Air Canada

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Flier Says Lack of Legroom Almost Killed Him

The fit but tall traveler developed deep vein thrombosis on a cramped 10-hour flight

(Newser) - An Air Canada passenger says a cramped 10-hour flight from Chile to Toronto in January has taken a serious toll on his otherwise impeccable health, and he wants the airline to "take a good hard look at what they're doing," he tells the CBC . Colin Savage, a... More »

Turbulence Injures 21 on 'Flight From Hell'

Air Canada passengers were tossed from seats

(Newser) - Air Canada says a flight en route from Shanghai to Toronto was diverted to Calgary on Wednesday after heavy turbulence injured 21 passengers, including three children. An Emergency Medical Services spokesman says that those transported to Calgary-area hospitals are in stable condition with non-life-threatening neck and back injuries. An Air... More »

Quick-Thinking Pilot Diverts Overseas Flight to Save Dog

Faulty cargo heating system could have killed Simba if not for captain's decision

(Newser) - An Air Canada pilot inconvenienced passengers on an overseas flight and may have cost the airline up to $10,000 in fuel costs, but people are praising him for a humane decision that also may have saved a dog's life. When the pilot noticed a cargo heating-system malfunction during... More »

'Something Just Fell Out of Me': Surprise Baby Born on Plane

Canadian woman who didn't know she was pregnant gives birth over Russia

(Newser) - One in 2,500 moms gives birth after a "cryptic" pregnancy or "denial in pregnancy," and a Canadian woman can now count herself among their number after a Calgary-to-Tokyo flight ended in the birth of her surprise baby girl, reports the CBC . Ada Guan, 23, was... More »

Air Canada Plane Killed Airport's Power

'Hard landing' hit power line just a few hundred feet away

(Newser) - An Air Canada passenger plane landed so significantly short of the runway in Halifax that it hit a power line and knocked out power at the airport, the lead investigator says. The Airbus 320 landed 1,100 feet short of the runway during an early Sunday morning snowstorm. It crashed... More »

Air Canada Plane Skids Off Runway

25 people were taken to a hospital, but injuries were minor

(Newser) - An Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing and skidded off the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather at 12:35am local time today. The airport said 25 passengers were taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries, while Air Canada said 23 passengers... More »

Passenger Jet Takes Detour, Finds Missing Boat

Air Canada pilot flew low so passengers could look out window

(Newser) - We're willing to bet this is a first: Passengers on an Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Sydney were asked to participate in a search for a yacht that had been lost at sea for 16 hours, reports the Consumerist . The captain received a call for help and flew... More »

Now Air Canada Has Needle-in-Sandwich Incident

No word on caterer involved

(Newser) - Two weeks after needles were discovered in sandwiches served on Delta flights out of Amsterdam, another needle has been found—this time on an Air Canada flight heading from Victoria to Toronto on Monday night. The sewing needle was found by a passenger in a prepackaged sandwich, and an Air... More »

Air Canada Engine Parts Fall on Toronto Neighborhood

Boeing 777 makes emergency landing after engine dies after takeoff

(Newser) - Several cars were damaged but nobody was injured after parts believed to be from a broken Air Canada jet engine rained down on a Toronto suburb yesterday. The plane, a Boeing 777 bound for Japan with 318 passengers and 16 crew members, was forced to turn around and make an... More »

Sleepy Co-Pilot Mistook Venus for US Military Plane

Report blames 'sleep inertia' for Air Canada accident that injured 16

(Newser) - We've all awaken from naps feeling a little groggy and confused—but not many of us have been at the controls of a Boeing 767 at the time. An accident that injured 16 people on an Air Canada flight early last year was caused when the co-pilot—startled awake... More »

BlackBerry Execs Get Smashed, Ground Flight

Men arrested for behavior; each owes airline $36K

(Newser) - 'Tis the season of headaches for BlackBerry: Two Research in Motion executives got incredibly drunk on a flight from Toronto to Beijing on Monday night, prompting pilots to turn the plane, which was north of Alaska, around. They landed in Vancouver, where the men were arrested, Gawker reports. George... More »

Passenger: I Warned Crew About 'Two-Faced' Flier

But no one paid any attention, scared traveler complains

(Newser) - A passenger warned the flight crew about a disguised "two-faced" flier who slipped on board and rattled security staffs around the world—but they shrugged off her concerns, she says. Passenger Nuray Kurtur-Balas said she immediately spotted something amiss and feared the 22-year-old, dressed as an old man, planned... More »

'Two-Faced' Flyer Has Security Agents Scrambling

Homeland Security chief wonders how man was able to board plane

(Newser) - The passenger who turned from an elderly white man into a young Asian man mid-flight is causing panicked authorities to scramble to update security procedures. Hong Kong authorities believe the man—who was wearing a mask sold online under the name "Jerry Attrick" and mimicked the movement of an... More »

One Airline Passenger, Two Faces

Disguised man slipped on to Air Canada flight

(Newser) - Staff on an Air Canada flight were presumably more than a little surprised when a passenger went into a toilet looking like Mr. Magoo and emerged looking like a young Asian man. The man filed a refugee claim and was taken into custody when the flight from Hong Kong arrived... More »

Stinky Flyer Booted Off Plane

'Brutal' body odor overwhelms Air Canada passengers

(Newser) - A too-smelly-to-fly controversy has followed hot on the heels of Kevin Smith's too-fat-to-fly kerfuffle. A passenger was escorted off an Air Canada regional flight this week after passengers complained about his overwhelming body odor. "People were just mumbling and staring at him,” one passenger told the Prince Edward... More »

'Violent' Fellow Passenger Threatens Romney

Confrontation happens as ex-governor departs Vancouver

(Newser) - On a flight leaving Vancouver this morning, Mitt Romney’s request that a passenger in front of his wife raise his seat for takeoff apparently rubbed the man the wrong way, and he threatened the former (and perhaps future) Republican presidential hopeful. The man became “physically violent,” a... More »

Aging Airlines Can't Catch Up to Younger Rivals

Recent changes haven't helped 'legacy' carriers

(Newser) - Despite many rounds of cost-cutting, so-called legacy airlines—United, Delta, US Airways—still face costs 35% higher than low-fare carriers like JetBlue and Southwest, the Wall Street Journal reports. The younger outfits have maintained a “cost gap” analysts thought their older peers could close over time. For one thing,... More »

Obese? Court Backs Two Seats for One Fare

Those 'functionally disabled by obesity' get fare break in Canada

(Newser) - Obese air travelers in Canada who need two seats must be given the extra seat for free, Reuters reports. The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal from Air Canada and two other airlines after they failed to win a lower court appeal on the fare issue.... More »

Stewardess Helps Land Flight After Co-Pilot Cracks

Licensed pilot jumps in on London-bound plane after man suffers breakdown

(Newser) - After an Air Canada captain had his co-pilot handcuffed and dragged from his seat during a January flight, a female flight attendant helped steer the London-bound passenger jet to safety in Ireland, the Guardian reports. The original co-pilot was “quite harried” when he entered the cockpit, a report released... More »

American Readies Piecemeal Pricing

'Unbundling' divides trip cost with fees for food, extras

(Newser) - American Airlines is about to accelerate the trend of breaking the cost of a trip into an airfare plus many smaller fees. Starting next year, American plans to imitate the a la carte pricing structure pioneered by Air Canada, airline officials say. There are likely to be a few basic... More »

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