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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 »

Witness: Man on Flight Said He Wanted to Identify the Jews

David Toaff was arrested after the Delta flight landed in Atlanta

(Newser) - Delta confirmed that Atlanta police met a flight en route from Reagan Washington National Airport in DC on Wednesday "due to a customer's behavior on board the flight." A passenger who was reportedly on Flight 1822 provided a little more color on Twitter : "Today a man... More »

Flight Attendant Helps Passenger by Breastfeeding

Patrisha Organo writes, "I felt a pinch in my heart"

(Newser) - Anyone who's griped about airline service, check this out—a flight attendant who says she breastfed a passenger's baby. The attendant, Patrisha Organo, heard the infant crying on a recent Philippine Airlines flight and asked if the mother was okay, CNN reports. "Teary-eyed, she told me that... More »

2 Marines Grounded for 'Obscene' Flight Path

Further punishment possible after penis-shaped pattern

(Newser) - The Marine Corps has grounded two aviators who used a training flight to draw a penis over California's Salton Sea just a year after a similar stunt. The phallus-shaped flight path near Palm Springs on Oct. 23, shared online after it was detected using flight-tracking software, was traced to... 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 »

The Worst Crash Ever Just Missed. Now What Do We Do?

Aviation officials say faster reporting is needed

(Newser) - Safety officials say a near collision of airliners in San Francisco last year was a few feet from becoming the worst crash in aviation history and underscores the need for faster reporting of dangerous incidents before evidence is lost, the AP reports. The National Transportation Safety Board issued a final... More »

Airline Crew 'Forgot' One Big Thing

Nosebleeds, ear pain, and headaches after Jet Airways crew neglected to pressurize cabin

(Newser) - Those oxygen masks you never want to see drop down on a flight came down on one in India Thursday morning, and irate fliers say they weren't told why, or what to do by negligent flight crew—and that for about 45 minutes, the 160 or so passengers went... 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 »

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 »

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