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Mom Has Gallons of Breast Milk Confiscated at Heathrow

Jessica Coakley Martinez didn't take it lightly

(Newser) - Ever sighed at having to toss out a bottle of water at airport security? Then consider Jessica Coakley Martinez, who was forced to throw away almost four gallons of breast milk at London's Heathrow Airport, the Washington Post reports. "This wasn’t some rare bottle of wine or... More »

Drone May Have Hit Plane Landing at Heathrow

British Airways plane landed safely; London police investigating

(Newser) - In what the UK's Civil Aviation Authority says would be "a totally unacceptable" first, a British Airways plane landing at Heathrow appears to have been hit by a drone on Sunday, the BBC reports. The Airbus A320 coming into London from Geneva had 132 passengers and five crew... More »

American Airlines Jet Makes U-Turn Over Illness

One flight attendant 'literally just fainted'

(Newser) - An American Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles had to return to London on Wednesday after passengers and crew fell ill on board. One flight attendant "literally just fainted ... just fell forward, put her hand out and hit the floor," one of 188 passengers on board tells ABC... More »

Airport Confiscates Alyssa Milano's Breast Milk

Because the actress didn't have a baby with her?

(Newser) - Upon landing at Heathrow Airport yesterday, Alyssa Milano had the 10 ounces of breast milk she'd pumped on the plane taken away. She tweeted that officials told her they could only "let the pumped milk through if I had the baby with me," adding, "Why would... More »

Computer Glitch Snarls Air Travel in London

Airspace was closed briefly

(Newser) - Air travel around London is a mess today. The airspace over the city was briefly closed in the afternoon because of what authorities said was a computer failure at one of Britain's two air traffic control centers. NATS, Britain's national air traffic body, said the glitch at its... More »

Passenger Jet Nearly Hits Unidentified Drone

Heathrow incident could have caused crash, authorities say

(Newser) - An Airbus A320 nearly hit a drone at Britain's Heathrow Airport earlier this year, authorities have revealed. A report from air safety authorities says the pilot was at 700 feet and preparing to land on July 22 when he saw the helicopter-style drone, ITV reports. The owner of the... More »

Nigella Lawson's New Humiliation: Barred From US

Could be due to drug confessions

(Newser) - As if it's not bad enough to have your ex-assistants publicly brand you a cokehead , now Nigella Lawson's admitted drug use may have gotten the celebrity chef barred from the US. Lawson was forbidden to board a Heathrow flight to Los Angeles on Sunday, the Department of Homeland... More »

Boeing 787 Catches Fire Again, Closes London Airport

And yet another forced to make emergency landing

(Newser) - Looks like the Boeing 787's fire issues aren't entirely behind it . A parked Dreamliner, owned by Ethiopian Airlines, caught fire today at Heathrow airport, prompting a suspension of all arrivals and departures to the London airport, the BBC reports. No passengers were aboard, no injuries have been reported,... More »

Wild Weather Strikes Across the Globe

Snow and ice hit southeast US, London, while Australia bakes in heat

(Newser) - It was a wild day for weather around much of the world today, as snow hit the southeastern United States and Britain while record heat baked Australia. In Virginia, 13 inches of snow hit some areas, while in Mississippi two to four inches fell in places, reports the AP . At... More »

Delta Buying 49% of Virgin Atlantic

Deal will give it a larger share of NY-to-London market

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines said it will buy almost half of Virgin Atlantic for $360 million as it seeks a bigger share of the lucrative New York-to-London travel market. Delta plans to form a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic where the two airlines would share money from the flights operated under... More »

2 Detained Brits May Have Helped Syrian Extremists

Two 20-somethings arrested at Heathrow

(Newser) - Two 26-year-old Brits detained at Heathrow last night may have been involved in the kidnapping of two journalists in Syria, authorities say. Both are being held on suspicion of supporting terrorist activity, report the BBC and the Guardian . Another intriguing detail from Sky News : One of them is reportedly a... More »

Stowaway's Body Lands on London Suburb

He was trying to get from Africa to Heathrow Airport

(Newser) - The body of a man who attempted to hide in the landing gear of an airplane headed to Heathrow Airport came crashing down on a residential street in a London suburb, reports the Telegraph . The stowaway likely got on board in North Africa but died during the trip, either because... More »

UK Border Staff Striking on Eve of Olympics

Government slams 'shameful' strike

(Newser) - Olympic organizers fear that a strike called for the day before the Games open will massively snarl the plans of hordes of visitors. Thousands of government workers—including immigration staff at London's Heathrow Airport—plan a 24-hour strike next Thursday, which will be followed by a refusal to do... More »

Air India Fliers Stuck on Plane for 8 Hours

Waiting to be cleared to fly from London to ... London

(Newser) - Stunned Air India passengers found themselves trapped for eight hours on a fogbound plane sitting on the tarmac in London's Gatwick Airport. The real kicker? The flight's final destination was London's Heathrow Airport, just minutes away. As fury mounted, police were called to keep the peace, reports... More »

Files Reveal 'Virginity Tests' on Immigrants in UK in '70s

Procedure checked out wanna-be brides from South Asia

(Newser) - The British government is being called on to apologize to South Asian women who were ordered to undergo "virginity tests" by immigration officials. At least 80 women from India and Pakistan attempting to emigrate to Britain to marry were examined by immigration docs in the late 1970s to “... More »

Freak Weather Snarls Europe Travel

Frustrated travelers camp out in airports, train stations

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of passengers on their way to family holiday festivities in Europe were camped out instead yesterday at mobbed airports and train stations shut down by record snow and cold. London's Heathrow Airport was largely closed for a second day as wanna-be fliers huddled under emergency blankets on... More »

European Flights Begin Taking Off Again

Heathrow reopens, but gridlock far from over

(Newser) - London's Heathrow Airport—Europe's busiest—reopened today as air traffic across the continent lurched back to life. But the gridlock created by Iceland's volcanic ash plume was far from over: Officials said it would be weeks before all stranded travelers could be brought home. Passengers wept with relief as flights... More »

Grounded Airlines Want Ban Lifted

After test flights, carriers push for reevaluation; UK hold extended

(Newser) - Some airlines have conducted their own test flights and want the ban on most flights over Europe ended, but UK airspace will remain closed until tomorrow evening at the earliest. Air Berlin, Air France/KLM, and Lufthansa have sent aircraft through the cloud of volcanic ash that's crippled air travel for... More »

Iceland Volcano Grounds Europe Flights, Shuts Heathrow

Air Space closed as Eyjafjallajökull blows again

(Newser) - Ash clouds from Iceland's spewing volcano disrupted air traffic across Europe today as authorities closed air space over Britain, Ireland and the Nordic countries. Tens of thousands of passengers were stranded as flights were canceled and it was not clear when it would be safe enough to fly again, the... More »

UK Cops Pull Suspected Drunk Pilot Off United Jet

London-Chicago flight canceled; Erwin Washington in custody

(Newser) - British police pulled a United Airlines pilot off a Chicago-bound plane today at Heathrow airport and charged him with being over the alcohol limit while on the job. Police and airline officials say Erwin Vermont Washington, 51, was pulled from United Airlines Flight 949 after a co-worker suspected him of... More »

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