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    A woman was arrested Saturday night after attacking two flight attendants while on a flight to Nashville, being zip-tied by a fellow passenger, and yelled at officers to “shoot me.” The 42-year-old woman was removed from the flight for “unruly behavior” and was arrested for public intoxication after the flight crew contacted airport police on the ground at Nashville International Airport, the Tennesean reported. (RELATED: Woman Beats Up Fellow Passenger Whose Kids Kept Kicking Her Seat, Ends Up Charged With Assault) Woman attacks Spirit Airlines flight attendants after she allegedly got drunk https://t.co/CTfODBOfzA pic.twitter.com/dIcIDrDeuI — New York Post (@nypost) November 29, 2021 The flight took off from Fort Lauderdale around 6 p.m., it was sometime after take off that the woman attacked the two flight attendants, punching one and pulling the other’s hair. It was then that a fellow passenger restrained the woman’s feet using zip-ties, according to the Tennesean. The woman reportedly smelled like alcohol, had slurred speech, and bloodshot eyes. The woman had also told officers that she drank “a lot,” according to the outlet. After being...
    As we all know by now, there has been a dramatic spike in people behaving really badly on airplanes. Despite the FAA adopting a policy of zero tolerance for disruptive behavior, the airlines have submitted over 5,000 reports of unruly passengers. Out of that total, the FAA has referred at least 37 for possible criminal prosecution. As people take to the air for the year-end holidays, Sara Nelson, the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, reached out to CNN to give passengers some tips on what to do whenever they see potential signs of trouble on board. Nelson, a United Airlines attendant, told CNN that the number of unruly passenger reports is the most since the FAA started keeping track in 1990—and that’s with over a month still left in 2021. She believes that a lot of people who haven’t flown in a year have forgotten about the myriad rules in place to keep us all safe—particularly the requirement to wear a mask in the airport and on the plane, which is in place until at least Jan. 18. In...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland instructed federal prosecutors Wednesday to prioritize cases involving violence on flights. An internal memo , released in the thick of Thanksgiving holiday travel, stressed that such disruptive behavior endangers the safety of flight crews and attendants, as well as passengers, and tells U.S. attorneys to coordinate with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies within the next 20 days for potential prosecution. PILOTS UNION REJECTS HOLIDAY PAY INCREASE, DEMANDS PERMANENT CHANGES "Passengers who assault, intimidate or threaten violence against flight crews and flight attendants do more than harm those employees; they prevent the performance of critical duties that help ensure safe air travel," Garland said. “The Department of Justice is committed to using its resources to do its part to prevent violence, intimidation, threats of violence and other criminal behavior that endangers the safety of passengers, flight crews and flight attendants on commercial aircraft." Airline crews have reported more than 5,300 incidents of unruly behavior on commercial flights in 2021, over 72% of which have to do with masks, according...
    Data from Delta's preflight testing program provides new information on testing feasibility, testing accuracy and passenger infection rates on commercial flights.Mario Tama | Getty Images News | Getty Images Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday directed U.S. attorneys to prioritize the prosecution of federal crimes on commercial aircrafts as the holiday travel season kicks off.  In a memo, Garland urged federal prosecutors to directly communicate with law enforcement about incidents on commercial flights that violate federal laws, and to encourage reporting crimes in a "complete and timely" way.  Garland's directive comes amid an uptick in reports of criminal behavior on flights. The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday said it has received approximately 5,338 reports of unruly passenger behavior since the start of the year.  Of those reports, 3,856 were mask-related. The Transportation Security Administration doubled fines for passengers who refuse to comply with the federal mask mandate for air travel in September. However, flight attendants enforcing the mandate onboard commercial flights were still worried about physical attacks from travelers. Garland said Wednesday, the travel-heavy day before Thanksgiving, that he is concerned about the rise...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Federal Aviation Administration has fined an unruly United Airlines passenger $9,000 for repeatedly removing his mask on a flight from Chicago to Connecticut, and for angrily berating flight attendants over a lack of alcohol and snacks. The FAA said the passenger began shouting profanities at flight attendants on Feb. 3 on a flight from Chicago to Windsor, Conn., after they told him there were no snacks or alcoholic drinks available. READ MORE: 'Beyond Crisis': How Educators Describe Staff Shortages At The Evanston/Skokie School DistrictAccording to the FAA, he continued to shout at a flight attendant even after being shown the beverage cart did not have any alcohol or snacks. The passenger also repeatedly pulled down his mask during the flight, in violation of the federal requirement for all passengers to wear masks on airplanes unless they are actively eating or drinking. A flight attendant contacted the plane’s captain about the passenger’s behavior, who had law enforcement meet the passenger at the gate when they landed, after he also began taking pictures and videos of the flight...
