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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 »

Librarian Makes Fake Bomb Threat In Order to Make Flight

The Frenchman by way of London was en route to Los Angeles

(Newser) - A librarian has been jailed after calling in a fake bomb threat so he wouldn't miss a flight. Per Reuters , Jacob Meir Abdellak, a Frenchman living in London, called in the hoax eight minutes before his Norwegian Airlines flight was slated to leave Gatwick Airport after staff wouldn't... More »

Plane's Scary Descent Linked to Pilot's Decision to Vape

Air pressure dropped as he adjusted AC system to keep vapor in check

(Newser) - "When I close my eyes, I see the oxygen masks dangling in front of me." That's the lingering anxiety of a passenger on a recent Air China flight that plummeted thousands of feet after oxygen levels dropped. A senior official from the Civil Aviation Administration of China... More »

LAX Flight Plunges Into Nosedive

A380 aircraft runs into terrifying 'wake turbulence'

(Newser) - A Qantas flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne plummeted into a 10-second nosedive a few days ago that left passengers terrified, Australia's News Network reports. Seems flight QF94 ran into a "vortex" or "wake turbulence" caused by a flight that had left two minutes before. "It... More »

Mixup in Denver Sends Dog on Global Adventure

Irgo was supposed to fly to Kansas with his human family, but he ended up in Japan

(Newser) - A dog who was mistakenly flown to Japan is back with his family in Kansas. The 10-year-old German shepherd, named Irgo, arrived at a Wichita airport Thursday night after a flight on a private plane from Japan, the AP reports. Kara Swindle and her two children were flying on United... More »

United Loses 80-Year-Old, Treats Her Like 'Lost Luggage'

North Carolina family is none too happy

(Newser) - It's not brain surgery, but United Airlines kinda botched this one. The company put an 80-year-old woman with partial blindness on the wrong flight, sending her to Denver instead of North Carolina—and left her family in no mood to play nice, WRAL reports. "How is it possible... More »

Viral Pic of 'Nightmare' JetBlue Passenger Takes Flight

'The toes were in full wiggle,' horrified woman tweets

(Newser) - When your pilot announces your flight's cruising altitude of 35,000 feet, that shouldn't be a Manchurian Candidate-like cue for someone's actual feet to emerge. It's not clear if that's why Jessie Char suddenly found a fellow passenger's tootsies poking into her row of... More »

United's New Flight: 18 Hours, Nonstop

Route from LA to Singapore would be world's longest nonstop from US

(Newser) - The appeal of the nonstop flight is a great one, and United Airlines has just come up with the most extreme one of all for travelers in the US: an 18-hour flight from Los Angeles to Singapore, Fortune reports. The 8,700-mile flight, set to begin in October, will take... More »

Photos Show Lindbergh on Brink of Making History

Images rediscovered after 90 years

(Newser) - Photos tucked away for 90 years in a California newspaper's archives portray Charles Lindbergh just weeks before he made the first nonstop solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean, reports the AP . The San Diego Union-Tribune on Sunday released never-before-published shots of Lindbergh from April 28, 1927. Harry Bishop,... More »

Buckle Up for This 8-Minute Plane Ride

From Switzerland to Friedrichshafen, Germany—the world's shortest international commercial flight

(Newser) - The world's longest nonstop commercial flight is nearly 15 hours; the shortest, about eight minutes. CNN reports on the latter out of Europe, where the puddle jumper (water droplet jumper?) between Switzerland's St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport and Germany's Friedrichshafen Airport is a commuter fantasy come to life as... More »

Tiny Bird Doesn't Land for 10 Months

Common swift steals longest continuous flight for a bird

(Newser) - The common swift makes its cousin's six months in continuous flight look like nothing more than a hop, skip, and a jump. The tiny bird easily steals the record for longest continuous flight by spending 10 months in the air without landing once, reports NPR , by way of a... More »

Singer Saw Prince Lose Consciousness: 'His Eyes Fixed'

Judith Hill worked with pop star for years, tells 'NYT' she never knew he was in pain

(Newser) - The world has been haunted since the untimely death of Prince Rogers Nelson in April, but none more so than Judith Hill, who was with the pop star when his flight made an emergency landing six days before he died. Hill was sitting across from Prince on the plane flying... More »

Airline's Jet Nearly Impounded Over $680 Debt to Customer

4 years after a 22-hour flight delay, traveler still hadn't been reimbursed

(Newser) - An airline nearly had one of its jets, worth "tens of millions" of dollars, impounded Friday because it wouldn't pay a customer the $680 it owed her for a delayed flight, NBC News reports. The EU requires airlines to reimburse travelers for delays depending on their length. A... More »

US, Cuba Will Have Commercial Flights Again

The countries signed a deal for up to 110 daily flights on Tuesday

(Newser) - The United States and Cuba signed a deal Tuesday restoring commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, allowing dozens of new daily flights to bring hundreds of thousands more American travelers a year to the island as early as this fall, the AP reports. Immediately after the... More »

Doctor Delivers Baby on Intercontinental Flight

Nice work, doctor

(Newser) - A Los Angeles doctor returning from her honeymoon ended up delivering a baby on an overseas flight when a fellow passenger went into early labor. Dr. Angelica Zen, a resident physician at UCLA, says she didn't have much obstetrics training but didn't hesitate to help during the Air... More »

Plane Seatmate's Kindness Touches Mom, Goes Viral

Baby Rylee immediately stopped crying in Nyfesha Miller's arms

(Newser) - When new mom Rebekka Garvison boarded her 5:30am flight from Michigan to surprise her military husband in Alabama last week, she was already nervous about bothering her seatmates. Then she saw the looks on their faces, and just about crumbled. "This couple looked very annoyed and I could... More »

Airline Announces Longest Nonstop Flight in the World

Route from Dubai to Panama City on Emirates will take 17.5 hours

(Newser) - Seventeen hours and 35 minutes is how long you can expect to be in the air if you book tickets now for the world's longest nonstop flight, set for takeoff from Dubai and landing in Panama City, the National reports. Beginning Feb. 1, Emirates will snatch away those longest-flight... More »

Solar Plane Stuck in Hawaii Until 2016

Due to irreversible damage caused by overheating batteries

(Newser) - A team trying to fly a solar-powered plane around the world said today it is suspending the journey in Hawaii after the plane suffered battery damage during its record-breaking flight to the islands . The Solar Impulse team said in a news release that it will continue the attempt to circumnavigate... More »

Flight Returns Over Knocking From Cargo Hold

A worker apparently fell asleep in there

(Newser) - A Los Angeles-bound Alaska Airlines flight had to return to Seattle today after a worker reportedly fell asleep and found himself trapped in the plane's cargo hold. Flight 448 had just taken off this afternoon when the pilot heard banging from down below, the airline says in a news... More »

2 Flights to Atlanta Hit With 'Credible' Bomb Threats

Planes received escorts, have landed

(Newser) - A pair of Atlanta-bound flights have safely landed after being targeted with what an airport spokesman called "credible" bomb threats, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Delta flight 1156 and Southwest flight 2492, from Portland, Ore., and Milwaukee, landed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after being escorted by NORAD jets, WSB-TV reports.... More »

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