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Star on State ID Is About to Become Hugely Important

One year from REAL ID deadline, most Americans are without

(Newser) - Americans intending to fly domestically next year using their state-issued ID better first check the upper right-hand corner. Starting Oct. 1, 2020, travelers will need an upgraded driver's license—what's known as a REAL ID—to access airport security checkpoints, nuclear power plants, and certain federal buildings. The... More »

Trying to Avoid Crying Babies? This Airline's Got You Covered

Japan Airlines offers seat map showing where youngsters under 2 will be sitting

(Newser) - If you live in fear that you'll be seated next to a crying baby the next time you fly, a new feature at Japan Airlines may prove interesting. The airline has added a feature to its online booking tool that shows a baby icon on any seats booked by... More »

Huge Airlift Planned for 600K Travelers

Debt-laden Thomas Cook is teetering on the edge

(Newser) - More than 600,000 vacationers who booked through tour operator Thomas Cook were on edge Sunday, wondering if they will be able to get home, as one of the world's oldest and biggest travel companies teetered on the edge of collapse. The debt-laden company, which confirmed Friday it was... More »

Prince Harry Unveils Eco-Friendly Travel Initiative After Criticism

Travalyst to support sustainable travel, local communities

(Newser) - Prince Harry responded to the hubbub over his use of private jets while unveiling an eco-friendly travel initiative in Amsterdam on Tuesday. The Duke of Sussex said he spends "99% of my life traveling the world by commercial," but occasionally needs to fly on a private jet "... More »

UK Set to Solve Common Carry-on Gripe

3D screening could be the end of tiny bottles of toiletries in clear plastic bags

(Newser) - Putting small containers of liquids in plastic bags could soon be a thing of the past for airline passengers in Britain after the government announced plans Sunday to introduce 3D screening equipment for carry-on luggage at all major airports. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement that the new... More »

Airline Plans Longest Direct Flights Ever

Qantas will put people on a plane for 19 hours

(Newser) - Think you've been on long flights? Qantas plans to test the first-ever 19-hour commercial flights from New York to Sydney and London to Sydney and monitor how the human body endures, the Guardian reports. Crew and 40 test passengers will be given wearable technology to measure sleep, food-and-drink intake,... More »

TSA Guard Hands Traveler a Note That's Not Very Nice

Neal Strassner says he still doesn't understand why she did it

(Newser) - TSA workers don't usually hand people notes, and this could be why. Neal Strassner was going through security at a New York airport in June when a screener handed him a note reading, "You ugly!!!" CCTV footage he later obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request... More »

Passenger Jet Hits Birds, Lands Safely in Cornfield

Russia celebrating Ural Airlines pilot as a hero

(Newser) - "Sully" had to come down in the Hudson River. The pilot of a Russian passenger jet just managed a similar feat in a cornfield. A Ural Airlines jet with 233 people on board struck a flock of gulls shortly after takeoff near Moscow, but the pilot brought the plane... More »

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 »

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