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'Severe' Air Turbulence Sends 12 to Hospital

They suffered cuts, minor head injuries

(Newser) - A United Airlines flight that left Houston bound for London made an emergency landing in Ireland on Wednesday after severe turbulence left 10 passengers and two flight attendants needing hospital treatment, officials say. All but one of the injured aboard United Airlines Flight 880 had been discharged from University Hospital... More »

Scotland Busts 2 United Pilots, Says They Were Drunk

Which delayed a flight from Glasgow to Newark

(Newser) - Police and airline officials say two United Airlines pilots have been arrested for suspected intoxication before they were to fly 141 passengers from Scotland to the United States, reports the AP . United Airlines officials have confirmed Saturday's arrest of the pilots, aged 45 and 35, at Glasgow Airport. The... More »

Government Sues United Airlines on Behalf of Air Force Reservist

It says he should have accrued time off while on military leave

(Newser) - When United Airlines pilot and Air Force reservist Lt. Col. Daniel Fandrei was called to active duty in 2012, he could have rightfully expected to continue to accrue sick leave while away from United. After all, United allows employees accrue time off while they're on vacation or home sick,... More »

Flight Delayed? It Could Be the Coffeemaker

Faulty machines must be checked for fire risk

(Newser) - Running late for a flight? Cross your fingers that the plane's coffeemaker is broken. An "inordinate amount of coffeemaker problems" are causing flight delays, American Airlines' chief of operations says—and causing passengers to lose their lids. The New York Times reports defective coffeemakers require a thorough check... More »

Flight Attendant Deploys Slide, Exits Plane on Her Own

United has suspended her

(Newser) - Maybe she had some place to be? A flight attendant's unique exit from a plane at a Houston airport is all the buzz Tuesday. As video posted by Click2Houston shows, the unidentified woman deployed the emergency slide, tossed a bag to the tarmac, and then expertly slid down the... More »

Denied Yoga, Sleep-Deprived Flier Goes Wild

He tried to bite, head-butt passengers: prosecutor

(Newser) - An impromptu yoga routine wasn't enough to calm an irate passenger aboard a United Airlines flight that had to be turned around mid-flight on Saturday. Hyongtae Pae, 72, of South Korea was headed home from Hawaii, where he'd celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary, when he felt the urge... More »

United, American Announce Refunds Due to Zika Virus

Maybe now isn't the best time for a trip to Guatemala

(Newser) - Worried about the Zika virus currently linked to birth defects in Brazil but don't want to lose that $1,000 you plunked down for a trip to Rio? Good news. On Tuesday, United Airlines announced customers with tickets for areas currently affected by the Zika outbreak can get a... More »

Disabled Guy: I Had to Crawl Down Plane Aisle

But D'Arcee Neal was surprised by what happened next

(Newser) - A man with cerebral palsy says he had no choice but to crawl down the aisle of a United Airlines plane with flight attendants watching—which he calls a "humiliating" experience. "I expected them to ask to assist me, but they just stared," he tells CNN . D'... More »

Ousted United Chief Will Lose Gym Pass, Keep $20M

Jeff Smisek gets a fat severance package amid scandal

(Newser) - United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek lost his job amid a corruption investigation this week, but a little scandal won't puncture his golden parachute. Because he resigned instead of getting fired, Smisek will collect cash and stock expected to total more than $20 million, reports the Los Angeles Times . (In... More »

Corruption Probe Brings Down United CEO

Jeffery Smisek abruptly steps down

(Newser) - United Airlines abruptly replaced its CEO as a federal investigation continued into whether the airline gave preferential treatment to the former chairman of the agency that operates the New York-area airports. United Continental Holdings says Jeffery Smisek and two other senior executives have stepped down. Federal prosecutors are probing United'... More »

How a Man Got 1M Free Miles on United Airlines

Jordan Wiens submitted 'lame' bugs to United's bug bounty program

(Newser) - A security researcher has earned the equivalent of a first-class, round-the-world trip after he submitted what he thought were a couple of "lame" bugs to United's new bug bounty program . In an industry first, United announced a bounty in May that rewards miles to anyone who identifies a... More »

Scarier Than CyberTerrorists? Sucky Software

Band-Aids on creaky infrastructures can hold them together for only so long

(Newser) - "Don't be scared. Don't even be worried." That was Felix Salmon's advice on Fusion after computer glitches darkened the New York Stock Exchange , took the Wall Street Journal offline, and grounded United flights . But today on Medium , Zeynep Tufekci writes that while she gets Salmon'... More »

Senator Skeptical NYSE, United Failures a Coincidence

Barbara Mikulski presses FBI chief

(Newser) - Well, today was weird. First United Airlines suffered a huge cyber glitch , and then the New York Stock Exchange . People hoping to read all about it on the Wall Street Journal found the newspaper's website down as well. Despite assurances from the powers-that-be that the failures weren't connected,... More »

Glitch Grounded All US United Flights

'Network connectivity' problem is the second grounding in 2 months

(Newser) - All United Continental flights in the US were grounded today due to computer problems. Just shy of two hours after the problems began, the Federal Aviation Administration lifted the ground stop order. United said it was recovering from a "network connectivity issue" and restoring regular flight operations. The airline... More »

5 US Flight Routes to Take If You Hate Yourself

Flights originating or landing at Chicago's O'Hare are delayed the most

(Newser) - Chicago and Knoxville, Tenn., are both great cities, but flying between the two of them often appears to be an aggravating experience, if data compiled by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics holds any weight. In a special project requested by the Wall Street Journal , the BTS tracked more than 1,... More »

United Fliers End Up in Military Barracks, Unhappily

They were stuck in Newfoundland for 22 hours

(Newser) - United Airlines passengers flying from Chicago to London over the weekend arrived more than a day late after an unscheduled—and apparently uncomfortable—stop at a Canadian military base. After what the airline describes as a "maintenance issue" surfaced, the flight was diverted to Newfoundland's Goose Bay base,... More »

United Bans Flight Attendant Over Diet Coke Incident

Airline apologizes to Tahera Ahmad for discriminatory behavior

(Newser) - A Muslim woman's viral Facebook post has led United Airlines to discipline a flight attendant accused of refusing her an unopened Diet Coke because she might use it as a weapon . Though the airline initially said the issue involving Tahera Ahmad was a "misunderstanding over a diet soda,... More »

Muslim Woman: Flight Attendant Denied Me an Unopened Coke

Tahera Ahmad's Facebook post alleging discrimination goes viral

(Newser) - Like your soda served unopened? Well, a Muslim woman says a United Airlines attendant refused her an unopened Diet Coke because it might serve as a weapon—while the guy next to her got an unopened beer, the Guardian reports. Tahera Ahmad, a chaplain at Chicago’s Northwestern University, posted... More »

Toddler Kicked Off Flight for Making Staff Feel 'Unsafe'

Pregnant singer says United's move 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - Sarah Blackwood says her 23-month-old son was "grumpy" when she boarded a flight from San Francisco to Vancouver on Wednesday night—but not grumpy enough to endanger aviation. Blackwood, a singer in Canadian band Walk Off the Earth, tells the Hamilton Spectator that she was kicked off United Airlines... More »

Family Kicked Off Flight Over 'Disruptive' Autistic Teen

They warned that hungry girl, 15, might have 'meltdown'

(Newser) - A mom who says she was humiliated when she and her family were kicked off a United Airlines flight because of her autistic daughter's allegedly disruptive behavior wants airlines to learn from the incident. According to a Facebook post from Donna Beegle, the family was on its way home... More »

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