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  • Malaysian plane: 20 passengers worked for ELECTRONIC WARFARE and MILITARY RADAR firm

    03/19/2014 12:57:10 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 72 replies
    EXPRESS: The Daily Express ^ | March 18, 2014 | Ted Jeory
    A US technology company which had 20 senior staff on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had just launched a new electronic warfare gadget for military radar systems in the days before the Boeing 777 went missing. Freescale Semiconductor, which makes powerful microchips for industries including defence, released the powerful new products to the American market on March 3. Five days later, Flight MH370 flew from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing with 239 people including 20 working for Freescale. Twelve were from Malaysia eight were Chinese nationals. Freescale’s spokesman Mitch Haws has said: “These were all people with a lot of experience...
  • BREAKING: Two Suspect Iranian Passengers on Flight MH370 Identified – Roommate Interviewed

    03/10/2014 9:01:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 98 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/10/14 | Jim Hoft
    The BBC Persian channel interviewed a friend of the two suspect passengers who were traveling with stolen passports. The friend says the two men wanted to migrate to Europe. The two men travelling on stolen passports on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that mysteriously disappeared on Saturday have been identified as Iranian nationals. A BBC Persian report quotes an Iranian friend of one of the men, who said he hosted the pair in Kuala Lumpur after they arrived from Tehran in the days preceding their flight to Beijing. The friend, who knew one of the men from his school days...
  • Limo Fire Kills Passengers, Closes San Mateo Bridge [San Francisco Bay]

    05/05/2013 1:19:30 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 73 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sunday, May 5, 2013
    The westbound lanes of the San Mateo-Hayward bridge were closed for several hours Saturday night due to a deadly fire involving a limosine. The California Highway Patrol said the fire was first reported around 10 p.m. in the third lane of westbound state Highway 92 at the bridge's decline. As many as ten people were inside the limo and as many as five of them died, according to multiple reports Witnesses at the scene reported people were trapped inside the burning limo. The CHP told NBC Bay Area there were multiple fatalities, but could not confirm a number. Witnesses told...
  • Airlines paying more for fuel because waistlines are expanding

    01/13/2012 9:53:23 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    Herald Sun AU ^ | Jan 12, 2012 | Anne Wright
    Airlines paying more for fuel because waistlines are expanding by: Anne Wright From: Herald Sun January 12, 2012 12:00AM PEOPLE weighing more than average should pay more for their airfares than slimmer passengers, a former Qantas executive says. Tony Webber said airlines were paying more for fuel because the average weight of the population had increased. The extra fuel needed cost about $472 a plane, he said, and additional weight of passengers affected airlines' profits. "It's just a fact, and the thing is airlines consider these things when deciding how much fuel to put on the plane," said Mr Webber,...
  • Winter storm could strand air passengers for days

    12/27/2010 5:20:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 3+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/27/10 | David Koenig - AP
    An East Coast blizzard that has forced nearly 7,000 flight cancelations will leave many travelers stranded through the end of the week. Runways were expected to reopen Monday evening at several major airports in the Northeast. But canceled flights into and out of Philadelphia, New York and Boston left hundreds of thousands of people scrambling for a way home. The storm and its aftermath could end up costing the airlines $100 million, one analyst predicted. The challenge for the airlines goes beyond weather. Flights are usually full this time of year, making it difficult to rebook travelers affected by a...
  • Airline passengers mistakenly told to prepare for crash landing

    08/27/2010 10:20:18 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    National Post ^ | 8/27/10 | Kevin Gallagher
    Passengers aboard a British Airways flight were stricken with fear after hearing a false announcement warning them their flight to Hong Kong from London was going to crash. As the flight flew over the North Sea on August, 24 passengers heard this message echo through the cabin: “This is an emergency. We may shortly need to make an emergency landing on water.” Reports the Sun newspaper of London: Michelle Lord, 32, of Preston, Lancs, said: “People were terrified, we all thought we were going to die. They said the pilot hit the wrong button because they were so close together.”...
  • Allegheny commuter rail line still distant possibility

