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Woman Somehow Boards Plane Without Ticket, ID

She was screened by TSA, but beyond that not much is clear

(Newser) - Jenni Clemons found another woman sitting in her assigned seat when she boarded her Delta Air Lines flight at Orlando International Airport Saturday, and Clemons alerted flight attendants that they may have been assigned the same seat. Not so: The woman, who had no ID on her but whom authorities... More »

Trying to Avoid Crying Babies? This Airline's Got You Covered

Japan Airlines offers seat map showing where youngsters under 2 will be sitting

(Newser) - If you live in fear that you'll be seated next to a crying baby the next time you fly, a new feature at Japan Airlines may prove interesting. The airline has added a feature to its online booking tool that shows a baby icon on any seats booked by... More »

'Glitch in the Matrix' Leads to Odd Flight for One Passenger

Filmmaker Vincent Peone had entire Delta plane all to himself

(Newser) - Everyone boarding a plane secretly hopes that no one will be seated next to them, opening up a tad more elbowroom and space for magazines, purses, and other personal items. For Vincent Peone, he didn't have to worry one bit about sharing space on his Delta flight from Aspen,... More »

American Airlines Apologizes to Doctor Ordered to Cover Shorts

She says she was 'humiliated' in front of son

(Newser) - American Airlines has apologized to a doctor who says she was humiliated when airline workers ordered her to cover up an outfit they deemed inappropriate. "My shorts covered EVERYTHING but apparently was too distracting to enter the plane," family medicine specialist Tisha Rowe tweeted after the June 30... More »

Man's Kindness Toward Scared Young Seatmate Goes Viral

Ben Pedraza made sure 7-year-old autistic boy had fun and felt safe during his flight

(Newser) - Alexa Bjornson was anxious about sending her 7-year-old son, Landon, on a plane by himself to see his dad in Oregon—not just because of Landon's age, but because he has high-functioning autism and was nervous about flying alone, per KATU . And so Bjornson penned a note to whoever... More »

Lawyer Convicted After Racial Rant on Flight Is Dead

Simone Burns' 'world fell apart' after

(Newser) - A human rights lawyer who launched a racial rant on an Air India flight and spat at a crew member has been found dead, days after her release from an English jail. The body of Simone Burns, 50, was discovered June 1 at Beachy Head, in East Sussex, the Guardian ... More »

Passenger Awoke on Plane to Find Herself Alone

Woman searched for an escape from the cold, dark plane

(Newser) - On an uncrowded flight from Quebec City to Toronto, Tiffani Adams decided to take advantage of an empty row of seats and take a nap. When she awoke, the plane was pitch dark, CTV reports, and she was the only person on the plane. The plane was parked far from... More »

Passengers Subdue Screaming Man on Plane

Passengers shouted in fear and children were crying

(Newser) - Passengers on a Turkish Airlines jetliner flying to Sudan had to subdue a man who started screaming a few minutes after takeoff and began smashing at an oxygen mask box and then a cabin window, before pushing flight attendants aside and rushing toward the cockpit, the AP reports. Associated Press... More »

She Went to Use the Toilet. She Opened the Wrong Door

Passenger on Pakistan International Airline pulled open emergency exit door by mistake

(Newser) - Passengers booked on a Pakistan International Airlines flight to Islamabad were likely a little grumpy Friday night after one of their own erred while trying to use the bathroom—except it wasn't the bathroom. Gulf News reports the incident happened at the UK's Manchester Airport, when a female... More »

He Had a Window Seat. The Dog Lunged From the Middle: Suit

Suit says he bled so much after attack on Delta flight 'entire row of seats had to be removed'

(Newser) - A Delta flight Marlin Jackson took in June 2017 from Atlanta to San Diego ended up being a horrific one, he claims—and now he's suing the airline and another passenger for negligence after an animal attack he says caused him "severe physical pain and suffering," as... More »

246 Bags of Cocaine Found in Dead Passenger

Plane made emergency landing after he had seizure

(Newser) - A Japanese man returning to his homeland from Colombia with 246 bags of cocaine inside him died en route. Authorities in Mexico say the man, identified as 42-year-old "Udo N," began having a seizure after the Aeromexico flight from Bogota to Tokyo made a stopover in Mexico City,... More »

Passenger Jumps to Tarmac, Fleeing Police, After Jet Lands

Man was unruly during flight, police say

(Newser) - A passenger jumped from an airliner onto the tarmac after his flight landed in Phoenix, police say, after officers met the flight at the crew's request. The man, 25, had been disruptive on the Friday flight from Minneapolis, the Arizona Republic reports. He had been randomly touching the faces... More »

Weird Flight: Passenger Jet Has Only One Passenger

Lithuanian man experienced a strange flight to Italy

(Newser) - Legroom was not an issue here. A Lithuanian man had the weird experience of flying to Italy on a huge passenger jet—as the only passenger. By the AP's count, the Boeing 737-800—a different model than the 737s of recent controversy —had all of eight people aboard:... More »

Airplane 'Creep' Stymied by Female Passengers

Canadian reporter, other women intervened after they say they witnessed man harassing teen girl

(Newser) - A Canadian reporter noticed a disturbing incident involving a teen girl on a recent plane ride—and her intervention, along with that of other female passengers, helped the young lady out of an uncomfortable situation. Per the CBC , Joanna Chiu, the Star's Vancouver bureau chief, was on a flight... More »

Pilot Touches Down in the Wrong Country

British Airways jet received a bogus flight plan, ended up in Scotland, not Germany

(Newser) - A British Airways flight from London to Germany went to Scotland instead, a mistake that no one realized until the plane was on the ground. Passengers were shocked, the Scotsman reports, as was the crew. "The pilot said he had no idea how it had happened," a passenger... More »

Flight Turns Back After Mom Forgets Baby

'Can we come back or what?' pilot asked

(Newser) - Flights don't tend to turn back just because a passenger left something behind in the waiting area—but it's a different story when the forgotten item is a baby. A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur had to turn around Saturday after a woman told... More »

Man's Airport Relapse Leads to $16K Fuel Bill

Judge acknowledges 'some sympathy' for David Stephen Young

(Newser) - "One has to feel some sympathy for the accused," a Canadian judge said Tuesday before ordering an unruly WestJet passenger to pay $16,000 in wasted fuel costs as a result of a rerouted flight. David Stephen Young of Britain had been sober for 18 months when the... More »

Man Gets 9 Years for 'Brazen' Sexual Assault on Plane

Ramamoorthy will be deported after sentence

(Newser) - An Indian citizen has been sentenced to nine years in prison for what prosecutors in Michigan called one of "the most brazen airplane sexual assaults ever prosecuted in this district." Prabhu Ramamoorthy, a 35-year-old tech worker, was found guilty in August of sexually assaulting the woman next to... More »

Man Sues Airlines After 'Humiliating Public Spectacle'

Actor got pinky finger stuck in armrest

(Newser) - An actor who suffered what he says was a painful and humiliating experience on a flight from Reno to Los Angeles is suing American Airlines and SkyWest. Stephen Keys says one of his pinky fingers became stuck in an armrest for almost an hour on the September flight, USA Today... More »

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 »

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