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    A prankster Spirit Airlines flight attendant surprised passengers with a 'marriage proposal' on a plane traveling from New York City to Miami. In a short clip, the male attendant gets down on one knee as if to ask his co-worker to marry him before getting back up and instead 'proposing' a promotional deal for passengers. The video, taken by passenger Regev Gur on December 2, shows two flight attendants at the front of the cabin. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Hilarious moment flight attendant tells passengers he'll... 'The entire thing was planned': Delta passengers refute... Share this article Share Speaking over the PA, the man said: 'We have an awesome announcement we would love to share with you guys.'  He then knelt down, and continued: 'This doesn't usually happen on an aircraft, but this man is about to propose. That's right, this man is about to propose.' As the passengers exclaimed, the man then stood up and pulled out what appeared to be voucher as he added: 'Propose a great offer on...
    "Now is not the time to let up," said Biden, arguing that vaccine mandates implemented by private businesses have proven effective at convincing hesitant Americans to get their shots. The president said the Department of Labor has nearly finished submitting the text of a new rule that will require employers with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or submitted to regular COVID-19 testing. Biden said that businesses and other organizations that have implemented vaccine requirements have seen the vaccination rate of their employees rise by an average of 20% or more to well over 90%. He did not mention that several businesses have each fired hundreds of employees who refused to comply with their company's vaccine mandates, or that some industries like the health care sector are experiencing staffing shortages as a consequence. Though vaccine mandates remain controversial, the president said they should not be and blamed skepticism of COVID-19 vaccines on "misinformation." "Let's be clear: Vaccination requirements should not be another issue that divides us. That's why we continue to battle...
    Far-right anti-vaxxer Republicans have been not only furious over President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine/testing mandate, but also, because of the vaccination requirements that airlines have enacted. Journalist Kelly Weill, in the Daily Beast, reports that some of those anti-vaxxers have been floating an idea in response: starting their own airline — one that wouldn't have such vaccination requirements. According to Weill, "Anti-vax voices are responding to airlines' new requirements that pilots and flight crew be vaccinated." And their idea, she says, is "to launch their own airlines for pilots and passengers who refuse to be vaccinated." As a loyal Southwest customer who has been flying safely throughout the pandemic and is utterly opposed to vaccine… https://t.co/XNQjUsebXl — Senator Ron Johnson (@Senator Ron Johnson) 1633959204.0 Weill writes, "Will a squadron of conservative Twitter personalities earn their pilot licenses, buy planes, and give a new meaning to 'airborne' virus? Or will their efforts end as dismally as previous libertarian plots to avoid taxes by building boat-based societies in the middle of the ocean?" Airlines that are requiring vaccines include Southwest, American, Alaska...
    British boxer Amir Khan has claimed he was 'picked on' and 'treated so badly' when he was kicked off an American Airlines flight by US police after an alleged row about face coverings. The 34-year-old had been flying to a training camp in Colorado from New York when he and a friend were removed by police after someone on the plane is said to have complained his colleague's mask 'was not high enough'. But the boxer said his 'mask was always up' and he 'did not argue' with flight attendants when they asked his friend to lift his mask up. Speaking to Kay Burley on Sky News today, Khan continued to maintain that he had 'done nothing wrong' during the incident.     He also said it took place a week after the anniversary of the September 11 attacks and 'things were a little bit tense.' Amir Khan claimed he was 'picked on' and 'did nothing wrong' when he was kicked off an American Airlines flight by US police The boxer said his 'mask was always up' and he 'did not argue'...
    A mother alleges she was kicked off an American Airlines flight because her 2-year-old son was suffering an asthma attack, and was unable to wear a mask.  Amanda Pendarvis was on American Airlines Flight 1284 from Dallas Fort Worth to Colorado Springs Monday with her mother, and toddler son Waylon, when she says a flight attendant, whose name she said was Carl, told her Waylon needed to wear a mask.  Pendarvis, from Oklahoma, described Carl as 'truly evil,' and 'power-tripping' in her Instagram story where she chronicled the ordeal, which she said was 'humiliating/traumatizing.' After attempting unsuccessfully to make Waylon put on a face covering, Pendarvis said crew turned the plane around, and that she was escorted off by police officers. Amanda Pendarvis alleges she was kicked off an American Airlines flight Monday because her 2-year-old asthmatic son Waylon (pictured)  was unable to wear a mask properly 
    A woman walking through an airport wearing little more than a bikini and face mask has sparked headlines, with people wondering just who the person is and what was she doing there. It all started after an Instagram account, credited to the Humans of Spirit Airlines, that posted a video capturing the woman in what appears to be an airport. In the clip, we see the woman with blonde hair wearing an olive green two-piece swimsuit along with a white face mask just strutting through the airport with no other clothes on. (SLIDESHOW: 71 Times Samantha Hoopes Stripped Down) The account captioned the post, “When you have a pool party at noon and a Spirit Airlines flight to catch at 4pm” and “At least she’s wearing a mask.” (SLIDESHOW: 142 Times Josephine Skriver Barely Wore Anything) WATCH:   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Humans Of Spirit Airlines (@humansofspiritairlines) At the time of this publication, the video has been viewed more than 20,000 times and counting. The New York Post noted that the social media account...