      The head of the country’s main flight attendant’s union said an increase in unruly passenger incidents is contributing to a “hostile environment” for the profession, ahead of a House subcommittee meeting on the issue Tuesday.   “It used to be that it was a really bad day when something bad happened at work, when you had an outburst on a plane,” Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), told The Washington Post on Monday.  “More and more we’ve seen this as a regular occurrence and that really chips away at people,” she said.  Nelson will testify at a House Committee on Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, along with other leaders of labor groups in the aviation industry.  According to Federal Aviation Association (FAA) data released last week, 5,114 incidents involving unruly passengers have been reported this year. The agency has also levied $225K in fines against passengers over the incidents.  Late last month, an American Airlines flight was diverted after a passenger allegedly assaulted a flight attendant. And the FAA has detailed multiple other physical and verbal...
    New York, NY (CNN)Southwest Airlines is the latest carrier to offer new incentives to its employees during the holidays, as airlines gear up to avoid operational delays during a peak travel season. The company is offering operational employees, such as flight attendants and pilots, who work qualifying shifts between November 15 and January 14 up to 120,000 Rapid Rewards Points from its frequent flyer program. The airline said the number of qualifying shifts varies by work group and was determined by each department's holiday scheduling needs, Southwest confirmed to CNN.Southwest had a service meltdown in October that left more than 2,000 flights canceled over four days and cost the airline $75 million. The company blamed the snafu on a combination of bad weather and a brief problem with air traffic control in Florida, as well as a lack of available staff to adjust to those problems. It has admitted that service problems caused by short staffing were occurring even before the canceled flights left thousands of angry passengers stranded. American Airlines cancels more than 600 flights on SundaySouthwest isn't the...
    In this article LUVA baggage handler pushes a bag near a Southwest Airlines airplane at Hollywood Burbank Airport in Burbank, California, October 10, 2021.Robyn Beck | AFP | Getty ImagesSouthwest Airlines on Saturday offered its flight attendants new attendance incentives aimed at avoiding more flight cancellations, particularly over the peak holiday period, amid concerns over staffing, according to an internal memo. Southwest canceled more than 2,000 flights around Columbus Day weekend, disruptions the air carrier said cost it $75 million. American Airlines, which is also offering flight attendants and other crews extra pay for holiday shifts, struggled with mass flight cancellations late last month and in early November as well. Flight attendants and other operations employees could receive up to 120,000 Rapid Rewards points, valued at more than $1,400. Flight attendants are eligible for working 36 days between Nov. 15 and Jan. 14, while cabin crews who work 28 days over that period could get 60,000 points, the note stated. Southwest said that the number of qualifying shifts or days varies by work group. The number of no-shows or unreachable...
    ASPEN, Colo. (CBS4)– The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed more than $225,000 in civil penalties against 10 airline passengers. One of those passengers was on a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth Texas to Aspen. The fines proposed by the FAA are for travelers with alleged unruly behavior involving physical assault. (credit: Getty Images) READ MORE: Joe Delgado Torres Identified As Victim In Deadly Shooting At Halloween Party, Search For Suspects ContinuesThe incident onboard the American Airlines flight from Dallas to Aspen happened in March and involved a female passenger. The FAA said the passenger verbally abused flight attendants after her assigned seat wouldn’t recline. READ MORE: Carjacker Who Shot And Killed Man, Injured Woman Remains Behind Bars As Investigation Continues In Aurora And DenverThe passenger agreed to switch seats but continued to argue and struck a flight attendant on the forearm. She also refused to comply with the face mask policy. Law enforcement met her at the arrival gate in Aspen. MORE NEWS: Colorado Behavior Analyst Accused Of Assault On At-Risk Youth Arrested In ArizonaThe FAA...
    New York, NY (CNN)American Airlines is giving flight attendants who work during the holidays a one-time holiday pay premium, the company announced in an internal memo. The increased holiday pay comes after an operational meltdown earlier this month, which forced the airline to cancel thousands of flights partly due to staffing shortages.Flight attendants who work between Nov. 23 to Nov. 29 and Dec. 22 to Jan 2. will receive a 150% premium, according to an internal memo viewed by CNN. Those with no absences between Nov. 15 to Jan 2. will receive an even higher premium of 300% for the hours they work during the peak holiday period. American Airlines cancels more than 600 flights on Sunday"On the schedule front, we've ensured that November and December are built to meet customer demand and that they are fully supportable by our staffing," COO David Seymour said in an internal staff note viewed by CNN. American anticipates that 4,000 new team members will be joining the company in the fourth quarter, and that the airline will have 600 new flight attendant hires...
