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  • United Airlines pilot arrested for running 'massive' brothel operation, cops say

    03/24/2016 12:46:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 24, 2016
    A United Airlines pilot has been arrested after police said his illicit business couldn’t fly under the radar. Bruce Wayne Wallis, 51, is charged with running around six brothel apartments in Houston with 6 to 10 women in each one, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. The women in the apartments advertised their services online and paid Wallis $400 a week to rent the space, court records show. "It's the largest operation that I've ever worked on," Assistant Harris County District Attorney Lester Blizzard said, describing the operation by the United Airlines pilot as “massive.”
  • United Airlines will retrofit its Boeing 777 fleet to accommodate TEN seats per row in coach class

    03/21/2016 11:55:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 63 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 21, 2016 | Staff
    United Airlines has confirmed plans to reconfigure several of its Boeing 777 airliners to accommodate 10 seats across each row instead of nine in its economy class on domestic routes. United will retrofit 19 of its 74 Boeing 777 widebodies with the additional seating, applying the change to nine of the aircraft already used for domestic routes, mostly to and from Hawaii. The 10 other Boeing 777s that will feature the 10-across seat configuration will be shifted from the airline's long-haul international flights, according to Today in the Sky.
  • United Airlines apologizes after disabled man crawls off flight

    10/26/2015 9:34:14 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/26/2015 | By Melissa Gray and Samuel Roth, CNN
    Story Highlights D'Arcee Neal, who has cerebral palsy, took a five-hour flight last week A mix-up meant there was no wheelchair to help him off the plane; he was told to wait for one He waited but finally crawled out of the plane with no assistance (CNN)—A man returning from a meeting about disabled accessibility policies arrived home with a very personal example of the problem. D'Arcee Neal, who has cerebral palsy, took a five-hour flight from San Francisco to Washington last week. A mix-up at the gate meant there was no wheelchair to help the 29-year-old off the plane,...
  • United flight bound for DC is diverted to Ohio (tr)

    07/02/2015 12:15:09 PM PDT · by dware · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07.02.2015 | Sophie Jane Evans
    FULL TITLE: United flight bound for DC is diverted to Ohio after female passenger 'makes threatening comments about a bomb' A United Airlines flight from Missouri to Washington D.C. was diverted to Ohio on Thursday after a female passenger allegedly made threatening comments about a bomb while on board the plane. United Express Flight 3342 had set off from St Louis at around 8.50am and was traveling to the nation's capital when the flier, described as being 'in her fifties', made the remarks, officials said. The flight crew alerted the pilot, who decided to take action and the aircraft was...
  • United Airlines Flight Forced To Turn Around After Passenger Refuses To Stop Smoking

    06/29/2015 5:47:03 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 53 replies
    Consumerist ^ | June 29, 2015
    Though it might seem like “no smoking” signs on airplanes aren’t even needed anymore — who could possibly think lighting up a cigarette in an enclosed cabin filled with other people is okay? — there are apparently those out there who still need reminding that smoking isn’t allowed. To wit: a United Airlines flight headed to Boston from Denver was forced to turn around after a passenger reportedly lit up and refused to stop smoking. Officials said the flight returned to Denver International Airport around midnight on Friday due to a disturbance on board, an airport spokesperson told Channel 2...
  • Twelve Major Brands That Will Disappear

    A number of well-known brands disappeared in the last year in large part due to economic forces. Many of them were in the retail industry, led by Circuit City. ATA and Aloha airlines are gone. Gateway Computers has effectively disappeared after being bought by Acer. It still has a website, but the brand is no longer marketed. As the recession deepens and stretches out quarter after quarter, more companies will close or will shut divisions. More brands will disappear because their parents firms fold or can no longer afford to support them. Other brands will be obliterated by mergers. 24/7...
  • ‘You have not been helpful’: Monk loses temper dealing with United Airlines customer service

