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Masturbating Man Grounds Flight in Omaha

Doug Adams, 26, allegedly tried to open emergency exit door

(Newser) - A masturbating man may be responsible for grounding an airplane in Nebraska Monday, though reports about what exactly took place on the Virgin America flight from Boston to Los Angeles are sketchy. The Federal Aviation Administration calls the incident a medical emergency, reports KNBC , but accounts from police in Omaha—... More »

Man Denied Defibrillator Over Chest Hair, Says His Widow

Jack Jordan suffered fatal heart attack on Southwest flight

(Newser) - During a Southwest Airlines flight in April, Caroline Jordan's husband, Jack, had a massive heart attack. A physical therapist and hospice nurse on board quickly gave him CPR, she tells WABC . That's when Jordan noticed a defibrillator nearby ... not being used. When another passenger asked why, a flight... More »

Flight Diverted After Squabble Over Reclining Seat

Man used device that prevented woman in front of him from reclining

(Newser) - Two passengers who seemed to have been having tough travel days took the rest of a United plane down with them over the weekend. It all started when a man hooked a device called the Knee Defender to the seat in front of him, thereby preventing the woman in front... More »

25 Hurt as Crazy Turbulence Hurls Fliers to Ceiling

Plane lands in Hong Kong, meets ambulances

(Newser) - A flight bound for Hong Kong today offers a pretty good argument for wearing your seatbelt. Some 25 passengers on a South African Airways jet from Johannesburg were hurt amid some serious turbulence, the South China Morning Post reports. The shaking was so strong that "most of the injured... More »

Amelia Earhart Completes Namesake's Mission

Amelia Rose Earhart (no relation) flies around the world

(Newser) - Amelia Mary Earhart never finished her round-the-world flight—but another Amelia Earhart has done it in her place. Amelia Rose Earhart, who the AP notes isn't related to her namesake, has circumnavigated the globe in 16 days, the Telegraph reports. At 31, she's the youngest woman to fly... More »

Irate Captain Locks Out Co-Pilot in Mid-Flight

Air New Zealand captain unhappy about tarmac delay, airline says

(Newser) - An unhappy pilot got back at his first officer the way mature adults do—by locking him out of the cabin in mid-flight, according to an Air New Zealand official. The captain on a flight from Perth, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand, apparently held a grudge after the first officer... More »

Animals Move Alike —via 'Magic Formula'

Birds, fish, and other creatures use the same basic mechanics, says study

(Newser) - When it comes to movement, human engineering has much to learn from Mother Nature, says a new study in Nature Communications . Researchers found that animals of all kinds use the same essential mechanics to move whether on land, air, or water, reports the Houston Chronicle , which likens it to a... More »

Nasty Note-Writing War Breaks Out on Flight

'Bachelor' producer Elan Gale sends angry woman the 1st note

(Newser) - Ah, the spirit of the season: The producer of ABC's Bachelor and Bachelorette apparently engaged in a bitter note-passing war with a woman who complained about their flight being delayed, Business Insider reports via BuzzFeed . "Today is Thanksgiving!" she cried, according to producer Elan Gale's Twitter... More »

Tablets May Soon Be Allowed During Takeoff, Landing

Industry group preparing report on in-flight devices

(Newser) - You may not have to switch off that iPad during takeoff much longer. Last year, the FAA established an industry group to look into the effects of in-flight gadget use; by the end of 2013, officials are hoping to announce a more easygoing approach to electronic devices like e-readers. Instead... More »

Wright Brothers Weren't First to Fly: Expert

But Smithsonian refutes claim

(Newser) - A newly discovered photo is fueling a controversial theory that a German immigrant in Connecticut was really "first in flight"—not the Wright brothers. An amateur historian found a photo in Germany that some say shows the real first plane flight, by one Gustave Whitehead. The photo—which... More »

Pilot Plans 10K-Mile Flight—Powered By Plastic Trash

He aims to get Cessna from Sydney to London in 6 days

(Newser) - A pioneering British pilot is planning to fly from Sydney, Australia, to London on a plane powered by plastic trash. Jeremy Rowsell hopes to get his single-engine Cessna 172 to London in six days, making 16 stops to collect more fuel made from discarded plastic, the Telegraph reports. The diesel... 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 »

Budweiser to Paramount: Take Our Beer Out of Flight

Alcoholic pilot drinks a Bud while flying

(Newser) - It's not often that you hear of brands clamoring to be taken out of films, but that's exactly what's happening with Budweiser in Paramount's Flight , which stars Denzel Washington as a high-functioning alcoholic pilot. There's a lot of booze in the movie, including a scene... More »

Irate Flight Attendant: Get Off If You Have 'the Balls'

American Eagle flight cancelled after nearly 7 hours

(Newser) - Another flight-staff meltdown for the file: New York-to-Raleigh passengers already reeling over a five-hour delay were berated over the intercom by a furious flight attendant who dared them to get off if they "had the balls," the New York Post reports. "I’ve been in five tours... More »

Boozy Granny Slugs Guy on Plane

Frances Macaskill allegedly lost it on Qantas flight

(Newser) - A boozing, out-of-control granny has pleaded guilty to slugging a male passenger on a flight out of Melbourne, the Herald Sun reports. Frances Macaskill, 58, yelled "profanities at other passengers and air crew and violently punched several seats," a prosecutor said. "A short time later the accused... More »

Airline Fees That Split Up Families Just Suck

Even Sen. Charles Schumer threw a hat in this fight

(Newser) - From a business point of view, it makes sense to impose extra fees on airline passengers who want an aisle or window seat, admits Brad Tuttle at Time . But consider that the onerous money-making scheme is all but forcing parents to sit apart from their children during flights. "The... More »

Woman's Claim of Implanted Device Diverts Plane

Authorities say there was never a threat to safety

(Newser) - A US Airways flight from Paris to North Carolina was diverted to Maine after a woman claimed to have a device implanted in her body. Authorities have since determined that she posed "basically no threat," but the flight was halted "out of an abundance of caution,"... More »

Best Time to Buy Your Flight Ticket Is ...

... 6 weeks before you fly, study says

(Newser) - Flying anytime soon? With any luck your trip is a month and a half from now—because a new study says travelers can find the lowest airfares 6 weeks before flying, the Los Angeles Times reports. The price difference: 6% lower than average, according to a company that analyzed millions... More »

The Ability to Fly: Yours for $100K

JetLev R200 can fly as high as 30 feet above water

(Newser) - Traveling by boat is just so ... pedestrian. For those looking for a more luxurious—and unusual—way to travel by sea, Florida's JetLev Technologies has just the thing: a $99,500 water-powered jet pack (pay another $3,500 for a premium color). The company tells the South Florida Sun-Sentinel... More »

Couple Sues AirTran Over Roaches on Flight

They claim flight attendant shushed them when they complained

(Newser) - So you settle into your flight with a good book, some music... and a few cockroaches scurrying out of the airplane vents. That's what one couple says happened on an AirTran flight in September from Charlotte to Houston, and they're suing the airline for more than $100,000,... More »

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