    An American airlines Airbus A321-200 approaches Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia on February 24, 2021.Daniel Slim | AFP | Getty Images American Airlines, jolted by mass cancellations last weekend, has offered flight attendants as much as triple their pay to work holiday trips if they also have perfect attendance through early January. The offer comes just days after American canceled hundreds of flights last weekend and early this week, many of them tied to staffing shortages of flight attendants. The extra incentives show American is willing to pay up to avoid a repeat. American said flight attendants and reserve cabin crew members who work trips that fall between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29 or Dec. 22 through Jan. 2 will receive time-and-a-half, according to an internal memo that was reviewed by CNBC. If they also have no absences from Nov. 15 through Jan. 2, they will receive another 150% pay for those peak-period trips. "The past few months, and particularly the past week, have been challenging," wrote Brady Byrnes, vice president of flight service to flight attendants. "From...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Flight attendants say air rage incidents are disturbing and often dangerous. Flight attendant Thom McDaniel tells the I-Team recently a passenger broke through plastic handcuffs and had to be restrained with seatbelts. “It took six to seven people to strap somebody into a seat so they couldn’t hurt anybody else,” McDaniel said. So far in 2021 the FAA says it has received nearly 5,000 reports of unruly behavior that in some cases resulted in arrests and fines totaling more than $1 million. The agency says it has a zero-tolerance policy for this type of behavior. READ MORE: Coast Guard Searching For Missing Plane Off Cape CodWhile individual airlines can ban unruly passengers, the I-Team has learned there is no coordination with other carriers to share that list. The FAA says it does not have a database or a no-fly list with names of disruptive passengers. Travelers the I-Team spoke to at Logan Airport say having a list of passengers who have been disruptive and unruly in the past and are no longer allowed to fly...
    DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines struggled to fix its operation but still canceled more than 350 flights on Monday as disruptions caused by staffing shortages at the big carrier continued for a fourth straight day. Monday’s performance was an improvement over Sunday, when American scrubbed more than 1,000 flights — more than one-third of its schedule — according to tracking service FlightAware. Like other airlines, American encouraged thousands of workers to quit last year when air travel collapsed during the pandemic, only to be caught short-staffed this year when travel recovered faster than expected. “Flight attendant staffing at American remains strained and reflects what is happening across the industry as we continue to deal with pandemic-related issues,” said Paul Hartshorn Jr., a spokesman for the union representing American’s flight attendants. Flight attendants said many reached their maximum allowable hours for October during the final days of the month, leaving many flights without cabin crews. About two-thirds of American’s cancellations Sunday were due to a lack of flight attendants, with most of the rest due to pilot shortages, according to internal...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — Flight cancellations are skyrocketing at American Airlines across the country. The airline has canceled more than 700 flights on Sunday, or nearly 30% of its schedule for the day nationwide. That brings American’s three-day total to about 1,600 canceled flights. READ MORE: Man Armed With Paintball Pistol Injured In Officer-Involved Shooting In Long BeachOf the cancellations, 43 of those were flights into or out of Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday, which saw total cancellations within, into, or out of the U.S. at LAX at 60. Other airlines to cancel flights at LAX Sunday included Southwest, Alaska Airlines, and United Airlines. READ MORE: 6 Injured When Driver Plows Through Crowd At Halloween Party In Long BeachAmerican Airlines said, in part, that the cancellations were due to a shortage in flight attendants and high winds in parts of the country. It indicated that it planned to hire at least an additional 600 flight attendants and more pilots and reservations agents to staff up for the holidays, and that many flight attendants were returning from leave. To check...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — The CEO of American Airlines called a recent attack on a flight attendant “one of the worst displays of unruly behavior we’ve ever witnessed.” Now the Association of Professional Flight Attendants is calling for the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation to prosecute violators and ban them from every airline. “We need passengers to feel safe onboard an aircraft whether that is with the virus or whether that is knowing it’s going to be safe and they’re not going to be attacked or witness an attack that puts the airplane in jeopardy at 35,000 feet,” said the association’s spokesperson Paul Hartshorn Jr. On Wednesday, witnesses on board the American Airlines flight from JFK Airport to John Wayne Airport in Orange County said a passenger punched a flight attendant twice in the face. The assault, Hartshorn Jr. said, left the woman with broken bones in her nose and face. He said the flight attendant bumped the passenger before the male suspect got out of his seat and approached her in the galley. A witness said the...
    New York (CNN Business)Almost all employees at United Airlines have complied with the company's vaccine mandate -- and they do not want to fly with unvaccinated co-workers, according to the airline.United (UAL) is facing a federal lawsuit brought by six of its employees who have applied for a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine mandate. The airline has said that employees with valid requests for exemptions will be placed on either medical or unpaid leave. The employees bringing the suit are challenging the airline's decision to place them on leave.US Court Judge Mark Pittman in Fort Worth, Texas, has ordered United to keep employees who have requested an accommodation on the payroll while the case is heard. But United said in a court filing last week that it's not practical to allow them to keep working, because some vaccinated pilots won't fly with unvaccinated staff. In a separate filing, United said flight attendants have stated they would hold similar objections to flying with unvaccinated coworkers. The company asked for permission to put unvaccinated workers on leave.Read More"United cannot return...