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has asked US airports to suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages to go and that they monitor the service of these products, given the growing increase in reports of passengers with “rebellious or dangerous” behavior on flights, published Vive USA. According to the information, Steve Dickson, administrator of the FAA, wrote a letter to those responsible for all airports, arguing that the agency’s investigations have detected that the consumption of alcoholic beverages, before or during flights, contributes to dangerous passenger behavior. With the increase in the flow of travelers in the US airline industry, the number of attacks against flight attendants has also increased considerably, especially due to the rejection of the use of masks and the consumption of alcohol during flights. The FAA emphasized that it prohibits passengers from consuming alcoholic beverages on the plane that are not provided by the airlines, however, it has detected that in the Restaurants, bars and shops at the airports are offered alcohol to go and travelers consume it while waiting for boarding or inside airplanes. FAA...
    A person boards an airplane. (Sierra Steadman is not pictured.) MesquitaFMS/Getty Images TikTok user Sierra Steadman says an Alaska Airlines flight attendant shamed her for her clothing. Steadman said in a video that the flight attendant grabbed her arm and yelled at her while boarding. Steadman said she had never felt more "degraded, ashamed, embarrassed, angry, or sad." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. TikTok user Sierra Steadman, who goes by @sierrasteadman on the app, says she was shamed by an Alaska Airlines flight attendant for her clothing while boarding a flight. In a TikTok video — which has gained 6 million views since it was posted on Sunday — Steadman can be seen wearing a mask while crying and shaking her head. The on-screen text reads: "When the flight attendant slut shames you in front of the whole plane and threatens to kick you off for what you're wearing." Steadman captioned the video: "I've never felt more degraded, ashamed, embarrassed, angry, or sad. F ALASKA AIRLINES!" Steadman and representatives for Alaska Airlines, respectively, did not...
    Mexico signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States to recover the degree of its air safety, downgraded to category 2 last May, reported this Sunday the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT). FAA experts “will make visits to our country that will begin next August, through which they will provide the necessary technical assistance,” announced the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC) of the SCT in a statement. The agency said the Amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding went into effect last Friday. The SCT detailed that the work during the visit of the US experts involves “a technical review to determine if the safety supervision by the AFAC complies with the minimum standards.” The Mexican government also indicated that the specialists will provide the Mexican aeronautical authority with a report of their findings and recommendations for improvement. The Ministry of Communications and Transportation reiterated that the recovery of Category 1 is a priority, in the shortest possible time, so they have not stopped “under any circumstances the improvement actions that allow solving what is...
    The son of British billionaire Lord Ashcroft was hauled off an American Airlines flight in handcuffs and arrested for public intoxication after forcing pilots to abandon takeoff in 2019, according to a police report obtained DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal. Cops said Andrew Ashcroft could barely walk, reeked of alcohol and when asked by cops how many drinks he had consumed, replied: ‘Napping’. Court records in Broward County, Florida reveal  father-of-two  Andrew Ashcroft was pulled over in May 2013 on suspicion of speeding and driving his Mercedes Benz while ‘under the influence' The 43-year-old hotelier also told officers he was in Belize despite the aircraft having just returned to Terminal One at Dallas -Fort Worth International Airport so he could be booted from the flight. Ashcroft was taken to jail but no further action appears to have been taken, according to a January 2019 arrest report obtained by DailyMail.com. The boozy incident is one of two incidents Ashcroft’s ex, Jasmine Hartin, is expected to raise in family court proceedings that kicked off this week in Belize City to determine who...
    President Joe Biden promised an answer in the 'next several days' on when the U.S. will lift restrictions that ban most non-U.S. citizens from traveling to the United States from most of Europe.  Biden was asked about the travel ban, which has been in place since March 2020, the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, during a Thursday evening press conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  'It's in the process of being how soon we can lift the ban, it's in process now, and I'll be able to answer that question to you within the next several days, what is likely to happen,' Biden said.  President Joe Biden (right) said at a press conference Thursday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) that he'll have an answer in the 'next several days' on when the U.S. might lift its travel ban with most Europeans  During the press conference, Biden (right) noted that Merkel (left) actually brought up the travel ban, which doesn't allow Germans to visit the U.S. and has been in place since March 2020  COUNTRIES ON THE US...