    07/19/2010 6:30:37 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 23 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Monday, July 19, 2010 | Jon Schmitz
    Project has $171M in financing, but much work remainsOnce viewed as a possible relief valve during major reconstruction of Route 28, a commuter rail line proposed for the Allegheny Valley remains a distant dream. With construction of the North Side section of Route 28 set to begin next month and disrupt traffic through the fall of 2014, the rail line to Downtown Pittsburgh, talked about for more than a decade, has yet to advance beyond preliminary studies. Robert Ardolino, a consultant to the Allegheny Valley Railroad, which has been offering to provide commuter service along its line since 1999, said...
  • Flotilla passengers don life vests

    05/30/2010 4:48:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 502+ views
    jpost.com ^ | 5/30/10 | YAAKOV KATZ AND JPOST.COM STAFF
    Navy tells ships to come in peacefully to Ashdod harbor or be boarded. The Gaza protest flotilla ships were about 150 miles from Gaza late on Sunday night, they had been sighted by the Israeli navy and were in contact with them. Flotilla passengers had put on life vests and were on high alert, they reported via their live feed. They were told by the navy they had two options: Either be boarded or follow the navy in to Ashdod harbor to be processed there.
  • JFK passengers stranded by volcano ash get showers

    04/20/2010 9:55:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 743+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/20/10 | Megan K. Scott - ap
    NEW YORK – During her first four days living in an airport, Dominica Zschiesche cleaned her body with hand wipes and used a public bathroom sink to shave her legs and wash her hair. But by Day 5 at Camp Kennedy, she seemed almost at home, standing near the concourse barefoot and with her hair wrapped in a blue towel after she finally got to shower. "It was wonderful. It was the best shower I ever had," said the 29-year-old art student from Frankfurt. Hundreds of passengers are stranded at John F. Kennedy International Airport while they wait for the...
  • Freight rail investment could free passenger congestion

    03/04/2010 5:41:19 AM PST · by Willie Green · 21 replies · 417+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Thursday, March 04, 2010 | Jon Schmitz
    On rail lines, freight trains have priority over passenger service, which frequently causes delays for Amtrak customers. Freight also appears to have the upper hand when it comes to money for improving service and infrastructure. Recent federal grant awards to Western Pennsylvania have included $35 million for improvements for cargo-hauling trains and just $750,000 for those that move people. But people stand to benefit from the freight investment because it will mean fewer trucks on congested highways, less pollution and lower road maintenance costs, railroad officials told a state House committee on Wednesday. ~~~SNIP~~~ The money will be used to...
  • Guard Evacuates Downed Helicopter’s Passengers

    02/19/2010 4:45:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 288+ views
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., Feb. 19, 2010 – Thirteen of the 17 passengers stranded in a remote region of West Virginia’s Pocahontas County have been evacuated from a Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter that was forced to land in the area yesterday, National Guard officials said. Rescued passengers are being evaluated by emergency services agencies and transported to a local hospital for further evaluation and treatment. West Virginia Army National Guard medics still are at the landing site and are working with emergency crews to evacuate the remaining passengers, said Mike Cadle, the state public affairs officer. The helicopter reportedly was carrying passengers...
  • Passengers left waiting for hours on plane, airliner blames Saints parade

    02/10/2010 6:52:44 AM PST · by rawhide · 18 replies · 819+ views
    www.wwltv.com ^ | 2-10-10 | Bigad Shaban
    NEW ORLEANS - Angry, frustrated, and confused--those are just a few of the lingering emotions being felt by close to 100 United Airlines passengers still stranded in New Orleans Their packed flight to Los Angeles was supposed to leave at 7:18pm Tuesday evening, but after spending 3 hours on the plane, flight #263 never took off. “The flight that they rescheduled us to doesn’t leave until 2:30 or 3pm [Wednesday] afternoon,” said Dwight Webster, a passenger trying to get back home to Oakland, California. “So all in all it will be 24 hours before I get home.” Passengers say they...
  • Passengers left stunned after Muslim bus driver pulls over and begins praying in the aisle