    Italian flight attendants are stripping their clothes away to protest layoffs and decreases in pay amid the launch of Italy's new airline. Roughly 50 former flight attendants from Alitalia gathered around the square outside of the Campidoglio in Rome to protest job losses and pay cuts, CNN reported . The protesters gathered in their Alitalia uniforms and then proceeded to strip down to their underwear, chanting "We are Alitalia." ETIHAD BUYS 49 PERCENT OF LOSS-MAKING ALITALIA In August, Alitalia Airlines announced that starting on Aug. 25, all flights after Oct. 15 would be canceled due to the company going bankrupt. The airline completed its final round of flights on Oct. 14. Italy announced the launch of the new national airline, ITA Airways, on Oct. 15, revealing the logo and completing the first round of flights. The airline will retain roughly 2,800 of the 10,500 Alitalia employees, as well as 52 out of the 110 planes , according to the outlet. The European Commission for the European Union announced on Sept. 10 that it would...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are proposing to give flight attendants an extra hour of rest between shifts, a change that Congress approved in 2018 but was not put into effect by the Trump administration. The Federal Aviation Administration proposed Thursday that flight attendants get 10 consecutive hours of rest between shifts. The proposal does not change the current 14-hour limit on a flight attendant’s work day. Current rules require flight attendants to have nine straight hours of rest between shifts, which can be shortened to eight hours under some circumstances. Congress passed a law in 2018 that directed FAA to increase the mandatory rest period, but FAA missed a deadline for publishing the regulation. The airline industry opposed the change. Airlines for America, a trade group for the largest U.S. carriers, estimated that it would add $786 million in costs over 10 years at its carriers, which employ about two-thirds of all U.S. flight attendants. Flight-attendant unions had lobbied for the change. “Flight attendant fatigue is real,” said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants. “Covid has...
    ROME (AP) — Dozens of former flight attendants from defunct Italian airline Alitalia stripped off their uniforms Wednesday, wearing only undergarments in a silent, choreographed protest in central Rome. Long financially ailing, Italy’s decades-old airline flew its last flight on Oct. 14. A new airline, ITA, began flying the next day, using some of Alitalia’s aircraft. It also bought the Alitalia brand, but it is taking on fewer than 3,000 of Alitalia’s 10,000 employees. Union officials say those who will work for ITA are being hired at significantly lower pay scales. Some 50 former flight attendants stood in rows in a square atop Rome’s Capitoline Hill, lowered their company shoulder bags to the cobblestone pavement, then slowly and in synch, removed their overcoats, then uniform jackets, then skirts, then stepped out of their high-heeled shoes. They remained barefoot, wearing only a slip, in silence for a few minutes. Then they carefully gathered up their garments and shoes and together shouted, “We are Alitalia!” Union leaders have been pressing for the government to extend unemployment benefits for as...
    A woman's unsolicited pandemic rant is going viral after she stood up on a flight with a microphone to preach to passengers her theories about COVID-19. “I brought my microphone. I’m going to use it,” the woman said on the full plane at the beginning of the clip. The video went viral after being shared by pop singer Jawny on TikTok. CONOR MCGREGOR ACCUSED OF BREAKING DJ'S NOSE IN ROME AFTER SON BAPTIZED IN VATICAN Flight attendants are seen attempting to stop the woman from continuing to speak to the cabin. "The pandemic started all because humans have lost a little bit, a little bit of faith," the woman said before addressing the flight attendants attempting to stop her. "You're gonna cuff me?" the woman yelled at the attendants. "I don't need to be cuffed. I'm completely harmless." “I think you’re all enjoying this because, like I said, I’m not terrible to look at,” she said. She continued her rant on the pandemic , ignoring the flight attendants. "The reason why...
    A woman who used a microphone to deliver a mid-flight anti-Covid rant was handcuffed by flight attendants, a viral video has shown. The woman, who has since been dubbed 'Airplane Karen', told attendants that passengers were enjoying the spectacle because 'I'm not terrible to look at'. Footage posted to TikTok on Sunday by pop musician Jawny showed the unruly woman talking loudly into the microphone, much to the annoyance of the passengers around her.  A woman who used a microphone to deliver a mid-flight anti-Covid rant was handcuffed by flight attendants, a viral video has shown (pictured, still grabs from the video) @jawny someone come get her ♬ original sound - JAWNY Flight attendants are seen struggling to subdue the woman, who is shown wearing a white blouse, dark blue bottoms and a colorful neck scarf. 'I brought my microphone, I'm going to use it,' she tells the exasperated crew. 'The pandemic started because humans have lost a little bit of faith.'  Flight attendants are then shown warning her that if she doesn't return to her seat, they will be forced...