    01/04/2015 7:38:30 AM PST · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/3/15 | By Michael Walsh
    Brother Noah of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico says he failed to stay peaceful while dealing with United Airlines on the phone, the New York Times reported. “I said to her something like: ‘Thank you for speaking. God bless you. I will pray for you. But you have not been helpful,’” he told the broadsheet. When David Segal, author of "The Haggler" column, suggested this did not sound like much of an outburst, Brother Noah said he knows the tone of his voice “manifested anger.”
  • 22-year-old entrepreneur sued by United Airlines, Orbitz [dumb lawsuit]

    12/30/2014 7:07:43 PM PST · by grundle · 12 replies ^ | December 30, 2014 | Andrew V. Pestano
    CHICAGO, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- United Airlines and Orbitz are suing 22-year-old Aktarer Zaman to recuperate what they say is $75,000 in lost revenue. Zaman founded the website Skiplagged, which helps passengers find cheaper flights by finding tickets where the actual destination of the traveler is a layover. The strategy is called "Hidden City." "In its simplest form, a passenger purchases a ticket from city A to city B to city C but does not travel beyond city B," Orbitz, an online booking site, and United Airlines said.
  • 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...
  • Vacationing Air Force bomber pilot helped land Boeing 737 after pilot had a heart attack

    06/02/2014 5:08:42 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 68 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 2, 2014 | James Nye
    United Flight 1637 was returning off-duty Air Force Captain Mike Gongol, his family and 157 other souls from their Christmas vacation when disaster struck. The Boeing 737's pilot suffered a devastating heart attack at 30,000 feet on the way from Des Moines to Denver, forcing Gongol to rush to the cockpit and help guide the plane to an emergency landing. His heroic actions have gone unheralded until now, as Gongol recalls the dramatic moment he answered the chilling announcement on the December 30 flight, 'Does anyone know how to fly a plane?'
  • United Airlines Plane Hits Violent Turbulence, Leaves 1 in Critical Condition

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

    12/08/2013 8:02:15 PM PST · by gooblah · 58 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | December 8 2013 | Rachel Zarrel
    Like many before him, Tom Wagner dozed off on his United Express flight on Dec. 6. But when he woke up, everyone else was gone — and the plane was locked. “I woke up and the lights were out. I was like, what’s going on? I thought maybe it was a layover, still on the same plane,” he told KTRK.
  • United Airlines to install 'winglets' on planes to save fuel

    07/22/2013 6:29:41 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 77 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 21, 2013 | Hugo Martin
    With airlines operating on razor-thin profit margins, carriers are pulling out all the stops to cut costs. The latest example is United Airlines, which plans to install new angled tips to the ends of the wings on more than 140 of its 737-model jets beginning next year.
  • United Airlines Forgets to Pack Toilet Paper on 10-Hour Flight...

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

    05/29/2013 9:13:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    NLPC ^ | May 29, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    Now that Boeing has placed most of its 787s back into service, including those inUnited Airlines’ fleet, executives with both corporations are putting a happy face on the expensive hardship that was caused by the four-month grounding of the planes due to fire hazard risks. United reinstated the so-called Dreamliners on May 20, when United CEO Jeff Smisek and Boeing CEO Jim McNerney hopped a flight from Houston to Chicago to show the troubles with the plane’s lithium ion batteries were behind them. "I’ll tell you, Jim,” said Smisek, as recounted by the Associated Press, “it was a fairly expensive...
  • Flight diverted after family raises concerns over PG-13 inflight movie

    04/05/2013 10:21:14 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 74 replies
    My Fox Orlando ^ | 04/05/2013 | FOX News
    A family's criticism of inflight entertainment allegedly prompted a United flight to be diverted over "security concerns." In a story published in The Atlantic, one family recounts traveling from Denver to Baltimore with two young sons, ages 4 and 8. During the flight, the PG-13-rated detective film "Alex Cross" was shown on drop-down monitors across the plane. The family worried about their young children seeing inappropriate content in the film. "Alarmed by the opening scenes, we asked two flight attendants if they could turn off the monitor; both claimed it was not possible," the family said, according to The Atlantic....
  • Airlines Face Acute Shortage of Pilots

