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  • Why The Economy Is Like The Subway

    05/28/2016 7:17:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/28/16 | Bob Christie
    Hanging onto your wallet is not an option. The feds will find your back pocket. And then there are the other thugs who prey on passengers. Nobody will get home unscathed When you venture beneath the city streets, go through or leap over the turnstile (not recommended . . . a consequence may be a fine, or a broken leg), stroll down the platform to the favored spot where your preferred car will stop, three things can happen. Two are bad. You have a chance to get on the train and reach your destination safely . . . so far...
  • Egypt: Russian plane crashes with over 200 passengers in Isis stronghold in Sinai

    10/31/2015 5:13:29 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    Interantional Business Times ^ | 10/31/15 | Mugdha Variyar
    A Russian civilian aircraft crashed moments after it went missing in Egypt's Sinai region on Saturday. There were said to be 217 passengers and seven crew members on board when Egypt's air traffic control lost contact with the aircraft, according to reports. Egyptian prime minister Sherif Ismail has confirmed that the Russian plane crashed near Nekhel in the north of Sinai, and has set up a cabinet level crisis committee to investigate, according to AFP The Russian airline Kogalymavia flight was on its way to Russia after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh resort on the Red Sea. Most people on...
  • This airline is going to start weighing passengers before flight (a non-U.S. airline)

    08/12/2015 10:20:05 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 49 replies ^ | August 12, 2015 | Sarah Whitten
    On one airline, a trip in flight will also involve a trip to the scale. Uzbekistan Airways announced recently it would begin pre-flight weighing of passengers to determine the average weight of passengers and their carry-on luggage. It appears that the procedure is strictly for research purposes and will aid the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in ensuring flight safety. Passengers will be asked to proceed through a weighing machine in the departure gate zone. The record of passenger weights will remain anonymous, according to the airline. Instead, weights will be categorized by gender or age, if the passenger is...
  • Kneejerk Reaction? New Air Passenger Seating Scheme Hits Turbulence

    07/10/2015 5:17:33 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 37 replies
    NBC Business ^ | July 10, 2015 | Alexandra Gibbs
    The lot of the poor economy-class airline customer has never been a happy one: there's the food (or lack of), cramped conditions, loud noises and being just that bit too close for comfort to your fellow passengers. However, things could get a whole lot worse, if one company's designs are adopted. Named the "Economy Class Cabin Hexagon", the design aims to switch up seating arrangements, by placing airline seats in different directions in order to improve space and "increase cabin density."
  • GotNews IDs Gay Activist Train Engineer Who Caused Amtrak Crash

    05/14/2015 6:42:56 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 59 replies
    Got ^ | May 13, 2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    BREAKING: GotNews IDs Gay Activist Train Engineer Who Caused Amtrak Crash UPDATED W/ PHOTOS! May 13, 2015 by Charles C. Johnson 184 Comments has independently identified the engineer at the center of the Amtrak crash that has killed at least seven. Brandon Bostian is the 32-year-old gay man who lawyered up after a deadly derailment in Philadelphia. The train was reportedly going twice the speed limit.
  • REAL ID to Launch in 2016: TSA Will Force Airline Passengers to Show National ID Before Flying

    02/10/2015 1:25:17 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 45 replies
    B Swann ^ | 2/2/15 | Barry Donegan
    Starting in 2016, the Transportation Security Administration will require all airline passengers to present a REAL ID compliant identification card or a passport in order to board a flight. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that 20-30% of Americans live in jurisdictions that are not REAL ID compliant, meaning their driver's licenses will no longer be accepted during security checks at the airport.
  • Passengers Taken Off Planes at JFK as Authorities Investigate Bomb Threat: Officials

    01/19/2015 9:09:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 1/19/15 | Jonathan Dienst, Ida Siegal, Jay Blackman, Richard Esposito and Becky Bratu
    Passengers on board two Delta flights at Kennedy Airport were taken off each of the aircrafts Monday night as authorities investigated a bomb threat that turned out to be unfounded, officials say. An anonymous phone call was placed to Delta headquarters just after 6 p.m. suggesting a pipe bomb was on Delta Flight 468, according to Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo. There are two Delta flights with the number 468: one has a Boeing 757 plane landing at JFK from San Francisco at 8 p.m., with 171 passengers on board, according to Delta Airlines. The other flight has a Boeing...
  • United Airlines contacting passengers who flew with Ebola victim

    10/03/2014 5:53:35 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 2, 2014 | DAVID KOENIG
    Stars and Stripes Logo United Airlines contacting passengers who flew with Ebola victim By DAVID KOENIG The Associated Press Published: October 2, 2014 More than 80 people in Dallas are being monitored for symptoms of Ebola after coming into contact with patient Thomas Eric Duncan or others who Duncan had met, health officials said. DALLAS — United Airlines said Thursday it is notifying passengers who were on flights with a man later diagnosed with Ebola and telling them how to contact federal health officials. United said it is also telling passengers that officials at the Centers for Disease Control and...
  • Missing Malaysia plane MH370: What we know

    09/24/2014 1:21:27 AM PDT · by DJlaysitup · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 September 2014 Last updated at 03:40 ET
    <p>Missing Malaysia plane MH370: What we know...almost six months on, mystery continues to surround the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March.</p>
  • The Trouble With Keeping Commercial Flights Clean

    09/18/2014 6:31:21 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 17, 2014 | Scott McCartney
    The Middle Seat The Trouble With Keeping Commercial Flights Clean With the Ebola Crisis in the Background, Standards for Disinfecting Planes Vary Based on Time, Class Just how clean are airplanes? Do they really get scrubbed down after each flight? WSJ's Scott McCartney joins Tanya Rivero on Lunch Break with the answers. By Scott McCartney Updated Sept. 17, 2014 The Ebola crisis and heightened concerns about the risk of spreading disease during air travel have focused concern on what airlines do to keep planes clean. It's a murky area without clear regulatory standards. The Federal Aviation Administration says it doesn't...
  • 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. is a website that publicly calls out the rudest, grossest airline passenger behavior by posting photos of these offending passengers on Instagram and Facebook.
  • 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.
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 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, 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 ^ | 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 ^ | Dennis Kraniak
    Updated: Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010, 2:28 PM EST Published : Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010, 2:15 PM EST Dennis Kraniak - 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 ^ | 7/31/07 |
    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...