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Airline Creates Service to Help Women Flying Alone

'A sincere effort to ensure peace of mind' from Indian airline Vistara

(Newser) - India has earned a reputation as a place that's dangerous for women and girls, underscored by the story of a 10-year-old rape victim now in the news for trying to get permission to get an abortion . Another shocking story from 2012 set off a series of protests across the... More »

3 Airlines Say US Has Lifted Laptop Ban

Emirates, Etihad, Turkish Airlines exempted

(Newser) - Emirates and Turkish Airways said Wednesday they have been exempted from a US ban on laptops in airplane cabins, joining Abu Dhabi-based Etihad in satisfying American security concerns that had cut into the long-haul carriers' business. It remains unclear how the airlines addressed fears that ISIS or other groups might... More »

Airplane Phone Restrictions: Safety or Manners?

'Many passengers would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes'

(Newser) - Overhearing some loudmouth's phone conversation is bad enough on the street or at a restaurant, but nobody wants to be sitting next to that person for the duration of a flight. And that may be the real reason the FCC continues to ban voice calls on phones, even though... 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 »

Flier Says Lack of Legroom Almost Killed Him

The fit but tall traveler developed deep vein thrombosis on a cramped 10-hour flight

(Newser) - An Air Canada passenger says a cramped 10-hour flight from Chile to Toronto in January has taken a serious toll on his otherwise impeccable health, and he wants the airline to "take a good hard look at what they're doing," he tells the CBC . Colin Savage, a... More »

For Fliers, 2015 Was an Unbelievably Safe Year

No fatal jetliner accidents happened globally

(Newser) - It once seemed impossible, but the airline industry has finally pulled off a long-sought-after global goal: It got through an entire year without a single jetliner fatality due to pilot snafus, plane malfunctions, and/or weather conditions, per the Wall Street Journal . Stats issued by the International Air Transport Association called... More »

Allegiant Air's Own Pilots Question Its Safety

Airline says union letter is 'an effort to manipulate the public'

(Newser) - Allegiant Air is battling allegations that it takes a shoddy approach to safety—from its own pilots. The union representing Allegiant's pilots says the low-budget, high-fee airline doesn't just cut costs, but also corners when it comes to safety and maintenance. In a letter to the airline's... More »

FAA: Passenger Jet Nearly Collides With Drone

Official says it's become a 'very real' problem for pilots

(Newser) - A US airliner nearly collided with a drone in the sky over Tallahassee, Florida, say federal officials.The FAA's Jim Williams acknowledged the incident Thursday at a San Francisco drone conference, citing it as an example of the "very real" risks posed by integrating drones into US airspace.... More »

Pilots Have Become Too Reliant on Computers

Robert Mark: Asiana crash proves the point

(Newser) - Computers do pretty much everything these days when it comes to flying planes, all but reducing the role of airline pilot to "systems monitor," writes Robert Mark at CNN . This is a dangerous trend, he argues, as this week's public hearings into the July crash of an... More »

Best Airline Safety Video Ever?

Virgin America winning praise for musical version

(Newser) - Virgin America airline is winning raves for, of all things, its new safety video. It's set to music that is "amazingly—not cringeworthy," opines Wired . The New Republic thinks it's a decent music video in its own right, and IBN Live calls it "genius branding.... More »

Only 4% Survive Fatal US Plane Accidents

Of such accidents between Jan. 1, 2000, and July 10, 2013

(Newser) - Plane crashes may be on the decline, but your chance of surviving a fatal accident isn't much better than it was in the 1970s, according to a USA Today analysis of Aviation Safety Network data. What its number-crunching found:
  • It looked at fatal accidents worldwide from Jan. 1, 1970
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Get Humans Out of the Cockpit

Holman Jenkins thinks transportation ought to be automated

(Newser) - When a highly automated train crashed into a Quebec town last weekend, its conductor was not on board . Which raises a few questions, writes Holman Jenkins at the Wall Street Journal . Why couldn't the train tell headquarters it had taken off? Why couldn't headquarters stop it from afar?... More »

You Are Not Going to Die In a Plane Crash, Period

San Francisco crash only underscores how rare airline fatalities are

(Newser) - Statistically speaking, you are not going to die in a plane crash. "People are understandably troubled by the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214," management science and statistics professor Arnold Barnett writes at CNN , and it is tragic that two teens died. But "it is remarkable that... More »

FAA Shutting 'Only' 149 Air Traffic Towers

Sequestration forces cuts at small airports

(Newser) - In case you're counting: The FAA is now planning to close 149 air traffic control towers due to sequestration, not 173 as originally reported . And all of the closings will be at small airports, not mid-sized as well, reports the AP . Affected airports will remain open, which leaves pilots... More »

Boeing Plans to Redesign Dreamliner's Battery

But regulators likely to be wary this time

(Newser) - Boeing executives will head to Washington today to try to convince the FAA that it has figured out how to make its 787 Dreamliner safe to fly again. The planes have been grounded ever since a fire and other incidents that are believed to have been caused by overheating lithium-ion... More »

You Could Fly Every Day for 122K Years Without Dying

Statistically speaking, it would take 123K years of flying to be in fatal crash

(Newser) - Knock on wood, but the US hasn't seen a fatal commercial jetliner crash in exactly four years —a new record. And no stat encapsulates just how safe flying has become more than this one: A US passenger now has a one in 45-million-flights death risk, which statistically means... More »

Air Travel Has Safest Year Yet

Fatality rate lowest in the age of jets

(Newser) - A happy milestone in airline safety: This year has been the safest by far since humans started tooling around in jets, reports the Wall Street Journal . Among the numbers it cites from the Aviation Safety Network:
  • Worldwide, 22 fatal crashes had been reported this year as of yesterday, down from
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Sanctions Take a Toll on Plane Safety in Iran

With lives at risk, many ask for airline exemption to embargo

(Newser) - Iranian smugglers might be skilled at sneaking Apple gizmos into their heavily embargoed country, but unfortunately Iran's airline industry hasn't had such luck getting the parts it desperately needs, reports the New York Times . After 17 years of US sanctions, Iranian planes are getting so worn and run... More »

2011 on Track to Be Airlines' Safest Year Ever

But experts warn that we must keep working on safety

(Newser) - Assuming nothing terrible happens between now and Saturday, 2011 will close as the safest year ever for commercial aviation. For every 7.1 million fliers around the globe, there was about one passenger death, which will break the previous record of one per 6.4 million, set in 2004. But... More »

Riskiest Part of Flight Might Now Be on Ground

With skies safe, officials turn their attention to 'surface threats' on runways

(Newser) - "America's skies are the safest they have ever been," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told reporters this week, and the stats back him up: Deaths from accidents in US commercial aviation have plummeted over the last 15 years, with none registered at all in 2011. Aviation officials say... More »

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