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No Room on Jet for His Antique Violin. Then, a Great Idea

Giora Schmidt performs onboard after flight attendant rallies passengers to make room

(Newser) - Stories about airplanes and musicians with antique instruments often don't end well. Witness exhibit A from 2016. But Classic FM has a story that provides an antidote. It seems American-Israeli violinist Giora Schmidt just barely made his Delta flight to Cincinnati, and by the time he boarded, there was... More »

Weird Flight: Passenger Jet Has Only One Passenger

Lithuanian man experienced a strange flight to Italy

(Newser) - Legroom was not an issue here. A Lithuanian man had the weird experience of flying to Italy on a huge passenger jet—as the only passenger. By the AP's count, the Boeing 737-800—a different model than the 737s of recent controversy —had all of eight people aboard:... More »

This May Not Be a Great Day to Fly

Tech glitch hits major airlines early, though it's now resolved

(Newser) - Anyone trying to fly early Monday may have run into delays thanks to a tech glitch that affected major airlines. The glitch is now fixed, but the effects could ripple into flights through the day, reports USA Today . Airlines including Southwest, United, American, Delta, and JetBlue had to temporarily ground... More »

She Slapped Flight Attendant, Now Faces Serious Prison Time

Australia's Adau Mornyang, 24, could get 21 years after being convicted of assault

(Newser) - A 24-year-old Australian woman's flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles earlier this year might end up wrecking her life. Adau Akui Atem Mornyang could get up to 21 years in prison after being convicted of assaulting a flight attendant on her United Airlines flight in January, reports the Australian ... More »

Flight Is So Short They Joke About It. Not This Time

Police say teen grabbed control of Alaska plane, sent it on a steep dive

(Newser) - It's about as scary as it gets when it comes to air travel: Police in Alaska say a 16-year-old boy grabbed the controls of a small commuter plane and sent the aircraft into a steep climb, followed by a steep dive, before a female passenger subdued him, reports the... More »

Delta, Coke Blasted Over New Napkins

Companies apologize after encouraging people to write down phone numbers for 'plane crush'

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola say they were just trying to encourage a little "old school flirting." Complaining passengers had a different take: "creepy." The companies have pulled Diet Coke napkins (see them here ) that encouraged people to write down their phone number on them... More »

Passengers Spend 14 Hours Stuck on Cold, Grounded Plane

Some of them ended up calling off their trips to Hong Kong

(Newser) - The Newark to Hong Kong route is one of the world's longest flights. And for United Airlines passengers on Saturday, it was much longer than usual—and they ended back in Newark at the end of it. The passengers were stuck on the ground in frigid weather at a... More »

AeroMexico Ad: Actually, You're Mexican

The airline's commercial offer goes viral

(Newser) - An AeroMexico ad with a cheeky offer for Americans has gone viral nearly two weeks after being posted on Twitter , reports ABC 7 . In the commercial , Texas residents are asked whether they want to travel to Mexico—"That's not my cup of tea" is an answer that sums... More »

'Severe' Turbulence Leaves 15 Passengers Injured

The Aerolineas Argentinas flight was headed from Miami to Buenos Aires

(Newser) - There's turbulence, and then there's turbulence. Passengers and crew aboard Aerolineas Argentinas Flight 1303 experienced the latter Thursday during a flight from Florida to Argentina, the Miami Herald reports. Fifteen of the 192 passengers on board were injured, suffering "blows or bruises due to the sudden movements"... More »

Here's What Not to Do When Late for a Flight

Man allegedly tried to flag down taxiing plane on the runway in Dublin

(Newser) - He really didn't want to miss his plane, and now he's in jail as a result. The crazy tale is out of Dublin, where an unidentified man in his 20s showed up at the boarding gate Thursday morning too late to board his flight to Amsterdam, reports ITV... More »

If You Fly United, There's Now a New Way to Board

United will cut 5 boarding lines to 2, redistribute boarding groups to ease gate congestion

(Newser) - The "angst" travelers feel at overcrowded gates may soon be eased at United Airlines terminals, an exec for the airline says. That's because United just began a new initiative designed to relieve that particular "passenger pain point," as CNBC puts it, by changing up its departure... More »

Life Sentence Possible After Sex Assault on Sleeping Flier

Prabhu Ramamoorthy guilty of sexual attack on fellow Spirit Airlines passenger

(Newser) - A 35-year-old man who sexually abused a woman sleeping next to him on a Spirit Airlines flight may spend the rest of his life in prison. A federal jury last week convicted Prabhu Ramamoorthy of the abuse, and he faces a life term at his sentencing in December, reports the... More »

Belong to 'Quiet Skies'? Better Hope Not

It's a TSA domestic surveillance program in which marshals keep a close eye on passengers

(Newser) - It's called "Quiet Skies" and sounds for all the world like the name of some airline PR initiative. But as the Boston Globe reveals, "Quiet Skies" is actually the name of a TSA domestic surveillance program that has been operating on the down-low. It's not entirely... More »

FBI: Sexual Assault on Planes Up 'Alarmingly'

'Hit that call button'

(Newser) - "Sexual assault on an aircraft is a federal crime," the FBI warns in its new Be Air Aware campaign —and it's a crime that the agency says has increased "at an alarming rate" in recent years. The bureau says there has been a steady rise... More »

First-Class Flier Tries to Sneak Drinks to Pals, Pays the Price

American Airlines boots him from flight after he tries to give booze to friends in economy

(Newser) - Travel and Leisure sees him as a "first class Robin Hood." American Airlines saw him as a disruptive passenger and booted him from a flight. The controversy? It seems the unidentified first-class flier tried to sneak drinks to two of his buddies in economy and got busted.... More »

The Posh Airport Lounge Has Turned So, So Sad

Say people who remember the glory days of lots of seats and entrees

(Newser) - If you view an airport lounge restroom as a place to shield yourself from unkempt public bathrooms strewn with toilet paper on the floor, steel yourself for the horror: There is toilet paper on the floor of posh airport lounge restrooms. So reports the Wall Street Journal in a dive... More »

Passengers Weren't Using Oxygen Masks Correctly

The masks are supposed to cover the nose as well as the mouth

(Newser) - The first passenger fatality on a US airline in almost a decade seems unimaginable: Witnesses say 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan of New Mexico was partially sucked out of a Southwest Airlines plane Tuesday—she later died—when an engine exploded, smashing a window in her row. While rare, this kind of... More »

Report Raises Safety Questions About Allegiant Air

'60 Minutes' reports on maintenance issues, mid-air breakdowns

(Newser) - In the summer of 2015, Allegiant Air had a number of in-flight breakdowns—on one day in particular, there were five such problems. Between the beginning of 2016 and the end of October 2017, a 60 Minutes investigation uncovered more than 100 serious mechanical incidents the airline experienced: from hydraulic... More »

Airbus Adding Sleeping Berths to Some Planes

Berths with beds will be rolled out by 2020

(Newser) - Anyone who's ever wished for the comfort of their own bed during a long-haul flight will be excited to hear Airbus will soon offer the next best thing. The jetmaker has plans to create beds for the cargo holds of its Airbus SE planes, Bloomberg reports. The beds will... More »

What's Known So Far About Russian Plane Crash

71 are dead, and investigators are not ruling anything out yet

(Newser) - The unfortunate big development after Sunday's crash of a passenger jet outside Moscow comes from the country's transportation minister. "Judging by everything, no one has survived this crash," says Maxim Sokolov. Here is what is known:
  • The victims: Sixty-five passengers and six crew members were aboard
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