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Fliers Have to 'Go Really Bad,' Plane Diverts Hundreds of Miles

NYC to Seattle flight lands in Montana so passengers can answer call of nature

(Newser) - We've all been there: Needing to "go really bad," without a toilet in sight. The situation got a little more uncomfortable for passengers on a typically 6-hour Delta flight from New York City to Seattle Saturday night, who were forced to make an unscheduled pit stop—or... More »

Accused of Sex Act on a Plane, Passenger Offers Different Story

Male passenger says woman fell asleep on his lap, wasn't performing oral sex; witnesses disagree

(Newser) - A male passenger aboard a Detroit-bound Delta flight claimed a woman "had fallen asleep in his lap" after those seated nearby complained that she'd actually been performing oral sex , according to a police report. The pair, strangers who'd booked seats in separate rows on the Oct. 29... More »

They Met for the First Time on a Plane. Then They Met the FBI

Woman on Delta flight accused of performing oral sex on new friend who sat next to her

(Newser) - They met as strangers, left as members of a lurid club, and now could face felony charges for their trouble. WDIV reports that two passengers on a Delta flight Sunday from Los Angeles to Detroit—a 48-year-old woman ultimately headed to Nashville on a connecting flight, and a 28-year-old man... More »

Delta Flight Escapes Between Bands of Hurricane Irma

They raced the storm and won

(Newser) - A Delta Air Lines flight managed to make it from New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and back Wednesday by navigating through Hurricane Irma . The flight took off from JFK International Airport at 8:12am, heading toward the rapidly approaching Category 5 storm, reports USA Today . After making a... More »

Coulter's Tweets About Airline Seat Went On All Weekend

About 2 dozen tweets and retweets because she was moved to a different seat

(Newser) - Another airline is in the news, this time in the spotlight thanks to Ann Coulter's barrage of tweets over the weekend. Per MarketWatch , the conservative pundit was incensed when Delta staff moved her Saturday from what she says was her prebooked "extra room" seat on a flight out... More »

Flight Attendant Broke Wine Bottle Over Unruly Passenger's Head

Details are out from Thursday's Delta incident

(Newser) - A flight attendant broke a wine bottle over the head of a man who lunged for an exit door and fought with other passengers during a Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle to Beijing, but it didn't faze him, an FBI agent wrote in charging papers filed Friday. Joseph... More »

First-Class Passenger Assaults Flight Attendant

Incident happened 45 minutes into flight

(Newser) - A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Beijing returned to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Thursday night after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant, officials say. Sea-Tac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says the incident happened on Delta flight 129, KOMO reports. Cooper says a man in first class assaulted a flight attendant... More »

Sponsors Flee as NYC Theater Portrays Trump as Slain Caesar

Delta, Bank of America yank sponsorship of NYC's Public Theater

(Newser) - Beware the ides of March ... or the withdrawal of six-figure sponsorships. Delta Air Lines and Bank of America on Sunday night pulled their sponsorship of New York’s Public Theater over its production of Julius Caesar. The issue: In this reimagining, it's a President Trump lookalike (Gregg Henry) who... More »

Your Face May Be All You Need to Board a Plane

JetBlue launching facial recognition program to make boarding speedier, more secure

(Newser) - "We’re rapidly moving toward a day when your fingerprint, iris or face will become the only ID you’ll need for any number of transactions throughout a given day." This from the COO of Delta Air Lines, which along with JetBlue is testing facial and fingerprint-recognition technology... More »

Dad Won't Give Up Toddler's Seat, Delta Kicks Family Off Flight

Brian Schear refused to give up paid-for seat for different child on overbooked flight

(Newser) - "Did you know that the safest place for your child on an airplane is in a government-approved child safety restraint system (CRS) or device, not on your lap?" That's per the FAA , but Delta ordered a California family to go the lap route as they returned from a... More »

In Video, Delta Pilot Hits Woman in Fight

Airline standing by him, says he 'deescalated altercation'

(Newser) - A lot of people, it seems, are having a hard time behaving themselves around airplanes: The latest example involves Delta Air Lines, reports TMZ , and an April 21 video in which two female passengers are fighting after getting off a flight in Atlanta. A pilot enters the fray, grabs one... More »

Delta Boots Passenger for Using Bathroom

Kima Hamilton says he couldn't wait as plane was taxiing

(Newser) - Passengers aboard the Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Milwaukee were told they were third in line for takeoff. Thirty minutes later, they were still waiting—and Kima Hamilton says he could wait no longer. Though passengers were to remain in their seats—and Hamilton had been told a... More »

One Airline Will Now Offer Up to $10K to Bump Flyers

Delta is hoping to avoid an incident like the one that befell United this week

(Newser) - Delta is letting employees offer customers almost $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet. In an internal memo obtained Friday by the AP , Delta Air Lines... More »

Man Accused of Attacking Muslim Worker at JFK Airport

He told her Trump 'will get rid of all of you,' DA says

(Newser) - A Massachusetts man is accused of attacking a Muslim airline employee at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, allegedly kicking and shouting obscenities at the woman and telling her that President Trump "will get rid of all of you," authorities say. The Queens District Attorney's... More »

Disruptive Couple Forces Plane Back to Airport: Delta

Apparently it was over bathroom issue on flight from Minneapolis to LA

(Newser) - If the pilot of your plane tells you over the intercom he's going to turn the plane around if you don't sit down, it's probably best to take a seat. But per the Star Tribune , a woman flying on Delta from Minneapolis to Los Angeles on Wednesday... More »

'Known Prankster,' Delta Battle Over Truth of Plane-Removal Story

Airline denies his claim that it was over him speaking Arabic

(Newser) - A YouTube star with a history of provocative stunts on planes says this time, the incident was real. Adam Saleh says Delta Air Lines removed him and fellow YouTube star Slim Albaher from a New York-bound plane in London Wednesday for speaking Arabic, Al Jazeera reports. In a video retweeted... More »

Delta Bans Obnoxious Trump Supporter for Life

Passengers will get full refunds

(Newser) - He should have left the politics on the ground: Delta says a "loud, rude and disrespectful" man who taunted his fellow passengers about Donald Trump's election victory has been banned for life, NBC News reports. The man was filmed standing up on a Nov. 22 flight from Atlanta... More »

Less Than 30 Minutes Before Departure, the Pilot Was Arrested

Cops say pilot showed up drunk for Delta flight

(Newser) - The pilot of a Delta flight from a South Dakota airport was arrested less than 30 minutes before departure time Wednesday morning when a TSA agent told police he smelled like booze. Russel Duszak, 38, was found to have a blood alcohol content of more than 0.04 and was... More »

She's a Black Doctor. Delta Staff Couldn't Believe It

Tamika Cross alleges 'blatant discrimination'

(Newser) - When Tamika Cross heard a mid-flight call for a doctor to help an unresponsive passenger aboard a Delta flight from Detroit to Minneapolis, she immediately threw her hand in the air. "Oh no, sweetie, put [your] hand down, we are looking for actual physicians or nurses," the OB/GYN,... More »

Delta Cancels More Flights as Woes Drag on

Airline offering travel vouchers to those affected

(Newser) - Delta's travails, and those of its customers, move into day two with the airline canceling nearly 250 flights, reports the AP . The cancellations Tuesday follow about 1,000 canceled flights Monday and almost 3,000 delayed flights after an outage at its Atlanta headquarters caused a global systems failure... More »

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