United Airlines

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Evacuation Slide Deploys Mid-Flight, Inside Plane

Passengers take pictures, of course

(Newser) - An evacuation slide inflated inside a United Airlines plane as it flew from Chicago to California, filling part of the cabin and forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kansas, the airline and passengers said. Mike Schroeder said he was flying to Orange County, Calif., last night when... More »

Off-Duty Air Force Pilot Helps Land United Jet

Original pilot on passenger plane suffered a heart attack

(Newser) - Capt. Mark Gongol flies B-1B bombers for the Air Force in his day job, and he had to put those skills to use while returning from vacation with his family on a United jet. About a half-hour into the flight from Des Moines to Denver, Gongol figured something was wrong... More »

Newark Planes Came Within 'Hair's Breadth' of Collision

One was taking off as the other was landing

(Newser) - Last month, two planes came within yards of a collision at Newark Liberty International Airport, the NTSB has revealed. United Express Flight 4100 was cleared for takeoff on April 24—but as the Embraer ERJ-145 was taking off, a Boeing 737 was landing on an intersecting runway, CNN reports. The... More »

Pilot Plunges Plane 600 Feet to Avoid Head-on Collision

United plane had 295 onboard

(Newser) - It could have been the deadliest plane crash in the world to date, but thankfully, one pilot's quick reflexes saved the lives of hundreds of passengers on two planes that were headed straight toward each other. Last month, a United plane with 295 people onboard was cruising at 33,... More »

Baby Flew Out of Parent's Arms During Turbulence

United flight into Montana has rocky descent

(Newser) - Severe turbulence rocked a United Airlines jet out of Denver as it made its descent yesterday afternoon in Billings, Montana, and stories of just how chaotic things got are emerging. "There was a lot of screaming, a lot of hollering," says Flight 1676 passenger Bill Dahlin. Fox31 Denver... More »

Pilot Shortage Hits, and It's Worse Than Predicted

And it has regional airlines canceling flights

(Newser) - Reports have long warned that America's airlines were on the verge of a pilot shortage, but the Wall Street Journal proclaims that it has arrived "sooner and more severely than expected." Regional carriers are canceling flights—last week, for example, Great Lakes Aviation said that "due... More »

Nurses Rescue Pilot After Mid-Flight Heart Attack

Amy Sorenson and Linda Alweiss hailed as heroes

(Newser) - If there's one question you don't want to hear over the loudspeaker in the middle of a flight, it would probably be "Does anyone on board have any medical experience?" That heart-stopping question became a reality on a United Airlines flight last month when the pilot had... More »

Snoozing Passenger Locked in Plane

He found himself alone in dark aircraft

(Newser) - A passenger who dozed off on a short flight from Lafayette, Louisiana, to Houston awoke Friday night to find himself alone in a cold, dark, locked aircraft. When the flight landed and everybody deplaned, workers somehow missed passenger Tom Wagner sleeping in a window seat. He was freed after he... More »

United to Honor Tickets Sold for $0

Company won't say how much it is losing

(Newser) - Congratulations to all those lucky travelers who booked flights via the United Airlines website during a few magical hours yesterday: Tickets were accidentally sold for free , and the company says it will honor them. United isn't saying how many tickets were sold or much it will lose, reports Bloomberg... More »

Whoops: United Offers Free Flights by Mistake

Accidentally posts $0 fares, and might even honor them

(Newser) - For a little while yesterday, United Airlines was giving away airplane tickets for free, or close to it. Passengers reported buying tickets for $5 to $10 before United shut down the bookings on its website and phone centers to prevent more tickets from being sold or given away, though everything... More »

United's Secret Flier's Club Comes With Crazy Perks

But no one's sure how to join

(Newser) - How would you like to be greeted at the airport by people who know your name, whisk you past security lines, and will even press your suit for you? Those luxuries are just the tip of the iceberg for members of United Airlines' secretive Global Services club. United doesn't... More »

10-Hour United Flight Runs Out of Toilet Paper

Passengers told to use cocktail napkins instead

(Newser) - United Airlines forgot to stock a London to San Francisco flight last week with a crucial amenity. No, not the Sky Mall catalog, but something almost as important: toilet paper. Instead, the airline offered passengers on the non-stop 10-hour flight cocktail napkins, reports ABC Local . The napkins, unfortunately, had a... More »

Guy Who Spooked Newark Flight Claimed Snowden Tie

He demanded flight from HK be diverted to Canada

(Newser) - The man who caused a scare on a Hong Kong-Newark flight yesterday by announcing that everyone on board had been poisoned claimed to have information on NSA leaker Edward Snowden, passengers tell the AP . The passenger, an American identified as Daniel Morgan Perry, was "saying he had information relating... More »

Man Tells Flight Mid-Air: Everyone on Board Is Poisoned!

While en route to Newark

(Newser) - What's worse than finding a note on a plane saying, "I'll set this plane on fire" ? When the guy next to you stands up and announces everyone on board has been poisoned. That happened today on a flight from Hong Kong to Newark, reports the AP... More »

United Adds Bed-Seats on 182 Planes

All of the airline's international flights from New York will have them

(Newser) - If you're heading across the Atlantic—and you're flying first class—United Airlines wants to make your inevitable nap more comfortable. The airline will now offer seats that can lie completely flat in premium cabins on all its long-haul international flights out of New York, USA Today reports.... More »

Oops: United Ships Dog to Ireland, not Phoenix

Hendrix is home safe and sound now

(Newser) - Happy St. Patrick's Day, Hendrix. United Airlines accidentally shipped the pooch from Newark to Ireland this week, instead of his home destination of Phoenix, reports CNN via local affiliate KNXV . After the English springer spaniel touched down in Eire, he got to stretch his legs before being sent back... More »

American, US Airways to Create No. 1 Airline

Boards to announce merger tomorrow, says AP

(Newser) - American Airlines and US Airways will merge and create the world's biggest airline. The boards of both companies approved the merger late today, according to three people close to the situation. The carrier keeps the American Airlines name but will be run by US Airways CEO Doug Parker. American'... More »

Plane Blows Tires, Veers Off Runway

No one injured in that Newark incident

(Newser) - A United Express plane from western New York blew four tires as it landed at Newark and veered off a runway last night, authorities say. A Port Authority spokesperson says Flight 4480 from Rochester was landing in New Jersey when several rear tires blew. He tells the Star-Ledger that the... More »

United Airlines Not Liable for 9/11 Tower Collapse

Owner of 7 World Trade Center had sued over alleged security breach

(Newser) - United Airlines is not responsible for the damage done to 7 World Trade Center in the 9/11 attacks, a federal judge ruled today, dismissing a lawsuit from the leaseholder of the property. Larry Silverstein had alleged that lapses in United's security allowed terrorists to board a plane at a... More »

Fliers Stuck on Planes After United Computer Glitch

It's at least the third big computer outage since June

(Newser) - Thousands of United Airlines passengers around the globe are stranded at airports and on planes after another computer outage at the world's largest carrier, at least the third major outage for the Chicago-based airline since June. Passengers are being told by pilots and airport agents that computers are down... More »

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