    Deniz Saypinar, a 26-year-old model from Turkey, alleged that American Airlines barred her from a flight because of her clothing. Screenshot/Instagram - @dnzsypnr Fitness influencer Deniz Saypinar spoke out against American Airlines in Instagram stories. The Turkish model accused the company of unfairly targeting her for wearing "too short" shorts. American Airlines confirmed that a customer was removed from a July 8 flight. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Turkish model and social media influencer Deniz Saypinar said she was barred from boarding a recent American Airlines flight because her clothing was too short. Saypinar, a bodybuilder who was the first woman in Turkey to earn professional status from the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, was heading from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Miami for Miami Swim Week, an annual modeling show, according to local CBS affiliate, CBS DFW. A post shared by Deniz SAYPINAR (@dnzsypnr)   The 26-year-old's allegations that American Airlines mistreated her came out in a series of stories on Instagram, where she has over 1 million followers. Though...
    Passengers aboard and American Airlines flight to Miami were asked to keep their hands on their heads for the final hour of their flight and warned not to film due to an undisclosed 'security threat.'   The chaos went down on American Airlines flight 2289 flying from Los Angeles International Airport to Miami International Airport on Thursday. Passengers on the Boeing 777 were told to remain in their seats with their hands crossed on top of their heads. One person aboard the plane claimed a male passenger was branded a 'security threat,' amid claims that man was met by police at Miami International Airport and arrested. AA have refused to confirm that allegation. Passengers aboard and American Airlines flight to Miami were asked to keep their hands on their heads for the final hour of their flight and warned not to film due to a 'security threat' 'Here's the MIA terminal where passengers were forced to wait after getting off the plane,' a passenger tweeted after the plane landed in Miami International Airport One passenger defied crew...
    The 46 Boston teenagers who were accused of refusing to wear masks on an American Airlines plane en route to the Bahamas were not responsible for the flight being delayed an entire day, the tour company behind the graduation trip says.  AA Flight 893, which was bound for Nassau, faced extensive delays on Monday after the mask-wearing ordeal on the plane at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.  Fellow passengers say the teens, who had just graduated from Winthrop High School outside of Boston, refused to wear their masks and became disruptive on the plane.  The airline said the delay was the result of non-compliance with the federal mask mandate and that the passengers involved refused to follow crew member instructions.  But the owner of Breakaway Beach, a private tour company they had booked their trip through, says the airline wrongly punished the entire group after just one teenager refused to wear their mask.  AA Flight 893, which was bound for Nassau, faced extensive delays on Monday after the mask-wearing ordeal on the plane at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Passenger Stephanie Krzywanski...
    Southwest Airlines plans to raise minimum pay to $15 an hour for about 7,000 employees, citing the need to attract and keep workers as the airline industry continues to recover from the pandemic. Southwest said Friday that it intends for the raises to take effect on Aug. 1. The airline said that raises for some of the workers will require negotiations with labor unions. "Southwest continually works to attract and retain the best candidates for open positions," said spokesman Brad Hawkins. "As part of this ongoing effort, Southwest is increasing minimum pay rates so that all hourly employees will make at least $15 per hour." Southwest's announcement comes as air travel picks up at the beginning of the summer vacation season after the pandemic turned last year's peak season into a disaster. The number of people going through security checkpoints at U.S. airports has topped 2 million seven times in the past two weeks, hitting levels not seen since early March 2020. However, domestic travel this month is still running 27% below June 2019, according to figures from the...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW/AP) – Southwest Airlines plans to raise minimum pay to $15 an hour for about 7,000 employees, citing the need to attract and keep workers as the airline industry continues to recover from the pandemic. Southwest said Friday that it intends for the raises to take effect on Aug. 1. The airline said that raises for some of the workers will require negotiations with labor unions. READ MORE: Man In Critical Condition After Reported Shooting On I-35W In Fort Worth “Southwest continually works to attract and retain the best candidates for open positions,” said spokesman Brad Hawkins. “As part of this ongoing effort, Southwest is increasing minimum pay rates so that all hourly employees will make at least $15 per hour.” Southwest’s announcement comes as air travel picks up at the beginning of the summer vacation season after the pandemic turned last year’s peak season into a disaster. The number of people going through security checkpoints at U.S. airports has topped 2 million seven times in the past two weeks, hitting levels not seen since early March 2020. READ...