    An unruly woman was captured on video ranting into a microphone about the COVID-19 pandemic during a commercial flight – much to the annoyance of her fellow passengers.  The video, which has been dubbed "Karens in the Air," was posted on TikTok by pop musician Jawny.  "I bought in flight Wi-Fi just to post this," Jawny captioned the video. "We are in the air right now." In the video, flight attendants struggle to contain the woman, who is seen wearing a white blouse and dark blue bottoms.  "I brought my microphone, I’m going to use it," she says to a dismayed crew. "The pandemic started because humans have lost a little bit of faith."  The flight attendants tell her that if she doesn’t go back to her seat, then they will be forced to cuff her.  "You’re going to cuff me?" the woman asks repeatedly, sounding offended. "I’m completely harmless."  LAGUARDIA ‘SECURITY INCIDENT’ PROMPTS PLANE EVACUATION She then surmises that the passengers are enjoying the spectacle because "I’m not terrible to look at."  She goes on to argue that the...
    Kourtney Kardashian has been accused of acting 'bratty' during a 'bit of a kerfuffle' while on a flight with her beau Travis Barker. Travis' phone apparently tumbled in between two seats and Kourtney allegedly began 'frantically searching' for it, according to a passenger who spoke to Page Six. The passenger said that when a flight attendant requested that Kourtney sit down the reality star began 'freaking out and kept saying: "Give me five more minutes."' DailyMail.com has reached out to representatives for Kourtney for comment. City slickers: Kourtney Kardashian has been accused of acting 'bratty' on a flight with her beau Travis Barker to New York on Wednesday; they are pictured in the Big Apple on Friday According to the passenger who spoke to Page Six: 'She got into a bit of a kerfuffle and was quite bratty. She was not nice and was very much acting like a child.' They claimed Travis' phone 'fell underneath one of those crazy reclining chairs in [business class]' on their Delta flight to New York from Los Angeles on Wednesday. 'She was the...
    A hijacker wielding a knife, a drunk demanding another drink, a man refusing to put on a mask — flight attendants are getting trained on how to handle such scenarios in these times of increasingly aggressive passengers. “I’m not putting my mask on! I’m not putting it on!” an air marshal, role-playing, yelled as he pushed into a flight attendant at the back of a plane simulator. During a recent four-hour course, 20 or so flight attendants and a few pilots picked up punching, eye-gouging and other techniques in a nondescript El Segundo office building, not far from Los Angeles International Airport. The Transportation Security Administration has offered such instruction to flight crew members since 2005. These days, the class is as important as ever — with unruly-passenger incidents having skyrocketed. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there were nearly eight unruly-passenger incidents last week per every 10,000 flights. While that number dropped from around 12 incidents per week from the beginning of the year, it’s still more than triple the average at the end of 2020. That translates to...
    Germanic carrier Lufthansa made a similar move earlier in 2021, following the footsteps of Air Canada and EasyJet, which implemented related changes in 2019. In September, Air Malta also announced it would no longer use the phrase "ladies and gentlemen," and vowed to utilize more inclusive language in order to avoid misgendering any of its passengers. Of the decision, a spokesperson for AirMalta said, "Diversity and equality are core values at Air Malta, and the airline welcomes all its customers, irrespective of their nationality, race, political ideology, religion, and gender."
    DENVER (CBS4) – “I will not let them violate my constitutional rights and force me to be stuck with a needle with their vaccines,” said Denver police officer Dave Curtis. Curtis says he will retire early, rather than receiving the COVID vaccine by a Thursday deadline for city employees. He was part of a lawsuit by seven officers asking a judge to force the city to back down from requiring vaccination. The judge rejected it early Wednesday, saying they should have first taken their objections to the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment. “What the court said ultimately was, ‘Hey I don’t have jurisdiction here’ and that’s why it got dismissed,” said attorney and legal analyst Raj Chohan. Denver’s move along with that of a growing number of communities and companies are surviving nearly all court challenges. “In an emergency situation the courts are saying no, the state governments, the local governments, are free to enact these sorts of mandates as long as there’s some kind of reasonable accommodation for people who can’t or won’t do it,” said Chohan....
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    VIDEO5:1905:19How flight attendants are handling the surge in unruly passengersSquawk Box Flight attendants enforcing mask mandates onboard flights are worried about physical attacks from travelers, Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants, told CNBC's Squawk Box on Monday. Nelson's comments came just days after the Transportation Security Administration announced it would double fines for passengers who refuse to comply with the federal mask mandate for air travel. The union president said that the TSA's updated policy could help address more mask-related conflicts in the airport, thereby reducing issues for flight attendants to handle on the plane. "We're concerned every single day when we go to work and put that uniform on, are we the target and going to be punched in the face today," Nelson said. Flight attendants have long been tasked with policing safety rules and regulations in-flight, Nelson said, but they've experienced an uptick in conflicts stemming from mask mandates. The Federal Aviation Administration said on July 7 that mask requirements comprised 75% of its unruly passenger complaints since the start of 2021. Under the...
