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After Flight, Senator Slams Airline: 'Incredibly Irresponsible'

Trip on American spurs Jeff Merkley to introduce bill keeping middle seats from being filled in pandemic

(Newser) - Jeff Merkley flew on American Airlines last week, and he wasn't happy with how his flight went—specifically, on how crowded it was in the midst of the pandemic. "How many Americans will die bc you fill middle seats, w/ your customers shoulder to shoulder, hour after hour,... More »

Think Flying Was Bad Before? Try Flying During Pandemic

'Surreal' and 'dystopian,' writes McKay Coppins, who detailed his experience for the 'Atlantic'

(Newser) - "Why did I think flying would be easy right now?" That was the question a frustrated McKay Coppins asked himself late last month when he took his first flight since the pandemic shut down the US. As he documents for the Atlantic , Coppins was initially excited at the thought... More »

Flying Into Boston, a 'Remarkable Delivery'

Robert Kraft sent New England Patriots plane to China to pick up 1.2M N95 masks

(Newser) - Massachusetts just saw its largest one-day spike in coronavirus cases yet: more than 1,000 reports on Wednesday, bringing the state's total to over 7,700, with more than 120 dead, per Politico . With an expected surge of cases expected in the state in mid-April, Gov. Charlie Baker has... More »

Virus 'Challenge' Includes Licking Plane's Toilet Seat, Boomer Rant

Ava Louise admits she's looking for a record deal, reality show on her 'messy life'

(Newser) - In times of a viral outbreak , why not make a viral video? That was the thought process of TikTok user Ava Louise, who once appeared on Dr. Phil's show as a rebellious teen and confessed, "I want to have purpose and meaning." The self-proclaimed Instagram influencer tried... More »

The Plane Just Missed Her Home: 'Truly a Miracle'

Father, son, and Labrador retriever heading to Fla. for spring break walk away from accident unscathed

(Newser) - A father and son's vacation was marred right from the get-go when their plane just missed a Florida airport runway and crashed into a tree in a local homeowner's yard. Per the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office , 47-year-old Jason Dougherty and his son Caleb, 22, both from Kansas,... More »

New Boeing Jetliner Takes Off and Lands

The 777X could help revive the struggling company

(Newser) - Finally, good news for Boeing: Its new jetliner took off, flew, and landed without a hitch. A crowd watched the Boeing 777X (also called the 777-9 and 777-9X) complete its maiden flight north of Seattle on Saturday morning, Reuters reports. But the world's biggest twin-engined jetliner still requires FAA... More »

It Was His First Time Flying. His 'Good Luck' Coins Backfired

Lu Chao fined $17K for throwing coins in plane's engine before Lucky Air flight in China

(Newser) - Throwing coins into a fountain is often considered lucky; tossing them anywhere else could get dicey. Lu Chao of China found that out quickly after the first-time flier threw a handful of yuan coins into the engine of his Lucky Air plane in February of last year as he was... More »

Cops: Teen Girl Stole Plane, Took It Out for a Joyride

17-year-old arrested at Fresno Yosemite International Airport in California after crashing

(Newser) - Teen goes for joyride, crashes into a fence—not all that odd of a story, until you consider the fact that the joyride in question was taken in an airplane. Police in Fresno, California, arrested a 17-year-old girl Wednesday morning after she crashed the plane in question into a fence... More »

Boeing Responds to 'Granted I Suck' Text Messages

Mark Forkner warned that the plane's automated MCAS system was 'egregious'

(Newser) - Boeing says it regrets concerns raised about internal communications it recently handed over to Congress and federal regulators that are investigating two deadly crashes of the company's 737 Max airplanes, the AP reports. The company said in a statement Sunday it's unfortunate that messages between co-workers it turned... More »

First-Time Student to Traffic Control: My Teacher's Out Cold

Max Sylvester tries to land a Cessna two-seater in Australia

(Newser) - A flying lesson took a chilling turn Saturday when the flight instructor passed out on his student pilot in mid-air, ABC News Australia reports. "He's leaning over my shoulder, I'm trying to keep him up but he keeps falling down," Max Sylvester told traffic control at... More »

They Heard a 'Dog' in the Plane's Belly. Then a Voice Asked for Water

Officials bust alleged stowaway in Miami on Swift Air flight from Havana

(Newser) - It sounded like a dog in the cargo hold of the Swift Air plane from Havana that had just landed in Miami early Friday. Then: "I'm not a dog." The voice from the belly of the private charter plane, officials say, was that of a Cuban stowaway,... More »

'I Don't Know How a Person Can Survive a Fall Like That'

Skydiver hurt but expected to live after chute doesn't open during 5,000-foot plummet

(Newser) - She fell nearly 5,000 feet to the ground from a plane during a skydiving jump after her parachute failed to open, but by some "miracle," a 30-year-old woman in Canada is still alive, with non-life-threatening injuries. "I don't know how a person can survive a... More »

Cops: Student's Fall Out of Plane Was Intentional

Pilot, passenger struggled to hold onto Alana Cutland, 19, over Madagascar: cops

(Newser) - A British student at Cambridge who was studying crabs along the Madagascar shoreline for an internship has plummeted to her death from a plane, and authorities say it looks like it wasn't an accident. The Sun reports Alana Cutland, 19, fell from the Cessna-style light aircraft last week as... More »

The Plane Prepped for Takeoff. Then, a Man From the Bushes

Passengers on Azman Air flight in Nigeria filled with 'fear and panic' as man climbs onto wing

(Newser) - "Fear and panic" is how Africanews describes the mood in the cabin of an Azman Air flight in Nigeria on Friday, though the odd happening ended with no one getting hurt. CNN reports the incident took place in the domestic section of Murtala Muhammed International airport in the nation'... More »

Woman Hit With 6-Figure Bill Over Plane Behavior

Jet2 accuses Chloe Haines of a 'catalog of aggressive, abusive, dangerous behavior'

(Newser) - A sonic boom created by two Royal Air Force Typhoon fighters who rushed to a Jet2 plane in June alarmed Londoners . Now, a second boom, in the form of a $105,000 bill handed to the woman who triggered that response. CNN reports Chloe Haines has also been banned for... More »

They Were Flying From NY to London. Then, Smoke

Fire on Virgin Atlantic flight may have been caused by phone charger

(Newser) - Passengers had just settled in for the flight over the ocean from New York to London when they found out they were touching down on the wrong side of the Atlantic: in Boston. The BBC and AP report the Virgin Atlantic plane bound for Heathrow out of JFK was forced... More »

MH370, 5 Years Later: 'The Riddle May Not Be Deep'

'Atlantic' follows detective work of 'beachcomber' Blaine Gibson, wonders what Malaysian cops know

(Newser) - It's been more than five years since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and it doesn't seem we're much closer to knowing where it is now than we were immediately after the plane with 239 on board vanished on March 8,... More »

5 Years After MH17 Was Shot Down, Murder Charges

3 Russians, one Ukrainian are named

(Newser) - MH17 was downed over the Ukraine on July 17, 2014, while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Now, the first criminal charges in the case. The BBC reports international arrest warrants have been issued for Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy, and Oleg Pulatov of Russia and Leonid Kharchenko of the... More »

Boeing CEO Uses the Word 'Mistake'

But Dennis Muilenburg says the company will be 'better and stronger'

(Newser) - The chief executive of Boeing said the company made a "mistake" in handling a problematic cockpit warning system in its 737 Max jets before two crashes of the top-selling plane killed 346 people, and he promised transparency as the US aircraft maker tries to get the grounded model back... 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 »

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