    A woman claimed she was groped by a man sitting behind her on a Spirit Airlines plane but said she was told by flight attendants to 'sit down and stay quiet'. The 18-year-old claimed she was on an early morning flight to California with her family when the man sitting behind her kept touching her arms and breasts. She took to TikTok last week, posting under the username @mobilesushibar, to share a video of the incident, which showed a man's hand reaching through the gap in the seat towards her. The caption read: 'The man was like 50-60s and I was so uncomfy @spiritairlines #fyp#foryou #harassmentawareness.'  In the clip, the teenager is seen sitting on a window seat and leaning on the armrest when a hand appears around the back of the seat.  @mobilesushibar The man was like 50-60s and I was so uncomfy @spiritairlines ##fyp ##foryou ##harassmentawareness ¿¿ ¿ original sound - Sushi monster An 18-year-old woman (pictured) claimed she was groped by a man sitting behind her on a Spirit Airlines plane but said she was told...
    In this article WMT AAL LUV VIDEO2:2002:20Pandemic stress has Americans behaving badly at sporting events, airports and storesThe News with Shepard SmithCrime's up. Tempers are up. Across the United States, businesses are grappling with an astonishing rise in what can only be called "people behaving badly." Retail workers have been subjected to horrifying attacks based on their race, gender identity or disability. Flight attendants have been verbally — and occasionally — physically assaulted. Aggressive driving has led to road rage, with deadly consequences. Shoppers are brawling in the aisles. Experts are pointing to soaring stress levels as the trigger for the rise in these types of incidents.The not so friendly skiesIn May, a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines had two teeth knocked out by a furious passenger, according to law enforcement who arrested the woman in San Diego. It was just one of the latest examples as airlines struggle with an unprecedented onslaught of confrontations. "We can say with confidence that the number of reports we've received during the past several months are significantly higher...
    Stephen M. Keller/Southwest Airlines A Muslim woman filed a complaint with the Department of Transportation against Southwest Airlines.  Fatima Altakrouri said the airline denied her an exit row seat because of her hijab. Altakrouri told USA Today she heard flight attendants saying, "if we sat her there, she'd bring down the plane in an emergency."  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Muslim woman from Texas said Southwest Airlines discriminated against her for wearing a hijab.  Fatima Altakrouri told NBC DFW she was denied the chance to sit in an emergency exit row while her sister, who wasn't wearing a veil, was not.  The two were flying from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Dallas, Texas, on May 22. Altakrouri said she and her sister, Muna Kowni, saw the emergency exit row had the last two seats near each other on the plane.  Altakrouri said she asked a flight attendant whether she could sit there and was told she couldn't. She also overheard a flight attendant say she "couldn't speak English and would bring the whole plane down in...
    New York : Spirit Airlines Flight 185 heading from Cleveland to Los Angeles had to land two hours after takeoff at the Denver airport. Photo: Ethan Miller / . A Spirit Airlines plane bound for Los Angeles was forced to divert to Denver on Wednesday afternoon. after a shirtless passenger tried to open an emergency door. The videos that were uploaded to social networks show the incident mid-flight when crew members and passengers tried to restrain the man near the door before he was pinned in his seat. One of the passengers who recorded one of the videos told the local NBC station that the man left the toilet without his shirt and went to one of the emergency doors without saying a word and then trying to open the emergency door. Flight 185 had left Cleveland around 6 p.m. and was forced to land at 8:22 p.m. at Denver International Airport after the incident. A company spokesperson said in a statement that the passenger was detained and that the police were investigating the incident....
    London (CNN Business)The coronavirus pandemic has forced even the biggest airlines to ground planes, slash jobs and bolster their finances to survive the worst crisis in aviation history. A full recovery is still years away, but a handful of gutsy CEOs think now is the perfect time to launch new carriers."We wouldn't [be launching] without the pandemic," said Tonje Wikstrøm Frislid, CEO of the Norwegian low-cost startup Flyr.Flyr, which is planning its first flight in the coming months, is not alone. Flypop, a UK startup that wants to offer low-cost long haul flights, is preparing for takeoff this year, along with Breeze Airways, the latest offering from serial airline entrepreneur David Neeleman, who founded carriers including JetBlue (JBLU), Azul (AZUL) and WestJet. US airline stocks rise on hopes for a travel reboundThe upstarts are betting that the failures and cutbacks suffered by other airlines during the pandemic have opened new areas of opportunity. They're also hoping to score huge discounts on aircraft from desperate suppliers, and to have their pick of pilots, air crew and support staff."A pandemic is...