    A FLIGHT attendant has revealed the secret hotel rooms where crew stay overnight - as well as some of the pros and cons of them. Cierra, who works as a flight attendant for an airline in the US, has been sharing her top tips and secrets about flying. 5A flight attendant has revealed the hotel rooms which cabin crew can book between flightsCredit: @cierra_mistt/TikTok 5Called Crash Pad hotel rooms, they are far from fancyCredit: @cierra_mistt/TikTok Previously revealing how to get first class upgrades and why your phone has to be on airplane mode, she recently revealed where flight crew stay between flights. They stay at what are called "Crash Pad" hotel rooms - which are like frats for flight crew. Many of the perks include cheap rent, as well as being near to the airport with free transfers, and the free house cleaning to avoid fighting over keeping the place clean. While she said it "seems fun" being around other crew, it wasn't all "glitz and glamour," and shared the pros and cons of the rooms. She explained: "A Crash...
    In this article AALPeople wait in a security line at John F. Kennedy Airport on February 28, 2013 in New York City.Spencer Platt | Getty ImagesMore than a fifth of the U.S. population is too young to remember what air travel was like before Sept. 11, 2001. Passengers' loved ones used to be able to greet and bid them farewell at the gate. Travelers weren't required to take off their shoes and belts or remove liquids from carry-on luggage before going through checkpoints, let alone wait in long security lines. It was years before airlines charged passengers to check their bags or select a seat, though average domestic fares are cheaper today. The entire industry, from airport security to flight attendant training to even the number of airlines in existence, was reshaped by the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history. That clear, blue morning in late summer, 19 hijackers turned four Boeing jetliners — two American Airlines and two United Airlines planes —into missiles. They crashed two of them into the World Trade Center and one into the Pentagon. The...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Joe Biden on Thursday blasted travelers who harass flight attendants because they don't want to wear a face mask and announced fines would double for those who don't comply with the US federal transportation mask mandate."If you break the rules, be prepared to pay," Biden said, speaking from the White House. "And by the way, show some respect. The anger you see on television toward flight attendants and others doing their job is wrong. It's ugly."In recent months, there have been many incidents involving flight attendants and travelers who refuse to wear a face mask and several videos of these encounters have gone viral on social media.RELATED: Biden announces new COVID vaccine mandates for 100 million AmericansOn Friday, the top fine for violating transportation face mask requirement is set to double. The civil penalties will now range from $500 to $3,000, the Department of Homeland Security said. The previous range was $250 to $1,500.The highest fines of $1,000 to $3,000 are for repeat offenders of the mandate, the department said.The comments about flight attendants came as...
    President Joe Biden tore into unruly passengers who have defied federal mask mandates during air travel – following a string of reports of confrontations between passengers and flight attendants. 'Show some respect!' he told rule-breakers in a speech from the White House. Biden delivered the admonishment as part of a speech where he repeatedly went after unvaccinated Americans who 'overcrowd our hospitals' and elected officials who 'undermine' public health guidelines. The tough tone comes as the president confronts a surge in infections and coronavirus deaths, fueled by roughly one quarter of the country that has declined to take vaccines despite the US having a plentiful supply of free doses.  'Show some respect,' President Joe Biden told air passengers as he announced a doubling of fines for passengers who refuse to comply with federal mask mandates 'Tonight, I'm announcing that the Transportation Safety Administration, TSA, will double the fines on travelers that refuse to mask. If you break the rules, be prepared to pay,' he intoned. 'And by the way, show some respect. Anger you see on television toward flight...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Thursday blasted travelers who harass flight attendants because they don't want to wear a face mask and announced fines would double for those who don't comply with the US federal transportation mask mandate. "If you break the rules, be prepared to pay," Biden said, speaking from the White House. "And by the way, show some respect. The anger you see on television toward flight attendants and others doing their job is wrong. It's ugly."In recent months, there have been many incidents involving flight attendants and travelers who refuse to wear a face mask and several videos of these encounters have gone viral on social media.On Friday, the top fine for violating transportation face mask requirement is set to double. The civil penalties will now range from $500 to $3,000, the Department of Homeland Security said. The previous range was $250 to $1,500.   The highest fines of $1,000 to $3,000 are for repeat offenders of the mandate, the department said.  Read MoreThe comments about flight attendants came as Biden delivered a speech on his new stringent vaccine rules on federal workers, large employers and...
    A FLIGHT attendant has revealed all the things they wish passengers would stop doing - including not saying hello to poking them for attention. Caroline Skahn, who has worked as a flight attendant for five years for American Airlines, explained some of the worst things you can do to annoy cabin crew. 4A flight attendant has revealed the worst things you can do on a flightCredit: Instagram/@xoblondevoyage 4Caroline has been an American Airlines flight attendant for five yearsCredit: Instagram/@xoblondevoyage She told Insider the things she hated the most - here are some of her biggest pet peeves: Not saying hello A flight attendant recently explained why they always greet passengers while boarding. Not doing it back is seen as rude, however. She said: "You'd be surprised how many people step on board and won't even make eye contact with us but will still try to hand us their trash on their way in without saying a word. "We are only human, but if your flight attendants can say good morning to over 200 people in a row, I think passengers should...
