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  • 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...
  • United Airlines Won't Help Rush You To Your Dying Mother's Bedside.

    04/12/2009 7:12:31 PM PDT · by SkyDancer · 86 replies · 2,893+ views
    The Consumerist ^ | Sun Apr 12 2009, | By Carey, 6:00 PM
    Because "It's Time For The Ticketing Agent's Break" Mike rushed his girlfriend to the airport to catch a flight to see her dying mother, only to watch her miss the flight because United Airline's ticketing agent refused to help because "it was time for her to go on her break." Passengers waiting in line were more than willing to let Mike's girlfriend skip to the front of the line, but her sad situation apparently wasn't enough to earn the agent's sympathies. When his girlfriend finally reached the gate in time to watch her flight depart, the gate agent defended his...
  • Lousiana Senator David Vitter throws fit at the airport

    03/12/2009 7:53:16 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 36 replies · 2,230+ views
    Gadling ^ | March 11, 2009
    Louisiana Sen David Vitter missed his plane and Dulles Airport last Wednesday, and he was not amused. Vitter, who recently gained infamy after being identified on the D.C. Madam's Phone List, found his gate closed, so he went through an armed security door. Why not? He's got that Senator's pin, after all, right? That gives you access to all areas of the airport ... right? As you might expect, an alarm went off as he then tried to verbally rip an unsuspecting United Airlines gate attendant a new one. Apparently, he even tried to pull rank. Come on. Would that...
  • Heard on the Hill: Vitter Goes From Hookergate to Gate-Crashing

    03/11/2009 12:05:58 PM PDT · by steve-b · 23 replies · 1,168+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 3/11/09 | Emily Heil and Elizabeth Brotherton
    Among Members of Congress, there's a long-standing, proud tradition of the Airport Freakout. Add to the list of those who've indulged in meltdowns and temper tantrums while traveling one Sen. David Vitter, who on Thursday joined what we've dubbed the "Mile-Low Club" by going ballistic on an airline worker after missing a flight from Washington's Dulles airport to New Orleans. According to an HOH tipster who witnessed the scene, the Louisiana Republican arrived Thursday evening at his United Airlines gate 20 minutes before the plane was scheduled to depart, only to find the gate had already been closed. Undeterred, Vitter...
  • United Jet Safely Stops Takeoff At San Jose Airport After Bird Strike

    02/16/2009 1:45:29 PM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies · 837+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | February 16, 2009
    United jet safely stops takeoff at San Jose airport after bird strike Heather Knight, Chronicle Staff Writer February 16, 2009 SAN JOSE -- The pilot of a United Airlines jetliner preparing for take-off this morning out of Mineta San Jose International Airport stopped the plane and shut off one of its engines after striking a flock of seagulls. United jet safely stops takeoff at San Jose airport after bird strike 02.16.09 Flight No. 1220 - carrying 97 passengers and bound for Denver - was rolling down the runway at 120 knots, or 138.2 miles per hour, when it hit the...
  • Bird Strikes Engine of SFO-bound Plane (Safe re-landing back in Denver)

    02/03/2009 8:32:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 769+ views
    NBC11 ^ | Tue, Feb 3, 2009
    A United Airlines flight headed from Denver to SFO was forced to turn around this afternoon when it hit a bird, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The story has just about everyone thinking about the Miracle on the Hudson from two weeks ago. This time the plane was able to land on the tarmac instead of a river. Flight No. 77 departed from Denver International Airport shortly after noon, but soon after takeoff a bird was sucked into one of the plane's two engines. The plane returned to the Denver airport and landed without incident, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor...
  • Incident: United Airlines B763 near Gander on Dec 29th 2008, mechanical problem

    01/02/2009 5:27:52 PM PST · by libh8er · 13 replies · 904+ views
    Aviation Herald ^ | 01.02.09 | Simon Hradecky
    The crew of a United Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N644UA performing flight UA-938 (dep. Dec 28th) from Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), reported unspecified mechanical problems while enroute at approx. N5051 W5500 at FL350 and requested to return to Boston,MA (USA), later changed the request to divert to Washington Dulles, DC. The airplane landed safely at Washington International Airport 3:15 hours later. A replacement Boeing 767-300 N654UA resumed the flight and reached London with a delay of 9 hours.
  • Jumbo Jet Held At LAX In Contagious Disease Scare

    11/23/2008 10:28:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies · 842+ views
    cbs2 ^ | Nov 23, 2008 10:07 am US/Pacific
    A United Airlines flight was temporarily held at Los Angeles International Airport after a passenger fell ill and had to be diagnosed for a possible infectious disease. City Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa said the Boeing 747 jet was held at the gate after arriving from Tokyo around 8 a.m. Sunday. Crew members and 334 passengers were ordered to stay on board while investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention evaluated the 28-year-old male passenger. Manresa said health officials determined that he suffered from food poisoning or some type of stomach illness. United Airlines spokesman Jeff Kovick said...
  • Can I Sue Google News? (When someone inaccurately says you've gone bankrupt)

    09/11/2008 6:24:34 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 241+ views (excerpt) ^ | September 11, 2008 | Karim Bardessey
    Excerpt - United Airlines saw a 76 percent drop in its share price Monday, after it was reported that the company had filed for bankruptcy protection. The news story turned out to have been six years old and had been erroneously picked up by the Google News service. It was then posted to the Bloomberg Professional network. In the words of duckcommander80 from Yahoo Finance's message board, who lost $19,000, "WHO THE HELL DO WE SUE???????" It's not clear... ~ snip ~
  • Google helps tank United's stock

    09/09/2008 4:28:19 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies · 176+ views
    Toronto Globe and Mail ^ | September 9, 2008 | Mathew Ingram
    On Monday, shares of United Airlines lost more than 75 per cent of their value -- erasing about $1.2-billion from the company's market capitalization -- after a story about the airline's bankruptcy in 2002 somehow got pushed onto the website of a Florida newspaper, was picked up by Google's news-aggregation service, then made its way onto the Bloomberg news wire and out to hundreds of thousands of stockbrokers and traders. But whose fault was it? By Tuesday morning, fingers were being pointed in multiple directions.