    02/08/2010 1:15:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies · 1,132+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/8/10 | staff
    A Muslim bus driver stunned passengers when he pulled over and started praying in the aisle - with the engine still running. The driver parked without warning then rolled out a fluorescent jacket as an improvised prayer mat. He took off his shoes, knelt down facing Mecca, and began to chant. The prayer session held up the bus for more than five minutes with no-one able to get on or off. Passenger Gayle Griffiths complained to Transport for London about the bizarre incident on the No.24 bus in Gospel Oak, north London, this week
  • More airlines make large passengers buy two seats

    01/29/2010 1:33:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 974+ views
    Airfarewatchdog.com on yahoo ^ | 1/29/10 | David Landsel
    You're paying to check your belongings, so why should other people's excess baggage get a free ride? That's the question being asked by a growing number of travelers. As airlines look for new ways to boost revenue, fees for checked bags are on the rise; so is scrutiny of overweight customers whose baggage is built in. It's a touchy subject, Airfarewatchdog.com has found, and one that airlines have been happy to avoid discussing, where possible. As late as 2008, United Airlines wouldn't even address the matter with us. But an outcry among passengers, tired of their seatmates taking up more...
  • Man punches Mpls. bus driver; passengers remove him

    01/20/2010 4:37:01 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies · 685+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 1/20/10 | Paul Walsh
    A Metro Transit bus driver was punched in the forehead during a stop on the Nicollet Mall during afternoon rush hour in Minneapolis by an angry and drunken man who was forcibly removed by several riders, a bus official and witness said Wednesday. The assault happened about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on Nicollet between 10th and 11th Streets downtown, said transit spokesman Bob Gibbons. The man swung at the driver several times, according to video surveillance on the bus and struck her once, Gibbons said. She did not require medical attention. The suspect was arrested on the street by transit police...
  • How Airline Passengers Can Fight Back

    01/18/2010 6:16:13 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 38 replies · 1,229+ views
    MyFoxTwinCities.com ^ | 1/18/10 | Tom Lyden
    The Christmas Day Northwest flight showed once again that passengers can stop a would-be terrorist. FOX 9 investigators show you how passengers can fight back. Bruce Schneier is a sought after expert in airport security, based in Minneapolis. He believes the government is ignoring the "x" factor. "One of the things we've learned since 9/11 is that a line of passengers fighting back is a line of defense we have and that's one of the things that worked Christmas Day," said Schneier. Christmas day, in Detroit, it was a Dutch passenger, sitting an aisle away, who finally subdued a Nigerian...
  • Unruly Passengers Disrupt Northwest Flight 243

    01/12/2010 11:42:58 AM PST · by pheasant · 152 replies · 6,738+ views
    MyFoxDetroit.com ^ | Dennis Kraniak
    Updated: Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010, 2:28 PM EST Published : Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010, 2:15 PM EST Dennis Kraniak MyFoxDetroit.com - Sources tell Fox 2 that a flight from Amsterdam into Detroit Metropolitan Airport was held on the tarmac after landing because of unruly behavior by some of the passengers. The source says four men, thought to be of middle eastern descent, acted out in such a way that it forced the plane's pilots to stop it short of the terminal. The men were removed from the plane while it was parked at the tarmac, away from the aiport's passnger...
  • (Video) Intended Victims of Northwest Flight 253 Apprehended Islamic Terrorist

    12/28/2009 9:18:48 PM PST · by STARWISE · 13 replies · 1,283+ views
    YouTube/CNN ^ | 12-26-09
    Jasper Schuringa, a passenger on Northwest Flight 253, who helped apprehend Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, gives an eyewitness account. Video
  • Rudeness Poll: Smelly passengers voted the most hated

    10/11/2009 1:41:57 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 36 replies · 1,605+ views
    news ^ | October 09, 2009 | Kate Schneider
    PASSENGERS who have poor personal hygiene or kick seats have been voted the most disliked flyers in a new survey. A wide variety of annoying travel behaviour was detailed in US travel company Travelocity’s 2009 Rudeness Poll, which surveyed 1600 passengers on their pet peeves.The annoyances varied between the time of boarding the plane, during the flight and when departing. When boarding those surveyed were most annoyed by passengers who wrested with larger than allowed carry-on luggage. This was followed by people who crowded the boarding line, blocked the isle, stored their luggage carelessly or used overhead bins for small...
  • Air passengers face full body X-rays after suicide bombers hide devices INSIDE their bodies

