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Lufthansa Persuades 42 People to Change Their Name for a Chance at a New Life

Klaus-Heidi. That’s the name the German airline company dared Swedes to change their moniker to this October in exchange for an all-expenses-paid trip to Berlin. Little did they know so many people would actually do it.

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 READ MORE



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FAA Giving Boeing 737s a Close Look

After an alarming gash appeared in the fuselage of a Southwest Airlines plane while it was in flight last Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration wisely elected to call for a large-scale inspection of Boeing 737s with an eye toward finding similar wear and tear.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


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United and Continental to Combine Flying Forces

Two major commercial airlines—United and Continental—announced on Monday that they are merging to form the world’s biggest air carrier, which is to be called (drum roll) ... United Airlines. But in a super-creative twist, the newly rebranded fleet will ... (continued)

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / LAXFlyer

Continental to Be United

Barring any last-minute mess-ups, a deal to merge air carriers Continental and United will likely be announced as early as Monday, a union that would create the world’s biggest airline.

Posted on May 1, 2010 READ MORE


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AP via latimes.com

European Flights to Resume—With Caution

Many grounded travelers and some airline industry officials disagreed with the halting of air travel across much of Europe last weekend due to the ashy work of Iceland’s now-infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and now it’s looking like some flights will be gearing up for takeoff on Tuesday.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE



ethiopianairlines.com

90 Feared Dead in Lebanon Plane Crash

An Ethiopian Airlines plane carrying 90 passengers and crew crashed off the coast of Lebanon on Monday. The aircraft, which took off in a severe storm, was seen on fire before it went down. The cause of the crash is officially unknown, but Lebanese officials discounted the possibility of sabotage.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


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virgingalactic.com

Virgin Galactic Gears Up for Space Flights

As if his plan for global domination weren’t enough, Virgin Group honcho Richard Branson is taking to space with his new commercial spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, which will grant six paying customers at a time the experience of weightlessness for six minutes.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE


A Chance to Avert Tragedy

So now we know that pilots responsible for the safety of about a quarter of the flying public rest up for duty by catching a few winks in an airport lounge, or sleeping in idle aircraft or aboard a cross-country flight from their hometowns to their airport home base.

Posted on May 21, 2009 READ MORE


AirTran plane
yelp.com

Airline Apologizes to Detained Muslim Passengers

AirTran Airways was in damage control mode Friday after forcing nine Muslim passengers off an Orlando-bound flight at Reagan International Airport in Arlington, Va., the previous day.

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 READ MORE


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flightnetwork.com

Delta and Northwest Join in Airline Mega-Merger

As airlines around the globe struggle to navigate through tough times for the industry, Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. have come up with their own possible solution. By Tuesday, the two companies had reached an agreement to join forces and create Delta, the world’s biggest airline.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Southwest Plane
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You Are Now Free to Blow the Whistle

The shocking truth about FAA plane inspections was revealed Thursday when three inspectors told a congressional hearing their supervisors ignored their concerns about the safety of Southwest planes and reprimanded them for raising questions.

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


French Intelligence Warned of Airline Terror Plot in 2001

Months before 9/11, French intelligence warned the CIA that al-Qaida was planning an attack involving airplanes, according to classified documents and former French intelligence officials. The information was vague and possibly misleading, but it speaks to the intelligence community’s inability to coalesce fragmentary warnings into something concrete and comprehensive.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


And They Think Hair Gel Is a Problem

A different sort of terror took to the skies last week when a man on a SkyWest Airlines flight relieved himself in an air sickness bag after the captain banned restroom use. The airline has since apologized to John Whipple, whose action, remarkably, went unnoticed by any other passenger.

Posted on Mar 16, 2007 READ MORE


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news.com.au

Anti-Bush T-Shirt Deemed ‘Security Threat’

A traveler in Australia was stopped at an airport boarding gate when the attendant saw his T-shirt, which had an image of George W. Bush and the words “World’s #1 Terrorist.” Allen Jasson was told the shirt was offensive and a security threat and was asked to remove it. He didn’t, saying he would rather defend free speech than his airline fare.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


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abc.net.au

Judge Throws Out Terror Case

A judge in Pakistan has dropped the terrorism charges against one of the alleged leaders of the London airline bomb plot. Britain, undeterred by the ruling in favor of Rashid Rauf, says it will move ahead with its case against co-conspiracy suspects in its custody.

Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE


Plane Grounded by Flatulence

An airliner was forced to make an emergency landing on Monday after a passenger struck matches in attempting to cover the odor of her gas.  After bomb-sniffing dogs searched the plane, the woman admitted to lighting the matches and said she had a medical condition.  She was not allowed to reboard. (h/t: Boing Boing)

Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


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nwa.com

Website Exposes Airline Security Flaw

Christopher Soghoian created a boarding pass generator, allowing visitors to his website to sneak through airport security with fake documents.  Though the FBI has shut down Soghoian’s site, the flaw that enabled it remains a security threat.

Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


‘Kip Hawley Is an Idiot’

An air traveler wrote the above phrase—a reference to the head of the Transportation Security Administration—on his carry-on bag, and the traveler ended up being detained by TSA personnel who told him that his free speech ends at the security gate.

Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


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scotsman.com

The Cash Cost of London?s Airline Scare

BAA, which operates London?s Heathrow Airport, is set to announce losses of 20 million pounds due to the recent terror alert.  British Airways has already announced 40 million pounds in losses, following the cancellation of flights?thousands at Heathrow alone?and restrictive security measures.

Posted on Sep 10, 2006 READ MORE


Another European Airline Scare

Dutch authorities detained 12 passengers on a flight headed to Mumbai, India, after the plane was turned around under fighter escort.  The passengers were reported to have behaved suspiciously?using and exchanging cellphones midflight.  Later, authorities said the incident probably had nothing to do with terrorism and that the 12 passengers would be released today.

Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Spinning Old Threats Into New Fears

Investigators have known for a decade about terrorist plots to bring down passenger jets with liquid explosives. So why, all of a sudden, did Bush ban most liquids on flights?

Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


Pakistan Called ?Hub? of Airline Terror Plot

U.S. and European officials have traced major support for the recently foiled aircraft terror plot to Pakistan, though they praised the Pakistani government for its ?vital? role in unraveling the scheme.  Investigators said the operation drew financial and logistical support from Karachi and Lahore, and at least 17 of those in British custody are said to have ties to Pakistan.

Posted on Aug 12, 2006 READ MORE


British police
AP / Matt Dunham

Brits Foil Terror Plot

Scotland Yard has upset a terrorist plot to explode planes in mid-flight from the UK to the U.S.  As part of an operation lasting several months, authorities arrested 18 people and raised the threat level in the UK to critical, the highest possible.
Update: Bush raised America’s threat level to red—the highest. It’s a first for America.

Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


Airbus

Europe’s Hijack-Proof Plane

Airbus, Siemens and dozens of other European companies are working on a system that would reroute control of hijacked aircraft to the ground.  The system would then safely land the plane at the nearest airport.

Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE


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