AIR France passengers on a flight which was diverted from Beirut and landed instead in Damascus were asked at one point to chip in and help pay to refuel the plane, a passenger has said.
“We went down in Syria where there were lots of soldiers … We thought there were some problems and that there was no money to pay for the fuel,” 42-year-old businessman Najib said.
“They asked if the [...]
For many people, long flights can often be ruined by poor leg room or passengers who you’d never want to see again.
But, as these pictures show, that could soon be a thing of the past.
Singapore Airlines is offering luxury, private suites on its A380 aircraft.
The height of luxury: Singapore Airlines is offering private suites on its A380 aircraft – complete with a personal television, luggage space, and a large comfy [...]
Fighter jets scrambled to help guide the troubled plane to an emergency landing
Worrying links to al Quaeda’s latest tactic, as bomb makers claimed to have developed explosive implants
Described by a fellow passenger as ‘nervous and jittery’
A crazed woman had to be restrained by fellow air passengers after she started raging about having an explosive device implanted within her.
The terrifying incident forced the pilot of U.S. Airways flight 787, traveling from Paris [...]
A new survey claims to have pinpointed ‘the perfect seat’ on a typical passenger aircraft.
The study, which was carried out by the flight comparison website Skyscanner suggested that passengers prefer a window seat towards the front of the plane.
More than 1,000 airline passengers were questioned on which section they preferred to sit in and whether they opted for a window, middle or aisle seat.
After filtering the results of the survey, [...]
April 13, 2012
Once clandestine, torture has gone mainstream. It is now routinely used — from the interrogation of detainees in the war on manufactured terror to police routinely using “pain compliance” techniques on school children.
The attacks of September 11, 2001, opened the floodgates and provided the foundation for mainstreaming the use of torture and dismissing moral objections to the practice. Abu Ghraib, the torture memos of John Yoo, and [...]
Liquid restrictions have been in place since 2006
Regulations could be eased by April 2013
Newly approved airport scanners will allow passengers to carry toiletries and bottles of liquid in their hand luggage within the next 12 months, transport bosses confirmed today.
A complete ban on carrying liquids over 100ml onto aircraft is still in place at airports, but the ruling could be changed by the end of next April after new devices [...]
SYDNEY (AP) – Thousands of travelers from Hawaii to Thailand were stranded Friday after budget airlineAir Australia ran out of money and went into voluntary administration, immediately grounding its five-jet fleet.
The Brisbane-based international and domestic airline, formerly known as Strategic Airlines, said all flights had been canceled and the airline would not be accepting new bookings because it could no longer pay its bills. Voluntary administration in Australia is similar to bankruptcy protection in the U.S., and can buy a company time [...]
(Reuters) – Airlines and their passengers would pay up to $32 billion in new air traffic and security fees over 10 years, and grants to big airports would fall sharply under White House budget proposals on Monday aimed at deficit reduction.
The Obama administration wants major carriers, their passengers, business jets and airports to pick up more of the costs of air travel and airport improvements that for years have been [...]
Did you ever think you would be subjected to the kind of crap the TSA pulls on airline passengers on a daily basis? And yet millions are still flying. Snooki and the Kardashians engross the attention of millions like Pamela Anderson and the cast of Friends engrossed people then. Mos of us are like the frogs who have grown accustomed to the temperature. It’s not as comfortable as it once was, [...]
The Transportation Security Administration plans to test its airport security officers to see if they are being exposed to dangerous levels of radiation from scanners. Above, passengers await screening at Los Angeles International Airport. (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times / November 9, 2011)
From Washington Times:
After years of rebuffing health concerns over airport scanners, the Transportation Security Administration plans to conduct new tests on the potential radiation exposure from the machines at more than 100 airports nationwide.
PHOENIX (CN) – A young mother claims Transportation Security Administration agents mocked her for 40 minutes and made her stand in a glass enclosure in front of other airline passengers because she requested an alternate screening process so her breast milk would not be exposed to radiation.
Stacey Armato sued the Department of Homeland Security, the TSA and four TSA agents for false imprisonment, false light, intentional infliction of emotional distress [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not just millionaires who’d pay more under President Barack Obama’s latest plan to combat the deficit.
Air travelers, federal workers, military retirees, wealthier Medicare beneficiaries and people taking out new mortgages are among those who would pay more than $130 billion in government revenues raised through new or increased fees.
Airline passengers would see their federal security fees double from $5 to $10 [...]
PHOENIX – We hear a lot of complaints about security screeners groping airline passengers.
But now, a Colorado woman is accused of putting her hands on a TSA agent at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.
Court records show 61-year-old Yukari Mihamae grabbed the left breast of the female agent Thursday at the Terminal 4 checkpoint.
Woman Gropes TSA Agent’s Breast at Security Checkpoint: MyFoxNY.com
Aviation experts cannot explain what has prompted three airline passengers to try to open cabin or cockpit doors while in flight the past few days, but they say other passengers shouldn’t worry.
Exit doors cannot be opened while the plane is in the air, they say, and doors to cockpits have been hardened and locked since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
“It’s not possible to open [...]
TSA officer Thomas Gordon Jr. is being held. (Image: Government Employees (AFGE) union website)
A passenger screener at Philadelphia International Airport is facing charges that he distributed more than 100 images of child pornography via Facebook, records show.
Federal agents also allege that Transportation Safety Administration Officer Thomas Gordon Jr. of Philadelphia, who routinely searched airline passengers, uploaded explicit pictures of young girls to an Internet site [...]
TAIPEI, March 21 (Reuters) – One of Taiwan’s top Japanese restaurants is offering diners the use of a radiation gauge before they eat in case of any nerves in the wake of Japan’s nuclear disaster.
Diners at the upscale Peony in Taipei’s Xinyi business and financial district can pick up the machine at the counter when they come in, check themselves for radiation or use it to check their food, general [...]