    Marina Verbitsky, 46, allegedly told JetBlue officials at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Monday night she had a bomb in her checked luggage A woman running late to her flight on Monday falsely claimed she planted a bomb in her checked luggage in an apparent effort to delay the plane so that her son would not be late for school, authorities say. Marina Verbitsky, 46, arrived at her terminal in Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with her husband and son at around 8:45 p.m., as her flight back to her home in Chicago was about to take off.  She tried to explain to JetBlue personnel that she needed to get on the plane because her son had school the next day, the Washington Post reports, but they told her it was too late. At that point, Verbitsky allegedly started berating the employees and spreading profanities, which just became worse when they told her her checked luggage was already on the flight. 'She became very angry because they were not allowed to board the plane,' a Broward County sheriff's...
    FLIGHT attendants have revealed why they greet all passengers as they board the plane - and it isn't just about being friendly. Kat Kamalani, who has gained popularity on TikTok sharing secrets of being part of the flight crew, explained why this was. 2Kat Kamalani has revealed why crew greet you on the plane She said in a video to her 745k followers: "When you’re walking on the plane and see our happy, smiley face we’re actually looking you up and down and trying to find our ABPs (able bodied people),”  “This is people who are going to help us in an emergency. "For example: military personnel, fire fighters nurses, doctors, so if we have a medical emergency or we are going to land the plane, or there is a security breach - we know who is on our plane and can help us." Carrie Bradley, who worked as a flight attendant for 12 years, agreed, telling Sun Online Travel: "When passengers are boarding, you're assessing them and seeing if they are an ABP. "At the door, whilst greeting...
    A man has been arrested after ranting at cabin crew and appearing to growl at them and gnaw on his face mask on an American Airlines flight on Monday.  The man - identified by police as Timothy Armstrong, 61, of Las Vegas - was recorded on cell phone video and appeared intoxicated on the flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City. Passenger Dennis Busch, who posted part of the confrontation to TikTok, claimed that the man had been making racist and sexist comments to other passengers during the flight before he started recording. After the plane appears to have landed, Armstrong can be seen gesturing his middle finger, while saying 'that's what you think about us,' before quickly walking up the aisle to confront a flight attendant. Fellow passenger Dennis Busch filmed Timothy Armstrong, 61, having an intoxicated meltdown on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas A flight crew confronted Armstrong about his behavior and ordered him to take a seat RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Mexico City's...
    A TikToker has claimed that she was kicked off a flight for wearing a crop top, saying she was discriminated against for being a 'fat, tattooed, mixed-race woman.' Ray Lin Howard, 33, from Fairbanks, Alaska, recorded herself being interviewed by police officers after allegedly being escorted off of an Alaska Airlines flight. On Saturday, she shared the footage on her @fattrophywife TikTok account, where it has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.  In the video, the plus-size rapper and stylist accused Alaska Airlines flight attendants of repeatedly harassing her about her 'inappropriate' outfit, which consisted of a crop top and shorts.  Scroll down for video   Say what? Ray Lin Howard, 33, from Fairbanks, Alaska, has accused Alaska Airlines flight attendants of harassing and kicking her off of a flight over her crop top  Allegations: The plus-size rapper and stylist claimed she was told her crop top was 'inappropriate' because it showed her stomach  'I'm being harassed and now I'm being detained,' she told the police officers. 'I wore an outfit. That's what happened.' Ray explained that she...
    The passenger accused of punching a Southwest Airlines flight attendant and breaking three of her teeth on a May flight now faces federal felony charges.Vyvianna Quinonez is accused of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and interference with flight crew members and attendants, according to court documents.This incident is one of more than 4,000 reported to the Federal Aviation Administration this year of disruptive and sometimes violent passengers onboard aircraft. Nearly 3,000 of those incidents involved passengers accused of violating the federal requirement to wear a face mask on airplanes, according to the FAA.In the Quinonez case, court records say a flight attendant, identified by the initials S.L., asked Quinonez to stow her tray table, buckle her seat belt, and wear her face mask prior to landing at San Diego International Airport on May 23.RELATED | TSA teaching airline workers to defend themselves amid increase in unruly passengersEMBED More News Videos TSA defense training is returning after a long pause due to the pandemic. Flight attendants are taking the necessary training to protect themselves amid the numerous attacks we've seen...
