Tag Archives: FAA

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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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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FAA: YouTuber Crashed His Own Plane For The Views

The New York Times reports: The Federal Aviation Administration has found that Trevor Jacob, a daredevil YouTuber who posted a video of himself last year parachuting out of a plane that he claimed had malfunctioned, purposely abandoned the aircraft and allowed it to crash into the Los Padres National Forest in Southern California. In a letter to Mr. Jacob on …

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FAA Issues Record Fines Against Two “Unruly” Fliers

Via press release from the FAA: U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed the largest-ever fines ever against two passengers for alleged unruly behavior. The fines of $81,950 and $77,272, respectively, are part of the approximately $2 million the agency has proposed since Jan. 1, 2022. “If you are on an airplane, don’t be a jerk and don’t …

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FAA Nixes FedEx’s Request For Anti-Missile Lasers

Reuters reports: The Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday it was withdrawing proposed conditions that could have allowed delivery company FedEx Corp to install a laser-based missile-defense on Airbus A321-200 airplanes. The FAA said Tuesday it “has determined that further internal study is necessary.” The FAA said to avoid confusion “a comment period on a proposal that the agency is …

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FedEx Seeks Anti-Missile Lasers For Some Cargo Planes

Politico reports: Package delivery giant FedEx wants to equip some of its aircraft with military-style missile countermeasures, which could allow it to continue flying over contested areas that might otherwise be closed to air traffic, according to a filing posted by the FAA. In a notice of this “special condition” posted Friday, the FAA dryly observed that its design standards …

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Flight Diverted After Man Assaults Flight Attendant

Los Angeles’s CBS News affiliate reports: A passenger on a Delta flight from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles has been detained in Oklahoma City after assaulting an air marshal and a flight attendant. The incident took place at about 5:40 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. According to the captain of the flight, the passenger, for unknown reasons, became combative with a …

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Woman Arrested For Assaulting Two Flight Attendants

The Tennessean reports: A woman attacked two flight attendants on a Spirit Airlines flight to Nashville on Saturday night, was restrained by a fellow passenger, and then yelled at police officers to “shoot me” when they arrested her. Airport police arrested a 42-year old female for public intoxication after the flight crew contacted officers on the ground at Nashville International …

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FAA Seeks $162K In Fines Against Eight Passengers

From the Federal Aviation Administration: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes $161,823 in civil penalties against eight airline passengers for alleged unruly behavior involving alcohol. Since Jan. 1, 2021, the FAA has received nearly 300 reports of passenger disturbances due to alcohol and intoxication. $24,000 against a passenger on a March 31, 2021, Delta Air Lines …

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TX Woman Charged With Assaulting Flight Attendant

The San Jose Mercury News reports: A 50-year-old Cypress, Texas, woman has been charged with assaulting a flight attendant during a United Airlines flight from Alaska to San Francisco International Airport earlier this year, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Debby Dutton appeared Friday in Houston federal court to face a charge of interference by assault, threat or intimidation with …

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FAA Hits 10 Passengers With Fines Totaling $225,000

NBC News reports: Ten passengers have been hit with fines totaling $225,287 due to alleged unruly behavior on flights, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency announced the civil penalties in a Wednesday news release, outlining 10 new cases where passengers shoved flight attendants, used expletives, threw fits and refused to comply with the FAA requirement for face masks. …

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FAA: 128 Unruly Passenger Incidents Just In Last Week

CNN Travel reports: Unruly passenger incidents are rising again, new Federal Aviation Administration numbers show. FAA figures released Tuesday show more disruptions on commercial flights in the past week than any week in the past two and a half months. The FAA says there were 128 new incidents reported by flight crews, bringing this year’s total to 4,626 incidents. The …

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FAA Grounds Virgin Galactic Over July Flight Mishap

NBC News reports: The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that Virgin Galactic cannot launch anyone into space again until an investigation is complete into a mishap that occurred during July’s flight with founder Richard Branson. The ban came as Virgin Galactic announced plans to launch three Italian researchers to the edge of space in a few weeks. The FAA said …

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FAA Fines Mask Refuser $17,000 For Disrupting Flight

The Charlotte Observer reports: A woman who was kicked off her flight to Charlotte in February for drinking alcohol, trying to vape and refusing to wear a mask has been hit with a $17,000 fine by the Federal Aviation Administration. The woman was flying from Key West, Fla., to Charlotte on a Republic Airways flight on Feb. 28, according to …

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FAA Plans $500K+ In Fines For 34 Unruly Passengers

CNN reports: Federal authorities are proposing more than a half-million dollars in new fines against commercial airline passengers they say refused to wear masks, hit flight attendants and even threw luggage across the cabin. The Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement Thursday of $531,545 in fines against 34 passengers accused of being unruly on board is the single largest announcement of federal …

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FAA Hits Nine Unruly Passengers With Massive Fines

Via press release: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a new public service announcement and levied $119,000 in civil penalties against passengers for alleged violations of federal regulations as part of its Zero Tolerance efforts against unruly behavior. As part of the FAA’s Zero Tolerance campaign, the web video features children explaining how to behave on …

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FAA Okays Virgin Galactic For Passenger Spaceflights

CNBC reports: Virgin Galactic announced Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration granted the company the license it needs to fly passengers on future spaceflights, a key hurdle as the venture completes development testing. “The commercial license that we have had in place since 2016 remains in place, but is now cleared to allow us to carry commercial passengers when we’re …

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FAA Mulls Proposal For Alabama Spaceport [VIDEO]

The Birmingham News reports: The Federal Aviation Administration is considering a plan to land commercial space vehicles in Alabama. The agency recently released information about a proposal by the Huntsville airport and Nevada-based Sierra Space to use the site roughly 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of downtown to land ships that resemble a small space shuttle with upswept wings. The …

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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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Feds Investigate Plane Crash That Killed 7 Evangelicals

Nashville’s ABC News affiliate reports: The reason a small jet plummeted into Percy Priest Lake on Saturday morning is still a mystery, but a recording indicates air traffic control lost contact with the pilot very early on. In a recording obtained by NewsChannel5 Investigates, the pilot only has a few exchanges with ATC at Smyrna / Rutherford County Airport before …

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