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Foreign Airlines Cancel Some US Flights Over 5G Issue

CNN Business reports: Major international airlines are scrambling to modify or cancel flights to the United States amid uncertainty about potential interference between new 5G cell phone services and critical airplane technologies. Emirates, Air India, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa and British Airways all announced changes to some flights, citing the issue. A spokesperson for British Airways told CNN …

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Carriers Delay 5G Rollout Over Concerns By Airlines

The New York Times reports: Verizon and AT&T said on Tuesday that they would delay the debut of new 5G cellular service near some airports, an attempt to address concerns that their equipment would interfere with airplane equipment when the service started on Wednesday. AT&T said in a statement that it had “voluntarily agreed to temporarily defer turning on a …

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SCOTUS Rejects Bid To Block Mask Rule For Air Travel

The Hill reports: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request to block a federal mask mandate for air travel. The emergency application was filed by a father on behalf of himself and his 4-year-old autistic son, both of whom claim to be medically incapable of wearing masks for extended periods. Their request was filed to Justice Neil Gorsuch, who …

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Airlines Warn New 5G Service May Affect Instruments

NBC News reports: The aviation industry faces “catastrophic” disruption from the rollout of a new 5G service this week, airline leaders have warned. In a letter sent Monday to United States transportation and economic officials and obtained by NBC News, the CEOs of major carriers said that the launch could ground flights and leave “tens of thousands of Americans” stranded …

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2700+ Flights Canceled As Winter Storm Hits US East

Reuters reports: Airlines canceled over 2,800 U.S. flights on Sunday as a winter storm combining high winds and ice was poised to hit the U.S. East Coast over the holiday weekend. The flights canceled by 12:30 p.m. ET (1730 GMT) on Sunday included over 2,800 entering, departing from or within the United States, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.com. Over …

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Three Women Charged With Beating Delta Workers

The New York Daily News reports: A trio of unruly would-be passengers at John F. Kennedy Airport viciously beat down two Delta Air Lines employees after a flight crew decided they were too drunk and belligerent to board a flight to Puerto Rico, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Long Island residents Jordan Nixon, 21, Janessa Torres, 21, and Johanna Zavala, 44, …

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Passenger Storms Cockpit, Damages Controls [VIDEO]

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: A passenger was arrested after reportedly breaking into the cockpit of an American Airlines flight Tuesday, while boarding was underway, officials said. American Airlines officials confirmed the incident happened in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, as people were boarding a flight for Miami, Florida. The airline said a passenger entered the open flight deck and caused …

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Royal Caribbean Cancels Some Cruises Over Omicron

Axios reports: Royal Caribbean International on Friday canceled trips on four ships due to spiking rates of COVID-19, the company said in a statement. The cancellations are the latest blow to the cruise industry as it responds to a surge of cases driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant. “As a result of the ongoing COVID-related circumstances around the world, …

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Weather + COVID = 2500 Canceled Flights So Far Today

The Associated Press reports: By late morning Saturday on the East Coast, more than 2,500 U.S. flights and nearly 4,200 worldwide had been canceled, according to tracking service FlightAware.That is the highest single-day toll yet since just before Christmas, when airlines began blaming staffing shortages on increasing COVID-19 infections among crews. Saturday’s disruptions weren’t just due to the virus, however. …

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United, Spirit Bump Up Crew Pay Amid Cancellations

Reuters reports: United Airlines and Spirit Airlines are bumping up pay for on board staff as they scramble to keep schedules intact after U.S. airlines were hammered by a week of mass cancellations. While Spirit’s flight attendants are receiving double pay on any work through Jan. 4, according to their union, United is offering triple time for pilots who pick …

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Another 1400 Flights Canceled Today, 2000 Delayed

ABC News reports: Over 1,400 flights going into, out of and within the U.S. were canceled on Friday as the year comes to a close with snarled travel due to the impact of COVID-19 and the omicron variant on airlines and their crews. According to FlightAware’s live delay and cancellation statistic, just over 1,400 flights in the U.S. were canceled …

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Amtrak Reduces Schedule Amid Outbreak Among Staff

The Washington Post reports: Amtrak said Thursday that it will reduce its schedule between New Year’s Eve and Jan. 6 as it battles bad weather in some parts of the country and a surge in coronavirus cases among its employees. “Amtrak regrets any inconvenience,” the railroad said in a statement. “We are continuing to monitor changing conditions and will make …

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State Department Issues Warning On Overseas Travel

Via press release from the State Department: International Travel Challenges During COVID-19 U.S. citizens who choose to travel internationally should be aware that they may face unexpected challenges related to COVID-19 as they attempt to return to the United States or attempt to travel from one overseas location to another. U.S. citizens who do choose to travel internationally should make …

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CDC: “Avoid Cruise Travel, Regardless Of Vax Status”

NBC News reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday issued an advisory urging all travelers — vaccinated and unvaccinated — to avoid cruise ship travel amidst a record-breaking Covid surge driven by the omicron variant in many states across the United States. “Even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants,” the …

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JetBlue Axes 1280 Flights To “Get Ahead” Of Omicron

CNBC reports: JetBlue Airways is cutting more than 1,280 flights from its schedule from Thursday through mid-January in anticipation of more Covid-19 infections among pilots and flight attendants. “This past week has been one of our most difficult operating periods during the pandemic,” three JetBlue department leaders wrote Tuesday in a note to staff, which was seen by CNBC. “The …

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MO Woman Runs Onto Tarmac To Stop Missed Flight

Phoenix’s NBC News affiliate reports: A woman late for her flight was arrested for trespassing at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Sunday, authorities said. Vickie Myers, 53, from St. Louis was booked into the Maricopa County Jail for running out onto the tarmac to stop a plane from leaving, the Phoenix Police Department said. The woman said she was late …

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TN Woman Charged With Assaulting Flight Attendants

CNN reports: A Tennessee woman turned herself into the FBI on Tuesday after she was accused of assaulting two flight attendants during a Spirit Airlines flight last month, the Justice Department announced. Amanda Renee Henry was charged in a criminal complaint with interfering with a flight crew, after an incident on a November 27 flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to …

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1000+ Flights Canceled Yesterday, 756 So Far Today

Reuters reports: US carriers Delta Air Lines and Alaska Air Group canceled hundreds of flights on Tuesday due to adverse weather conditions and rising cases of the Omicron variant – and expected more cancellations today. Delta said it expected to cancel more flights today after canceling the more than 250 of 4,133 scheduled flights on Tuesday, while Alaska canceled 170 …

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Widespread Flight Cancellations Continue For 4th Day

CNN Business reports: More than 2,000 flights have been canceled Monday as Covid cases surge across the globe. Of the more than 2,400 canceled flights, nearly 900 were within, into or out of the United States, according to FlightAware. More than 6,500 flights are delayed. The cancellations come at the busiest time of year for air travel. The US Transportation …

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1200+ US Flights Canceled Yesterday, 5000+ Delayed

CNN Business reports: Major US airlines canceled hundreds more flights Sunday, the third day in a row of mass cancellations and delays over Christmas weekend, as staff and crew call out sick amid the Omicron surge. More than 1,200 US flights were canceled and more than 5,000 were delayed Sunday, according to FlightAware. Globally, there were over 2,000 cancellations. Delta …

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