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Pilot Takes On Belligerent Man Who Shoved Flight Attendant

'You don't put your hands on my flight attendant!'

(Newser) - A Kentucky man who was dragged kicking, yelling, and spitting off an American Airlines flight last month after allegedly attacking crew members was banned by a US District Court judge Monday from flying on commercial flights as he awaits trial, the Charlotte Observer reports. A video shot July 21 by... More »

Fly to Cuba Starting Next Month for $99

JetBlue first domestic airline to offer commercial flights, with others soon to follow

(Newser) - For the first time in more than half a century, a domestic airline will be offering commercial flights to Cuba, and the price looks right. Consumerist reports that starting Aug. 31, JetBlue will be hosting three-times-a-week puddle-jumping jaunts from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Abel Santamaria Airport in Santa Clara, about... 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 »

'Trapped' Teen Groped by Man on Flight: Complaint

Victim's attorney says unaccompanied minor went through '30 minutes of hell' on American flight

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl traveling Wednesday as an unaccompanied minor from Dallas to Portland says she spent the first part of her flight "frightened and trapped" and the remainder of it too scared to even use the bathroom after a 26-year-old Oregon man seated next to her allegedly groped her,... More »

Guy Sends Airline a Merry Letter, Actually Gets What He Wants

Buffalo resident really wanted to see his baby niece

(Newser) - Alex Hamberger was flying the friendly skies this week to visit his infant niece several states away—a trip made friendlier after American Airlines dropped the change fee issued when he had to cancel his original flight, CNN reports. The Buffalo man has already managed to see his now-8-month-old niece,... More »

Professor Doing Math on Plane Reported as Possible Terrorist

The flight was delayed for an investigation

(Newser) - An Ivy League professor says his flight was delayed because a fellow passenger thought the equations he was writing might be a sign he was a terrorist, the AP reports. American Airlines confirms that a woman expressed suspicions about University of Pennsylvania economics professor Guido Menzio then said she was... More »

Pilot Tells Woman She Can't Carry on Her $20M Violin

The Joseph Guarneri 'del Gesu' violin from 1742 is on loan to Rachel Barton Pine

(Newser) - A renowned Chicago musician is going public with her airline spat over a piece of carry-on luggage—because that piece of luggage happens to be a 1742 violin insured for almost $20 million. Rachel Barton Pine says an American Airlines captain refused to let her bring the Joseph Guarneri "... More »

Pilot Arrested After Allegedly Showing Up Drunk for Flight

TSA noticed him acting strangely

(Newser) - Nervous flyers should stop reading now. ABC News reports an American Airlines co-pilot was arrested Saturday morning at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after allegedly showing up for work drunk. The unnamed pilot was was acting strangely and was reported by TSA, according to the New York Daily News . Officials say he... More »

American Airlines Sues Its WiFi Provider

It thinks Gogo's service is too limited

(Newser) - If you've flown American Airlines of late and haven't been happy with the WiFi service, you're not alone: The airline itself feels the same way and has gone to court to get out of its contract with provider Gogo, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . The airline says... More »

Get Excited, Fliers: Free Snacks Are Back

American is the latest airline to bring back some small perks

(Newser) - After 15 years of near austerity, US airlines are restoring some small perks for passengers crammed into coach. Don't expect ample legroom or free checked bags. But fliers will find improved snacks, a larger selection of free movies, and—on a few select routes—the return of free meals.... More »

American Airlines Jet Makes U-Turn Over Illness

One flight attendant 'literally just fainted'

(Newser) - An American Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles had to return to London on Wednesday after passengers and crew fell ill on board. One flight attendant "literally just fainted ... just fell forward, put her hand out and hit the floor," one of 188 passengers on board tells ABC... 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 »

Andie MacDowell's Airline Complaint Leads to Uproar

Actress wasn't happy about bump to tourist class

(Newser) - Andie MacDowell says that she'll no longer be doing two things: paying for first class on American Airlines and complaining on Twitter. USA Today reports that a kerfuffle began on Friday, when the Groundhog Day star tweeted "HELP" to @AmericanAir because she had been downgraded from first class... More »

US-Cuba Thaw Gets Even Warmer

Both nations agree to direct-mail plan and charter flights

(Newser) - As relations thaw between the US and Cuba, direct mail is being re-established and charter flights are flying. The two nations announced Friday they have struck a deal to again have direct mail service, which was cut in 1963 at the height of Cold War tensions. Both countries say they... More »

Airline Loses Boston Bombing Survivor's Prosthetic Leg

But Twitter was on it

(Newser) - Adrianne Haslet-Davis has her prosthetic leg back, but not after quite a bit of inconvenience. The Boston Marathon bombing survivor (a professional dancer who lost her leg but didn't let that keep her from dancing ) tweeted Thursday to call out American Airlines: "Hi @AmericanAir u lost my... More »

US Airways Makes Final Flight

Flight 1939 was named after founding year

(Newser) - The final US Airways flight has landed in Philadelphia, completing the last leg of its round-trip journey. The Airbus A321 landed at Philadelphia International Airport at 5:54am Saturday after departing from San Francisco at 1:07am as a red-eye flight. The plane is Flight 1939, named for the airline'... More »

American Airlines Pilot Dies Mid-Flight

First officer takes over, lands plane

(Newser) - Authorities say an American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Boston has been diverted to Syracuse, New York, after the captain became ill and later died. Airline Spokeswoman Andrea Huguely says Flight 550 was diverted shortly after 7am Monday and the first officer safely landed the plane. She confirmed that the... More »

Tech Glitch Grounds American Airlines Planes

Flights at Chicago, Miami, and Dallas halted for 2 hours

(Newser) - Just a few days ago, American Airlines confessed it had mistakenly allowed an aircraft not certified for long flights over water to make the trip from LA to Hawaii. Today the airline faces another problem: Unexplained technical issues forced it to temporarily ground planes at three of the country's... More »

Oops: American Air Took Wrong Plane to Hawaii

Airbus wasn't certified for long flights over water

(Newser) - Good news, twitchy fliers: Your fears of flying aren't completely irrational . The latest tale of concern comes via American Airlines, which apparently managed to fly the wrong plane to Hawaii last month in a decided FAA no-no. The incident, first reported by aviation blogger Brian Sumers after he spotted... More »

Airline Executive Pursued Sex With 10-Year-Old: Cops

Ray Howland was arrested in Pennsylvania on Friday

(Newser) - Police arrested an American Airlines executive on Friday for allegedly planning sexual exploits with a mother and her 10-year-old daughter, who were in fact one person: an undercover agent. A criminal complaint says Ray Howland, 55, placed an online ad looking for "a family or a couple of girls"... More »

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