    10/06/2009 3:08:51 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies · 1,783+ views
    Mail Foreign Service ^ | Oct. 6, 2009
    Travellers to Europe face being treated like drug smugglers as security chiefs are expected to recommend new intrusive security measures. French anti-terror chiefs are expected to propose the new measures, such as full body X-rays or handing in all electronic devices, after a terrorist tried to kill a Saudi prince with a bomb he had inserted into his body. Al Qaeda's latest ploy was first pioneered by Abdullah Hassan al Asiri, who blew himself apart in Jeddah in late August in an attack on Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the Saudi anti-terrorism chief. The 23-year-old terrorist blew himself into 70 pieces...
  • Court: Passengers can challenge no-fly list

    08/22/2009 11:42:56 AM PDT · by BGHater · 11 replies · 624+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 19, 2008 | Bob Egelko
    Critics of the government's secret no-fly list scored a potentially important victory Monday when a federal appeals court ruled that would-be passengers can ask a judge and jury to decide whether their inclusion on the list violates their rights. In a 2-1 ruling, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reinstated a suit by a former Stanford University student who was detained and handcuffed in 2005 as she was about to board a plane to her native Malaysia. The ruling is apparently the first to allow a challenge to the no-fly list to proceed in a federal...
  • Two Rail Passengers Killed After Complaining of Humming

    08/03/2009 8:50:48 AM PDT · by Wardenclyffe · 12 replies · 617+ views
    Sly News ^ | Monday, August 03, 2009 | Sky News Staff
    Two passengers have been stabbed to death after they complained about a man humming on a train, say reports in China. The knifeman was humming along to his CD player when three people in the carriage complained about the noise. A fight began and the trio wrestled the man to the floor and began beating him, said the state-run Xinhua news agency. The man — identified only by his surname Yan — then pulled out a blade and stabbed all three of them.
  • Ryanair says passengers prefer to stand

    07/22/2009 1:26:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 857+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/22/09 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) – Most passengers would be willing to stand during flights if the fare was free, according to a poll released Wednesday by Irish no-frills airline Ryanair. More than 80,000 passengers, 66 percent of those polled by Ryanair, said they would be happy to stand during one-hour flights. Thirty-four percent said they wanted a seat. "With 120,000 passengers voting and 80,000 saying they would stand on board, Ryanair will continue to explore the concept of 'fare free standing' flights with Boeing and the relevant aviation authorities in the US and EU," Ryanair's head of communications Stephen McNamara said. Under...
  • Commentary: Airline Experience Begs Question, ‘Who Are America’s Heroes?’

    03/18/2009 4:25:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 767+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 18, 2009 – The challenge issued by a flight attendant during a recent commercial air flight seemed innocuous enough: “Name just one of the five Medal of Honor recipients from the current engagements in Afghanistan or Iraq, and get a free drink coupon.” But the passengers’ response – more specifically, the inability of all but just one to respond – revealed how little the average American knows about its military heroes. Bombarded by superhero lore almost from birth, many Americans grow to revere fictional heroes as well as sports and celebrity icons. But silence descended over the...
  • China: Stranded air passengers 'clash with police in China'(trashed airline desks)

    07/29/2008 6:01:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 118+ views
    AFP ^ | 07/29/08
    Stranded air passengers 'clash with police in China' 2 hours, 8 minutes ago Angry passengers scuffled with police in an airport in southwest China on Tuesday, smashing computers and desks after they were stranded overnight, allegedly without food or lodging, state media said. More than 170 passengers were holed up at an airport in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, after three China Southern Airlines flights were delayed late Monday due to bad weather, the Xinhua news agency reported. Some passengers were told to go to a hotel by themselves but ended up being rejected once they arrived, it said.
  • US Airways to charge $2 for beverages, $15 for first bag

    06/12/2008 4:07:11 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 41 replies · 182+ views
    US Airways is imposing new passenger fees in the face of rising jet fuel prices, but it's going even further than some other airlines have recently. The Tempe, Ariz.-based carrier (NYSE: LCC), which has a large presence at Reagan National Airport, will start charging $2 for nonalcoholic beverages in coach class on all domestic flights. The fee covers sodas, juices, bottled water and coffee. The charge for alcoholic beverages in coach will increase to $7. Following the lead of several other airlines, US Airways also will charge $15 for the first checked bag for tickets purchased beginning July 9 for...
  • Court overturns air passenger rights law

