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American Airlines Pilot Sees 'Missile Type of Thing'
American Airlines Pilot Sees
'Missile Type of Thing'
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American Airlines Pilot Sees 'Missile Type of Thing'

But there's no explanation so far for sighting over New Mexico

(Newser) - Among the things you never want to hear a pilot say to air traffic controllers: "We just had something go right over the top of us. I hate to say this—looked like a long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing moving really...

Test Domestic Passengers? Bad Idea, Say the Airlines

The CDC is 'actively looking at' such a rule

(Newser) - Health officials in the Biden administration have floated the idea of requiring passengers on domestic flights to show proof of a negative COVID test. On Thursday, executives of major airlines made clear they hate the idea. "A mistake" and a "real goat rodeo" were two of the quotes...

Airlines Add Up 2020 Losses, Saying '21 Doesn't Look So Hot
The 2020 Losses
Are In for Airlines

The 2020 Losses Are In for Airlines

Southwest finishes the year in the red for the first time in decades

(Newser) - Just how bad was 2020 for the airline industry? The six biggest US airlines lost $34 billion, and Southwest suffered its first full-year loss since Richard Nixon was president and gasoline sold for 36 cents a gallon. It was a disaster for airlines, worse than 9/11 or the global financial...

Boeing Max Is Back on US Route
Boeing Max Is
Back on US Route

Boeing Max Is Back on US Route

Plane was grounded last year after two crashes

(Newser) - American Airlines flew a Boeing 737 Max with paying passengers from Miami to New York on Tuesday, the plane's first commercial flight in US skies since it was grounded after two deadly crashes. American Flight 718 carried about 100 passengers, according to an airline spokeswoman, and landed Tuesday afternoon...

Boeing 737 Max Is Cleared for Takeoff

After fixes, issue with plane's nose 'can no longer happen'

(Newser) - Following two fatal crashes and 20 months on the ground, the Boeing 737 Max has been cleared to fly in the US. The FAA said Wednesday that a review process was complete and the plane could take to the skies—but only after necessary changes are made, pilots receive simulator...

YouTube Prank Gets Women Booted From Flight
2 Passengers Booted Off
Plane After First-Class Prank
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2 Passengers Booted Off Plane After First-Class Prank

Witness says woman squeezed under friend's seat before plane took off

(Newser) - An incident on an American Airlines flight got at least two passengers kicked off the plane, all supposedly in an effort to get views on YouTube. A witness to the incident last week in the first-class section of a flight headed from Dallas to Miami posted about it in the...

AA Flight Attendants to Bear Brunt of Big Job Cuts

American Airlines says a total of 19K 'involuntary reductions' will happen on Oct. 1

(Newser) - American Airlines said Tuesday it will eliminate 19,000 jobs in October as it struggles with a sharp downturn in travel because of the pandemic. Flight attendants will bear the heaviest cuts, with 8,100 losing their jobs. The furloughs and management layoffs announced Tuesday are in addition to 23,...

Airline Gets Involved After Ted Cruz Takes Off Mask

American says it will reach out to the senator to 'affirm the importance' of mask policy

(Newser) - After a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee operative aboard the same American Airlines flight as Ted Cruz on Sunday tweeted a picture of the senator apparently relaxing on the plane, sans mask, the airline said it would reach out to Cruz. American requires all passengers to wear face coverings during their...

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,...

American to Sell Out Planes If It Can

Social distancing doesn't work on planes, airline says

(Newser) - American Airlines will start booking flights to full capacity next week, ending any effort to promote social distancing on its planes while the US sets records for new reported cases of the coronavirus. American's move matches the policy of United Airlines but contrasts sharply with rivals that limit bookings...

Passenger Refuses to Wear Mask, Gets Kicked Off Plane

'This is insane,' says the passenger, conservative activist Brandon Straka

(Newser) - American Airlines started enforcing its mandatory face mask policy this week, much to the displeasure of conservative activist Brandon Straka. He was removed from a flight from New York to Dallas Wednesday after refusing to put a mask on and arguing with flight attendants who told him it was required,...

American Flight Attendants, Pilots Take Leaves or Retire

This isn't the way anyone planned to go, union says

(Newser) - Pilots and flight attendants have accepted American Airline's offers of voluntary leave or early retirement by the thousands. With air travel evaporated during the pandemic, more than 700 pilots took early retirement and 4,800 took a leave of one to six months. All include benefits, and many partial...

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...

Before We Bail Out Airlines, Let's Change the Rules

'NYT' columnist isn't shedding tears for the industry amid the coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - Nobody is using the word "bailout" yet, but it's just a matter of time before the government acts to shore up the US airline industry in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, writes Tim Wu in the New York Times . Not so fast, he adds. "As the...

2 Big Airlines Will Stop Flying to China

Delta, American are suspending flights

(Newser) - The coronavirus fallout continues. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines say they will stop flying to mainland China, reports CNBC . American's move is effectively immediately through at least March 27, though the airline will continue to fly into Hong Kong. Delta's suspension will begin Feb. 6 and run...

Union to American Airlines Pilots: Refuse to Go to China

Lawsuit filed on behalf of American Airlines pilots

(Newser) - The union representing 15,000 American Airlines pilots has told members they should refuse to fly to China during the coronavirus outbreak. In a lawsuit filed Thursday—before the State Department issued a Level 4 warning for China—the Allied Pilots Association requested a restraining order to halt flights between...

Airline Employee Stalked Passenger With Creepy Texts: Suit
Woman Boards Plane,
Gets Text: 'Want to
Sit Next to Me?'
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Woman Boards Plane, Gets Text: 'Want to Sit Next to Me?'

Ashley Barno accuses American Airlines of negligent hiring after enduring harassment

(Newser) - Ashley Barno was waiting to board an American Airlines flight from San Diego to Chicago when the texts flooded in. An unknown sender said hello, complimented Barno's appearance, and noted he'd been watching her at San Diego International. "You are looking very gorgeous in grey top today!...

Woman Fakes Medical Issue to Get Bigger Seat on Plane

She was detained after flight returned to Pensacola

(Newser) - A Florida woman thought faking a medical issue would get her a bigger seat on an American Airlines flight from Pensacola to Miami, authorities say. Instead, the Friday morning flight returned to Pensacola after the woman said she was having trouble breathing, officials tell NBC . The aircraft was evacuated after...

Guy Charged With Sex Assault on Plane

Man on Utah-bound flight also charged with public intoxication

(Newser) - A Utah man accused of groping another passenger on a Salt Lake City-bound American Airlines flight that diverted to Tulsa for his arrest has been charged with abusive sexual contact. The man, identified in court records as James Clayton Cholewinski-Boy, 32, was charged by federal prosecutors Friday. An FBI agent...

US Bars All Flights Into Cuba, With One Exception

Planes from United States can only go into Havana in new travel ban

(Newser) - If you'd planned to travel to Cuba, you still can—but only one of the country's 10 main airports will be open starting next month. Per CBS News , at the direction of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the US has banned all flights to the island nation, save...

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