she sent two emails to the Department of Homeland Security telling them about the experience,...
  • Gore 1996 Airline Commission brought to the attention of the 9/11 family members (DC Chapter Report)

    04/14/2004 8:07:55 AM PDT · by tgslTakoma · 79 replies · 2,299+ views
    Kristinn | April 14, 2004 | Kristinn
    This morning before the start of the 9/11 Commission hearings, Kristinn went to the hearing room to meet with some of the 9/11 family members about the 1996 Gore Airline Safety Commission. He went down there this morning because the 9/11 Commission had not talked about the Gore Airline Safety Commission in public, and it needed to be brought to the attention of the families. He got down there about 8:30am. The hearing room only had a few dozen people in it, a far cry from the crowds that had been there last week for White House National Security Advisor...
  • How Gore aborted air safety (did any one hear Gore mention Al Queda during the 2000 election?)

    04/08/2004 1:16:25 PM PDT · by big bad easter bunny · 8 replies · 111+ views
    How Gore aborted air safety -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- L 2001 The country is united politically right now, so I'm sure I'll be accused of divisiveness, partisan sniping, maybe even being unpatriotic by raising this issue. But, heck, I've been accused of worse. Last week the Wall Street Journal called me a "purveyor of obscenity." I'll let you be the judge of whether that description suits me. I never let those criticisms bother me v especially not from uptight, corporate media establishment mouthpieces and spoiled, little, ivory-tower reactionaries. So, today I'm going to tell you how Al Gore may have contributed, in...
  • Officials Want Airlines To Weigh Passengers

    02/27/2004 7:41:52 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 3 replies · 122+ views
    Officials Want Airlines To Weigh Passengers WASHINGTON -- There's another reason for folks to keep their New Year's resolution to lose weight. Federal safety officials want airlines to watch passengers' weight, to have an idea of how much weight is actually on a plane. The National Transportation Safety Board recommendation comes after investigators determined a U.S. Airways Express flight crashed last year partly because the rear section was overloaded. Improperly rigged parts also contributed to the crash at North Carolina's Charlotte-Douglas Airport that killed 21 people. After the crash, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered 15 airlines to weigh some...
  • Al-Qaida Won't Forget Our Security Issues

    08/16/2003 6:40:49 AM PDT · by HadEnough · 1 replies · 78+ views
    Lew ^ | August 12, 2003 | John. R. Lott Jr.
    Al-Qaida Won't Forget Our Security Issues by John R. Lott, Jr. by Its been almost twenty-three months since 9/11 and yet news headlines last week warned "Al Qaeda May Be Planning More Hijack Attacks." Targets are reportedly the American East Coast, Europe or Australia this summer. Unfortunately, our air travel system is still very vulnerable to hijacking, and quick measures need to be taken. Another successful attack would make it very difficult to again restore travelers’ faith in security. Consider the following: Pilot unions report that although one-quarter of the flights out of Reagan National have air marshals, the level...
  • TSA tinkers with privacy plan But critics worry the system could go in new directions

    08/08/2003 5:39:37 AM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies · 192+ views
    Federal Computer Week ^ | August 4, 2003 | Randall Edwards
    TSA tinkers with privacy plan But critics worry the system could go in new directions BY Randall Edwards August 4, 2003 In an effort to alleviate privacy concerns about its preflight screening tool for airline passengers, the Transportation Security Administration last week backed off its plans to store passenger data for as long as 50 years. At the same time, TSA's updated privacy statement raised new concerns about the scope of the program. TSA, an agency of the Homeland Security Department, reported in a notice dated July 22 but released July 31 that the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS)...
  • Feds: No Wrongdoing in Test Prep for Airport Screeners

    06/11/2003 5:46:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 392+ views
    Newsday ^ | June 11, 2003 | Thomas Frank
    Washington -- The federal Transportation Security Administration has concluded there was no wrongdoing when airport screeners were given almost all the questions in advance to an exam certifying them to operate bomb-detection machines last year. The TSA launched an internal investigation as a result of Newsday stories saying screeners were read questions and answers before taking an exam to show they knew how to operate machines that detect bombs in luggage. Screeners around the country said they were read questions, often verbatim, and told answers at the end of a week of classroom training in December.
  • The real reason Tom Daschle didn’t run for president

