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United Pilot, Wife Die in Honeymoon Plane Crash

Small plane crashed in Rocky Mountains

(Newser) - United Airilines is mourning two employees who died in a private plane crash on their way home from their honeymoon. Pilot and flight instructor Costas John Sivyllis, 30, was killed along with flight attendant Lindsey Vogelaar, 33, when their Beechcraft Bonanza crashed just outside Telluride, Colorado, on Monday, USA Today... More »

Pilots Sidestep 3,800 Layoffs

Federal pandemic aid expires Thursday

(Newser) - Pilots at United Airlines voted to approve an agreement that will avoid about 2,850 furloughs that were to take effect this week and another 1,000 early next year. Airline officials said Monday that the agreement will reduce involuntary job cuts to fewer than 12,000 if Congress fails... More »

United: OK, We'll Drop That $200 Change Fee

CEO says airline is listening to customers

(Newser) - United Airlines says it listened to customers and is dropping an unpopular $200 fee for most people who change a ticket for travel within the United States, the AP reports. “When we hear from customers about where we can improve, getting rid of fees is often the top request,... More »

'Gut Punch: United Is Sending 36K Layoff Notices

Up to 45% of US staff could be laid off

(Newser) - United Airlines will send layoff warnings to 36,000 employees—nearly half its US staff—in the clearest signal yet of how deeply the pandemic is hurting the airline industry. The outlook for a recovery in air travel has dimmed in just the past two weeks with rising infection rates... More »

United Steps Up Face Mask Policy

Refusal to comply could result in flight ban

(Newser) - If you refuse to wear a face mask on a United Airlines flight, the airline is going to refuse to let you on another one of its planes. The airline says that as of Thursday, people who ignore its mandatory mask policy will be placed on an "internal travel... More »

NFL Player: I Was Sexually Assaulted on a United Flight

2 men say attendants ignored their complaints

(Newser) - An NFL player and a second man say they were sexually harassed and assaulted during a late-night flight—and United Airlines flight attendants failed to take their complaints seriously. In a lawsuit filed Monday, the player, identified only as John Doe 1, says he was on a flight from Los... More »

United Issues Change After Doctor's Tweets

Airline will inform passengers when planes are almost full

(Newser) - United Airlines announced last month that it would keep the middle seats empty in its aircraft to allow for social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But that's not what Dr. Ethan Weiss found when he boarded his flight from Newark to San Francisco on Saturday. The associate professor at... More »

United Airlines to Staff: You May Want to Leave Voluntarily

Airline warns it will be cutting staff come October

(Newser) - Airlines are not doing well amid the coronavirus pandemic—and in a memo recently sent to staffers, United Airlines' COO is urging employees to consider voluntarily separating from the company, CNN reports. "You may want to seriously consider if you're in a position to take a voluntary separation,... 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 »

Woman Stung by Scorpion on United Air Flight

Passenger taken to hospital after being stung aboard flight out of San Francisco

(Newser) - You can't always get a free checked bag on a domestic flight, but increasingly you can get a complimentary scorpion sting : A woman on a San Francisco to Atlanta flight went to the plane's bathroom after feeling a "stinging sensation" on her leg, when out dropped a... More »

City of Denver to Pony Up for Wrongfully Arrested Nude Pilot

Andrew Collins may still sue airport hotel after indecent exposure charges were dropped

(Newser) - Andrew Collins has long insisted he did nothing wrong by standing naked at his hotel window overlooking Denver International Airport—and now, his lawyer says, it's payback time for the trouble he's endured since. NBC News reports the city of Denver has settled with Collins and will pay... More »

Florida-Bound Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Jersey

Crew smelled smoke on United Airlines flight just minutes after takeoff

(Newser) - A United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at a New Jersey airport after the crew reported smelling smoke in the cockpit. Officials say Flight 800 had departed from Newark Liberty International Airport early Monday and was headed for Orlando, Fla., when the problem arose, per the... More »

Boeing 737 Max Could Be Back in the Sky Come January

Per a new American Airlines filing with the SEC

(Newser) - All Boeing 737 Max aircraft were grounded after two crashes involving the jets over the past year killed a total of 346 people. But come January, the planes will likely be in the air again. American Airlines announced in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Wednesday that two software... More »

Plane Makes Emergency Landing for Odd Reason

Passenger gets stuck in plane lavatory

(Newser) - A United Airlines jet had to make an emergency landing in Denver Wednesday night, but the emergency in question only applied to one person. Flight 1554 from Washington, DC, to San Francisco made the unscheduled stop "to assist a customer who was in the lavatory when the lavatory door... More »

184 Survived 'Non-Survivable' Plane Crash, Thanks to Him

'Humble' hero, former United Airlines pilot Al Haynes has died

(Newser) - Al Haynes was credited with saving 184 lives, but up to his death Sunday in Seattle at age 87, he continually shrugged off the label of hero. Haynes—the pilot of United Airlines Flight 232, which crash-landed in Iowa on July 19, 1989, killing 112 of 296 passengers and crew—... 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 »

Plane Blows Tires, Skids Down Runway

But passengers in Newark only suffer light injuries

(Newser) - Authorities say a plane blew tires while landing at Newark Liberty International Airport, sending it skidding on the runway before coming to a halt, the AP reports. United Airlines says Flight 627 from Denver was landing at 1pm Saturday with 166 passengers when the tires blew. United spokesman Robert Einhorn... More »

Here Are the Main US Airlines, Ranked

Alaska Airlines comes in at No. 1 overall, and it's also the safest

(Newser) - While it always feels like a win to score a cheap plane ticket, price isn't the only factor that makes an airline desirable. WalletHub looked at the nine biggest domestic airlines, plus three regional carriers, examining four categories: safety; incidents involving animals; in-flight comfort and cost; and baggage, departures,... More »

Without Scooter Batteries, Vacation Was 'Humiliating'

Passenger unable to use scooter seeks damages

(Newser) - Stearn Hodge was on his way to a vacation celebrating his 43rd wedding anniversary in 2017, he says, when a security agent at Calgary International Airport stopped him from taking the batteries for his scooter with him. Stearn Hodge lost his left arm and right leg in a workplace accident... More »

Man Dragged Off United Flight Gives First Interview

Dr. David Dao says he's glad the incident led to policy changes

(Newser) - Dr. David Dao, who was dragged from a United Airlines flight in a video that went viral, is speaking publicly for the first time since the April 2017 incident. He tells ABC News he doesn't fully remember being forcibly removed—after an airline employee told him the flight was... More »

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