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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 »

Woman Whose DirecTV Faltered During Flight Sues for $5M

United Airlines didn't tell Cary David $8 service doesn't work over water: lawsuit

(Newser) - On Feb. 21, Cary David paid $7.99, settled back into her seat on a four-hour United Airlines flight from Puerto Rico to Newark, NJ, and got ready to watch some DirecTV programming to pass the time. Except that DirecTV and WiFi services don't work outside the continental US... More »

United Bans Researcher From Flight Over Tweet

He claimed he could get oxygen masks to deploy

(Newser) - United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked. The researcher, Chris Roberts, tried to board a flight from Colorado to San Francisco to speak at a... More »

United Plane Makes U-Turn After Guy's 'Jihad' Freakout

Passengers restrained him on flight that returned to Dulles

(Newser) - Passengers on a United Airlines flight took matters into their own hands last night when a passenger started screaming "jihad" and running toward the cockpit. Air traffic control transmissions reveal one of the pilots telling controllers, "He ran forward towards the cockpit, and he is being restrained by... More »

Flight Attendants Feared 'Devilish' Image, Were Fired

United employees refused to fly after seeing words 'BYE BYE' on plane's underside

(Newser) - The underside of a 747 jumbo jet's tail was coated in oil residue, and in it, someone had written the words "BYE BYE" and drawn two faces—one smiling, one with more of a "devilish" look. If you'd be reluctant to board that plane, well, you'... More »

United Sues Website That Exploits Cheap-Ticket Trick

Airline, Orbitz go after Skiplagged and 'hidden city' loophole

(Newser) - A 22-year-old who's made it easier for air travelers to buy cheaper plane tickets is now being sued by two heavyweights in the airline industry, reports the Daily Dot . United Airlines and partner Orbitz are going after Aktarer Zaman and his website Skiplagged.com . The site takes advantage of... More »

There's a Company America Dislikes More Than Comcast

Losers abound in this year's American Consumer Satisfaction Index

(Newser) - Time Warner is still beating Comcast —if by "beating" we mean coming in first in "least popular company" surveys. The University of Michigan's American Consumer Satisfaction Index is out, and Time Warner Cable's ISP ranks dead last on a list of 230 household brands, scoring... More »

Woman Switches Seats on Plane, Spends 3 Days in Jail

Jean Mamakos says flight attendants overreacted

(Newser) - A 68-year-old woman is suing United Airlines for $5 million because, she says, she spent three days in jail simply because she switched seats on a plane. Jean Mamakos of New York had changed planes in Seattle en route to Alaska, and after the doors closed for takeoff, she attempted... More »

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