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US Airways Makes Final Flight

Flight 1939 was named after founding year

(Newser) - The final US Airways flight has landed in Philadelphia, completing the last leg of its round-trip journey. The Airbus A321 landed at Philadelphia International Airport at 5:54am Saturday after departing from San Francisco at 1:07am as a red-eye flight. The plane is Flight 1939, named for the airline'... More »

Airline Boots Anxious Pig From Plane

'Emotional support animal' was anything but

(Newser) - Time for the when-pigs-fly jokes. A pig was ordered off a US Airways plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut this week after crewmembers determined that the animal had become disruptive, says an airline spokeswoman. The pig had been brought aboard the flight by a passenger as an "emotional... More »

Army Vet Can't Hang Jacket in First-Class Closet

US Airways apologizes after passengers slam treatment on flight

(Newser) - US Airways is trying to contain a PR mess over what passengers on a flight saw as a flagrant insult to an Army vet. As WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC, reports, it started simply enough when First Sgt. Albert Marle asked a flight attendant if he could hang his heavily decorated... More »

Barred From Plane, Violinist Plays Bach on Tarmac

Zach De Pue gets revenge in perfect fashion

(Newser) - When US Airways wouldn't let a classically trained violinist bring his violin aboard a plane, he responded in appropriate fashion: He played Bach on the tarmac in protest. More precisely, Zach de Pue of the trio Times for Three played Bach's Prelude from the Sonata in E Major... More »

Loads of Kids Now Tweeting Fake Bomb Threats to Airline

And other airline-related Twitter woes

(Newser) - Thanks to the 14-year-old Dutch girl arrested after tweeting a fake terrorism threat to American Airlines, fake Twitter threats are apparently now a thing. The Washington Post reports that dozens more teens (well, they're assumed to be teens, and many have usernames like "@ddlovatosteddy" and "@MileyFawLife")... More »

Plane's Nose Gear Collapses in Philly

All 149 passengers safe after airport emergency

(Newser) - All 149 passengers and five crew members are safe but shaken after a terrifying aborted takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport last night. Airline officials say the pilot of US Airways 1702, which was destined for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was forced to abort takeoff when a tire blew out and the... More »

Passengers Save Baby Who Stopped Breathing on Plane

One happened to be a CPR instructor

(Newser) - A little relief from all the depressing air-travel news this week: Two passengers helped save the life of a baby who had stopped breathing aboard a US Airways flight, reports KTVK . According to others on the flight from Tampa to Phoenix, the drama began when a woman began screaming that... More »

Fliers Rebel After Blind Man, Dog Booted Off Flight

All passengers walk off US Airways flight

(Newser) - An amazing show of solidarity on a US Airways Express flight Wednesday night: After a flight attendant made a blind man and his guide dog exit the plane, all the other passengers exited with them in protest. The flight attendant was upset because the guide dog, Doxy, wouldn't stay... More »

Feds to Let American, US Airways Merge

World's biggest airline will give up runway space, flights in key cities

(Newser) - The feds have agreed to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, a move that will create the world's biggest airline. The Justice Department agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at Washington's Reagan National Airport and in other big cities, and... More »

DOJ, States Sue to Block US Air-American Merger

Lawsuit filed in federal court

(Newser) - The Justice Department and a number of US state attorneys general are challenging the proposed $11 billion merger between US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corp. A lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington, DC, seeks to prevent the companies from making the deal in order... More »

Flier Won't Get Off Phone, Is Dragged Off Plane

Lindsay Bien-aime allegedy kicks deputy in the groin in the process

(Newser) - Another attempt to stay on the phone during takeoff did not end well for an airplane passenger Sunday. Lindsay Bien-aime allegedly refused to comply with multiple orders from the US Airways crew on the Fort Lauderdale-Charlotte flight to end her conversation, so the plane was forced to stop taxiing to... More »

Judge Balks at CEO Payout in American Airlines Merger

He approves deal but won't sign off on $20M severance

(Newser) - A bankruptcy judge today signed off on a proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways that would create the world's biggest airline, but he's not quite ready to approve a fat severance package for outgoing American CEO Tom Horton, reports the Wall Street Journal . The two companies... More »

French Guy Poses as Pilot, Makes It to Cockpit

Based solely on his ... Air France T-shirt?

(Newser) - Apparently Philippe Jernnard thought that donning an Air France shirt and a leather jacket with epaulets on its shoulders would be enough to let him pass as a pilot. Alas, it was not, but it did get him all the way to the cockpit of a US Airways flight before... More »

American, US Airways to Create No. 1 Airline

Boards to announce merger tomorrow, says AP

(Newser) - American Airlines and US Airways will merge and create the world's biggest airline. The boards of both companies approved the merger late today, according to three people close to the situation. The carrier keeps the American Airlines name but will be run by US Airways CEO Doug Parker. American'... More »

American, US Air Close In on Merger

New firm would be world's biggest airline

(Newser) - The world could soon have a new biggest airline. American Airlines' parent AMR and US Airways are ironing out a merger that would surpass national leader United Continental in traffic, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal . The merger, part of American's path out of bankruptcy, could create a firm... More »

American Updates Logo, Look of Planes

Move comes amid bankruptcy

(Newser) - American Airlines is still in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings, but at least it's got a new look. The airline showed off the first plane bearing a new paint design at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport today. The familiar red, white, and blue stripes along the side of the fuselage... More »

Ex-Lover's Bomb Hoax Forced Plane U-Turn: Cops

Let's just say Christopher Shell did not have a happy birthday

(Newser) - An apparently bitter ex-girlfriend is to blame for the US Airways flight that was forced to make an emergency turnaround after taking off from Philadelphia yesterday after she cooked up a bomb threat, law enforcement authorities report. A man called on her behalf to report that the woman's former... More »

Birthday Prank Gets Flight Diverted

Happy 29th, Christopher Shell

(Newser) - A seriously ill-advised birthday prank may have resulted in a US Airways flight being diverted this morning. The flight took off for Dallas from Philadelphia but was diverted back to Philadelphia, where it was parked in a remote area of the airport and a man was taken off the plane... More »

FAA Fire, Storms Snarl Travel in Northeast

Delays, cancellations could continue through the weekend

(Newser) - Storms around the Northeast and a fire in a FAA technical center in New Jersey combined to create some brutal travel chaos yesterday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Delta canceled 321 flights in and out of New York alone, US Airways had 46 mainline and more than 200 Express flight cancellations... More »

Woman's Claim of Implanted Device Diverts Plane

Authorities say there was never a threat to safety

(Newser) - A US Airways flight from Paris to North Carolina was diverted to Maine after a woman claimed to have a device implanted in her body. Authorities have since determined that she posed "basically no threat," but the flight was halted "out of an abundance of caution,"... More »

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