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Kremlin Reverses On Crash: Terrorism Possible

Russian officials this morning reversed themselves on the possible cause of this weekend’s jetliner crash, saying they can no longer rule out terrorism. The reversal comes amid renewed speculation that the plane was brought down by a bomb. According to the airline, it appears that the plane did not break apart in mid-flight but was destroyed by an “external influence.” …

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EGYPT: 224 Killed In Russian Jetliner Crash, Officials Discount ISIS Claims Of Responsibility [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: A Russian airliner has crashed in central Sinai killing all 224 people on board, Egyptian officials have said. The Airbus A-321 had just left the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, bound for the Russian city of St Petersburg. Wreckage was found in the Hasana area and bodies removed, along with the plane’s “black box”. An official …

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Jetliner Bursts Into Flames On Fort Lauderdale Runway

A Caracas, Venezuela-bound charter plane from North Carolina-based Dynamic Airways burst into flames on the Fort Lauderdale runway this afternoon. Photos and video from the scene show the plane engulfed in thick black flames before firefighters came and extinguished the fire with a white foam. As of 1pm ET, the fire has been put out and everyone was safely off …

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TSA Detains Transwoman Over Body “Anomaly”

The Orlando Sentinel reports: A transgender woman live-tweeted what she described as a “denigrating” experience that caused her to miss a Monday evening flight out of Orlando International Airport because she was detained by federal security officials. Shadi Petosky, a writer and producer at a small Los Angeles entertainment company, tweeted that she was pulled out of line at the …

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ATLANTA: Lightning Strike On Delta Jet Caught On Video

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: A video on YouTube shows what appears to be lightning striking a Delta Air Lines plane at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The video, according to YouTube, was shot by a man who identified himself as Jack Perkins. “While filming the line of planes all stacked up during a ground hold in Atlanta on 8/18/15,” he wrote …

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Rugby’s All Blacks Star In New Zealand Air Safety Video

This is probably the highest production-value air safety clip you’ve ever seen. Over 2.5M views in one week. From the clip recap: “At Air New Zealand, we’re #CrazyAboutRugby. So for our latest inflight safety video, we called upon some very special Men In Black to brief our passengers.”

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Watch Amsterdam Airport’s Luggage Roller-Coaster [VIDEO]

Gizmodo raves: “I just cannot stop watching this hypnotizing video created by Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and edited by Thrillist. They strapped a 360-degree camera on a checked bag and documented a dizzying POV as the luggage made its way through an insane maze of elevators, conveyor belts and endless shelves.” You can also control the 360-degree camera on the airport’s …

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Man Booted Off Flight After Confronting Texas Governor On Marriage Stance

Via the Austin American-Statesman: As he was waiting with family and staff to board a flight back to Austin on Tuesday night after two days promoting Texas in New York City, Gov. Greg Abbott was approached by another passenger who shook his hand and then loudly and profanely expressed his unhappiness with the governor’s opposition to gay marriage. “I hope …

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Pre-Flight Checklist: Remove Cat

Via the Guardian: A cat has escaped with at least one of its nine lives after stowing away on an ultra-light aircraft flight. A video has been posted on YouTube of the cat digging its claws into the aircraft’s wing as its pilot and passenger fly hundreds of feet above the ground at first apparently unaware of its presence. Romain …

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Boeing Shows Off 787-9 Dreamliner

CNN reports: There’s a famous quote: “If you did it, it ain’t braggin’.” Boeing did it — in front of a camera. An eye-popping rehearsal video Boeing released Thursday shows off its newest version of the Dreamliner aircraft — the 787-9 — performing some impressive and beautiful banks and ascents. The takeoff alone will get your attention. So maybe it’s …

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TSA Agents Fired For “Groping” Scheme

The wingnuts are going to have a field day. Two Transportation Security Administration officials at Denver International Airport (DIA) have been fired for conducting a scam on male passengers. A male and female agent collaborated so the male could fondle the genitals of men he found attractive. At some point in 2014, the male TSA agent told a female coworker …

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You Knew This Was Coming

British and German tabloids are claiming that the Germanwings pilot was “tormented” about being gay. From Britain’s Daily Star, which has more than twice the circulation of the Guardian: Lubitz’ relationship with his girlfriend is said to have broken down and it has been claimed that he was secretly homosexual. He was even taunted by pilot pals for previously being …

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Headline Of The Day

Via the London Standard: The co-pilot who deliberately crashed a plane into a mountainside in the French Alps was suffering from depression and ‘a personal life crisis,’ according to reports. Andreas Lubitz, 28, had deliberately put the Germanwings airliner into a descent after the captain left the cockpit, French prosecutors said after analysing evidence from the recovered cockpit voice recorder. …

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FRANCE: Prosecutor Says Airliner Was Crashed Deliberately By Co-Pilot

Via ABC News: A Marseille prosecutor says the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps appeared to have crashed the plane deliberately. Prosecutor Brice Robin said the action of manipulating “what is called the flight monitoring system in order to embark on the descent of the plane”, could “only be deliberate”. “I repeat, when he was …

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German Jetliner Crashes In Southern France, All 148 Aboard Feared Dead

Via the New York Times: A German plane carrying at least 142 passengers and six crew members to Düsseldorf from Barcelona crashed on Tuesday in southern France, the French civil aviation authority confirmed. The wreckage of the aircraft, an Airbus A320 operated by Germanwings, a budget subsidiary of Lufthansa, was located by a French military helicopter near the town of …

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One Million Moms Vs Spirit Airlines

I literally shouted “HOORAY!” when this came in just now. Scared the cat. Spirit Airlines ads often use distasteful marketing choices. For example, there is also their Bare Fare ad. The script for that ad goes: “Our fares are unbundled: no ‘free’ bag, no ‘free’ drink. From the start, it’s just you’re a_s + gas and a personal item.” That …

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Spirit Airlines: Use Your Mouth To Spread The Word About Our 69th Aircraft

The text above reads: “We’ve been waiting to hit 69 planes for years. It’s our favorite number – ever since we were twelve and found that magazine under our brother’s bed (the one with the fantastic articles). #69 is perfect: just the right size, with a cockpit that’s in your face (because it’s bright yellow). Use your mouth to spread …

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This Is An Ad For Something

AdWeek names this their “Ad Of The Day:” Air France embarks on a lavish flight of fantasy in this trippy 45-second global commercial by BETC Paris. Directed by film collective We Are From LA (which also directed Pharrell’s “24 Hours of Happy” video, as well as Evian’s “Baby & Me,” also by BETC), the action takes place inside an oversized, …

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Delta Flight Skids Off Runway At LGA

LaGuardia airport is closed at this writing after a Delta flight out of Atlanta crash-landed on the runway, skidding into a snowbank and a perimeter fence. The McDonnell Douglas MD-88 aircraft skidded during a Thursday morning snowstorm. LaGuardia Airport was closed immediately after the incident occurred. The FAA said the airport is expected to reopen at 6:59 p.m. EST. Port …

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This Is An Ad For Something

From British Airways: We teamed up with Out of the Blue, Oxford University’s all male a capella group, for a very special version of Wham’s classic hit ‘Club Tropicana’ The 14-strong group flew to Malta with the airline to recreate the summer hit and bring the taste of sunshine and pina coladas tantalisingly close to Brits looking forward to their …

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