    11/12/2012 8:46:40 AM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    wsj ^ | November 11, 2012 | SUSAN CAREY, JACK NICAS and ANDY PASZTOR
    U.S. airlines are facing what threatens to be their most serious pilot shortage since the 1960s, with higher experience requirements for new hires about to take hold just as the industry braces for a wave of retirements. Federal mandates taking effect next summer will require all newly hired pilots to have at least 1,500 hours of prior flight experience—six times the current minimum—raising the cost and time to train new fliers in an era when pay cuts and more-demanding schedules already have made the profession less attractive. Meanwhile, thousands of senior pilots at major airlines soon will start hitting the...
  • Flight 23 - The 5th plane to be seized on 9/11, and the terrorists who got away

    09/11/2012 6:50:56 AM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 67 replies
    NewsWorks ^ | 05.16.2011 | Jan C. Ting
    Have you heard about the airliner which was ordered back to the gate on 9/11 when the terrorist attacks began, only to have four young Arab passengers jump off the plane, after which box cutters and Al Qaeda documents were found in their abandoned bags?
  • Disabled veteran says United Airlines staff kicked his service dog and asked if he was retarded...

    07/22/2012 12:39:18 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 91 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 21 July 2012 | Laura Cox
    A disabled veteran and his service dog were abused by United Airlines staff, he has claimed. Jim Stanek, a three-tour Iraq veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, said employees of the airline kicked his dog, Sarge, and asked him if he was retarded. In a YouTube video the Paws and Stripes founder describes his ordeal which began on July 16 at Dulles International Airport in Washington.
  • Ex-FBI employee claims she saw angels at Flight 93

    07/03/2012 9:03:20 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 3, 2012 | JOE MANDAK
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A former FBI employee who retired due to post-traumatic stress disorder linked to time spent as a liaison between law enforcement and families of United Airlines Flight 93 victims has written a book about seeing legions of angels guarding the site after the hijacked airliner crashed on Sept. 11, 2001. Lillie Leonardi was a Pittsburgh-area police officer before working for the FBI.
  • Denny Fitch, one of many heroes on United 232, has died.

    05/08/2012 8:57:55 AM PDT · by RckyRaCoCo · 20 replies
    He is best known for his critical actions as an off-duty DC-10 training captain who helped captain Al Haynes minimize loss of life on United Airlines Flight 232 when all flight controls were lost, on July 19, 1989.
  • United Airlines fleet through the years

    02/01/2012 7:36:13 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    As United Airlines retires its last Boeing 737, the Tribune looks back at some of the aircraft the carrier has used from its start as the nation's first coast-to-coast mail and passenger service.
  • 'I was kicked off flight because I'm black': Barbershop star threatens to sue United Airlines

    09/02/2011 6:54:45 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 58 replies · 11+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | September 1, 2011 | David Gardner
    Comedian Michael Colyar has blasted United Airlines for allegedly booting him off a flight because he is black. The 'Barbershop' star claimed he was forced off his flight at Dulles International Airport in Virginia after accusing a stewardess of giving a white passenger preferential treatment. The race row blew up after Mr Colyar, who won the talent show 'Star Search' 21 years ago, reportedly refused to allow his bag to be moved from an overhead storage bin so that a white woman could stow her bags there instead.
  • United Airlines 747 flies low over the Golden Gate Bridge (video)

    United Airlines 747 flies low over the Golden Gate Bridge
  • United and Continental Said to Agree to Merge