    Federal authorities charged a woman Wednesday after she reportedly hit a flight attendant causing serious bodily injury. Vyvianna Quinonez was arrested May 23 for pushing and then punching a flight attendant in the face on a Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento to San Diego, Fox 5 reported. PASSENGER CHARGED: Federal charges were filed Wednesday against a woman who allegedly struck a flight attendant during a flight to San Diego. https://t.co/9v6EOGYvxo — FOX 5 San Diego (@fox5sandiego) September 1, 2021 Quinonez has been charged with felony assault resulting in serious bodily injury and interference with flight crew members, reported Fox 5. During the flight, Quinonez ignored flight attendants’ commands to put her tray table up and to wear a seatbelt. (RELATED: ‘Rapid Escalation’ Of Fight Over Toddler Not Wearing Face Mask Forces Canadian Airline To Cancel Flight) The flight attendant suffered three chipped teeth, a wound under her left eye requiring four stitches, and bruises on her arm, according to Fox 5. Immediately before the fight, Quinonez could be heard saying “Get off me. Quit touching me. Get your hands...
    CABIN crew have the patience of saints - they keep a smile on their face in front of even the most annoying passengers. But some things we do can really bug flight attendants — and we may not even realise we’re doing them. 2Some things we do can really bug flight attendants — and we may not even realise we’re doing them (stock image)Credit: Getty - Contributor An Australian flight attendant called Michele has revealed to 9Honey the most annoying things that passengers do on planes, and we bet you've done at least one. Stay out of the aisle when the drinks trolley's out This is a tricky one, as the drinks trolley tends to come out once the plane's above the clouds - but it also happens to be when the seatbelt signs turns off. But if you can skip that toilet visit, the cabin crew will thank you for it. She said: "Please avoid standing in the aisle when we're trying to serve you, it's hard trying to move up and down a single-aisle...
    New York (CNN Business)This summer, flying Southwest Airlines has been a toxic mix of canceled flights, long delays and disgruntled pilots and flight attendants. Apologizing to its passengers for its bad service, the company is promising to fix the problem by cutting the number of flights it operates this fall.Southwest (LUV) had the worst on-time performance and the greatest percentage of canceled flights of any of the nation's four major airlines in June and July, according to flight tracking service Cirium. Passengers weren't the only fliers upset at Southwest: Unions for the pilots, flight attendants and mechanics have all voiced complaints about Southwest's operations."To any Southwest customer whose journey with us fell short of their expectation this summer, we offer our sincerest apologies," said a statement from outgoing Southwest CEO Gary Kelly. "We're confident these adjustments will create a more reliable travel experience."Airlines are completing a strong summer, with planes full of travelers eager to get away after a year of lockdowns. But several airlines, most notably Southwest and American Airlines, have struggled to handle the increased demand. Airline bookings...
    NEXT time you go to the bathroom during a flight, you might need to keep an eye on the door - with a secret button which means it can be opened from the OUTSIDE. Flight attendants and frequent travellers have revealed where this latch is found, as well as why it exists. 2 There is a secret button on planes which means the bathroom can be opened from the outsideCredit: Getty The button is located underneath the metal sign on the door which reads "lavatory". Underneath the flap will be a catch that, once turned, will turn the lock - meaning it can be opened from the outside. However, it is unlikely to be used by other passengers and is mainly used for emergencies. Crew are likely to get inside the toilet if someone is suffering from health problems, or if a child locks themselves in by accident. Other travellers explained on Quora: "It’s not that they will do it unnecessarily, worry not. "This feature is in place simply as a flight safety precaution." ALL HER Meg left top royal...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – With the travel mask mandate extended into January, flight crews are bracing for several more months of elevated tensions. “It feels more stressful for everyone right now,” said Jacki Drolet, who was among the more than a dozen flight attendants who took part in a TSA self-defense training course in Dallas. “It’s definitely a little scary. You just want to be fully prepared if something happens.” READ MORE: Not All North Texans Can Count On Solar To Increase Homes Value, New Study Finds Since the start of the year, the FAA has received 3,988 reports of ‘unruly’ passenger behavior on flights. Nearly 700 of those escalated to the point where a federal investigation was needed. That’s more cases of alleged ‘unruly’ passengers than in the past five years – combined. Viral videos taken on commercial flights and posted on social media throughout the summer show passengers screaming, physical fights, and other unruly behavior. READ MORE: 101 Indicted In Stolen Cell Phone Trafficking Conspiracy Run Out Of North Texas The FAA says more than 70% of ‘unruly’ passenger...
    With pandemic stress frazzling the nerves of COVID anxious travelers, there is a renewed sense of importance among flight attendants to learn how to protect themselves.  "It's getting crazy out there lately. So it's better to know what to do to defend ourselves against any sort of attacks," one flight attendant told CBS News. The air marshals in the New York field office say a post 9/11 self-defense program that had been on hiatus during the pandemic returned last month with a renewed sense of urgency. "We've had great demand since we've reintroduced the classes," said Stephanie Metzer who manages the field office.  This year, airplane cabins have seen chaos. A Frontier Airlines passenger was taped to his seat after he allegedly groped and assaulted flight attendants during a Miami-bound flight from Philadelphia in August. He was wrapped with tape around his mouth and body and was eventually charged with battery. More than half of the $1 million dollars in fines that the FAA has issued have come from this summer alone. The largest is a $45,000 fine for...