    03/25/2008 10:02:33 AM PDT · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 73 replies · 1,295+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 3/25/08 | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    NEW YORK - A federal appeals court has rejected a law requiring airlines to provide food, water, clean toilets and fresh air to passengers trapped in a plane delayed on the ground. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that New York's new state law interferes with federal law governing the price, route or service of an air carrier. It was the first law in the nation of its kind. The appeals court said the new law was laudable but only the federal government has the authority to enact such a regulation. The law was challenged before the...
  • Rowdy passengers forces planes to land

    03/24/2008 12:50:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 584+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/24/08 | AP
    WARSAW, Poland - Two passenger jets made unrelated emergency landings in Poland Monday to remove rowdy passengers, one of whom claimed to be a terrorist. In the first incident, a Lufthansa-operated flight from Germany to the Ukraine was diverted to Pyrzowice airport, near the southern city of Katowice, after a Russian citizen on the plane claimed to be a terrorist. Polish border guards at the airport examined his luggage but found no evidence that he was a terrorist, said Maj. Cezary Zaborski, spokesman for local border guards. Zaborski said the man appeared to be inebriated. The plane, an Airbus 320...
  • Passenger With TB in Calif. Hospital

    12/31/2007 8:54:22 PM PST · by antiunion person · 6 replies · 138+ views
    myway ^ | December 31, 2007 | Paul Elias
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Health officials were searching Monday for dozens of airline passengers who may have come in contact with a 30-year-old woman infected with a hard-to-treat form of tuberculosis on a flight from India. The 30-year-old woman, who authorities declined to identify, was being treated at a Bay Area hospital. Officials said the chances that she had infected anyone else were minimal. The woman arrived in San Francisco on Dec. 13 aboard an American Airlines flight that she boarded in New Delhi. The flight stopped in Chicago before continuing to San Francisco International. "She did have symptoms on...
  • Passengers revolt after being told to fly on jet with its wing tip missing

    11/03/2007 5:48:45 PM PDT · by Stoat · 104 replies · 988+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | November 3, 2007 | DANIEL BOFFEY
    Passengers revolt after being told to fly on jet with its wing tip missingBy DANIEL BOFFEY - More by this author » Last updated at 21:43pm on 3rd November 2007  An airline crew faced a rebellion when they told passengers they were going to fly on a jet that had lost its wing tip in a runway crash.  The SriLankan Airlines customers had been on the Airbus A340 a day earlier when it sliced through a wing of a stationary British Airways 747 at Heathrow, delaying departure by 24 hours. So they were amazed to be boarding the same...
  • Right There on the Tarmac, the Inmates Revolt [Continental treats passengers like criminals]

    08/15/2007 5:36:05 PM PDT · by Yaelle · 54 replies · 1,593+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 08/14/07 | Joe Sharkey
    On the Road Right There on the Tarmac, the Inmates Revolt By JOE SHARKEY Published: August 14, 2007 ON July 29, Continental Flight 1669, a 737-700 with about 120 passengers aboard, was bound for Newark from Caracas, Venezuela, when bad weather caused the plane to be diverted to Baltimore. It sat there for about five hours with passengers on board as food and water ran low and toilets became filthy. Since Dec. 29, there have been hundreds of reports of passengers unable to get off parked airplanes for 6, 8 and even 12 hours. Just last weekend, for example, a...
  • Court: Airline passengers can't back out of searches (after going thru initial security screenings)

    08/11/2007 9:09:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,002+ views
    Citing concerns about terrorism, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that airline passengers lose their right to object to a search after they go through initial security screenings. The San Francisco-based court, ruling in a case involving a Hawaii man, said airline passengers couldn't refuse searches once they place their belongings on an X-ray tray or walk through a metal detector. It was the appeals court's second decision in the case of Daniel Kuualoha Aukai because it wanted to clarify an earlier decision on the issue of consent. Last year, the court ruled Aukai couldn't back out...
  • Imams not suing flight passengers ("Flyin' Imams")