    05/02/2010 3:06:08 PM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 44 replies · 1,521+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 2, 2010 | MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and JAD MOUAWAD
    United Airlines and Continental Airlines agreed Sunday to a $3 billion merger that will create the world’s biggest airline, people familiar with the discussions said. The boards of both companies approved the all-stock transaction, these people said. A deal is expected to be announced on Monday. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter. The combined company will keep the United name and will be based in Chicago. It will be run by Continental’s top executive, Jeffery A. Smisek. United’s chairman, Glenn F. Tilton, will be nonexecutive chairman for two years. After that, Mr. Smisek will become the...
  • Airlines Approach Final Deal to Merge (UAL and Continental form one giant airline company)

    04/30/2010 6:27:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 416+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/30/2010 | GINA CHON And SUSAN CAREY
    Continental Airlines Inc. and UAL Corp.'s United Airlines are expected to announce Monday that they are merging to form the world's largest airline, people familiar with the matter said. UAL's board of directors is meeting Friday, while Continental's board is meeting Friday and Sunday to discuss the deal, these people said. These people cautioned that negotiations could still fall apart as they did in 2008, when Continental backed away. But after a hiccup over pricing, the talks appear on track, they said. The combination would leapfrog over Delta Air Lines Inc. as the biggest airline by passengers carried. United is...
  • UAL, Continental in merger talks: source

    04/15/2010 11:18:58 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies · 334+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 15, 2010
    Reuters) - UAL Corp (UAUA.O), parent of United Airlines, has entered merger talks with Continental Airlines (CAL.N), a source familiar with the talks said on Thursday.
  • Shares of US Airways, UAL climb as merger talks reported (Deal will need labor support)

    04/08/2010 1:38:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 297+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | 04/08/2010 | Christopher Hinton
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Shares of both US Airways Group and UAL Corp., the parent of United Airlines, climbed Thursday on reports the carriers were in early merger talks after a nearly two-year break. Negotiations could still break down, and it could still be several weeks before any transaction is announced, according to media reports that cite anonymous sources. Battered and bruised from the recession but facing an industry-wide recovery in demand and revenue, the two legacy carriers may now believe it's the time to combine operations to lower costs and shake out overlapping capacity. Both airlines have overlapping domestic...
  • FBI: No Explosives Found on United Jet in Denver

    04/07/2010 8:11:26 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 128 replies · 4,419+ views
    FBI: No Explosives Found on United Jet in Denver Authorities Say Qatari Diplomat Told Air Marshals, 'I'm Lighting My Shoes' FBI agents say no explosives were found in the shoes of a Qatar diplomat who was subdued by federal air marshals on a United flight to Denver Wednesday night after allegedly telling the marshals, "I'm lighting my shoes on fire." Authorities say the diplomat was wrestled to the ground and two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched to accompany the 757 on the final 40 minutes of its flight to Denver. Flight 663 originated from Washington Reagan airport. A US security...
  • Unconfirmed comment on twitter: CNN going with an "airport disturbance" until we get more guidance (

    04/07/2010 7:08:32 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 62 replies · 1,833+ views
    Twitter ^ | April 7, 2010 | CNN Reporter
    ALSO: BREAKING: Man Tries to Light Shoes on DC to Denver Flight This is breaking right now. A man on a flight from DC to Denver was tackled by air marshals as he attempted to light his shoes on fire. More info to come... More (9:42): I'm told the plane has just landed. All passengers are uninjured and the man is in custody. Later (9:47): I'm a bit ahead of the news. Trying to get more info from DIA. Another attempted shoebomber from within the United States raises questions about the usefulness of the TSA's "take those shoes off" policy....
  • Facebook: "A passenger attempted to light an explosive device on board an aircraft..."

