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Flight Diverted After Man 'Tries to Kiss Sleeping Teen'

He was charged with assault

(Newser) - A 23-year-old man on a flight from Portland, Ore., to Anchorage, Alaska, ended up in custody in Seattle after allegedly trying to kiss the sleeping 16-year-old next to him. A spokesman for Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport says Flight 137 was diverted there Tuesday afternoon after the pilot was notified of... More »

Alaska Air Deal Makes It Bigger Than JetBlue

Airline strikes deal to buy Virgin America

(Newser) - Alaska Air will leapfrog JetBlue to become the nation's fifth-largest airline after striking a deal to buy Virgin America, reports the Seattle Times . Alaska Air announced the deal Monday morning after what the Wall Street Journal reports was a "frenzied" bidding war with JetBlue, one that resulted in... More »

Feds: Alaska Airlines Pilot Flew Drunk—Twice

Blood alcohol readings were way over the limit

(Newser) - An Alaska Airlines pilot was too drunk to drive, let alone fly, when he piloted two flights on June 20, 2014, according to federal prosecutors. David Hans Arntson—who was immediately removed from "safety sensitive duties" after flunking a breath test and later retired from the airline—was arrested... More »

CEO Says His Own Airline Lost His Bag

Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden can get $25 off his next flight

(Newser) - Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden seems like an honest man—possibly more honest that his airline's PR people would like. At an airline conference last week, Tilden told the audience that he arrived without his luggage, which his own airline had misplaced, reports the LA Times . "The media... More »

Trapped Baggage Handler Is 'Permanently Banned'

Man who fell asleep in cargo won't handle any more Alaska Airlines flights

(Newser) - The baggage handler who fell asleep and got trapped in an Alaska Airlines plane's cargo hold Monday, forcing the flight to return to the Seattle-Tacoma airport for an emergency landing, has been "permanently banned" from Alaska Airlines' planes, says a rep for the airline. The unnamed man works... More »

Flight Returns Over Knocking From Cargo Hold

A worker apparently fell asleep in there

(Newser) - A Los Angeles-bound Alaska Airlines flight had to return to Seattle today after a worker reportedly fell asleep and found himself trapped in the plane's cargo hold. Flight 448 had just taken off this afternoon when the pilot heard banging from down below, the airline says in a news... More »

Woman With Cancer Kicked Off Flight

She didn't have a note from her doctor, says Alaska Airlines

(Newser) - A little overzealous, maybe? Alaska Airlines kicked a cancer patient off a flight Monday because she didn't have a note from her doctor clearing her to fly, reports CBS San Francisco . Elizabeth Sedway, 51, says she had donned a surgical mask to avoid germs while waiting to board, which... More »

Scorpion on a Plane: Flight Delayed as Woman Stung

Critter had apparently sneaked on board in Mexico

(Newser) - Right up there with snakes on planes are scorpions, and the presence of one on an Alaska Airlines flight yesterday caused a bit of a stir: As the Oregonian reports, Flight 567 was taxiing on the runway at LAX when a scorpion—apparently having hitched a ride from Mexico in... More »

Fliers Restrain Unruly Passenger With Shoelaces

Alexander Herrera was tackled after trying to open emergency exit

(Newser) - An Alaska Airlines passenger who attempted to open a plane's emergency exit as it began its descent into Portland, Ore., yesterday was tackled by fellow passengers who tied him up with shoelaces, the Oregonian reports. Alexander Herrera, a 23-year-old from Arizona, made "unusual statements" as he went for... More »

Pilot Loses Consciousness 'Somewhere Over Oregon'

Meanwhile, another flight was diverted due to an unruly passenger

(Newser) - A pair of jets made emergency landings last night, in unrelated dramatic incidents. In one case, an Alaska Airlines jet bound for Seattle had to make an emergency landing in Portland, after its pilot lost consciousness "somewhere over Oregon," an airline spokesman tells the AP . A doctor on... More »

