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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 »

Airline Pilot Dies During Albuquerque Landing

First officer collapsed during final approach

(Newser) - An American Airlines captain safely landed a Boeing 737 on his own Wednesday after his co-pilot collapsed and died while they were on the final approach. The Federal Aviation Administration says the flight from Dallas-Fort Worth was just 2 miles away from landing in Albuquerque, NM, when the captain declared... More »

How All 3 Major US Airlines Have Teamed With China

American Airlines has bought stake in China Southern

(Newser) - American Airlines has agreed to pay $200 million for a stake in China Southern Airlines, one of China's three major state-owned carriers, in a bid for a bigger share of the country's growing travel market, the AP reports. China Southern will expand commercial cooperation, possibly in sales, airport... More »

Blind Woman: I Was Kicked Off Flight, Called a 'Danger'

American Airlines says it's investigating her claims

(Newser) - American Airlines may have violated the Air Carrier Access Act after allegedly kicking a blind woman and her service dog off a flight and calling her a "danger," the Portland Press Herald reports. Sue Martin, 61, and her husband had booked seats in a bulkhead row on a... More »

Another Airline Bringing Back Free Meals

Yum? We guess?

(Newser) - American Airlines said Tuesday that it plans to offer free meals to everyone in economy on certain cross-country flights starting May 1, the AP reports. The decision at the world's biggest airline copies Delta Air Lines, which announced a month ago that it would restore free meals in economy... More »

Jet Hits Deer on Takeoff, Returns to Airport Leaking Fuel

The deer apparently damaged a wing flap

(Newser) - Authorities say an American Eagle flight struck a deer while taking off from the Charlotte, North Carolina, international airport, forcing it to turn around, the AP reports. The FAA said in a statement that the pilot of Flight 5320 to Gulfport, Mississippi, declared an emergency shortly before noon Wednesday. American... More »

Worker Makes $434K Find in Plane Flagged for Maintenance

Yes, that's cocaine

(Newser) - Authorities say 31 pounds of cocaine that was accidentally discovered stashed in the nose of an American Airlines aircraft in Tulsa, Okla., is worth around $434,000. Tulsa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Justin Green says the plane arrived in Miami from Bogota, Colombia, on Sunday. It was flagged for... More »

Flight Attendants Still Have No Answer on What's Ailing Them

Thousands of AA attendants have had bad reactions since new uniforms arrived

(Newser) - American Airlines flight attendants demanded a full recall of their new uniforms last month, convinced the new attire was making many of them sick—but after a slew of testing, the airline still can't definitively say what the issue is, or if the uniforms are involved at all, Bloomberg... More »

Why AA Flight Attendants Want 'Full Recall' of New Garb

They like the way uniforms look—but they say they're unhealthy

(Newser) - Total recall: American Airlines. USA Today reports on the more than 70,000 workers for the airline who received newly designed uniforms in September, uniforms that by many accounts were pleasing to the eye and well-received. But that was before those pleased eyes began suffering from irritation, and before a... More »

Official: Plane in Chicago Had Rare Engine Failure

21 people injured in O'Hare incident

(Newser) - Pilots were forced to abort a takeoff and evacuate passengers from a burning American Airlines flight on a runway at Chicago O'Hare International Airport Friday after the airliner experienced what a federal official says was a rare and serious type of engine failure. American Airlines Flight 383 to Miami... More »

Passengers Panic as Plane Catches Fire Before Takeoff

'Everyone's screaming and jumping on top of each other to open the door'

(Newser) - Flames and heavy black smoke poured from the side of an American Airlines jet that aborted takeoff and caught fire on the runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Friday, forcing 170 crew and passengers to evacuate and resulting in eight injuries, authorities said. According to the AP... More »

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