    04/07/2010 7:11:27 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 56 replies · 1,950+ views
    Headline only at link... 5 minutes ago.
  • Air Marshals Stop 'Shoe Bomb' Attempt On United Jet to Denver (Suspect is Qatari Diplomat)

    04/07/2010 7:22:58 PM PDT · by kristinn · 289 replies · 10,168+ views
    ABC News ^ | Wednesday, April 7, 2010 | Rhonda Schwartz, Richard Esposito, and Brian Ross
    Federal air marshals subdued a man who authorities say attempted to "light his shoes on fire" on a United flight from Washington Reagan to Denver Wednesday night, federal law enforcement officials told ABC News. SNIP The suspect was identified by authorities as a diplomat in the Qatar embassy in Washington, Mohammed al Modadi. The FBI said the man had full diplomat immunity as the 3rd secretary and vice-consul.
  • Accident: United Airlines B744 over Alaska turbulence injures 18

    02/20/2010 12:16:02 PM PST · by libh8er · 18 replies · 1,171+ views
    Aviation Herald ^ | 2.20.10 | Simon hradecky
    A United Airlines Boeing 747-400, registration N173UA performing flight UA-897 from Washington Dulles,DC (USA) to Tokyo Narita (Japan) with 227 passengers and 18 crew, was enroute overhead Alaska about 70nm east of Anchorage descending from FL320 to FL300, when the airplane encountered turbulence causing injuries to 18 people on board. The airplane continued to Tokyo's Narita Airport, where the airplane landed safely about 7 hours later. Japanese Police reported, that one passenger received serious injuries (fractured leg), 17 occupants received minor injuries. Japan's Transport Ministry reported, that the airplane was descending from FL320 to FL300, when it encountered the turbulence...
  • 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...
  • Vegas Flight Diverted: Man Tries To Open Jet Door

    01/23/2010 7:17:08 PM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 80 replies · 2,987+ views ^ | 1/23/10
    <p>A flight had to be diverted to Denver after a passenger allegedly tried to open an exterior door of a United jet while it was in flight Saturday afternoon, according to officials at Denver International Airport.</p> <p>DIA spokesman Jeff Green said the incident happened on United Flight 223 traveling from Washington Dulles International Airport to Las Vegas.</p>
  • Suspicious airplane passenger questioned in Mich.

    01/15/2010 7:38:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1,156+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/15/10 | John Flesher - ap
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Police questioned a passenger on a small commercial plane that flew from Chicago to a northern Michigan resort town on Friday after the crew reported he was acting suspiciously. Crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 6036 said the 28-year-old California man had taken "an article" into the bathroom and left without it, said Traverse City Police Capt. Steve Morgan. The crew found that a panel inside the bathroom had been tampered with, he said. They requested law enforcement assistance while approaching Cherry Capital Airport, Morgan said. A government official said earlier the passenger had made a...
  • California Man Claims Bomb On Board United Express Plane (Traverse City, MI)

    01/15/2010 8:42:01 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 21 replies · 1,412+ views ^ | Jan. 15, 2010 |
    TRAVERSE CITY -- Security crews are on scene at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, after a man from California claims to have a bomb on the United Express flight from Chicago. Officials tell 7 & 4 News the passenger was locked in the bathroom saying he had an explosive device. The suspect was arrested when the plane landed and all other passengers are safe. A bomb sniffing dog is being brought in to check the plane. Officials are interviewing the flight crew and passengers at this time. When the interviews are complete the suspect will be taken to the...
  • United Airlines Pilot Was More Than Three Times Over Alcohol Limit Before Heathrow Flight

    01/05/2010 6:00:00 PM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies · 1,276+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | January 05th 2010
    Pilot Erwin Washington [Pic in URL] was three times the legal alcohol limit A U.S. pilot is facing jail after admitting trying to fly his passenger jet from Heathrow while more than three times over the alcohol limit. Captain Erwin Washington, 51, was preparing to take a Boeing 767 with 124 passengers and 11 crew to Chicago when a colleague smelt alcohol on his breath. Police boarded the United Airlines plane and ordered him to take a breath test, which he failed. Yesterday, Washington pleaded guilty before Uxbridge magistrates to trying to pilot an aircraft while over the limit last...
  • United Airlines flight returned to Lambert as a precaution because of 'security concern'