    07/31/2007 4:49:29 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 39 replies · 1,480+ views
    KSTP.com ^ | 7/31/07 | KSTP.com
    Six imams removed from a U.S. Airways plane said they would not sue the passengers whose concerns led them to being kicked off the flight. In federal court Tuesday, the attorney for the imams said, "We don't contemplate naming any private passenger as a defendant." After the November flight, the imams sued the airport, the airline and 'John Does,' which left open the possibility of suing anonymous passengers. The attorney for one of the passengers says the imams' offer comes only as congress is about to give immunity to those reporting suspicious behavior. "The offer is only made after congress...
  • Titanic passenger list goes online

    04/14/2007 7:09:58 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 7 replies · 458+ views
    Sunday Herald Sun ^ | 15 April 2007 | Avril Ormsby
    THE names, ages and professions of passengers listed on the Titanic's fateful journey have gone online for the first time, 95 years after the luxury ocean liner sank on its maiden voyage. Dozens of pages featuring the original handwritten passenger list are available, revealing the cabin class of passengers. They poignantly show the emigration plans of many hopefuls setting sail from Southampton for a new life in America in 1912. The White Star liner, touted as "unsinkable", left port on April 10, only to sink after hitting an iceberg, with the loss of 1,523 lives. Among the passengers, for example,...
  • Passengers evacuated from smoking jet before takeoff at Israeli airport

    03/25/2007 12:30:04 AM PDT · by jdm · 10 replies · 499+ views
    AP via IHT ^ | March 25, 2007
    An El Al jet taxiing before takeoff at Ben Gurion International Airport filled with smoke on Sunday, forcing passengers and crew to flee the aircraft on emergency slides, airport officials said. The 128 passengers and crew members on the Zurich-bound 737 were evacuated after smoke began billowing out of vents on the plane, airport spokesman Yiftach Kramer said. No one was hurt in the mishap, the cause of which was still unknown, he said. "The plane started taxiing before takeoff, and while it was taxiing the plane filled with smoke and there was a burnt smell," passenger Shlomi Safran told...
  • Muslims offer to help 'John Does' sued by imams[U.S. Airways Passengers]

    03/21/2007 2:20:39 AM PDT · by FLOutdoorsman · 58 replies · 1,867+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 21 March 2007 | Audrey Hudson
    Lawyers and a Muslim group say they will defend at no cost airline passengers caught up in a lawsuit between a group of imams and U.S. Airways if the passengers are named as "John Does" and sued for reporting suspicious behavior that got the Muslim clerics booted from a November flight. The six imams are suing the airline, Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission, and the unnamed "John Does" to be named later, for discrimination, saying they were removed from the flight for praying in the airport. Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a Phoenix-area physician and director of American Islamic Forum for...
  • SkyWest sorry for not letting passenger use restroom

    03/16/2007 6:02:54 PM PDT · by jim35 · 13 replies · 475+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 3/16/2007 | Paul Beebe
    SkyWest Airlines has apologized to a passenger barred from a plane's restroom by a flight attendant. James Whipple says that after repeated pleas to empty his beer-filled bladder on a recent flight, he finally found relief - with an air sickness bag. Now, the Sandy man says SkyWest has issued him an apology for his distress.
  • Face Scans For Air Passangers A Step Nearer

    12/06/2006 6:55:33 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 374+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-7-2006 | Tim Hall
    Face scans for air passengers a step nearer By Tim Hall Last Updated: 2:47am GMT 07/12/2006 Passengers at Heathrow had their fingerprints taken for the first time yesterday, in tests which could lead to routine biometric scanning at Britain's airports. A high-tech scanner was unveiled by the Government and eventually all passengers could be required to have iris and face scans. Initially, passengers are being invited to have their fingerprints scanned in return for skipping boarding queues. If the scheme, known as miSense, proves succesful, it could be rolled out across the UK. Yesterday Liam Byrne, the immigration minister, said...
  • 1,500 cruise ship passengers without toilets for 'three days'

