Tag Archives: air travel

NEW YORK: Scare For JetBlue Passengers After Radio Glitch Spawns Accidental Hijack Alert To Control Tower

The New York Daily News reports: A communications failure sparked a hijacking scare on a JetBlue flight at JFK Airport on Tuesday, setting off a frenzy from first responders over what turned out to be a false alarm. JetBlue Flight 1623, an Airbus 320 bound for Los Angeles, lost contact with the air traffic control tower while taxiing for takeoff ...

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American Airlines To Pay $45M In Price-Fixing Suit

Courthouse News reports: American Airlines agreed to pay $45 million to settle an antitrust class action accusing it of colluding with other domestic airlines to limit capacity and drive up fares, and will cooperate with the federal government as it pursues Delta and United. The Fort Worth-based airline settled under terms of a 20-page memorandum filed late Friday in District ...

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CUBA: Boeing 737 Crashes On Takeoff In Havana

The Associated Press reports: A Boeing 737 operated by state airline Cubana crashed on takeoff from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana on Friday with 104 passengers and nine crew aboard, coming to rest in a farm field where firefighters sprayed the charred fuselage with hoses. There was no immediate word on casualties. Officials said the plane was headed to ...

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Broken Window Forces Southwest Airlines Flight To Make Emergency Landing, All On Board Reported Safe

The New York Daily News reports: A Newark-bound Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Cleveland Wednesday after a window cracked. Photographs taken by a passenger on Southwest Airlines flight WN957, which took off from Chicago Midway International, show a broken window next to a row of passenger seats. A portion of the window’s glass appeared to be missing. ...

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United Bans Dozens Of Dog Breeds From Cargo Hold

The Los Angeles Times reports: In response to the controversial death of a dog on a United Airlines flight in March, the carrier is overhauling its pet travel policy, including banning the transport of dozens of breeds of dogs and cats in the cargo compartment. Passengers can still bring small pets, including many of the breeds banned in cargo, into ...

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Southwest Passengers Get $5K Checks After Incident

CNN reports: Passengers aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 received a $5,000 check after a deadly engine failure that led to an emergency landing in Philadelphia. In a letter to passengers, the airline expressed “sincere apologies” for the fatal incident and included the check, said Kamau Siwatu, who was aboard the flight. He was one of at least three passengers who ...

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Airlines Inspect Engines After Fatal Southwest Incident

Reuters reports: Some major customers of Boeing Co’s popular 737 jets said on Wednesday they were inspecting engines of the type that blew apart mid-air on a fatal Southwest Airlines Co flight on Tuesday. European regulators this month began requiring an inspection by early next year, and a person familiar with the matter said U.S. regulators were near a similar ...

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Airliner Makes Emergency Landing With Blown Engine

CBS News reports: A Southwest Airlines plane made an emergency landing at Philadelphia’s airport with what appears to be a damaged engine on Tuesday. Passengers walked off the plane on the tarmac at the airport. Passenger Marty Martinez did a brief Facebook Live posting with the caption “Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency ...

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Qantas Debuts First Nonstops From Australia To UK

The Guardian reports: The first non-stop scheduled flight from Australia to the UK has landed in London – early – after a 17 hour, six minute journey across 9,240 miles (14,875km) from Perth. Qantas flight QF9, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with more than 230 passengers and crew on board, touched down at 5.03am at Heathrow on a chilly Sunday morning ...

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Lousy Smarch Weather: 3700+ Flights Cancelled

The New York Daily News reports: The fourth New York City nor’easter of the month arrived Wednesday, bringing the familiar litany of woe: Massive airport delays, whipping winds and the threat of up to 15 inches of snow. The first flakes began falling during the morning rush hour, with the effects felt immediately at La Guardia, Kennedy and Newark Airports ...

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Fourth Nor’Easter To Bring Heavy Snow And Travel Woes

The Weather Channel reports: Winter Storm Toby will spread yet another swath of snow, not to mention wind and coastal flooding, into the East through Thursday, the fourth nor’easter in less than three weeks and potentially one of the heaviest snowstorms this late in the season along parts of the I-95 corridor. Winter storm warnings, where snowfall is expected to ...

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Nor’Easter Causes 2200+ Flight Cancellations

The Associated Press reports: The second big, blustery storm to hit the Northeast in less than a week began bringing wet, heavy snow Wednesday to a corner of the country where tens of thousands of people were still waiting for the power to come back on from the first bout of wintry weather. The nor’easter closed schools and government offices, ...

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Nor’Easter Stalls Over Northeast: 1.6 Million Without Power, Amtrak Suspended, Hurricane-Force Winds

The Associated Press reports: More than 1.6 million homes and businesses are without power amid a winter storm stalled over the eastern U.S. From North Carolina to Maine and westward to Michigan, the storm has felled trees, downed power lines and blown down buildings under construction. The most outages are in Pennsylvania, where 376,000 homes and businesses had no power ...

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Brutal Nor’Easter Forces 2100+ Flight Cancellations

The Associated Press reports: A major nor’easter pounded the East Coast on Friday, packing heavy rain, intermittent snow and strong winds as residents from the mid-Atlantic to Maine braced for coastal flooding. More than 2,100 flights were canceled by airlines, most spread across airports in the Northeast. The Eastern Seaboard was expected to be buffeted by wind gusts exceeding 50 ...

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Trump Wants His Personal Pilot To Run The FAA

Axios reports: The president’s personal pilot is on the administration’s short list to head the Federal Aviation Administration. Trump has told a host of administration officials and associates that he wants John Dunkin — his longtime personal pilot, who flew him around the country on Trump Force One during the campaign — to helm the agency, which has a budget ...

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RUSSIA: 71 Reported Dead In Airliner Crash [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: A jet operated by Saratov Airlines crashed in the Moscow region on Sunday, killing all 71 people on board, according to Russian news agencies. Russia’s Interfax news outlet reported that the Orsk-bound 148-jet went off radar shortly after departing from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport and later said eyewitnesses saw a burning airplane fall to the ground in the ...

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3000 Flights Canceled As “Bomb Cyclone” Bears Down

ABC News reports: Nearly 3,000 U.S. flights have been canceled today as a powerful storm hits the Northeast, packing heavy snow, gusty winds and the coldest air of the season. “A powerful Nor’easter will move north along the east coast through Thursday,” the National Weather Service said in a statement. “Reinforcing arctic air and gusty winds will sweep in behind ...

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Trump Takes Credit For Global Aviation Safety

The Independent reports: Donald Trump has suggested he has improved the safety of airplanes, saying he has “been very strict on Commercial aviation” since becoming US President. Dutch-based aviation consultancy To70 on Monday released its annual Civil Aviation Safety Review that reported only two fatal accidents, both involving small turbo-prop aircraft, with a total of 13 lives lost. No jets ...

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Trump Scraps Airline Baggage Fees Disclosure Rule Because Every Single Thing Obama Did Must Be Undone

The Verge reports: US airlines are no longer required to disclose hidden baggage fees as soon as people start the ticket-buying process, the Department of Transportation announced this week. The news coincides with Delta Air Lines’ announcement that it’s going to start charging basic economy passengers baggage fees for flights after December 6th. The DOT, in following with the Trump ...

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Glitch Leaves Airline Without Pilots For Xmas Rush

CNBC reports: A scheduling glitch that allowed American Airlines pilots to take vacation at the same time has left thousands of flights during the busy holiday travel period next month without pilots assigned to them. American Airlines, the largest U.S. airline, is now offering pilots 150 percent of hourly pay to work those dates, an airline spokesman said. The scheduling ...

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