    01/01/2010 12:37:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 829+ views ^ | 1/1/10 | ap
    1:52 PM CST, January 1, 2010 ST. LOUIS (AP) — A United Airlines Express flight returned to St. Louis as a precaution because of an unspecified "security concern." United Airlines spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says there were no incidents during the flight, and it redeparted at 9:30 a.m. Friday after the issue was resolved. She says Flight 7445 was headed from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to Chicago's O'Hare Airport when it was called back by the airline around 8 a.m. McCarthy provided no details about the security issue and referred questions to Go-Jet, the regional carrier that operated the flight. But...
  • LINK TO: United Airlines passengers removed from flight at Denver airport. (United Flight 227)

    12/12/2009 5:14:08 AM PST · by cyn · 89 replies · 3,398+ views | 12.12.2009 | cyn
    United Airlines passengers removed from flight at Denver airport This is a news story and video interview done by Chris Vanderveen of 9news about United Airlines Flight 227, which was detained at Denver International Airport yesterday. Police officers and FBI were called to the scene. The video at the side gives more info, including passenger interviews. ALSO SEE: Hmmm . . . Yet Another Dry Run?: United 227 Sounds Just Like AirTran 297 ----------- Clearly there is a pattern of such incidents; note similarities to what we are now finding out about Airtran flight 297 Annie Jacobsen's ordeal on Northwest...
  • Mom Falls Asleep, Smothers Baby on United Flight

    12/04/2009 8:14:12 AM PST · by tlb · 15 replies · 1,199+ views
    ktla ^ | December 2, 2009 | staff
    LONDON -- A breast-feeding mother accidentally smothered her four-week old child aboard a United Airlines flight from Washington, D.C., to Kuwait, a British tabloid reported Tuesday. The Sun newspaper said that the mother, who it said was a 29-year-old Egyptian-born woman, fell asleep as she breast-fed on the jet and awoke to find that the child had been smothered. The paper said the plane was diverted to London's Heathrow in an attempt to save the baby's life. The paper cited an unnamed police source in its reporting. Scotland Yard confirmed that a United Airlines plane had been diverted to Heathrow...
  • In-Flight Entertainment: Not Always Suitable for Children

    09/27/2009 7:49:21 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 12 replies · 696+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Sept. 26 | Clayton Cramer
    I really feel for parents flying with small children. Over the last 20 years, I have seen a sad degradation of the available in-flight entertainment. It used to be that you might be bored by what the airline chose to show — but you didn’t ever find yourself wishing that your children weren’t on board because of it. I can remember about ten years ago or so starting to see airlines warn that the in-flight entertainment might not be appropriate to all ages; parents might want to think about whether this was something that they wanted their kids to watch....
  • First Rumblings of New Investment? (is UAL's Jet Plan a Signs That Firms Want to Spend Again?)

    06/08/2009 6:16:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies · 255+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/5/2009 | Neil Irwin
    United Airlines is planning a major purchase of new airplanes in the next few years, a sign that corporate America may once again be developing an appetite for new investment. Businesses have dramatically pared back their spending over the past nine months, reluctant to make any investments in new plants, equipment or software. There have been many reasons -- loans and other financing have been hard to come by, businesses have less cash to work with as sales drop and, more than anything, they have been fearful of just how bad and how long the recession will turn out to...
  • United Airlines to replace its wide-body fleet

    06/04/2009 9:05:43 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 57 replies · 1,548+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | June 4, 2009 | Christopher Hinton
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- United Airlines operator UAL Corp. said Thursday that it has sent a proposal request to Boeing Co. and Airbus, as the carrier plans to begin replacing its wide-body fleet. In a letter to employees, Chairman and Chief Executive Glenn Tilton said the request could result in a "significant" number of new planes. At the end of 2008, UAL owned 80 wide-body jets and leased an additional 34.
  • Flight diverted to Boston after passenger complains of flu

