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Flight Attendant Hits Woman With Stroller, Taunts Passenger

The flight attendant has been suspended after video surfaced

(Newser) - An American Airlines flight attendant has been suspended after allegedly hitting a woman with her stroller and—witnesses say—barely missing her two children. Jalopnik reports a video posted to Facebook shows the second half of the incident on a flight Friday from San Francisco to Dallas. A woman holding... More »

United Will No Longer Boot Seated Passengers for Crew

Airline changes policy to avoid another boarding fiasco

(Newser) - United Airlines is changing its policy to try to prevent a repeat of last week's boarding disaster . The bad news: United employees who need a seat still get priority. The good news: You won't be yanked out of your seat to make room for them. Under the shift,... More »

Blind Woman: I Was Kicked Off Flight, Called a 'Danger'

American Airlines says it's investigating her claims

(Newser) - American Airlines may have violated the Air Carrier Access Act after allegedly kicking a blind woman and her service dog off a flight and calling her a "danger," the Portland Press Herald reports. Sue Martin, 61, and her husband had booked seats in a bulkhead row on a... More »

TSA Has a New Pat-Down Technique at Airports

Agency gives police a heads up, bracing for complaints

(Newser) - The TSA has rolled out a new pat-down technique at airports, and it's apparently expecting people to be unhappy. Bloomberg reports that the agency has advised local and airport police about the change in case they get complaints about "abnormal" frisking. So what's different? That part is... More »

The 5 Best, Worst Airlines of 2016

KLM comes out on top, El Al is last

(Newser) - When it comes to airlines, the biggest variables are not only the service and the seats. Bloomberg reports there are huge differences in the likelihood of being delayed, with the worst offender tripping up travelers more than half the time. That figure plummets to around 11% for the best companies.... More »

Error Sends Jet Into Path of Other Plane in California

Not to mention too low toward nearby mountains

(Newser) - Federal officials are investigating after an air traffic controller error sent a jet from Los Angeles International Airport into the flight path of another plane while flying low toward Southern California mountains, the AP reports. An EVA Air Boeing 777 that left LAX in heavy rain around 1:20am Friday... More »

New Flight From Australia to London May Be Record-Breaker

Qantas plans 17-hour nonstop journey from Perth

(Newser) - Qantas' course from the UK to Australia has long been known as the "Kangaroo Route" as it means bouncing around to various places including Singapore and Dubai. But not for long. The Australian airline says it will be the first to offer non-stop 17-hour flights from Perth to London... More »

United to Charge Higher Fares for Carry-on Bags

Introducing the 'basic economy' fare

(Newser) - Say goodbye to that carry-on bag. USA Today reports United Airlines is rolling out a new "basic economy" fare next year to compete with ultra low-cost carriers like Spirit and Frontier. United says the basic economy fare will be cheaper but come with a number of restrictions, including prohibiting... More »

Boeing May Dramatically Change the Way We Fly

Patent calls for passenger plane that takes off and lands vertically

(Newser) - If a patent secured by Boeing this week is any indication, the company is eyeing a major change in the way travelers fly. The Seattle Times reports the patent details a passenger plane that takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter via tilting rotors. The rotors—horizontal for takeoff... More »

This Is the Longest Nonstop Flight in the World

DEL-SFO route now flies over Pacific Ocean rather than Atlantic

(Newser) - Air India has achieved an impressive feat: The Times of India reports that the Indian airline has launched the world's longest nonstop flight, connecting Delhi and San Francisco. The flight covers 9,507 miles in 14.5 hours. Even more impressive: The airline actually managed to shorten the flight... More »

Few Vacationed in Iceland. Then Things Went 'Bonkers'

Island's population is 332K; the country has seen 1.6M tourists so far this year

(Newser) - Iceland is hot, and no, this isn't a story about global warming. Since the tiny island country in the northern Atlantic began keeping tabs in 1949, the number of visiting tourists has climbed from roughly 5,000 people a year to, in 2010, more than 500,000. Then, in... More »

Flyer Wants Apology After Monks Make Her Change Seats

She says the Pakistani monks weren't allowed to sit next to women

(Newser) - A California woman is seeking an apology after she says United Airlines forced her to change seats because two Pakistani monks refused to sit next to a woman. "I thought I lived in a culture where women were equal to men," Mary Campos tells CBS Los Angeles . She... More »

Pilot's Typo Sends Plane on a Very Wrong Path

Flight from Sydney to Malaysia ends up in Melbourne instead

(Newser) - Data entry errors are often harmless enough, unless you happen to be an international pilot punching in your longitude before a flight. Then, they get interesting. As Australia's 9News.com reports, an AirAsia flight crew learned this lesson when it attempted to fly from Sydney to Malaysia—only to... More »

JetBlue Touches Down in Cuba in Historic Flight

It's the first commercial trip in more than 50 years

(Newser) - Milestone: The first commercial flight between the US and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War, reports the AP . The jaunt from Fort Lauderdale took only 45... More »

The Internet Is Obsessed With Traveler's 47-Year Layover

Another great moment in online customer service

(Newser) - "Just wondering what you'd recommend I do during the 47-year layover your website has suggested?" James Lloyd asked last week on the Skyscanner Facebook page after noticing the travel app had recommended an itinerary that included a 413,786-hour layover in Bangkok. Mashable reports the answer to the... More »

Hidden Monkey Causes a Stir on Flight to Vegas

A passenger was allegedly stowing the monkey in his shirt

(Newser) - Airline officials say they called for help after a passenger was found stowing a monkey in his shirt during a Las Vegas-bound flight, the AP reports. Frontier Airlines spokesperson Richard Oliver says the incident happened Tuesday night on a flight from Columbus, Ohio, to Las Vegas. Oliver says the passenger... More »

Video: Man Late for His Flight Chases Plane Across Tarmac

It was stupid, dangerous, and apparently successful

(Newser) - Look, no one wants to miss their flight, but sometimes you just have to deal with it. The Guardian reports a man was late to his flight from Madrid to the Canary Islands on Friday, but instead of giving up, he ducked out a fire escape, jumped from a gangway,... More »

People in Plane Crashes Keep Risking Their Lives for Their Luggage

And they really need to stop doing that

(Newser) - Everyone involved in the airline industry is "apoplectic" about a video showing passengers on an Emirates Airline flight that crash landed in Dubai on Wednesday grabbing their luggage before evacuating, even as the cabin fills with smoke, Bloomberg reports. Everyone successfully escaped before the plane burst into flames, but... More »

Flight Delayed? It Could Be the Coffeemaker

Faulty machines must be checked for fire risk

(Newser) - Running late for a flight? Cross your fingers that the plane's coffeemaker is broken. An "inordinate amount of coffeemaker problems" are causing flight delays, American Airlines' chief of operations says—and causing passengers to lose their lids. The New York Times reports defective coffeemakers require a thorough check... More »

Flight Crew Narcs on Allegedly Drunk Pilots

The Canadian pilots face up to 2 years in prison if convicted

(Newser) - Two allegedly drunk Canadian pilots were arrested Monday at Glasgow Airport just before taking to the skies with hundreds of passengers in tow, Glasgow Live reports. According to CBC , the flight crew noticed there was something off about the pilots and went to authorities. "We saw five policemen get... More »

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