    Frontier Airlines planes stand at gates on the A Concourse at Denver International Airport in Denver.David Zalubowski | AP Frontier Airlines filed for an IPO on Monday, a second attempt to go public that comes as the industry is trying to rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic. The airline is currently owned by private equity firm Indigo Partners, whose managing partner is airline industry veteran and low-cost pioneer Bill Franke. The carrier had a $225 million loss in 2020 on revenue of $1.25 billion compared with net income of $251 million on sales of $2.5 billion a year earlier, according to a regulatory filing on Monday. The company dropped plans to IPO last summer after filing in 2017. The Denver-based airline plans to list on Nasdaq under the ticker FRNT. This is breaking news. Check back for updates.
    A Boeing 777 airliner on Friday made an emergency landing in Moscow with engine problems, the operating airline said, six days after another model rained down engine debris over the United States. Russia's state-owned Rossiya airline said the crew had registered the 'incorrect operation of the engine control sensor' on a cargo flight from Hong Kong to Madrid and 'decided to make an emergency landing in Moscow.' Online flight trackers confirmed the flight was carried out with a Boeing 777. The airline said the unscheduled landing went ahead without incident and that no one was injured. The plane was due to continue its onward journey to Madrid after a delay of several hours, it added. The incident came just days after Boeing confirmed that dozens of its 777 aircraft were grounded globally resulting from the engine of a United Airlines plane catching fire and scattering debris over a suburb of Denver, Colorado. The Boeing 777 airliner operated by Russia 's state-owned Rossiya airline on Friday made an emergency landing in Moscow with engine problems. Pictured: A Boeing 777 passenger plane...
    New York : Fragments of the engine from United Airlines Flight 328 were scattered throughout various Broomfield neighborhoods in Colorado. Photo: CHET STRANGE / . / . A United Airlines Boeing 777-200 bound for Honolulu suffered a fire in one of its engines shortly after taking off from the Denver airport. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) United Airlines Flight 328 231 passengers and 10 crew members were traveling. After registering the fire, the aircraft returned to the Denver airport where it landed. The engine images were shared on social media and showed the fragments scattered around various neighborhoods from Broomfield in Colorado. The photographs reveal a part of the engine in front of a house. Broomfield police shared images of other fragments of the aircraft on Twitter. This photo was taken near 13th and Elmwood. Media stage in Commons Park on North side near dog park. PIO eta is 30 mins. pic.twitter.com/vfXlToB5mE – Broomfield Police (@BroomfieldPD) February 20, 2021 BREAKING: Giant metal engine piece just landed in this Broomfield person’s yard after plane...
    A United Airlines flight has made an emergency landing after dropping several pieces of debris in Colorado. Cops in Bloomfield responded to reports of objects falling from the sky on Saturday afternoon and saw huge metal objects in front lawns. The broken pieces are believed to have come from Flight 328, which diverted and landed in Denver shortly after takeoff. A United Airlines flight has made an emergency landing after dropping several pieces of debris in Colorado Cops in Bloomfield responded to reports of objects falling from the sky on Saturday afternoon and saw huge metal objects in front lawns The plane's engine is believed to have set alight mid-flight.  Pictures from the ground and accounts from passengers say the engine set on fire and the plane started violently shaking. Chris Vanderveen said the plane cheered when they touched back down after experiencing 'engine issues'. No injuries on the ground or in the plane were reported.  Officers are working to locate all the debris.  More to follow 
    An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max. Joe Raedle/Getty Images A woman told local news she received an offensive charge on her bank statement after traveling with American Airlines last year, Charlotte's WJZY-TV reported.  The charge on her statement reads: "African American, African service charge," Kyetra Bryant told the news outlet.  A spokesperson for American Airlines told Insider they were "disturbed by what we saw" and "immediately launched an investigation" when informed about the incident.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A woman in North Carolina said she and her boyfriend "felt targeted" after they received an offensive charge on bank statements after traveling with American Airlines, Charlotte's WJZY-TV reported.  Kyetra Bryant told the news station she received an "African American, African service charge" on her bank statement after traveling with the airline last year. She told the outlet she and her boyfriend purchased their own flight tickets and covered their own baggage fees.  "Over Thanksgiving, my boyfriend and I traveled from Charlotte to Denver with American, but I had no idea the trip would be ruined due...
    The Alaska Airlines music video is a parody of "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats. Courtesy of Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines made an '80s dance video in conjunction with ad agency Mekanism about keeping passengers safe from the coronavirus while flying. The song in the video is a parody of the 1983 Men Without Hats hit "Safety Dance," with lyrics that explain coronavirus-era flight procedures, like "If your friends don't mask—why don't they mask?—well they won't fly this airline!" The video repeats the importance of wearing a mask and washing your hands while traveling several times. "We created this campaign to shine a spotlight on the numerous safety procedures that matter most right now," Laura Wimer, Mekanism's executive creative director, told Insider. The dancers are all airline employees, and some are on the Alaska Flight Attendant Drill Team. They learned the moves using videos of the choreography and had an 8-hour dress rehearsal the day before filming, according to the company's blog. Wimer said the video highlights the airline's "best asset: the Alaska Airlines employees and their undeniable...
