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He Wanted to Charge His Phone. In the Plane's Cockpit

The man on the IndiGo flight was 'offloaded'

(Newser) - It's a story that forces Business Standard to state the obvious: "Passengers are prohibited from entering the cockpit of a commercial flight." But what's obvious to most apparently wasn't to one man "offloaded" from a plane in India on Monday after police and airline... More »

Head-Smacking Moment for Airline, Its Brand-New Plane

It's Cathay Pacific, not Paciic, guys

(Newser) - Proofreaders are important. That's the message Cathay Pacific is likely contemplating today after incredulous travelers spotted one of its new planes on the tarmac at Hong Kong International Airport, the airline's name misspelled in large letters on the side of the aircraft (see a picture here ). Missing... More »

Airline Crew 'Forgot' One Big Thing

Nosebleeds, ear pain, and headaches after Jet Airways crew neglected to pressurize cabin

(Newser) - Those oxygen masks you never want to see drop down on a flight came down on one in India Thursday morning, and irate fliers say they weren't told why, or what to do by negligent flight crew—and that for about 45 minutes, the 160 or so passengers went... More »

If You Fly United, There's Now a New Way to Board

United will cut 5 boarding lines to 2, redistribute boarding groups to ease gate congestion

(Newser) - The "angst" travelers feel at overcrowded gates may soon be eased at United Airlines terminals, an exec for the airline says. That's because United just began a new initiative designed to relieve that particular "passenger pain point," as CNBC puts it, by changing up its departure... More »

3 Biggest US Airlines Cave to China's 'Orwellian' Demand

The way they refer to 'Taiwan' on their websites will now be more to China's liking

(Newser) - The White House originally called the request "Orwellian nonsense," but the three biggest US airlines appear to have caved to a demand from China on references to Taiwan. Ahead of a Wednesday deadline imposed by Beijing, Delta, American, and United will alter the way they refer to Taiwan... More »

Plane's Scary Descent Linked to Pilot's Decision to Vape

Air pressure dropped as he adjusted AC system to keep vapor in check

(Newser) - "When I close my eyes, I see the oxygen masks dangling in front of me." That's the lingering anxiety of a passenger on a recent Air China flight that plummeted thousands of feet after oxygen levels dropped. A senior official from the Civil Aviation Administration of China... More »

Toilet Trouble Forces U-Turn on Plumber-Packed Flight

'We didn't risk sending a plumber to work at 10K meters'

(Newser) - If the toilet had been on solid ground, it likely would've been fixed in a jiffy. But there was no quick fix for the toilet trouble that plagued a Norwegian flight over the weekend—despite scores of plumbers being on board. After departing Oslo, Norway, for Munich, Germany, on... More »

Airline Orders Stranded Passengers to Delete Videos

Toronto-based Porter Airlines claims a misunderstanding

(Newser) - Passengers of a Canadian airline who were stranded in Boston over the weekend say airline officials threatened to have them arrested if they didn't delete videos of employees announcing a flight cancellation. Kira Wegler tells CTV News she was among passengers who waited hours before being removed from a... More »

Traveling by Plane Was Mind-Bogglingly Safe in 2017

Zero commercial jets crashed

(Newser) - Two separate reports reveal a big find for 2017: zero crashes of commercial passenger jets anywhere in the world, report the BBC and Reuters . The reports come courtesy of the To70 Dutch consultancy group and the Aviation Safety Network , with the latter proclaiming 2017 "the safest year ever, both... More »

NAACP: Flying American May Be 'Unsafe' for Black People

Group issues national advisory for travelers

(Newser) - In a highly unusual move, the NAACP has issued a national advisory warning travelers, particularly African-Americans, that they may face "disrespectful, discriminatory, or unsafe conditions" on American Airlines flights. In what it labels examples of "possible racial bias," the advisory issued Tuesday describes a black man forced... More »

Airline Creates Service to Help Women Flying Alone

'A sincere effort to ensure peace of mind' from Indian airline Vistara

(Newser) - India has earned a reputation as a place that's dangerous for women and girls, underscored by the story of a 10-year-old rape victim now in the news for trying to get permission to get an abortion . Another shocking story from 2012 set off a series of protests across the... More »

United Passenger Forced to Hold Toddler Entire Flight

Airline apologizes after reselling seat at last minute

(Newser) - United Airlines is apologizing yet again after a mom was forced to hold her 2-year-old son for a 3.5-hour flight—because the airline gave away his seat. Shirley Yamauchi, 42, says she paid nearly $2,000 for two tickets for herself and her son, Taizo, to fly from Hawaii... More »

Airline Wouldn't Let Disabled Man Board. He Found a Way

'I just had to ignore them ... or I could not go back to Osaka': Hideto Kijima

(Newser) - A Japanese airline has apologized for making a wheelchair user hoist himself up a staircase from the tarmac to board his flight. Hideto Kijima faced the problem earlier this month while returning to Osaka from the southern island of Amami with friends, the AP reports. Vanilla Air, the budget affiliate... More »

American Airlines Lost the Wrong Guy's Bags

Golfer Michael Buttacavoli withdrew from chance at US Open after his clubs misplaced

(Newser) - To compete in the qualifying rounds for the US Open, you sort of need your golf clubs—which is why one pro golfer is fuming at American Airlines for his now-squashed chances to make the cut. USA Today reports Michael Buttacavoli withdrew Monday from his last chance to play in... More »

United's New Flight: 18 Hours, Nonstop

Route from LA to Singapore would be world's longest nonstop from US

(Newser) - The appeal of the nonstop flight is a great one, and United Airlines has just come up with the most extreme one of all for travelers in the US: an 18-hour flight from Los Angeles to Singapore, Fortune reports. The 8,700-mile flight, set to begin in October, will take... 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 »

Canada to Treat Airline Passengers Like 'People,' Not 'Numbers'

Ban on removing passengers from overbooked flights to be put in place

(Newser) - No one who has bought a ticket for a domestic or international flight in Canada will be allowed to be removed because of overbooking under a new passenger bill of rights, the country's transportation minister announced this week. Minister Marc Garneau says the shoddy treatment of air passengers outlined... More »

Video of Agent Brings United's Latest Apology

She threatened to cancel reservation because of recording, says passenger

(Newser) - United just can't catch a break : In the latest headache for the airline, a California man says a United counter agent in New Orleans threatened to cancel his reservation because he began recording his dispute with her. Navang Oza, 37, says he started filming the "rude" agent around... 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 »

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 »

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