    05/01/2009 12:10:02 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 51 replies · 1,457+ views ^ | May 1, 2009 | Martin Finucane
    A United Airlines flight from Munich to Washington has been diverted to Boston's Logan International Airport because a female passenger complained of flu symptoms, an airport official said. Flight 903, a 737 containing 245 passengers and 16 crew, has been isolated in the north cargo area of the airport, said airport spokesman Phil Orlandella. One patient was removed from the plane and was being taken to Masachusetts General Hospital, said Jennifer Mehigan, a spokeswoman for Boston Emergency Medical Services. The other passengers are expected to stay on board and continue to Washington after refueling, airport officials said. A United Airlines...
  • Obama's Staffer's Family Positive for Swine Flu

    04/30/2009 6:02:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 1,116+ views
    Huliq ^ | April 30, 2009
    A member of the U.S. delegation that traveled to Mexico City as part of the advance security team for Energy Secretary Steven Chu exhibited swine flu-like symptoms upon his return, and three members of his family have tested positive for the A H1N1 virus, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced on Thursday. The unnamed staffer tested negative himself, but Gibbs attributed that to the amount of time that had elapsed since the onset of his own symptoms. The staffer felt ill three days after his arrival in Mexico City, which was April 13th. On the following day (April 17th),...
  • The Top 12 Brands Likely to Disappear

    04/25/2009 12:53:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies · 2,877+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 4/25/2009
    As the recession deepens, economic forces continue to drive consolidation in the retail industry, debt comes due and increasingly discerning consumers buckle down on discretionary spending, an analysis by 24/7 Wall Street predicts that a number of well-known brands are likely to disappear before the end of 2010. To determine which brands are most likely at risk, 24/7 Wall Street examined 100 large brands it believes are in trouble and, for each, looked at public financial records, sales information, analyses from industry experts, the competitive landscape in each’s industry and the likelihood that a brand could be sold off in...
  • United Air to charge obese double on full flights

    04/15/2009 7:33:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 55 replies · 1,358+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/15/09
    United Air to charge obese double on full flights Wed Apr 15, 5:29 pm ET LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – United Airlines, a unit of UAL Corp, will require obese passengers bumped from full flights to purchase two seats on a subsequent flight, matching the policy of some other carriers. The change brings the Chicago-based in line with eight other airlines including Continental, Delta, JetBlue and Southwest, United spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said on Wednesday. "Last year we had 700 complaints from passengers who had to share their seats," she said.
  • United Airlines To Charge Heavier Passengers For Two Seats

    04/15/2009 6:17:41 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 72 replies · 2,516+ views
    All Headline News ^ | April 15, 2009 | Julie Farby
    Chicago, IL (AHN) - United Airlines has announced it will implement a new policy charging heavier passengers double the standard airfare. Under the new rules, United will charge passengers who "are unable to fit into a single seat in the ticketed cabin; are unable to properly buckle the seatbelt using a single seatbelt extender; and/or are unable to put the seat's armrests down when seated." Those who fall into these categories will be denied boarding unless they purchase an extra seat, and if no empty seat exists, the passenger will be forced to take a later flight.According to the airline,...
  • United To Charge Heavier Passengers Twice To Fly (Fat Tax)

    04/15/2009 7:22:32 AM PDT · by tlb · 115 replies · 2,921+ views
    wbbm ^ | Apr 15, 2009 | Bob Roberts
    Airline Says Overweight Travelers Will Need To Buy Extra Seats Or Be Denied Entry To Planes. Chicago-based United has instructed its customer service representatives at O'Hare International Airport ticket counters and gates to be extra vigilant beginning Wednesday for passengers they deem to be overweight. Those unable to comfortably fasten a safety belt with one extension or sit comfortably with armrests down will be denied boarding unless they purchase an extra seat, even if they can be placed elsewhere in the aircraft next to an empty seat. If no empty seat exists, the passenger will be forced to take a...