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JetBlue Switcheroo Sends 5-Year-Olds to Wrong Cities

Mom Maribel Martinez is now suing the airline

(Newser) - A 5-year-old bound for Boston ended up in New York, and another bound for New York ended up in Boston last month when JetBlue mixed them up. Maribel Martinez says she was supposed to meet her son, Andy, at New York's JFK Airport after his flight from the Dominican... More »

JetBlue Touches Down in Cuba in Historic Flight

It's the first commercial trip in more than 50 years

(Newser) - Milestone: The first commercial flight between the US and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War, reports the AP . The jaunt from Fort Lauderdale took only 45... More »

24 Hurt on 'Rocky' JetBlue Flight

Witnesses saw people thrown to the ceiling

(Newser) - "It was as if you're on an elevator, 50 stories high ... then you hit the bottom," a passenger tells ABC News of a JetBlue flight that hit bad weather while flying from Boston to Sacramento on Thursday. Twenty-two passengers and two crew members were taken to a... More »

Fly to Cuba Starting Next Month for $99

JetBlue first domestic airline to offer commercial flights, with others soon to follow

(Newser) - For the first time in more than half a century, a domestic airline will be offering commercial flights to Cuba, and the price looks right. Consumerist reports that starting Aug. 31, JetBlue will be hosting three-times-a-week puddle-jumping jaunts from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Abel Santamaria Airport in Santa Clara, about... More »

Fliers React Incredibly to Orlando Victim's Grandma

JetBlue flight attendant recounts the moving scene

(Newser) - The grandmother of Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo—at 20, one of the youngest victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre—flew to Florida on Tuesday to be with her family and attend her grandson's funeral. When JetBlue employees realized she was on their flight, and flying solo, they pulled out all... More »

JetBlue: Orlando Victims' Families Fly for Free

'Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones'

(Newser) - JetBlue says it stands with the victims of the Orlando mass shooting —and it's doing what it can to help their families. The airline is offering free flights to and from Orlando for the immediate family members and domestic partners of victims, and it has waived change fees... More »

Pilot Won't Let Woman on Flight Over Her Short Shorts

JetBlue says the 'shorts may offend other families'

(Newser) - A burlesque dancer trying to get home to Seattle from Boston earlier this month was told her shorts were simply too short to fly, KIRO reports. According to ABC News , the passenger—who goes by the stage name Maggie McMuffin—was preparing to board a JetBlue flight May 18 when... More »

Passengers on JetBlue Flight Cheered for Crying Babies

New ad asks passengers to cut flying moms a break

(Newser) - Something that's probably never happened in the history of aviation happened recently on a JetBlue flight from New York to California: Passengers actively rooted for babies to start crying. The one-of-a-kind flight was documented for a JetBlue Mother's Day ad released this week, Adweek reports. After passengers were... More »

JetBlue Pilot: Gum Caused 0.11 Blood Alcohol Level

Co-pilot saw him sip 'unknown beverage'

(Newser) - A commercial pilot was under the influence of alcohol while flying a JetBlue airliner carrying 151 passengers last year from Orlando, Fla., to New York City, federal prosecutors said Wednesday, per the AP . A criminal complaint says Dennis Murphy Jr. was selected for a random alcohol test after Flight 584... More »

'Genius Millionaire' Apologizes for Rant on JetBlue Flight

David Brackett was kicked off plane after boastful brouhaha with another passenger

(Newser) - It's not often one has the honor to be seated in coach on the same flight as a 28-year-old millionaire with six houses and a 176 IQ. At least, that's what David Brackett claimed before he and two men were booted off a JetBlue flight out of Long... More »

JetBlue Passenger Redefines 'Bad Seatmate'

Police say he woke up and began peeing on fellow passengers

(Newser) - An Oregon man faces charges after authorities say he urinated on passengers on a flight from Anchorage to Portland, Oregon. Jeff Rubin, 27, was arrested yesterday after JetBlue Flight 47 arrived at Portland International Airport, reports KOIN-TV . A police report says passengers and airline employees told officers Rubin had been... More »

Florida Ferries Going to Cuba Again

Also, JetBlue adds a weekly flight from New York City

(Newser) - The US embargo on Cuba is still in place, but two developments today further suggest that its days are numbered:
  • Ferry service: Two companies have gotten approval from the US to begin running ferries from Florida to Cuba for the first time in 50 years, reports the Sun Sentinel . The
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JetBlue Cuts Legroom, Adds Bag Fees

Which leaves Southwest as only airline without such fees

(Newser) - The latest flower in the drooping and ponderous bouquet we like to call "why everyone hates airlines" comes via special delivery from JetBlue, which is cutting one thing passengers do like and adding one thing they don't. The airline, which the Wall Street Journal notes is looking to... More »

Tweeter: JetBlue Booted Me Off Flight for Griping

Apparently, you'd better mumble about delays under your breath

(Newser) - Apparently, airlines are watching what you tweet and are unamused by your antics : A woman says JetBlue gave her the boot from a flight out of Philly after she began tweeting about her delayed flight yesterday—which she says was further delayed by a passenger joke. "It had been... More »

Refused Bathroom Trip, Girl Pees on Plane Seat

Jennifer Devereaux says JetBlue attendant snapped at her

(Newser) - Jennifer Devereaux's little girl had to go to the bathroom, but the flight attendant said no. Soon after, the 3-year-old went anyway—right there on the seat of the JetBlue plane, Reuters reports. "It wasn’t about bad customer service ... it was about bad human decency," Devereaux... More »

JetBlue Pilots to Unionize

They had rejected the move twice before

(Newser) - The National Mediation Board said today that pilots at JetBlue voted overwhelmingly to unionize, reversing two earlier votes. The pilots will join the Air Line Pilots Association. Of the 96% of pilots eligible to vote, the association said 71% voted to unionize. JetBlue has more than 2,500 pilots. Both... More »

Delta, Southwest, JetBlue: No Phone Calls Mid-Flight

Airlines decide before FCC makes decision on rule change

(Newser) - The feds might soon lift rules that forbid plane passengers from talking on their cell phones during flights, but the airlines themselves are balking. Delta announced today that it won't allow such calls no matter what the FCC decides, reports the LA Times . The airline joins Southwest and JetBlue... More »

JetBlue Shifts Strategy, Will Offer First-Class Seats

But 'Mint' will be available only to cross-country fliers

(Newser) - JetBlue has famously eschewed the idea of first-class seating with the mantra that all its passengers get equal treatment. Until now. As USA Today reports, the airline is creating a first-class option in everything but name—instead, call it Mint. The swankier seating will be available next summer but only... 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 »

Airline Offers Free Flights to Disappointed Voters

JetBlue contest gives backers of November loser a way out of US

(Newser) - All those people who say they'll leave the US if the wrong guy becomes president? JetBlue is giving them a chance to actually do so. The airline's "Election Protection" promotion is offering more than 1,000 free tickets to international destinations to people who register for an... More »

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