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Babies Separated From Parents End Up in Michigan

Feds say families won't be reunited immediately

(Newser) - Two baby boys who had been separated from their parents at the border arrived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, early Wednesday—days after Homeland Security officials insisted that babies were not being taken from their parents. The boys, eight months and 11 months old, are among scores of children, average age... More »

NFL Player Comes to Rescue of Airline Passenger

Delilah Cassidy was going to miss her flight, but a kind stranger stepped in

(Newser) - Delilah Cassidy was having just about the worst day of her life when a kind stranger stepped in and helped—and that kind stranger just so happened to be an NFL star, according to BleacherReport . Cassidy was at the airport attempting to get on a flight when she was told... More »

She Got on Plane and 'Stepped Into Her Coffin'

American Airlines sued by family of passenger who suffered a medical emergency midflight

(Newser) - The parents and husband of a South Carolina nurse who died on a flight from Honolulu to Dallas have filed a wrongful death suit against American Airlines, reports ABC News . Brittany Oswell, 25, suffered a pulmonary embolism and cardiac arrest during the April 2016 flight, according to the lawsuit, per... More »

Unruly Passenger Tased 10 Times Before Takeoff

Cops say he groped female passenger

(Newser) - An unruly passenger on a flight from Miami to Chicago never made it off the ground before he was Tased 10 times and removed from the plane, police say. According to a police report, 28-year-old Jacob Garcia was initially moved to a different seat on the American Airlines flight after... More »

Things Got Violent on a Landing Plane. Out Came the Duct Tape

FBI says Charlene Harriott, 36, was taped and zip-tied to restrain her after she became violent

(Newser) - Federal agents say an airline passenger was zip-tied and duct-taped after she ran toward the front of the plane and became violent. A criminal complaint filed in federal court says the event happened on an American Airlines flight Wednesday morning from Dallas to Charlotte, the AP reports. The Dallas Morning ... More »

Southwest, American to Pay Bonuses After Tax Bill

And also order more planes

(Newser) - Airlines are sharing some of their tax-law windfall with employees and Boeing, the AP reports. American and Southwest said Tuesday that they will pay employees bonuses of $1,000 each, a gesture that American said would cost $130 million. Southwest also said that it exercised options to buy more new... More »

Passengers Gave Away Their Blankets. Things Got Crazy

2 black professional basketball players were accused of theft, kicked off plane in Dallas

(Newser) - American Airlines has apologized to two black professional basketball players who were kicked off a plane in Dallas after a flight attendant accused them of stealing blankets. Airline spokesman Joshua Freed said Tuesday that Memphis Hustle guard Marquis Teague and forward Trahson Burrell boarded the flight bound for Sioux Falls,... More »

'Santa Claus' Glitch Leaves Flights Pilot-less for Holidays

Now American Airlines is scrambling to staff thousands of flights

(Newser) - An airline pilots union says a computer glitch at American Airlines left approximately 15,000 scheduled flights during the busy December holiday travel season without a captain, co-pilot, or both, USA Today reports. The Allied Pilots Association tells CNN it learned about "a failure within the pilot scheduling bidding... 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 »

Women's March Organizer Kicked off American Flight

Tamika Mallory says she was treated disrespectfully

(Newser) - An activist who helped organize the Women's March on Washington has accused an American Airlines pilot of racial discrimination in kicking her off a flight, AP reports. In a series of tweets and a Facebook Live post, Tamika Mallory said that a pilot had her removed from a Sunday... More »

10 Injured After Flight Experiences Severe Turbulence

The American Airlines flight had almost landed in Philadelphia

(Newser) - American Airlines says 10 people on a flight from Greece to Philadelphia were injured during severe turbulence Saturday, the AP reports. The airline says Flight 759 was heading to the city from Athens with 287 passengers and a dozen crew members Saturday when it briefly encountered severe turbulence shortly before... More »

Texas Business Leaders Slam Controversial Bill

They don't want to see a NC-style backlash

(Newser) - Texas lawmakers are debating a "bathroom bill" that would restrict choice for transgender people—but state business leaders have no interest in dealing with the kind of backlash that forced North Carolina to roll back a similar bill . Some 14 CEOs from major Texas employers, including AT&T, American... More »

American Airlines Doesn't Want Qatar's Investment

'We aren't particularly excited,' says CEO Doug Parker of Gulf airline's interest

(Newser) - Shares of American Airlines stock may have jumped after news that Qatar Airways was interested in buying a 10% stake in the company, but American CEO Doug Parker threw cold water on any shareholder celebration. The announcement of interest from the airline to buy American stock worth about $808 million... More »

Heat Wave Is Too Much for Aircraft in Phoenix

It's too hot to fly regional jets

(Newser) - The heat wave in the Southwest has made it too hot for some planes to fly out of Phoenix. With temperatures expected to hit a near-record 120 degrees Tuesday, American Airlines has had to cancel more than 50 regional flights on Bombardier CRJ aircraft, which have a maximum operating temperature... 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 »

Fighter Jets Scrambled After 'Disturbance' on American Flight

Sources say passenger tried to enter cockpit during flight out of Los Angeles

(Newser) - An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu was escorted by two F-22 fighter jets Friday after a passenger tried to get into the cockpit, ABC News reports. American Airlines characterizes it as a "disturbance." A source at the TSA says a passenger with a laptop was... More »

Suit Claims Man Injured by 14-Hour Flight Next to 'Obese' Passengers

An Australian man is suing American Airlines for more than $100K

(Newser) - A 67-year-old Australian man is suing American Airlines, claiming his seat assignment next to two "grossly obese" passengers during a 14-hour flight to Los Angeles left him with permanent injuries, News.com.au reports. Michael Taylor claims the body of the passenger seated next to him "spilt over... More »

American Airlines Hopes You Weren't Using All That Legroom

The airline will reduce legroom in economy class by up to 2 inches

(Newser) - Apparently deciding recent coverage of US airlines had been entirely too positive, American Airlines announced Wednesday it will be decreasing legroom in its economy class seats by up to 2 inches. CNN reports the airline will be reducing the distance between seats in three rows of its economy class from... More »

Flight Attendant Hits Woman With Stroller, Taunts Passenger

The flight attendant has been suspended after video surfaced

(Newser) - An American Airlines flight attendant has been suspended after allegedly hitting a woman with her stroller and—witnesses say—barely missing her two children. Jalopnik reports a video posted to Facebook shows the second half of the incident on a flight Friday from San Francisco to Dallas. A woman holding... More »

Man Kicked Off Flight for 70-Pound Travel Companion

John Kaboff says $100K cello was deemed 'safety risk' by American Airlines

(Newser) - American Airlines has hit a sour note with one of its regulars. Per ABC7 , musician John Kaboff was in his seat on a plane, headed to Chicago for work out of DC's Reagan National Airport, when he says both the flight attendant and pilot told him he couldn't... More »

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