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Mom, Baby Kicked Off Flight Due to Their Skin Condition

American Airlines has apologized, says it's investigating

(Newser) - Jordan Flake was born with a genetic skin condition called ichthyosis, and so was her infant son, Jackson. But because the condition causes dry, scaly skin, crew members on the pair's recent American Airlines flight believed they had a rash—possibly a contagious one—and they were removed from... More »

This Airport Shuttle Service May Be Pricier Than the Flight

Blade helicopter ride starts at $195 per person, plus $350 fee

(Newser) - Why drive to the airport and stand in line when a helicopter can pick you up and drop you off one step from the gate? If you don't mind paying more than the cost of an economy seat on the flight you're arriving for, American Airlines makes it... More »

Minutes Before Takeoff From London to Philly, Pilot Arrested

The 62-year-old appeared intoxicated right before the late-morning flight

(Newser) - If you were booked on Flight AA35 out of the UK's Manchester Airport on Thursday morning, you may have been annoyed at your last-minute rebooking. Reading the news Friday, however, should ease your mind that the right call was made. USA Today reports that the American Airlines flight to... More »

Family: We Were Booted Off Flight Because We're Jewish

American Airlines cites a different reason: body odor

(Newser) - A family booted off an American Airlines flight while heading home from vacation says it was due to their religion, while the airline cites a completely different reason: an unpleasant scent. Per an American Airlines statement to Local 10 on Wednesday, Yossi Adler, wife Jennie Adler, and their toddler daughter... More »

Traveling in 2019? These Airlines Are the Safest Bet

AirlineRatings.com reveals its top safety picks of 405 airlines

(Newser) - The world's safest airline for 2019 is also the industry's most experienced, according to AirlineRatings.com . The website, which monitors the safety records of 405 airlines worldwide, considered industry and government audits; crash and incident reports; profitability; safety initiatives; and fleet age in coming up with the 20... More »

Man Sues Airlines After 'Humiliating Public Spectacle'

Actor got pinky finger stuck in armrest

(Newser) - An actor who suffered what he says was a painful and humiliating experience on a flight from Reno to Los Angeles is suing American Airlines and SkyWest. Stephen Keys says one of his pinky fingers became stuck in an armrest for almost an hour on the September flight, USA Today... More »

Mom on Stranger's Kind Act: 'I Cried My Way Up the Aisle'

Good Samaritan offered her his first-class seat when he saw her with baby, oxygen tank on flight

(Newser) - To the passenger who was in seat 2D on American Airlines Flight 588 on Thursday, America applauds you. As does Kelsey Zwick, a young mom on that same flight with her 11-month-old daughter, Lucy, headed from Orlando to Philly to receive treatment for the baby's chronic lung disease. USA ... More »

Airline Sued Over Flight Attendant Brawl

American Airlines worker says she was dragged down the aisle by her scarf

(Newser) - In an incident that somehow failed to become a viral video, an American Airlines flight attendant was dragged down the aisle by her scarf during a clash with another flight attendant, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. In the lawsuit, Kathy Ida Wolfe claims Laura Powers "maliciously... More »

Woman: I Got Raped in Airplane Bathroom

Aubrey Lane, 32, is suing American Airlines

(Newser) - A woman who claims she was raped on an overnight flight and got little help from attendants is suing American Airlines, the Guardian reports. In a complaint filed Wednesday, 32-year-old Aubrey Lane says she was flying from Phoenix to New York in June 2017 when the man beside her ordered... More »

Airline Worker Takes Nap, Then 'Slips Through the Cracks'

Intoxicated baggage handler fell asleep in American Airlines cargo hold

(Newser) - United Airlines was plagued with canine passenger problems earlier this year. This time it's American that's making headlines, and it involves a human—an apparently drunk one. USA Today reports on a baggage handler said to be in his mid-20s who had an interesting flight on board a... More »

Passengers on 2 Flights to Philadelphia Fall Ill

250 were held for medical review

(Newser) - There was a health scare at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday after two separate American Airlines flights from Europe arrived with sick passengers—the day after an Emirates plane was quarantined at JFK because of passenger illness. The Philadelphia flights arrived from Munich and Paris but as with the Emirates flight,... More »

Mother of Fetus Found in Plane Toilet Identified

18-year-old from Brooklyn may have had 'botched abortion,' per law enforcement officials

(Newser) - More details are emerging after the gruesome find this week of a fetus in the bathroom of an American Airlines plane at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Law enforcement officials tell the New York Post that the mother has been identified as an 18-year-old Brooklyn teen who rushed into the... More »

In Airplane Bathroom, a Grisly, Tragic Find

Cleaning crew found a dead fetus on American Airlines plane at La Guardia

(Newser) - American Airlines and New York authorities are investigating after a fetus was found in the lavatory of a plane that arrived at LaGuardia Airport from Charlotte, NC, on Monday. The plane was parked overnight before a cleaner discovered the fetus around 5am Tuesday, report CNN and Time . "As we... More »

'Humiliating': Musician Booted From American Airlines Flight

Jingjing Hu says she followed federal regulations with her cello

(Newser) - American Airlines booted a music student off a plane Thursday, saying her cello was too big—even though she had just taken it on another AA flight and bought seats for it both ways, NBC Chicago reports. "When I flew from Chicago to Miami, I didn't have any... More »

American Airlines Reverses Unpopular Carry-On Bag Policy

Basic economy fares will now include a free carry-on bag

(Newser) - American Airlines last year introduced basic economy tickets that did not allow fliers to bring carry-on luggage, but the airline has now announced a reversal of that decision. Starting in September, customers who purchase basic economy fares will be allowed to bring a free carry-on bag, Dallas News reports; as... More »

3 Biggest US Airlines Cave to China's 'Orwellian' Demand

The way they refer to 'Taiwan' on their websites will now be more to China's liking

(Newser) - The White House originally called the request "Orwellian nonsense," but the three biggest US airlines appear to have caved to a demand from China on references to Taiwan. Ahead of a Wednesday deadline imposed by Beijing, Delta, American, and United will alter the way they refer to Taiwan... More »

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 »

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