    10/23/2006 6:17:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 572+ views
    Around 1,450 passengers on a luxury cruise ship have been left without toilets for three days, according to people on board. A series of blockages in the plumbing system is said to have led to "mayhem" on board Thomson's Destiny cruise ship. Tour operator Thomson admitted that there have been problems with the vacuum system of the toilets, but said it was bringing in a team of "super-technicians" to fix the system overnight. A spokeswoman said: "The team of 10 experts will be working through the night to ensure that the problem will be sorted." She was unable to confirm...
  • Terror as pilot tells passengers: this plane's a deathtrap[UK]

    09/24/2006 8:18:42 PM PDT · by GinJax · 54 replies · 2,258+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 22 Sep 2006 | Daily Mail
    A jet carrying 180 British tourists was grounded when its pilot announced: "Do not fly with this plane, it is not safe." The holidaymakers were about to take off back to Bristol Airport from Antalya, Turkey, when a strange sound came from the Airbus A321's engines. Then the captain announced: "I am resigning from my job. Do not fly with this plane. It is not safe. Do not fly with Onur Air." The unnamed pilot walked off the aircraft, leaving the passengers in 38C heat without air conditioning. They were eventually told to leave the aircraft, retrieve their luggage and...
  • Twelve passengers arrested after Northwest Airlines disturbance (Amsterdam to Mumbai flight)

    08/23/2006 9:50:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 2,525+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/23/06 | AFP
    THE HAGUE (AFP) - Twelve passengers on a Northwest Airlines flight that returned to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport after the pilot raised an alert over worrying behaviour have been arrested, the Dutch ANP news agency has reported. The plane was flying from the Dutch capital to Mumbai, India, with 149 passengers on board on Wednesday when what the pilot called "behavior of concern" prompted him to return to Amsterdam. The plane was escorted by two Dutch air force jets.
  • Airline Insecurity (Meet The PC World Of Airline Insecurity Alert)

    08/22/2006 3:26:00 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies · 533+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 08/22/06 | Aaron Hanscom
    Confiscating hair gel and Starbucks coffee is this year’s equivalent of the banning of nail clippers and lighters. Put another way, the enhanced security measures put into place at airports across the world following this month’s disruption of a plot by British Muslims to smuggle liquid explosives onto several transatlantic flights aren’t making airline passengers feel much safer. Which is why Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has tried to reassure American travelers about boarding an airplane by reminding them of such protections as the “prohibition on liquids, gels and beverages in carry-on baggage.” The problem is that while possible liquid...
  • Airliner delayed after passengers carry on drinks (purchased at the airport)

    08/18/2006 1:30:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,040+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 8/18/06 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES An airliner bound for New York was delayed nearly an hour Friday after the crew discovered some passengers had carried on drinks purchased at the airport, and the pilot requested the plane be rechecked by security screeners. American Airlines Flight 40 was scheduled to leave for John F. Kennedy International Airport at 11 a.m. and was being boarded when the drinks were discovered. "The passengers were deplaned at the captain's request," said Nancy Castles, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles International Airport. "The liquids were surrendered or tossed or discarded. They conducted a security check of the plane, and...
  • Passengers can expect double screening (Sticking it to everyone equally in the name of security)

    08/10/2006 4:27:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 121 replies · 1,734+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/10/06 | Leslie Miller - ap
    WASHINGTON - Beginning Friday, airline passengers will go through double screening to make sure they're not carrying liquids onto planes, the head of the airline industry's largest trade group said. Passengers and their carry-on luggage will be checked not only at the main security checkpoint, but also a second time at the boarding gate. The stepped-up screening in response to a new terrorist threat began Thursday at 25 airports where planes leave for Britain. "It's going to spread across the whole system tomorrow," James May, president of the Air Transport Association, said Thursday. The response to the terrorist threat produced...
  • French Riviera Gang Terrorises Passengers In Two-Hour Train Rampage (Yutes)

    01/04/2006 6:19:14 PM PST · by blam · 69 replies · 2,718+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-5-2006 | Colin Randall
    French Riviera gang terrorises passengers in two-hour train rampage By Colin Randall (Filed: 05/01/2006) Hundreds of passengers were terrorised by a mob of youths rampaging through a train on the French Riviera. One young woman was sexually assaulted, travellers were robbed of phones and cash, and carriages were wrecked in the two-hour assault, it emerged yesterday. Up to 40 youths involved in the attacks had taken advantage of a special fare of about 80p to travel from Marseilles and Avignon to celebrate the New Year in Nice. They were part of a larger group of 100, many drunk from their...
  • To the general media, No more beating around the bush, say it out loud: ARAB RACISM & ISLAMIC JIHAD!