    01/21/2003 7:54:35 AM PST · by tdadams · 89 replies · 565+ views
    L.A. Weekly ^ | January 17-23 | Doug Ireland
    The national press corps didn’t bother to tell you why Tom Daschle, the Democrats’ Senate leader, decided at the 11th hour not to run for president: In the end, he calculated that he couldn’t survive scrutiny of his persistent service to the clients of his wife. Linda Daschle has been one of the airline industry’s top lobbyists for two decades — when she wasn’t busy running the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which explains why, just 11 days after the 9/11 attacks, her husband rushed through the Democratic Senate, which he controlled, the $15 billion bailout for the airline industry, a...
  • FAA Issues 3rd Warning on Fuel Pumps

    11/27/2002 9:42:19 AM PST · by Asmodeus · 20 replies · 345+ views
    Associated Press ^ | LESLIE MILLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration is requiring about 3,500 Boeing jets to fly with extra fuel to prevent fuel pumps from overheating and possibly causing an explosion. The FAA has sent airlines three safety warnings about the problem since August. The latest was issued last weekend after pumps in three planes overheated, the FAA said Tuesday. The warning is intended as a precaution while the FAA figures out what's causing the problem with the pumps, made by Hydro-Aire Inc. of Burbank, Calif. James McKenna, managing editor of Aviation Maintenance magazine, said the FAA doesn't ordinarily need to make...
  • Teen Girls Arrested for Pepper Spray

    08/28/2002 5:26:56 AM PDT · by Tancred · 213+ views
    AP ^ | August 27, 2002 | AP
    Middle East - AP Teen Girls Arrested for Pepper Spray Tue Aug 27, 3:47 PM ET LONDON (AP) - Two teenage girls were arrested Tuesday after allegedly using pepper spray on a flight from Dublin to London, police said. The 16-year-old Italians — part of a 24-student school trip — were met by officers as the bmi british midland flight landed at Heathrow Airport. Five people, including passengers and crew members, were treated by an airport ambulance crew for the effects of the spray, but none required hospital treatment, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said. The two students were not believed...
  • Airlines Alerted to Impostors Thieves Take Uniforms; Crews Report Stalkings

    08/11/2002 12:19:25 PM PDT · by reillyoburbank · 2 replies · 187+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, August 10, 2002; Page A01 | By Greg Schneider
    The Transportation Security Administration has warned airlines to be on the lookout for impostors wearing stolen uniforms trying to gain access to planes or airports, citing a series of recent thefts from flight crews. Agency officials would not comment on the confidential warning, which was issued July 22 -- a week after burglars took airline uniforms, keys and identification tags from the New York apartment of two Delta Airlines flight attendants. Link to article:
  • House passes bill allowing pilots to carry guns

    07/10/2002 5:00:37 PM PDT · by planesman · 77 replies · 466+ views
    Seattle Times/ Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, July 10, 2002 - 02:31 p.m. Pacific | By Jonathan D. Salant
    House passes bill allowing pilots to carry guns By Jonathan D. Salant The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Airline pilots could carry guns in the cockpit to defend their planes against terrorists under a bill the House passed overwhelmingly today despite the opposition of the White House. The legislation, approved by a vote of 310-113, would allow guns for more than 70,000 pilots if they agreed to undergo training. Lawmakers stripped out provisions that would have limited the program to some 1,400 pilots, about 2 percent of those flying. Despite the strong House support, prospects in the Senate were not good...

    05/04/2002 8:44:54 AM PDT · by one2many · 43 replies · 715+ views
    CEO ORG ^ | 2001 | CEO ORG
    University of Virginia Admissions Predictor RACE AND UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA ADMISSIONS: WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THAT YOU'LL GET IN? By answering the questions below, you can learn what your chances were of being admitted to the University of Virginia in 1999. Your chances will depend on your skin color and your ethnic group, in addition to your SAT scores, your class rank, your Virginia residency, and whether either of your parents attended the University. The questions focus on several factors that appear to have been important to the University of Virginia in admitting freshmen in 1999. This program is based...