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Americans Shrug Off CDC Pleas to Stay Home

Millions of plane tickets were already bought

(Newser) - Millions of Americans bought tickets to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving before the nation's top public health agency pleaded with them not to travel for the holiday, the AP reports. So what are they doing now? In many cases, they're still crowding airports and boarding planes. That's despite... More »

Who Opens a New Airport During a Pandemic? This City

Berlin's Brandenburg Airport is almost a decade late and $4.6B over budget, but it's finally here

(Newser) - Having a grand opening for an airport in the middle of a pandemic may seem odd, but for Germany's newest travel hub, it's been a long time coming—14 years, to be exact. That's how long it's taken to complete Berlin's Brandenburg Airport, which was... More »

Australia: Women From 10 Flights Had 'Invasive' Exams in Qatar

Qatar is apologizing after search for abandoned newborn went awry

(Newser) - A baby was born and abandoned at an airport in Doha, Qatar, and now officials are apologizing over their controversial attempt to find the mother amid the revelation that there may have been more women involved than initially reported. After a newborn girl was found Oct. 2 in a trash... More »

This Airport Is Getting COVID-Sniffing Dogs

'It's a very promising method,' Finnish researchers say

(Newser) - The new coronavirus test at Finland's main international airport delivers results in less than 10 seconds—and has four paws. Helsinki Airport has deployed a team of dogs trained to sniff out the coronavirus as part the first large-scale trial of the the method, the Washington Post reports. "... More »

Authorities Couldn't Find This Guy—Until He Lost His Temper

Marcus Catalin Rosu is accused of 'skimming' from ATMs

(Newser) - If only Marcus Catalin Rosu had kept his cool. The California man's blow-up at an airport car rental eventually led to his arrest for alleged "skimming"—a fraud issue that plagues the ATM industry, the New York Times reports. Authorities say Rosu, 39, had been riding his... More »

Positive COVID Test Causes Delays at World's Busiest Airport

Atlanta checkpoint was closed for deep cleaning

(Newser) - Despite sharply reduced passenger numbers during the pandemic, there were long lines at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Wednesday after a TSA screener tested positive for COVID-19. The main security checkpoint at the airport was shut down for a biohazard cleaning and travelers were directed to a smaller checkpoint, Fox reports.... More »

1971 Racist Comments Again Have Airport's Name in Play

John Wayne advocated white supremacy in interview

(Newser) - "I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility," actor John Wayne said in a 1971 interview. Those views—and quite a few others—are catching up to him. The Democratic Party of Orange County wants Wayne's name removed from the... More »

Airline Flies to Italy, Forgets to See if Airport Is Open

After 'sightseeing tour,' Eurowings took 2 passengers back to Germany

(Newser) - A plane carried passengers from Germany to Italy before turning around midair because its intended airport is closed until next month. A spokesperson for German airline Eurowings confirmed the Saturday mix-up, which played out over four hours, per CNN . Flight EW9844 set off from Düsseldorf, intending to make the... More »

The Feds Investigate Harrison Ford

The aviation enthusiast apparently misheard a control-tower message

(Newser) - "You know, sometimes I amaze even myself." Han Solo's iconic line didn't quite apply Friday when Harrison Ford flirted with disaster on a Southern California runway, the Daily News reports. The 77-year-old actor apparently misheard the control tower operator at Hawthorne Airport and crossed a runway... More »

Throng Welcomes Missionaries at Airport, Angering Officials

Hundreds gathered to meet family members returning because of pandemic

(Newser) - Hundreds of people gathered in an airport parking garage on Sunday to welcome 1,500 missionaries home from the Philippines, often with hugs. Sen. Mitt Romney, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Salt Lake International Airport and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have asked that they not do it... More »

Plane Skids Off Runway, Breaks Into Pieces

Pegasus Airlines flight was arriving at Istanbul airport; one dead, 157 hurt

(Newser) - A plane skidded off the runway Wednesday as it tried to land in Istanbul, crashing into a field and breaking into pieces. Passengers had to evacuate through cracks in the smashed plane and authorities said more than 100 people were sent to the hospital with injuries, the AP reports. CNN... More »

Ghosn, Hidden in Box, Exploited Airport Security Flaw

There was no mandatory check on luggage for private planes

(Newser) - Reports that Carlos Ghosn escaped Japan in a musical instrument box were pretty close to the truth. The former Nissan executive facing charges of financial wrongdoing hid in a large black box designed for concert equipment, with breathing holes poked in the bottom, reports the Wall Street Journal , citing sources... More »

Beijing Opens Its 2nd International Airport

Daxing is meant to handle 72M passengers a year

(Newser) - President Xi Jinping on Wednesday inaugurated a second international airport for the Chinese capital with the world's biggest terminal ahead of celebrations of the Communist Party's 70th anniversary in power. Beijing Daxing International Airport is designed to handle 72 million passengers a year. Located on the capital's... 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 »

Here's What Remains of Hong Kong's Airport Sit-In

Airport Authority granted temporary injunction

(Newser) - Pro-democracy protesters were confined to the sidelines Wednesday as flights resumed at Hong Kong's busy international airport. "Check-in counters were open and flights appeared to be operating normally," though some three dozen protesters remained camped in the airport's arrivals area, per the AP . Per the BBC... More »

At Hong Kong Airport, a 2nd Day of Chaos

Departing flights canceled once again due to pro-democracy protesters

(Newser) - Pro-democracy protests have shut down Hong Kong International Airport again , resulting in flight check-ins being canceled for the second day in a row and the city's mayor calling the scene a "dangerous situation," the BBC reports. "Terminal operations ... have been seriously disrupted as a result of... More »

Massive Protest Shuts Down One of World's Busiest Airports

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters stage sit-in

(Newser) - One of the world's busiest airports canceled all flights after thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters crowded into the main terminal Monday afternoon. Hong Kong International Airport said in a statement that the demonstration "seriously disrupted" airport operations. Hong Kong has experienced more than two months of mass... More »

Boy, 2, Swept Away Down Airport Conveyor Belt

Toddler got behind an unstaffed airline counter and onto the luggage belt

(Newser) - A terrifying few minutes for a mother in Atlanta Monday afternoon—as well as for her 2-year-old son, who spent those five minutes or so getting swept away by a baggage conveyor belt at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Edith Vega says she set Lorenzo down for just a moment... 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 »

Baby Abandoned at Airport in 1986 Tracks Down Father

Steven Hydes also found his birth mother, but there's some sad news with that

(Newser) - "Gatwick Gary" has found his biological parents. It's the end of what the New York Daily News calls a "long and emotional journey" for 33-year-old Steven Hydes, a UK man who was discovered in 1986 as a 10-day-old newborn in the ladies' room at Gatwick Airport near... More »

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