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Ebola Screening Starts at JFK Airport

Passengers from at-risk countries will have temperatures checked on arrival

(Newser) - Customs and health officials today are starting a stepped-up Ebola screening program at New York's JFK Airport for passengers from three West African countries. Those arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea will have their temperatures taken with no-touch thermometers. The screening effort will be expanded over the next... More »

TSA Busts Woman Pretending to Fly With Cat Litter

The box, and many more containers, actually hid pot

(Newser) - What to pack for that dream trip to Barbados? The TSA says one Canadian woman was short on bikinis and long on a multitude of no-nos that included two handguns, 350 rounds of ammunition, and "58 bricks of marijuana totaling 33 pounds, all artfully concealed in the boxes, tubs,... More »

35 Years Later, FBI Busts 5 in Goodfellas Heist

5 alleged mobsters taken into custody

(Newser) - More than 35 years later, the FBI is finally charging mobsters in connection with the notorious Lufthansa heist at New York's JFK Airport in 1978, a crime made even more infamous by the film Goodfellas. Five alleged mobsters said to be associated with New York's Bonanno crime family... More »

Plane Skids Off Runway Into Snow, Shuts JFK

LaGuardia also closed amid icy conditions

(Newser) - Amid today's frigid weather , a Delta plane slid off a runway at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, shutting the airport down for the morning. The regional flight from Toronto had just landed safely, reports ABC , when it skidded into a snowbank. No injuries have been reported;... More »

Man With Loaded Rifle in Luggage Arrested at JFK

Bag had defaced rifle, 2 handguns

(Newser) - A Tennessee man has been arrested at New York's Kennedy International Airport after checking luggage containing a loaded, defaced rifle and other firearms, authorities say. Keenan Draughon was caught this morning trying to board a flight to Charlotte, North Carolina, after Port Authority of New York and New Jersey... More »

Cops: Smuggler at JFK Had Uranium in Shoes

Feds say he thought he was selling to Iran for nukes

(Newser) - How's this for an unusual airport bust: Authorities say a guy at JFK flew into the country with uranium ore hidden in the soles of his shoes. The suspect thought he was working on a deal to sell that ore and much more to Iran for use in nuclear... More »

Solar Plane Lands in NYC, Wraps Epic Journey

Wing tear aborts planned fly-by of Statue of Liberty

(Newser) - The Solar Impulse sent its cross-continental odyssey into the history books last night, reports the AP , landing at New York's JFK Airport at 11:09pm to complete the journey's final leg. The plane, powered by about 11,000 solar cells and that glowing orb in the sky, left... More »

Missing From Plane at JFK: $1.2M in $100 Bills

It was en route from Zurich to Federal Reserve

(Newser) - If anyone is flashing an endless wad of $100 bills in New York City in the next few days, the FBI would like a word. Somebody stole 12 bundles of the bills for a total of $1.2 million from the cargo of a Swiss International Air Lines jet that... More »

Kanye, Kim Skip Security, Delay JFK Flight

Celebs were running late, and soon everybody else was, too

(Newser) - If you find the antics of celeb couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian a little annoying, just imagine how the people on this plane felt: Their American Airlines flight from New York to LA got delayed for an hour yesterday because Kanye and Kim skipped a TSA security checkpoint, the... More »

JFK Security to Strike Over Shoddy Winter Coats

Workers want better radios, more training, too

(Newser) - About 100 security guards at JFK Airport have voted to go on strike on Dec. 20, just as the holiday travel rush is surging, if demands for better training and equipment are not met, reports NBC News . Employees are calling for higher quality radios and winter coats, among other things.... More »

JFK Heist Nets $1.2M in iPad Minis

Thieves use airport's own forklift to load pallets

(Newser) - Looks like there could be some cheap iPad Minis on the market before Christmas. Thieves stole about 3,600 of them—with a retail value around $1.2 million—from a cargo building at JFK Airport, reports the New York Post . Cops suspect an inside job because the thieves pulled... More »

Seats Loose on Second American Flight

Airline grounds eight planes

(Newser) - Another set of seats was discovered to be loose on an American Airlines flight yesterday just days after another plane had to make an emergency landing because of the same problem . This time, loose seats were discovered on an American New York to Miami flight, and the plane was forced... More »

Sliding Seats Force Plane to Land at JFK

Row was 'completely not attached' on Boston-Miami flight

(Newser) - Passengers on an American Airlines flight from Boston to Miami faced an unusual airline threat: A row of seats was "completely not attached," says a pilot with the airline. The sliding seats prompted an emergency landing at JFK Airport. The row "became unbolted from the floor,"... More »

Planes Detained at JFK Over Hijack Call

American Airlines, Finnair flights searched by FBI

(Newser) - Two inbound flights were waylaid at JFK airport in New York today after an anonymous caller claimed a hijacker and explosives were waiting on board, CNN reports. The Finnair flight from Helsinki and American Airlines flight from San Francisco were moved to a remote area where federal authorities were waiting,... More »

Cops: Airline Workers Stole 100K Mini Booze Bottles

18 arrested, mostly truck drivers

(Newser) - Authorities say workers at New York's Kennedy airport stole 100,000 mini liquor bottles and duty-free items such as larger bottles of liquor, perfume, and cigarettes. Eighteen employees were arrested yesterday on charges including larceny and possession of stolen property. Fifteen are current or former truck drivers for LSG... More »

NY-Bound Jet Returns to Beijing After Threat

Warning came from US authorities, says state media

(Newser) - A security threat yesterday prompted an Air China jet seven hours into its flight to New York to return to Beijing, officials revealed. "Due to threatening information received about flight CA 981, to ensure the safety of passengers, this flight has returned to Beijing Capital International Airport," the... More »

America's Worst Airport for Spreading Disease Is ...

... New York's JFK, scientists say

(Newser) - Which US airport is most likely to spread an infectious disease during an epidemic? This won't surprise New Yorkers: It's JFK. But its top ranking has nothing to do with dirtiness, reports the New York Daily News . MIT scientists who analyzed 40 of the biggest US airports compared... More »

NYC to Gas 700 Geese Over Plane Fears

Avian collisions a major problem for LaGuardia, JFK

(Newser) - Yesterday was a dark day for NYC's Canada geese. Some 700 of them were rounded up and sent on a final journey to a poultry plant in upstate New York as part of an effort to curb the dangerous collisions between the birds and passenger jets leaving from area... More »

Escaped Monkey Causes 4-Hour Flight Delay

'Slippery little beast' eventually caught

(Newser) - Passengers on an Air China flight out of Kennedy Airport were probably perturbed at yesterday’s four-hour delay, but at least there was good reason for it: A monkey had worked its way out of its crate in the cargo hold of the Boeing 747. The Beijing-bound flight was held... More »

Bird Strike Forces Emergency Landing at JFK

Sucked-up bird claims right engine

(Newser) - Another bird strike over New York City, but this time, the pilot didn't have to attempt to land in the Hudson River. A Delta Air Lines flight to Los Angeles made an emergency landing back at JFK airport after a bird was sucked into the engine soon after takeoff... More »

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