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Taiwan's New Passports Had One Big Problem

They used a photo of Dulles airport in DC, not one in Taiwan; official resigns

(Newser) - An official in Taiwan has stepped down from her post after what looks to be a multimillion-dollar mistake involving hundreds of thousands of passports. Focus Taiwan reports that Agnes Chen, the chief of the country's Bureau of Consular Affairs, resigned Wednesday after it was discovered the nation's new... More »

Cause of Airport Evacuation: Over-Toasted Bagel

Hundreds of travelers sent out in freezing temperatures in St. Louis

(Newser) - Hundreds of holiday travelers had to evacuate Lambert International Airport in St. Louis Tuesday night for a reason worthy of a sitcom: Somebody burned a bagel. The over-toasting happened about 6pm inside a restaurant in Terminal 2, and the resulting smoke set off alarms, reports KMOV . One traveler estimates that... More »

It Took 11 Hours to Restore Power at World's Busiest Airport

Fire blamed for massive Atlanta outage

(Newser) - Power was finally restored to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport just after midnight Sunday—some 11 hours after the lights went out in the world's busiest airport . The massive power outage caused the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights, including 900 Delta flights, Business Insider reports. The airline... More »

World's Busiest Airport at Standstill After Power Outage

Lights went out at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport around 1pm

(Newser) - A sudden power outage brought the world's busiest airport to a standstill Sunday, grounding scores of flights in Atlanta just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush. Authorities said that electricity should be restored at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by midnight. Passengers at the airport were... More »

China Pulls Out All the Stops for Trump Arrival

He received unusually lavish airport welcome

(Newser) - China pulled out all the stops for President Trump's airport arrival in Beijing: honor guard, marching band, jumping children. The ceremony accompanying Trump's arrival Wednesday afternoon was elaborate even by China's lavish standards. Heads of state are usually given a low-key reception at the airport, with the... More »

Girl, 7, Slips Through Airport Security and Onto Plane

A crew member spotted her and alerted police

(Newser) - A runaway 7-year-old girl slipped through security checks at Geneva's airport and onto a plane without a ticket before being spotted by a crew member and handed over to police, officials said Wednesday. Acknowledging an "eminently regrettable" incident that could have turned out worse, Geneva airport spokesman Bernard... More »

Rose McGowan: Arrest Warrant Is Effort to Silence Me

Which she says is a 'load of horses---'

(Newser) - Rose McGowan has been among the most vocal in speaking up about Harvey Weinstein . Now she's raising her voice about some trouble she's in with the law, and she's amplifying her outspokenness with a sprinkling of profanity. "Are they trying to silence me? There is a... More »

Flier Hid $30K in Gold in His Butt

Sri Lankan man claimed he was involved in smuggling ring

(Newser) - A Sri Lankan man's "suspicious movements" at the airport in the capital Colombo led to the discovery of some $30,000 worth of gold stashed in his rectum, customs officials say. Officials noticed the 45-year-old "walking with difficulty and appearing to be in pain" as he waited... More »

Cops Shoot Suspect at Miami Airport

Shooting slowed things down as people tried to leave before Irma

(Newser) - Police say they're investigating an officer-involved shooting Thursday night at the Miami airport that shut down a terminal as people looked to leave Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma. Miami-Dade Police said in a tweet that the situation involved a single suspect and is under control. WPLG reports that the... More »

Pittsburgh Airport Is Bringing in a Post-9/11 First

Non-flyers will be allowed to shop, dine airside

(Newser) - Pittsburgh International Airport is bringing back a tradition that was banned after 9/11: letting people without tickets go through security to the airside part of the terminal. The airport will allow non-flyers airside to shop, dine, or say goodbye to loved ones at the gate as of Tuesday, with the... More »

He Tried to Take Off His Shoulder Bag. Then, a Bang

Federal agent shoots himself in foot at Orlando International Airport

(Newser) - Passengers at Orlando International Airport Tuesday were startled by what turned out to be the sound of a federal agent shooting himself in the foot. Police say the man was a vacationing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent from Kansas City who accidentally dislodged his holstered weapon, the Orlando Sentinel reports.... More »

Jet Blast Kills Tourist on Beach

NZ woman failed to heed warning signs

(Newser) - A tourist from New Zealand was killed by a jet blast Wednesday at a Caribbean beach famous for being under low-flying aircraft. According to 721News , the 57-year-old woman was holding on to the fence separating St. Maarten's Maho Beach from Princess Juliana International Airport when the blast from a... More »

Air Canada Jet Almost Caused Massive SF Disaster

It lined up to land on crowded taxiway

(Newser) - Aviation experts say it could easily have been one of the deadliest air disasters of all time. An Air Canada Airbus A320 was cleared to land on a runway at San Francisco International Airport just before midnight Friday, when, to the shock of air traffic controllers and other pilots, the... More »

'Endearing' Reason for Delays at JFK Airport

Dozens of migrating turtles

(Newser) - Bird strikes at New York City-area airports have been known to cause emergency landings, but a different type of creature kept some planes from even taking off this week, the AP reports. As part of their annual migration ritual, about 40 diamondback terrapin turtles emerged from Jamaica Bay Friday... More »

FBI: Flint Airport Attacker 'Has a Hatred for the US'

Canada condemns 'cowardly' attack

(Newser) - "Suffice to say, he had a hatred of the United States," Detroit FBI chief David Gelios says of Canadian citizen Amor Ftouhi, who is accused of stabbing a police officer in a suspected terrorist attack at Flint, Michigan's airport. Ftouhi, a 49-year-old Montreal resident, has been charged... More »

Spirit Cancels Multiple Flights, Melee Breaks Out

Police called to the scene at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport

(Newser) - Spirit Airlines customers were not happy when as many as nine flights were canceled Monday night at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport—in fact, they were so unhappy, police had to be called in. Video posted by onlookers and witness reports detail a massively chaotic scene, complete with yelling... More »

Their Plane Crashed at the Airport, but No One Noticed

Crash at Williston Municipal Airport wasn't reported for 22 hours

(Newser) - A family aboard a 1948 Cessna 170 attempted a takeoff from Florida's Williston Municipal Airport around 3pm Saturday. Instead, they crashed 150 feet before a tree line at the taxiway's north side, reports the Gainsville Sun . But though some 20 to 30 planes took off from the airport... More »

Alleged Child Rapist Caught After Flight Delayed

Cops say he was trying to flee to Guatemala

(Newser) - An accused child rapist who tried to flee from Maryland to Guatemala was thwarted by bad weather, authorities say. Sergio Morales Soto, 19, was arrested on board a flight at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport the day after the alleged April 4 rape, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. After he was... More »

Harrison Ford Won't Be Punished for Plane Incident

He told controllers he'd been a schmuck, lawyer says

(Newser) - Federal authorities have decided not to penalize Harrison Ford for an incident that caused him to tell air traffic controllers that he was a "schmuck." Ford's lawyer says that after a full investigation of the Feb. 13 incident , the Federal Aviation Administration has decided not to fine... More »

Blood Tests: French Airport Attacker Was Drunk, on Drugs

Ziyed Ben Belgacem's BAC almost twice the legal limit; also presence of pot, cocaine

(Newser) - Toxicology tests have been completed on the attacker shot dead at a French airport Saturday, and his blood contained a cocktail of intoxicants, the AP and Guardian report. Per the Paris prosecutors' office, 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem—who, with possible terror motives , tore away a soldier's rifle at France'... More »

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