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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 »

Scientists Think Flying Is Poised to Become a Pain

Up to a third of flights will be affected on hot days in coming decades, says study

(Newser) - Remember in June when it got too hot for planes to take off in Phoenix? A new study suggests stories like that will become quite common in the not-too-distant future. Via Reuters , the study published in Climatic Change estimates that rising temperatures could leave up to one-third of planes grounded... More »

Homeland Security Will Use Laptop Ban to Punish Airlines

If they don't comply with new security measures introduced Wednesday

(Newser) - The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday introduced new security measures for international flights to the US in lieu of a complete ban on laptops, reports USA Today , which calls the measures a "massive escalation of airline security." The new rules will affect 180 airlines and approximately 325,... More »

Video Shows Why Man Just Sued United Airlines for $1M

Ronald Tigner says he was knocked to ground by rude United employee

(Newser) - A 71-year-old lawyer is suing United Airlines for more than $1 million after an employee knocked him down during an argument two years ago, the Southeast Texas Record reports. According to the Washington Post , the July 21, 2015, incident started when the TSA at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport wouldn'... More »

JetBlue Makes Everyone Leave Plane, Over Cake

Airline, family have differing stories about a birthday cake brought aboard

(Newser) - Let them eat cake? Maybe not on JetBlue. A New Jersey family en route to Las Vegas was kicked off their JetBlue flight after a dispute with flight attendants over birthday cake. According to the New York Daily News , Cameron and Minta Burke were off to Vegas to celebrate Minta’... 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 »

Airplane Phone Restrictions: Safety or Manners?

'Many passengers would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes'

(Newser) - Overhearing some loudmouth's phone conversation is bad enough on the street or at a restaurant, but nobody wants to be sitting next to that person for the duration of a flight. And that may be the real reason the FCC continues to ban voice calls on phones, even though... More »

United: Passenger's 28-Hour Ordeal Was 'Horrible Failure'

The airline accidentally sent a woman to California instead of France

(Newser) - United Airlines is issuing yet another apology after what was supposed to be a seven-and-a-half hour flight turned into a 28-hour ordeal for one unlucky passenger. WABC reports Lucie Bahetoukilae, who was flying home to France from New Jersey, went to the gate stamped on her Newark-to-Charles de Gaulle boarding... More »

Suit Claims Man Injured by 14-Hour Flight Next to 'Obese' Passengers

An Australian man is suing American Airlines for more than $100K

(Newser) - A 67-year-old Australian man is suing American Airlines, claiming his seat assignment next to two "grossly obese" passengers during a 14-hour flight to Los Angeles left him with permanent injuries, News.com.au reports. Michael Taylor claims the body of the passenger seated next to him "spilt over... More »

American Airlines Hopes You Weren't Using All That Legroom

The airline will reduce legroom in economy class by up to 2 inches

(Newser) - Apparently deciding recent coverage of US airlines had been entirely too positive, American Airlines announced Wednesday it will be decreasing legroom in its economy class seats by up to 2 inches. CNN reports the airline will be reducing the distance between seats in three rows of its economy class from... More »

Lawmakers Threaten Airlines With Legislative Action

If airlines don't fix their problems, lawmakers may do it for them

(Newser) - “If changes aren’t made by the next hearing, I can assure you, you won’t like the outcome,” Rep. Bill Shuster told representatives from four US airlines Tuesday. The Hill reports United, Alaska, American, and Southwest were being questioned by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee following... More »

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 »

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