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OITNB Actress Giving Up Green Card: 'This Is War'

Yael Stone says she'll stay in her native Australia to reduce carbon emissions in climate change fight

(Newser) - An Orange Is the New Black alumnus is distressed at how climate change is affecting the world, and at her part in it—and so is putting "some skin in the game" to fight it. Yael Stone, who played Lorna Morello in the hit Netflix series, has long enjoyed... More »

New Plane Stats: One Fatal Accident Per 5M Flights

Total number of deaths fell by half, to 257, in 2019

(Newser) - It may seem surprising in a year filled with gloomy headlines about the 737 Max , but the number of deaths in major air crashes around the globe fell by more than half in 2019, according to a report by an aviation consulting firm. The To70 consultancy said 257 people died... More »

Qantas Tests 19.5-Hour Flight

London-Sydney flight equaled distance record airline set in 1989

(Newser) - Australia’s national carrier Qantas on Friday successfully completed a 19.5-hour non-stop flight from London to Sydney, which was used to run a series of tests to assess the effects of ultra long-haul flights on crew fatigue and passenger jetlag. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took off from London’s... More »

38 Southwest Jets Lack Proper Paperwork

Airline is speeding up inspections after FAA raised issues about inspections

(Newser) - Southwest Airlines couldn't produce safety data for 38 jets, which caused the Federal Aviation Administration to consider—but ultimately delay—grounding those jets, the Wall Street Journal reveals. The airline brought 88 used foreign jets into its fleet between 2013 and 2017, and last year an FAA official uncovered... More »

He Was Instructing an Intern, Triggered Hijack Alert

Pilot causes mass chaos by inadvertently sending the alarm code

(Newser) - On the bright side, an Air Europa intern will surely always know the alarm code for a hijacking should one occur. But the reason for that caused quite a bit of chaos at a major Amsterdam airport on Wednesday, reports Bloomberg . It seems that a pilot was showing the intern... More »

Secretive Space Plane Left in 2017, Just Returned

Air Force's X-37B spent 780 days aloft

(Newser) - The Air Force's mystery space plane is back on Earth, following a record-breaking two-year mission. The X-37B landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida Sunday, per the AP . The Air Force is mum about what the unmanned plane did in orbit after launching aboard a SpaceX rocket... More »

Attendant Makes Incredible Accusation Against 2 Pilots

Renee Steinaker is suing Southwest Airlines

(Newser) - Flying Southwest? You might be on candid camera. A Southwest Airlines attendant claims she saw two pilots watching livestream video of the plane's lavatory during a 2017 flight, USA Today reports. In a lawsuit, Renee Steinaker says she noticed the livestream on a cockpit iPad while the captain took... More »

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 »

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