    Alaska Airlines Airbus A321-253N takes off at Los Angeles international Airport on September 15, 2020. AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images An unidentified man was arrested by local police after he walked on the wing of an Alaska Airlines plane at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, KSNV-TV reported. The pilot saw the man and warned the control tower before the plane departed to Portland, according to CNN. In one video of the incident posted on Twitter, the man is seen kicking off his shoes and trying to climb the wing of the plane.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A man who was seen walking, climbing, and taking off his shoes on the wing of an airplane at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas was arrested by local police on Saturday. The incident occurred just after 1:30 PM on Saturday, KSNV-TV reported. The Alaska Airlines flight was set to take off for Portland, Oregon, when the unidentified man was seen on the wing of the plane by the pilot, who then warned the control tower, CNN reported. Footage of the incident...
    DEAR TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER: I booked a round trip flight from Washington, D.C., to Chicago for Thanksgiving. The original flight was supposed to leave from Washington at 10:45 a.m. on Thanksgiving and return on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter  When I arrived at the gate, United announced that a flight attendant did not show up for work that day, and United had no additional flight attendants on reserve. They could not give us an estimated departure time and said that the flight was delayed “indefinitely.” Since it was Thanksgiving morning, I spoke to a ticket agent about other flights going to Chicago. He put me on standby for the 11:45 a.m. flight, which was full, and said I was confirmed on the 12:45 p.m. flight in case my original flight was still delayed beyond 12:45 p.m., but that I would lose my seat on my original flight. I ended up getting on my original flight and flew to Chicago with a 90-minute delay. When I went to check in for my return flight, United had canceled it,...
    Frontier Airlines passengers burst into applause after a woman who refused to wear a mask was kicked off the plane. In video shared on Twitter by Griffin Frank, a writer for Fox & Friends, the unnamed woman was on a flight from Cincinnati to Tampa on Thursday. A flight attendant approached the woman and told her she needed to wear a face covering, per the airline's policy, or she would be asked to leave. After the woman declined to do so, and cursed at the employee, she was removed from the aircraft to the cheers of those around her.  Passenger kicked off ⁦@FlyFrontier⁩ flight to Tampa for refusing to wear a mask. Rules are rules. pic.twitter.com/snBW9QrcGZ— Griffin Frank (@GriffinFrank) December 3, 2020 A Frontier Airlines flight attendant approached a woman not wearing a mask on a flight from Cincinnati to Tampa on Thursday (left and right). She told the woman that she had to wear a mask, or at least one provided for her, or she would be removed from the plane The woman refuses and then...
    An American Airlines plane parks at a gate in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on July 16, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Amani al-Khatahtbeh, a Muslim influencer and activist, said she was kicked off an American Airlines flight in Newark, New Jersey, because one passenger did not "feel comfortable" having her onboard.  Al-Khatahtbeh and the passenger got into a heated interaction while in line for airport security, she said.  When she boarded the flight, she learned the passenger had complained about her and an agent came to remove her.  When reached for comment, a representative for American Airlines said the company contacted both passengers and "is working as fast as possible to understand what occurred." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Muslim influencer said she was booted from an American Airlines flight in New Jersey on Saturday because a white male passenger told agents he did not "feel comfortable" with her onboard.  Amani al-Khatahtbeh, an activist and the founder of a blog geared toward Muslim women, said in a Twitter thread that "an...
    A photograph appearing to show a Muslim Congressional candidate being escorted off an American Airlines flight in handcuffs has sparked outrage on the internet.  The image was captured by a passenger on board the plane, which was set to take off from Newark, New Jersey on Saturday morning.  The passenger also shared video footage of the woman - believed to be noted author and activist Amani al-Khatahtbeh -  speaking with airline crew and police before she was booted off the aircraft.  A photograph appearing to show a Muslim Congressional candidate being escorted off an American Airlines flight in handcuffs has sparked outrage on the internet. Al-Khatahtbeh, who was named one of the 25 most influential Muslim Americans by CNN, is the founder of the blog MuslimGirl.com pic.twitter.com/NMqkHJfpKc— Jake (@yesjaketapia) November 14, 2020 'Had to get off my flight because a man asked a Muslim woman to get off the plane. @AmericanAirlines employees followed his request and gave the woman no explanation,' the passenger wrote beneath a video of the woman speaking politely to flight crew.  She says she would not...
