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Delta Passenger Attempts To Breach Cockpit [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: The FBI responded Friday after a Delta flight from Los Angeles to Nashville was diverted to Albuquerque after a passenger approached the cabin in a way that forced flight attendants to act. Delta said Flight 386 landed in Albuquerque without incident and the passenger was removed by law enforcement. According to Delta, the crew and passengers of …

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Qantas Airways Offers “Mega Prizes” In Vaccine Push

Australia’s Today Show reports: Qantas CEO Alan Joyce [photo] is calling for more Australian companies to come forward with perks and incentives encouraging the public to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The airline’s vaccine incentive program, which launches in July, will offer several deals including unlimited travel for a year for 10 lucky families. “We are looking at giving 1000 points …

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Pilot Sentenced For “Completing Lewd Act” During Flight

The Associated Press reports: A retired Southwest Airlines pilot was sentenced to probation Friday after pleading guilty to exposing his genitals to a female first officer and watching pornography on a laptop during a flight from Philadelphia to Florida last year. Michael Haak, 60, apologized and expressed remorse for his actions before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Mark Coulson sentenced him …

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Violence Spurs Southwest To Continue Halt On Booze

USA Today reports: Southwest Airlines has ditched its plans to resume alcohol sales in June and July given a spike in in-flight incidents, including a an altercation between a flight attendant and passenger that sent the flight attendant to the hospital Sunday. “Given the recent uptick in industry-wide incidents of passenger disruptions in-flight, we have made the decision to pause …

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Dems To Airlines: Extend Expiring Flight Vouchers

The Points Guy reports: U.S. airline customers are sitting on more than 20 million expiring airline vouchers and flight credits worth more than a combined $10 billion. Now, two U.S. senators are demanding that airlines waive those expiration dates for all credits issued during the pandemic. Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) co-signed a letter to each of …

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Flight Attendants Union: Extend Face Masks Mandate

USA Today reports: With several states lifting mask mandates and COVID-19 vaccination rates on the rise, travelers are starting to ask when they will be able to fly without wearing a mask. It shouldn’t be anytime soon, flight attendants say. The federal mask mandate on planes and in airports, signed by President Joe Biden in January and due to expire …

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Feds Say Pilot “Completed Lewd Act” During Flight

Washington DC’s NBC News affiliate reports: Multiple federal law enforcement officials and sources confirm a former Southwest Airlines pilot is being charged with committing a “lewd” indecent act mid-flight from Philadelphia to Orlando in August. A court filing obtained by the News4 I-Team said Michael Haak “intentionally committed an act of lewd, indecent and obscene exposure of his genitals in …

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Airlines Hail CDC Guidance On Travel For Vaccinated

The Hill reports: Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are welcoming new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that says fully vaccinated people can safely travel. “More customers than ever during the pandemic are showing us they’re ready to get back out and reconnect with the world—and we’re ready to help them reclaim their lives safely,” …

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American Airlines Cancels Furloughs For 13K Workers

Yahoo News reports: American Airlines is “happily” canceling over 10,000 furloughs as Congress’ new COVID-19 relief bill heads to President Biden’s desk. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom told employees on Wednesday that after Congress passed the new $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that includes more funding for the Payroll Support Program, it will be canceling 13,000 …

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DOJ: United To Pay $49 Million In USPS Fraud Case

Via press release from the Justice Department: United Airlines Inc. (United), the world’s third largest airline, has agreed to pay over $49 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to fraud on postal service contracts for transportation of international mail. United entered into a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and agreed to pay $17,271,415 …

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FAA Grounds Regional Carrier For Overdue Inspections

CNN Business reports: PSA Airlines, one of American Airlines’ largest operators of regional flights, has been “temporarily grounded” by the Federal Aviation Administration for an inspection issue on nearly all of its planes, according to an internal email obtained by CNN. American Airlines tells CNN that 230 of its flights operated by PSA Airlines have been canceled so far, leaving …

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Flight Attendants Union: Ban The Rioters From Flying

CNBC reports: The country’s largest flight attendant unions on Wednesday expressed safety concerns over politically motivated disruptions on flights after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building, demanding that the results of the presidential election be overturned. “The mob mentality behavior that took place on several flights to the D.C. area yesterday was unacceptable and threatened the safety and security …

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United Airlines Pledges To Eliminate Emissions By 2050

The Verge reports: This week, United Airlines pledged to completely eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. To make good on that promise, the company says it will invest in emerging technologies that capture planet-heating carbon dioxide from the air. It also plans to continue powering its flights with sustainable aviation fuel. United is the latest airline to respond to …

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DOT: No More Emotional Support Animals On Planes

NBC News reports: The era of emotional support pigs and peacocks on airplanes is about to end after the Transportation Department ruled Wednesday that dogs are the only animals defined as service animals. The regulation tightens the reins after a yearslong battle between airlines and passengers who have requested permission to carry a menagerie of animals onboard in the name …

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World’s First “Christian Airline” Set For 2021 Launch

The Christian Post reports: A nonprofit ministry is set to launch the first-ever Christian airline next year, providing a source of travel for missionaries seeking to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ across the globe. Judah 1, currently based out of Shreveport, Louisiana, has already carried small groups of missionaries to disaster areas and mission fields in its capacity as …

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Airlines Put Hundreds Of Covidiots On No Fly Lists

ABC News reports: Delta has added 460 people to its “no-fly list for refusing to comply with our mask requirement,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in an internal memo to employees. “Wearing a mask is among the simplest and most effective actions we can take to reduce transmission, which is why Delta has long required them for our customers and …

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Delta Air Lines Reports $5.4B Loss For Third Quarter

CNBC reports: Delta Air Lines on Tuesday posted another multibillion-dollar net loss after the coronavirus pandemic roiled what is usually the peak travel period of the year. The carrier warned it could take years to recover. Kicking off third-quarter reporting for the beleaguered airline sector, Delta said its net loss was $5.4 billion in the third quarter, compared with a …

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American And United To Furlough 32,000 Workers

Reuters reports: American Airlines and United Airlines, two of the largest U.S. carriers, said they were beginning furloughs of over 32,000 workers on Thursday as hopes faded for a last-minute bailout from Washington. Both airlines told employees, however, in memos seen by Reuters on Wednesday that they stood ready to reverse the furloughs, which affect about 13% of their workforces …

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United To Offer Rapid COVID Tests To Passengers

USA Today reports: United Airlines says it will roll out a new COVID-19 testing program for passengers beginning Oct. 15, the Chicago-based carrier announced Thursday. At first, testing will only be available for passengers traveling to Hawaii from San Francisco International Airport. Why Hawaii? The airline, the first in the U.S. to offer rapid testing, has more flights to the …

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Qantas Airways Sells Out 7-Hour “Flight To Nowhere”

The Washington Post reports: A seven-hour “flight to nowhere” advertised by Australian airline Qantas sold out within 10 minutes on Thursday. To comply with restrictions on interstate travel, the flight will depart Sydney on Oct. 10 and return on the same day, with no stops along the way. But passengers are promised views of the Great Barrier Reef, the Uluru …

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