    10/21/2005 2:10:54 PM PDT · by Actuality · 18 replies · 1,126+ views
    http://www.geocities.com/realtrueactuality
    ARAB RACISM & ISLAMIC JIHAD!!! Are Militant Muslims DECAPITATING Tourists in S. Philippines? IT'S ARAB MUSLIM FANATICS' RACISM + JIHAD!!! Did Sadistic Saddam attack Arab Kuwaiti 'brothers' tortured them horrifically? IT'S ARAB MUSLIM FANATICS' RACISM + JIHAD!!! Did Sadistic Saddam BUTCHER/GASSED/TORTURED HIS OWN PEOPLE? IT'S ARAB MUSLIM FANATICS' RACISM + JIHAD!!! Do Arab Muslim Militant Hamas/Islamic-Jihad/other 'Palestinian' Militants (& often Fatah - connected to the official 'Palestinian' authority) TARGET BABIES, (not as the West targets terrorists) Yes or no? IT'S ARAB MUSLIM FANATICS' RACISM + JIHAD!!! Did Arab Islamists attack French subways? (1985) IT'S ARAB MUSLIM FANATICS' RACISM +...
  • No-fly list part of Canada's security plan

    08/05/2005 5:56:54 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 4 replies · 459+ views
    canada.com ^ | Friday, August 05, 2005 | Alison Auld
    HALIFAX -- Canada will create its own version of a no-fly list as part of a security program critics say is coming far too late and will do little to shield it from terrorist attacks like those last month in London. Federal Transport Minister Jean Lapierre said Friday that officials will begin devising criteria that would identify people who pose "an immediate threat to aviation security," and will work with airlines to stop those people from flying. Lapierre insisted the new program, called Passenger Protect, will not violate the Charter of Rights or the Constitution. But he wouldn't spell out...
  • He Looked Terror in the Eye - and Blinked - (chilling; 9/11 Portland, ME airport security failure)

    02/24/2005 9:36:41 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 13 replies · 995+ views
    PHILLY.COM ^ | FEBRUARY 24, 2005 | Michael Smerconish
    MICHAEL Tuohey "stared the devil in the eyes and didn't recognize him." Now he kicks himself for not having acted, although if he had, our government probably would've punished him for trying to take the devil down. Until recently, Tuohey worked the ticket counter at the airport in Portland, Maine, first for Allegheny Airlines, and then its successor, US Airways. He'll never forget one particular day of his 34 years of employment. It began like any other. This married Army vet had a routine. He'd wake up at 3:30 a.m. and walk to the kitchen to grab a cup of...
  • Latvia - Government official recommends fines against passengers of drunk drivers

    02/17/2005 1:35:24 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 289+ views
    RBC.ru via PROMT translation ^ | February 17, 2005
    In Latvia will fine passengers of drunk drivers Minister of Internal Affairs of Latvia Eric Ekabsons suggests to fine not only drunk drivers, but also their passengers, radio station " Echo of Moscow " informs. " Passengers too are responsible for possible misfortune ", - minister at session of Security Council of traffic of Latvia has told. In general the Latvian ministers compete in an ingenuity how to punish drivers-alcoholics. At the same session minister of the message of Latvia Ajnar SHlesers has suggested to punish drinking drivers 160 hours of forced hard labour. They will be necessary for...
  • Female passengers make men better drivers

    06/09/2004 11:56:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 28 replies · 265+ views
    IOL ^ | June 09 2004
    Many men say they drive more carefully if they have a woman as a front-seat passenger. But most women say they don't change their driving style with a male passenger, the German magazine Men's Car reports. In a survey of 500 drivers in Germany, the magazine said, 65 percent of men said they changed their driving style with a woman in the seat next to them, with 44 percent reporting they tried to drive more safely. Only 12 percent of men claimed having a woman as a passenger prompted them to drive more aggressively. Women tend not to be influenced...