    A maskless passenger on an American Airlines flight from Orlando to Philadelphia was taken into custody Thursday morning after he allegedly tried to talk to the pilot inside the cockpit and asked about a parachute while standing next to an exit door.  The incident occurred just before 9.30am while the aircraft was approaching Philadelphia International Airport.  According to NBC Philadelphia, the man asked 'Where's my parachute?' as he walked from the back of the plane.  A maskless passenger on an American Airlines flight (file image) from Orlando to Philadelphia was taken into custody Thursday morning after he allegedly tried to talk to the pilot inside the cockpit When the plane landed safely in Philadelphia, the man was taken into custody. He was transported to a hospital a short time later and no charges were filed against him A witness said the flight attendant yelled for help and a few male passengers moved seats to protect the plane's exit doors. At one point, the man reportedly climbed over the back of one seat.  He then spoke to a flight attendant and...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is ending its coronavirus pandemic-era policy of underselling flights and will put passengers back in middle seats starting Dec. 1. “We are one of just a few airlines in the world that limits the number of seats available for sale to promote distancing onboard our aircraft, and we will continue to do so through November. This practice of effectively keeping middle seats open bridged us from the early days of the pandemic, when we had little knowledge about the behavior of the virus, to now. Today, aligned with science-based findings from trusted medical and aviation organizations, we will resume selling all available seats for travel,” said a statement in part from the airline. But the company said it’s “pairing this change with enhanced flexibility for customers on fuller flights to rebook to another flight, if desired.” Citing research from UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Stanford University School of Medicine, the airline said the risk of breathing COVID-19 particles on an airplane is virtually non-existent, with the combination of air filtration and face covering...
    A China Airlines crew member has reported seeing someone in a jet pack flying at an altitude of 6,000 feet near LA International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Authority. The crew member spotted the individual around seven miles northwest of the airport about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. An air traffic controller overseeing airline approaches also sighted what appeared to be a person in a jet pack and warned a commercial pilot who was just about to land at the airport.   The FBI and LAX officials are both investigating the reports, in what marks the second similar incident in just over a month.   A China Airlines crew member has reported seeing someone in a jet pack flying at an altitude of 6,000 feet near LA International Airport (above), according to the Federal Aviation Authority This story is developing 
    Usually when passengers find themselves sitting on a grounded commercial airplane, reactions range from impatience to downright anger.  But these are not usual times. That's one of several activities that Singapore Airlines is launching instead of what media reports have dubbed "flights to nowhere." The airline announced this week it was abandoning plans for destination-less flights — which were to take off and land at Singapore's Changi Airport —  in favor of ground-based activities designed to relive the feeling of air travel. Three new ideasSingapore Airlines is debuting three activities that replicate elements of flying — but without actually flying anywhere.  On Oct. 24 and 25, the airline will let customers dine inside an A380 double-decker superjumbo "restaurant." Customers can eat Singapore Airlines dishes while watching movies on the plane's in-flight entertainment system. Bookings are $50 Singapore dollars ($37) to dine in economy class, SGD$300 ($220) for business class and SGD$600 ($440) for a private suite. Those who arrive wearing traditional clothing, such as a "sarong kebaya, cheongsam, saree, batik shirt or even a kilt" receive a special gift, according to the company website....
    A visibly drunk California couple was arrested at Miami International Airport on Sunday after the woman hopped over the airline ticket counter and attacked a ticket agent who refused to let her board because she wasn’t wearing shoes. Brittney Mohammadi of Huntington Beach and her boyfriend, Manuel Arteaga, 26, of Hawaiian Gardens approached the check-in counter at the American Airlines departure hall on Sunday. They were looking to get on board Flight 1061 from MIA to Los Angeles International Airport. Video shows Mohammadi turning violent when she was told that she would not be permitted onto the flight because she was barefoot. A 23-year-old California woman was arrested on Sunday after she scaled an American Airlines ticket counter at Miami International Airport and tried to attack a ticketing agent on Sunday The woman was irate after she was told she could not board the flight to Los Angeles because she was barefoot The woman was restrained by her boyfriend after they were denied entry into the gate The California couple has been identified...
    American Airlines aircrafts seen at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images A woman was arrested and charged with assault after striking an American Airlines employee who prevented her from boarding a connecting flight due unless she wore a face mask, NBC News reported. Yolanda Yarbrough became "irate" and "struck" the employee in the face, the airline and Phoenix police told NBC News. Yarbrough has since been banned from American Airlines. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A woman was arrested and charged with assault after she struck an American Airlines employee who barred her from boarding a connecting flight because she wasn't wearing a face mask, NBC News reported.   An American Airlines spokesman, Curtis Blessing, told the news outlet that the woman, Yolanda Yarbrough, did not follow the airline's face covering guidelines on a flight from Los Angeles to Phoenix.  According to the report, Yarbrough landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport when an employee told her she can't board her connecting flight to Las Vegas because she wasn't wearing a mask....
