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First-Class Flier Tries to Sneak Drinks to Pals, Pays the Price

American Airlines boots him from flight after he tries to give booze to friends in economy

(Newser) - Travel and Leisure sees him as a "first class Robin Hood." American Airlines saw him as a disruptive passenger and booted him from a flight. The controversy? It seems the unidentified first-class flier tried to sneak drinks to two of his buddies in economy and got busted.... More »

The Posh Airport Lounge Has Turned So, So Sad

Say people who remember the glory days of lots of seats and entrees

(Newser) - If you view an airport lounge restroom as a place to shield yourself from unkempt public bathrooms strewn with toilet paper on the floor, steel yourself for the horror: There is toilet paper on the floor of posh airport lounge restrooms. So reports the Wall Street Journal in a dive... More »

Passengers Weren't Using Oxygen Masks Correctly

The masks are supposed to cover the nose as well as the mouth

(Newser) - The first passenger fatality on a US airline in almost a decade seems unimaginable: Witnesses say 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan of New Mexico was partially sucked out of a Southwest Airlines plane Tuesday—she later died—when an engine exploded, smashing a window in her row. While rare, this kind of... More »

Report Raises Safety Questions About Allegiant Air

'60 Minutes' reports on maintenance issues, mid-air breakdowns

(Newser) - In the summer of 2015, Allegiant Air had a number of in-flight breakdowns—on one day in particular, there were five such problems. Between the beginning of 2016 and the end of October 2017, a 60 Minutes investigation uncovered more than 100 serious mechanical incidents the airline experienced: from hydraulic... More »

Airbus Adding Sleeping Berths to Some Planes

Berths with beds will be rolled out by 2020

(Newser) - Anyone who's ever wished for the comfort of their own bed during a long-haul flight will be excited to hear Airbus will soon offer the next best thing. The jetmaker has plans to create beds for the cargo holds of its Airbus SE planes, Bloomberg reports. The beds will... More »

What's Known So Far About Russian Plane Crash

71 are dead, and investigators are not ruling anything out yet

(Newser) - The unfortunate big development after Sunday's crash of a passenger jet outside Moscow comes from the country's transportation minister. "Judging by everything, no one has survived this crash," says Maxim Sokolov. Here is what is known:
  • The victims: Sixty-five passengers and six crew members were aboard
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Toilet Trouble Forces U-Turn on Plumber-Packed Flight

'We didn't risk sending a plumber to work at 10K meters'

(Newser) - If the toilet had been on solid ground, it likely would've been fixed in a jiffy. But there was no quick fix for the toilet trouble that plagued a Norwegian flight over the weekend—despite scores of plumbers being on board. After departing Oslo, Norway, for Munich, Germany, on... More »

Woman's Ticket Canceled While on Plane to See Dying Mom

'They told me ... that no one flies for free'

(Newser) - "I knew when I got off the plane that I would never see my mother again," Carrol Amrich tells the Pueblo Chieftain . "As soon as she took me off, I knew it." Amrich got word her 80-year-old mother had been hospitalized Jan. 16. The New ... More »

Flier Accused of Sexual Assault While Wife Seated Next to Him

22-year-old woman says she woke to find man's hand down her pants

(Newser) - A 34-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman sitting next to him on a flight while his wife sat on the other side of him, the Washington Post reports. The Detroit Free Press , citing the criminal complaint, reports a 22-year-old woman sleeping next to the window... More »

Woman Has One-of-a-Kind Flight After Airline Mistake

The entire plane was empty

(Newser) - It's rare for a trip involving a canceled flight and an eight-hour wait for the next one to have a happy ending, yet here we are. Mashable reports a woman had an entire plane to herself on a flight from Rochester, New York, to Washington, DC, following a mistake... More »

Traveling by Plane Was Mind-Bogglingly Safe in 2017

Zero commercial jets crashed

(Newser) - Two separate reports reveal a big find for 2017: zero crashes of commercial passenger jets anywhere in the world, report the BBC and Reuters . The reports come courtesy of the To70 Dutch consultancy group and the Aviation Safety Network , with the latter proclaiming 2017 "the safest year ever, both... More »

The Flight Was Over Utah When the Man Started Biting People

JetBlue flight makes emergency landing in Las Vegas

(Newser) - Looks like we're getting a real Flight of the Living Dead situation to close out 2017. CBS Los Angeles reports a JetBlue flight had to be rerouted after a male passenger started biting people. The flight out of Los Angeles was somewhere over Utah when the man bit apparent... More »

Breastfeeding Mother Kicked Off Flight

A truly lousy travel day for one Houston woman

(Newser) - A delayed flight at 6:30am may already sound like a travel nightmare, but that was only the beginning for one Houston woman on Friday. Mei Rui, a concert pianist and cancer researcher, was traveling from her home to Newark along with her elderly parents and 2-year-old son when they... More »

Airline Accused of Ignoring Sexual Harassment of Passenger

Mark Zuckerberg's sister says she was 'disgusted and degraded'

(Newser) - Randi Zuckerberg, CEO of Zuckerberg Media and sister of Mark, was flying from Los Angeles to Mexico recently when she says the man seated next to her started rating the bodies of female passengers, talking to her about touching himself, and telling her "Millennial women just aren't willing... More »

'Santa Claus' Glitch Leaves Flights Pilot-less for Holidays

Now American Airlines is scrambling to staff thousands of flights

(Newser) - An airline pilots union says a computer glitch at American Airlines left approximately 15,000 scheduled flights during the busy December holiday travel season without a captain, co-pilot, or both, USA Today reports. The Allied Pilots Association tells CNN it learned about "a failure within the pilot scheduling bidding... More »

NBA Team's Plane Gets Massive In-Flight Dent

Airline spokesperson says bird is likely culprit

(Newser) - "I guess we hit something? 30,000 feet up..." Oklahoma City Thunder player Josh Huestis tweets . When the NBA team's charter plane landed in Chicago around 1am Saturday, players were shocked by what they saw: a giant dent in the nose of the plane, ESPN reports.... More »

Mid-Air Concerts Not Music to Some Flyers' Ears

Southwest announces new deal for in-flight performances

(Newser) - It's a good thing people aren't prone to panic, frustration, and anger when it comes to air travel. The Current reports Southwest Airlines and Warner Music Nashville announced a new deal this week that will see country musicians performing in-air concerts during some Southwest flights. And if that... More »

5 Things Airline Workers Would Tell You If They Could

Wear your shoes, buddy

(Newser) - Though the number of complaints on Twitter might lead you to believe otherwise, "Flying has never been better." At least according to the industry experts the Outline spoke with, who pointed out that taking to the friendly skies has gotten safer and more on time (arrivals are now... More »

Anthony Bourdain Has Advice About Ordering Food on Plane

Don't do it, the well-traveled chef advises

(Newser) - Anthony Bourdain is both a renowned chef and a frequent traveler, which would seem to make him well qualified to offer advice about what food to order when on a plane. The answer? Don't order food at all, he tells Travel and Leisure . “You’re not digesting your... More »

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 »

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