Tag Archives: air travel

Airlines Blame FAA Staffing For Flight Disruptions

ABC News reports: Airlines under scrutiny for widespread flight disruptions are renewing their criticism of the government agency that manages the nation’s airspace, saying that understaffing at the Federal Aviation Administration is “crippling” traffic along the East Coast. Airlines for America, which represents the largest U.S. carriers, said Friday it wants to know FAA’s staffing plans for the July Fourth …

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US Air Travel Disruptions Continue For Fourth Day

NBC News reports: Thousands of flights wound up cancelled and delayed during the Juneteenth and Father’s Day holiday weekend, which included the busiest air travel day of the year on Friday, according to the TSA. More than 6,300 flights were delayed within, into or leaving the U.S. on Saturday, and 859 flights were cancelled, according to the flight tracking platform …

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Buttigieg: US May Act Against Airlines Over Disruptions

The Associated Press reports: The day after Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with airline leaders to quiz them about widespread flight disruptions, his own flight was canceled and he wound up driving from Washington to New York. “That is happening to a lot of people, and that is exactly why we are paying close attention here to what can be …

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US Air Travel Woes Continue For Third Day [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: For a third day in a row, travelers across the country are facing high numbers of flight delays and cancellations. As of noon ET on Saturday, more than 2,030 U.S. flights were delayed and almost 690 U.S. flights were cancelled, according to FlightAware, which tracks flights in real time. Friday reported a whopping total of over 8,900 …

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Delays And Cancellations Again Snarl US Air Travel

USA Today reports: More than 1,000 U.S. flights are canceled as of noon on the East Coast Friday with over 2,000 more posting delays. New York area airports account for nearly a third of cancellations so far, according to FlightAware, which tracks flights in real time. The headaches come on the heels of one of the worst days yet for …

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US To Lift COVID Test Requirement To Enter Country

CNN reports: The Biden administration is expected to announce Friday that the CDC will lift its requirement for travelers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the US, according to a senior administration official. The move, which CNN was first to report, will go into effect for US-bound air travelers at midnight on Sunday. The CDC is lifting the restriction …

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JetBlue Boosts Bid In Spirit Hostile Takeover Attempt

Bloomberg News reports: JetBlue Airways Corp. improved its offer for Spirit Airlines Inc., boosting a breakup provision to $350 million and adding an upfront cash payment days before shareholders will vote on a pending buyout agreement with Frontier Group Holdings Inc. The revised offer increases JetBlue’s reverse breakup fee by $150 million and provides for about $164 million payable as …

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Flight Cancellations Continue To Thwart Holiday Travel

USA Today reports: Airline travelers are not only facing sticker shock this Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff to the summer travel season. They’re also dealing with a pileup of flight cancellations. More than 1200 flights were canceled as of 3:00 PM EST on Sunday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. That followed more than 1,500 cancellations Saturday and 2,300 Friday. …

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3500+ Holiday Weekend Flights Canceled So Far

CBS News reports: Airline travelers are not only facing sticker shock this Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff to the summer travel season. They’re also dealing with a pileup of flight cancellations. More than 1,200 flights were canceled as of 2 p.m EST Saturday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. That followed more than 2,300 cancellations on Friday. Delta noted in …

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Maskhole Sentenced To 15 Months For In-Flight Assault

NBC News reports: A California woman who admitted punching a Southwest Airlines flight attendant after being asked to wear a mask and fasten her seatbelt was sentenced to 15 months in prison Friday and ordered to pay more than $30,000 in fines and restitution, officials said. Vyvianna Quinonez, 29, will remain on supervised release for three years and attend anger …

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Officials: Chinese Crash That Killed 132 Was Deliberate

ABC News reports: The China Eastern Airlines plane crash that killed 132 people is believed to have been caused by an intentional act, according to U.S. officials who spoke to ABC News. The Boeing 737-800 passenger jet was flying from Kunming to Guangzhou on March 21 when it plunged into a mountainous area. All 123 passengers and nine crew members …

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United Airlines CEO: It’s Safe To Fly Without Face Masks

The Hill reports: United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby on Tuesday said that planes are safe for passengers who don’t want to wear masks, adding that it is the safest indoor environment for people. “It literally is the safest environment you’re gonna be indoors anywhere that you are,” Kirby said while making an appearance on “CBS Mornings,” adding that the second …

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JetBlue To Make “Hostile Bid” To Acquire Spirit Airlines

The Associated Press reports: Rebuffed twice, JetBlue is going hostile in its bid for Spirit Airlines and asking shareholders of the low-cost carrier to reject a proposed $2.9 billion acquisition by Frontier Airlines. JetBlue is going straight to shareholders with its offer in hopes of pushing the board of the South Florida airline to the negotiating table. Shares of spirit …

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NYC Cracks Down On Airport Food And Drink Prices

NBC New York reports: It started after one person complained on social media in summer 2021 after purchasing a beer at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal C that cost a whopping $27. Granted, it was a seasonal beer, but unless that season turns everything to gold, it was an astronomical price to pay for the beverage. After the lengthy investigation, the Port …

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European Union Drops Air Travel Face Mask Mandate

Deutsche Welle reports: Face masks will not have to be worn in airports and on flights in Europe, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said on Wednesday. The easing of the measure will be effective as of May 16. However, authorities stressed masks were still the most effective way to …

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Flight Out Of Israel Aborted After Passengers Are Sent Photos Of Plane Crashes Via Apple’s AirDrop Feature

The BBC reports: The captain of a Turkish AnadoluJet flight aborted its take-off at Israel’s main airport after passengers received plane crash images on their phones. Israel’s aviation authority said the aircraft was taxiing at Ben Gurion Airport when the incident happened. Passengers and crew were taken off and the luggage reinspected. Several young Israelis were identified as suspects and …

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Passenger Opens Emergency Door, Walks Onto Wing

Chicago’s NBC News affiliate reports: A person was arrested early Thursday after he opened the emergency exit of a moving plane on the runway at O’Hare International Airport and walked out onto the wing, police said. United Airlines officials confirmed that the incident occurred on flight 2874 from San Diego to Chicago. The plane was approaching a gate when the …

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Man Gets 60 Days In Assault On Flight Attendants

ABC News report: A 23-year-old man featured in a video that went viral after he groped two flight attendants, punched a third, screamed his parents had $2 million and was duct taped to a seat of a Frontier Airlines flight was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in jail followed by one year of supervised release. Max Berry pleaded guilty to …

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Woman Rants About Free Speech And Elon Musk As She Gets Booted Off Plane For Alleged Anti-Gay, Racist Slurs

Boing Boing reports: In footage posted to TikTok, a woman delivers an inchoate rant to her fellow passengers, occasionally assisted by a man seated beside her, as all aboard settle in for their flight out of West Palm Beach. By the time the cameras came out they’d allegedly delivered a volley of racial and homophobic slurs and been told they …

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Man Charged In Anti-Gay Assault Of Flight Attendant

The Daily Beast reports: A first-class passenger flying home from Atlanta became enraged with a flight attendant who refused to continue serving the man alcohol, calling him a “fag” and a “queer” before throwing a glass of ice at him and hitting him with an onboard telephone, according to an FBI affidavit obtained first by The Daily Beast. Christopher Alexander …

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