No More Prayer Cards for Alaska Airlines Fliers

Airline started giving cards to passengers in the 1970s

(Newser) - For more than three decades, Alaska Airlines has been serving up prayer cards on the meal trays that passengers receive, but no longer. "This difficult decision was not made lightly," the CEO and president wrote in an email to customers yesterday. "Some of you enjoy the cards... More »

Alaska Airlines Begins Biofuel Flights

But it's costing a fortune

(Newser) - Alaska Airlines’ first biofuel-powered flights took off yesterday, kicking off an expensive trial program designed to improve the airline’s environmental footprint. Passengers on the first two flights—which were to DC and Portland, respectively—received a “Welcome to Greener Skies” flier explaining the program, the Anchorage Daily News... More »

Free This Month: Facebook Access, at 30K Feet

Thanks to a Ford/Gogo promotion

(Newser) - Joyful news for Facebook users who have thus far been unable to post real-time status updates like: "Enjoying Delta's Biscoff cookies ... 47 more minutes til Philly!!" A handful of airlines are dishing up freebie in-flight Facebook access all month long. They're offering the February promo thanks, in part,... More »

Airline Customer Satisfaction Rises (for Once)

Continental, Alaska, JetBlue and Southwest earn top marks

(Newser) - After three straight years of losing altitude, airline customer satisfaction ratings are on the rise, according to a study released today by JD Power and Associates. Overall satisfaction with North American carriers rose 15 points on a 1,000-point scale, the Chicago Tribune reports, with 10 of 12 airlines improving... More »

Need to Dodge Volcanic Ash? Ask an Alaskan

Alaska Airlines knows how avoid volcano chaos

(Newser) - That Icelandic volcano may have taught European airlines a lesson Alaska Airlines learned from Mount St. Helens 30 years ago. After its planes were grounded for days by the eruption in Washington state, the airline developed an effective way to navigate safely around volcanic ash. Its experience suggests that Europe's... More »

Latest Redoubt Eruption Sends Ash 11 Miles Up

(Newser) - The fifth and largest eruption of Alaska’s Mount Redoubt occurred this morning, sending a plume of ash 60,000 feet above sea level, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The ash is spreading north into inhabited areas, but winds moving toward Anchorage are too high to dump ash there. “... More »

Companies Bypass Microsoft Vista

Some wait for Windows 7 instead

(Newser) - Companies like General Motors and Alaska Airlines are considering bypassing Microsoft’s latest operating system. Facing problems getting Vista to work on its computers, GM may simply wait for Windows 7, due in 2010 or 2011. Consumer hesitation on Vista finally hurt Microsoft in the last quarter, when profits slipped... More »

Fare War Breaks Out at LAX

Thanks to Virgin America, ticket prices dip as fuel prices soar

(Newser) - Even as fuel prices soar, Los Angeles airline passengers are enjoying an old-fashioned fare war sparked by newcomer Virgin America, the LA Times reports. Sir Richard Branson's brainchild has drawn United, Alaska, Southwest, and even longtime LAX holdout JetBlue into a feud that's seen one-way fares as low as $44.... More »

Buying On-flight Perks With Plastic: Priceless

Carriers eye plastic-only policies to 'save bazillions of dollars'

(Newser) - More airlines are letting flyers buy perks with plastic, hoping it will speed up service and save money. American Airlines is the latest to sell meals by credit or debit, but others are way ahead: JetBlue, Alaska Air and Virgin America are already cashless. Nixing cash sales will ease the... More »

Airline to Offer Internet Access

Alaska jet will have Wi-Fi hot spots for phones, laptops

(Newser) - Alaska Airlines will become the first US carrier to offer  satellite-based Wi-Fi internet access to passengers, reports AP. The airline will install the wireless service on one 737 jet next spring with a view to outfitting the entire 114-plane fleet. American Airlines announced plans for internet access on some of... More »

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