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Airline Shrugged Off Social-Distancing Rules

According to flight attendants who say 11 passengers were forced into 3 rows

(Newser) - Some bad press for American Airlines: Three flight attendants tell Mother Jones they were forced to keep 11 passengers—the only ones on board—confined to the last three rows despite social-distancing rules. "The reasoning behind it is, well, they bought basic economy fares, so we can't put... More »

Cops: Guy Attacked Flight Attendant, Tried to Storm Cockpit

'If he did actually get into that cockpit, Lord knows what would have happened'

(Newser) - Passengers on a flight into New Jersey from DC had a scare as the United Express plane started to land in Newark on Thursday evening, reports NBC New York . Passenger Mike Egbert says that Matthew Dingley got up and went into a "full sprint" toward the cockpit, ramming into... More »

Airline Backs Flight Attendant Will.i.am Accused of Racism

Qantas says it was a 'misunderstanding'

(Newser) - Will.i.am says he was singled out by an "overly aggressive" Qantas flight attendant because he is black. The Australian airline says it was all a "misunderstanding"—and it will support the attendant if she wants to take legal action against him. The Black Eyed Peas... More »

Attendant Makes Incredible Accusation Against 2 Pilots

Renee Steinaker is suing Southwest Airlines

(Newser) - Flying Southwest? You might be on candid camera. A Southwest Airlines attendant claims she saw two pilots watching livestream video of the plane's lavatory during a 2017 flight, USA Today reports. In a lawsuit, Renee Steinaker says she noticed the livestream on a cockpit iPad while the captain took... More »

Fliers: Flight Attendant So Drunk We Had to Do Her Seat Belt

Passengers say she passed out after slurring her words in security announcement

(Newser) - A flight attendant was charged with criminal public intoxication after showing up for work so drunk that passengers say they had to fasten her seat belt. Passengers on the Aug. 2 United Express flight from Chicago to South Bend, which was operated by Air Wisconsin, say 49-year-old Julianne March bumped... More »

Union Calls for Change After Support Dog Bites Flight Attendant

American Airlines attendant needed 5 stitches

(Newser) - An American Airlines flight attendant needed five stitches after an emotional support dog bit him on the hand, the airline says. American did not disclose what kind of dog was involved in the incident Monday on a flight from Dallas to North Carolina, USA Today reports. The flight attendant's... More »

Delta Flight Attendants: Uniforms Causing Big Issues

Joining their American Airlines counterparts, Delta staffers say new garb causes rashes, hair loss

(Newser) - American Airlines has already pumped more than $1 million into toxicological tests to see why its recently introduced flight attendant uniforms are causing what appear to be allergic reactions . Now Delta is joining the itchy fray, with that airline's flight attendants saying their own uniforms have been leading to... More »

ICE Grabs 'Dreamer' Flight Attendant

Selene Saavedra Roman is held for over 5 weeks

(Newser) - A Texas flight attendant who was enrolled in the government's program for "Dreamers" flew to Mexico for work and was stopped by immigration authorities who forced her to spend more than a month in detention, her attorney said. Selene Saavedra Roman, 28, who immigrated illegally to the US... More »

They Say Their Layover at the Beach Turned Into a Nightmare

Jane Does 1 and 2 are suing JetBlue, 2 pilots after allegedly being drugged, raped

(Newser) - The women sipped from a can of beer, and the "rest of the night became a blur." So reads a lawsuit filed Monday by two JetBlue flight attendants, who claim they were drugged and one of them sexually assaulted—by JetBlue pilots. The suit describes Jane Doe 1... More »

Flight Attendant Dies During Flight From Hawaii

Emile Griffith apparently suffered a heart attack

(Newser) - Flight attendants had a stressful month as the government shutdown dragged on, and now there's further sorrow within their ranks. USA Today and the New York Post report that Emile Griffith died during a Hawaiian Airlines flight Thursday from Honolulu to New York, causing the plane to be diverted... More »

Devoted Dad's Christmas Gift Went the Extra Mile High

Flight attendant's father hopped on bunch of flights so she wouldn't have to spend holiday alone

(Newser) - Not everyone can get home for the holidays, especially if they have to work, but Pierce Vaughan's father decided he would bring home to her while she was on the clock. Per WXIA , the Delta flight attendant was on the schedule for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, meaning... More »

Airline Sued Over Flight Attendant Brawl

American Airlines worker says she was dragged down the aisle by her scarf

(Newser) - In an incident that somehow failed to become a viral video, an American Airlines flight attendant was dragged down the aisle by her scarf during a clash with another flight attendant, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. In the lawsuit, Kathy Ida Wolfe claims Laura Powers "maliciously... More »

Flight Attendant Helps Passenger by Breastfeeding

Patrisha Organo writes, "I felt a pinch in my heart"

(Newser) - Anyone who's griped about airline service, check this out—a flight attendant who says she breastfed a passenger's baby. The attendant, Patrisha Organo, heard the infant crying on a recent Philippine Airlines flight and asked if the mother was okay, CNN reports. "Teary-eyed, she told me that... More »

Flight Attendants at Higher Risk for Many Types of Cancer

Researchers think it could be due to carcinogen exposure

(Newser) - Unfortunate news for flight attendants: A new study finds that they suffer from higher rates of many types of cancer than the general population. The researchers compared data from more than 5,300 flight attendants who completed a health survey to about 2,700 non-flight-attendants with similar income and educational... More »

Airline's Female Crew Don't Have to Wear Skirts Anymore

Pants-based victory for Cathay Pacific's female flight attendants

(Newser) - No longer able to skirt the issue, one of Asia's largest airlines will allow its female flight attendants to wear pants, the Guardian reports. According to the BBC , female flight attendants for Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific had been required to wear short skirts since the airline's founding in... More »

Secret Gov't Airline Needs Someone to Fly to Area 51

You'll need top secret security clearance, of course

(Newser) - Looking for an exciting new employment opportunity? A secret airline tasked with delivering people to some of the most closely guarded locations in the US apparently has an opening. Janet Airlines—a classified government airline USA Today notes "sort of doesn't exist"—is seeking a Las Vegas-based... More »

Passengers Cheer for Pilot's Very Special Preflight Speech

Jon Emerson proposed to his flight attendant girlfriend right before takeoff

(Newser) - Call it the tamer (and more romantic) version of the Mile High Club, before the plane even left the ground. The Independent reports on an airline pilot who decided to surprise his flight attendant girlfriend, who works with him, two days before Christmas. As Jon Emerson, 24, gave passengers weather,... 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 »

First-Class Passenger Assaults Flight Attendant

Incident happened 45 minutes into flight

(Newser) - A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Beijing returned to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Thursday night after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant, officials say. Sea-Tac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says the incident happened on Delta flight 129, KOMO reports. Cooper says a man in first class assaulted a flight attendant... More »

'Patient Zero,' Who Brought AIDS to Our Shores, Actually Didn't

Canadian was just one of many early cases

(Newser) - The French Canadian flight attendant dubbed "Patient Zero" in the AIDS epidemic in North America was no such thing, researchers say. In a study published in the journal Nature , researchers analyzed HIV genomes and determined that the virus came to the US from Haiti around 1971 and had already... More »

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