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Miami Beach Declares Emergency Over Spring Break Violence For Second Year: “We Just Can’t Endure This”

The Associated Press reports: City of Miami Beach officials declared a state of emergency on Monday and an upcoming curfew, bidding to curb violent incidents at spring break that saw five people wounded in two separate shootings. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and City Manager Alina Hudak announced the emergency order at an afternoon news conference. It includes a curfew …

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Chinese Airliner Crashes With 132 On Board [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: A Chinese airplane with 132 people on board a domestic flight crashed Monday in the southern province of Guangxi, officials said. There was no immediate word on the number of dead or injured. On board were 123 passengers and nine crew members of the China Eastern airline, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Chinese President …

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FL Man Jailed After Bomb Threat Over Baggage Fees

The Miami Herald reports: When Alin Oteanu was told by Spirit workers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that he would have to pay a fee for an extra bag on his flight, he had another idea, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. “I will leave it right there, and by the way, it has a bomb in it,” Oteanu said, …

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TSA Extends Face Mask Mandate Through April 18th

The Washington Post reports: Travelers will have to continue to wear masks until April 18 when flying commercially and in other transportation settings, including on buses, ferries and subways, officials announced Wednesday. The mandate, which first was put into place by the Biden administration in early 2021 as a public health measure during the coronavirus pandemic, has been extended multiple …

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Allegedly Very Drunk JetBlue Pilot Removed From Plane

The Buffalo News reports: Police removed a JetBlue pilot from the cockpit of a plane about to depart Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Wednesday morning who had a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit for pilots, a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority spokesperson said. The pilot was “removed from his duties,” the airline said in a statement released …

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European Airlines Suspend Flights Into Ukraine

CNN Business reports: Air France and Lufthansa are the latest airlines to suspend flights into Ukraine as fears of a Russian invasion grow. The French carrier said that it would cancel flights to and from the capital Kyiv on Tuesday as a “precautionary measure,” citing the security situation. “Air France will regularly reassess the situation and reminds that the safety …

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Man Charged With Attempting To Open Emergency Door So Passengers & Crew Would Record His Anti-Vax Rant

From the Justice Department: A Portland man is facing federal charges after attempting to open an emergency exit on a commercial airline flight from Salt Lake City, Utah to Portland. Michael Brandon Demarre, 32, has been charged by criminal complaint with threatening to interfere and interfering with a flight crew and attendants. According to court documents, on February 11, 2022, …

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Drunk Woman Flees Airport Cop On Motorized Suitcase

Orlando’s ABC News affiliate reports: An intoxicated passenger who was barred from boarding an airplane at Orlando International Airport rode away from the gate on a motorized suitcase as a police officer on a bicycle followed behind her, court records and newly released video shows. “We’re going to have a bike pursuing a suitcase in a minute,” an Orlando police …

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CDC Inches Down Travel Warning Against Cruises

The Washington Post reports: The CDC says taking a cruise now presents a lower risk than it did at the end of 2021 — at least in some cases. On Tuesday, the public health agency lowered its travel health notice for cruises from Level 4 to Level 3, which indicates covid-19 levels on ships are “high” rather than “very high.” …

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Deranged Passenger Forces Emergency Landing

The New York Times reports: An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., made a rapid emergency landing in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday afternoon after an unruly passenger tried to break into the cockpit and then attempted to open an exit door, witnesses said. The passenger was subdued by crew members and other passengers. He was taken …

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Maskhole Fired After Drunken N-Word Tirade [VIDEO]

The Lincoln Journal-Star reports: An Omaha software company has fired an employee after its workers disrupted a Delta flight and one of them reportedly used the N-word. Buildertrend CEO Dan Houghton apologized Wednesday and said the investigation into the incident continues “with internal and external parties to learn as much as possible so that we can take appropriate action.” Laura …

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Indian Parliament Seeks Change To “GAY” Airport Code

NDTV reports: A Parliamentary panel on Friday said the use of ‘GAY’ code for Gaya airport is inappropriate for the holy city and asked the government to make all efforts to change the code. The Committee on Public Undertakings, in its first report tabled in Parliament in January 2021, had recommended changing the code of Gaya airport from ‘GAY’ and …

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Delta CEO Asks Feds To Create National No-Fly List

Reuters reports: Delta Air Lines wants the U.S. government to place passengers convicted of on-board disruptions on a national “no-fly” list that would bar them from future travel on any commercial airline, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian, in a previously unreported letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, said the action “will help …

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Southwest To Resume Booze Sales After Two Year Halt

USA Today reports: Southwest Airlines will resume the sale of alcoholic beverages on Feb. 16 after a nearly two-year absence due to COVID concerns. The move will leave American Airlines as the only major U.S. airline still not serving alcohol in economy. The airline planned to resume inflight cocktails, beer and wine in June 2021 but scrapped those plans after …

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Airlines Ask WH To Drop Testing Rule For Flights To US

Reuters reports: Major airlines, business and travel groups urged the White House on Wednesday to end COVID-19 pre-departure testing requirements for vaccinated international passengers traveling to the United States. Airlines for America, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, International Air Transport Association, Aerospace Industries Association, the U.S. Travel Association and other groups called for change in a letter to White House …

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CDC Adds Multiple Countries To “Do Not Travel” List

Reuters reports: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday advised against travel to a dozen countries because of high rates of coronavirus infection, including Mexico, Brazil, Singapore, Ecuador, Kosovo, Philippines and Paraguay. The CDC now lists nearly 130 countries and territories with COVID-19 cases as “Level Four: Very High.” It also added Anguilla, French Guiana, Moldova …

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Thousands Of Weekend Flights Canceled Due To Storm

The Hill reports: According to FlightAware, 3,049 flights have been cancelled for Saturday with airliners JetBlue, Republic and American Airlines having the largest percentage of cancelled flights. The cancellations are mostly impacting airports along the East Coast, including New York City’s John F. Kennedy International airport, Boston’s Boston Logan International airport, and Newark Liberty International airport. JetBlue cancelled 50 percent …

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Mounties: “Unruly” Man Was Drinking Hand Sanitizer

Canada’s Nunatsiaq News reports: A 38-year-old man faces a variety of charges after “unruly” behaviour caused a flight to be rerouted, say Nunavut RCMP. The passenger was drinking hand sanitizer during the flight, and he began “yelling, swearing and being threatening toward the staff” after it was confiscated, according to the news release. The passenger has been charged with causing …

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“Fugitive” Ship Detours To Bahamas Amid Bankruptcy

Fortune Magazine reports: Over the weekend, the captain of the Miami-bound cruise ship Crystal Symphony told its passengers that they wouldn’t be ending their journey in Florida as planned. Instead, they would be making an impromptu detour to the Bahamas. The Crystal Symphony was on the run from the law, sailing to a jurisdiction that wouldn’t enforce a U.S. arrest …

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Maskhole Arrested For Assaulting Delta Flight Captain

The New York Daily News reports: Horrified passengers on a flight from Ireland to Kennedy Airport were shocked when an out-of-control man dropped his pants and mooned a passenger and everyone else in sight, federal prosecutors said Friday. Shane McInerny, 29, was heading to America where he was set to take on a job coaching soccer in Florida, but he …

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