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Fort Worth-based American Airlines is planning to drop flights to up to 30 smaller U.S. cities if a federal requirement to continue those flights expires at the end of next month, an airline executive familiar with the matter said Thursday. American agreed to keep serving those smaller cities as a condition of receiving $5.8 billion in federal payroll help this spring. However, the money and the requirement to serve those destinations both expire Sept. 30 unless they are extended. The move by American could put more pressure on Congress and the White House to give passenger airlines another $25 billion for labor costs. Airline unions and the airlines, which are struggling with a steep downturn in revenue as the pandemic undercuts air travel, are lobbying Congress for the money. American is telling the federal government that if relief money is extended, it won’t drop cities, but if the money is not extended, it will, said Brett Snyder, a travel agent who writes about the industry at CrankyFlier.com. “This isn’t an idle threat,” and it “is going to...
    Pro-Trump personality David J. Harris Jr. held up an entire American Airlines flight on Saturday for apparently not complying with the company’s mask policy, and instead, made a scene in the noble fight to defend one’s personal “rights” to not wear a face-covering on board. “So because I declared that I have a medical reason to not wear a mask, people on the plane are tripping out and may not want to fly on this plane,” the pundit began in a 3-minute video posted to Instagram. “There are a couple [fellow passengers] that are definitely having an issue, me not wearing a mask,” Harris stated. A few seconds later, the flight’s caption could be heard over the intercom, presenting the opportunity for passengers who didn’t feel safe to re-book their travel due to Harris not wearing a mask. Harris, smirking, continued “They cannot violate your HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) rights at American [Airlines] and ask you anything about your medical issue, so for all the people on the plane who might want to get off,...
    An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Seattle, Washington on Saturday after a passenger threatened to kill everyone on board. Video footage from the incident shows the man – wearing a face mask - moving through the cabin of Flight 422 bound for Chicago O' Hare yelling: 'I will kill everybody on this plane unless you accept Jesus was a black man.' As he moves past alarmed passengers in their seats he is heard shouting 'accept it' and 'die in the name of Jesus' multiple times. According to Alaska Airlines the flight took off around 11.15pm from Seattle-Tacoma airport and incident kicked off 20 minutes in. Video shows the man moving through the cabin of Flight 422 bound for Chicago O' Hare yelling that he is going to 'kill everybody' and to just 'accept it' before he is subdued The Seattle Times Privacy Policy 'The man became extremely belligerent and physically aggressive during the ascent,' an Alaska Airlines spokesperson said. Three passengers, including a law enforcement officer, and a flight attendant helped...
    (CNN)A longtime American Airlines mechanic is accused of using his access to secure areas of an airport to smuggle cocaine into the US in an airplane compartment, according to a criminal complaint filed in February. His attorney says authorities got the wrong guy.The mechanic, Paul Belloisi, 52, was indicted last month due in part to court delays stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The charges include conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to import cocaine and importation of cocaine. The mechanic from Hicksville, New York, was arraigned Monday and entered a not guilty plea, his attorney, David Besso, said Belloisi is a 30-year employee of American airlines with a "spotless" record and no criminal history."He was going about his official duties as an airline mechanic," Besso said. "Somehow the government had planted scam cocaine in the plane, which he said wasn't supposed to be there and went over and touched it and they arrested him."Discovering the bricks of cocaineRead MoreProsecutors say a flight landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York from Jamaica on February...
    DEAR TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER: I had a flight from Baltimore to Madrid scheduled on American Airlines, then I found out I needed surgery. So I contacted my online travel agency, AirTkt, to ask for a refund. Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter  I filled out the paperwork and sent AirTkt a letter from Johns Hopkins stating that I would be unable to fly. American Airlines refunded AirTkt based on my medical letter. But now I can’t get AirTkt to refund me. I have a credit card that provides travel insurance, but it requires that I first request a refund from the airlines. Can you help me get my airline ticket refund? — Pamela Mazerski, Ellicott City, Maryland A: I’m sorry to hear that you need surgery. At a time like this, everyone should be sympathetic to your situation. If, indeed, AirTkt took an airline ticket refund from American Airlines and didn’t send the money along, that would be unethical. Generally, nonrefundable tickets are, as the name would suggest, completely nonrefundable. You can either buy a more expensive, refundable ticket (but those can double...
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