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Passenger Jets Do 360s Mid-Flight, Intentionally

EasyJet, Finnair passengers treated to views of northern lights

(Newser) - An easyJet flight turned around midair while flying from Iceland to the UK on Monday—though this detour left passengers pleased. There was no incident on board. Rather, the pilot decided to give passengers the best possible view of the northern lights, which were putting on a show over the...

For Plane Headed to Vacation Island, an Alarming Trip

EasyJet flight headed to Spain's Menorca gets fighter jet escort after bomb hoax

(Newser) - A flight to a Spanish vacation destination turned a bit frightening for the passengers on board when a fighter jet showed up as an escort, due to a bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax. An EasyJet plane out of London on Sunday left Gatwick Airport around 1pm...

Air Traffic Control Slip-Up Almost Caused Disaster

Paris controller cleared planes to take off, land on same runway

(Newser) - Air safety investigators in France say a number of factors almost caused a disaster at the country's biggest airport last year—including the fact that an air traffic controller was out of practice due to reduced flights during the pandemic. According to a report released Tuesday, a United Airlines...

Suit: I Was Pressured to Move Seats Because I'm a Woman

Passenger sues EasyJet over encounters with Orthodox Jews

(Newser) - A British-Israeli woman is suing EasyJet for discrimination after she says she was twice asked to move seats because of her gender. Melanie Wolfson, 38, says she paid extra for an aisle seat on an October flight from Tel Aviv to London only to be asked to move seats by...

Girl, 7, Slips Through Airport Security and Onto Plane

A crew member spotted her and alerted police

(Newser) - A runaway 7-year-old girl slipped through security checks at Geneva's airport and onto a plane without a ticket before being spotted by a crew member and handed over to police, officials said Wednesday. Acknowledging an "eminently regrettable" incident that could have turned out worse, Geneva airport spokesman Bernard...

Airport Worker Allegedly Punches Passenger Holding Baby

Passenger was inquiring about long delay

(Newser) - An EasyJet flight from Nice, France, to Luton, England, was delayed 11 hours or more Saturday—and yet that was probably not the worst part of one passenger's day. The passenger approached an employee of the Nice airport's subcontractor, Samsic, to ask about the delay. The employee couldn'...

Odd Airline Dispute Involves Taser, Man Purse

Irate passenger arrested this morning in London: police

(Newser) - Instead of in Belfast, a passenger aboard an EasyJet flight on the tarmac at London's Gatwick Airport landed in jail today after an argument over his "man purse" left him stunned—literally, police say. NBC News reports the budget carrier allows just one carry-on bag per flight and...

EasyJet Offers Israeli Fliers Choice of Ham or Bacon

Budget carrier sorry for pork-only mix-up

(Newser) - Just months after launching a Tel Aviv-London service with a kosher menu, EasyJet found itself with nothing to offer hungry Jewish passengers on a 4.5-hour flight but ham melts and bacon baguettes. The airline apologized for the blunder, saying the wrong food canisters had been supplied, the Daily Mail...

EasyJet: Plane's Too Heavy— Get Off or Get Arrested

Passengers ordered off plane after fuel bungle

(Newser) - British budget carrier EasyJet is under fire for its heavy-handed treatment of passengers who found themselves on a plane that was too loaded to take off. The flight from Birmingham to Geneva had been filled with 10 tons too much fuel, so 37 passengers were asked to leave the plane....

Easyjet to Install Volcanic Ash Detectors

Take that, Eyjafjallajokull

(Newser) - Low-cost airline Easyjet has unveiled world-first plans to outfit its planes with radar to detect volcanic ash. Easyjet said yesterday that the devices—designed to be placed on the tail fin and detect ash within 100 miles—could prevent a repeat of the shutdown of air space last month caused...

Airline Pulls Own Mag After Holocaust Memorial Shoot

Budget easyJet did fashion spread without permission

(Newser) - British budget airline easyJet has taken its in-flight magazine out of its planes after the New Statesman pointed out that a fashion spread in its current edition was shot at Berlin’s Holocaust memorial. The airline blamed the outside publishing house in charge of the magazine, which, judgment and taste...

UK Air Travelers Allowed 2 Bags (Some Airports)

Baggage rules relaxed at Heathrow, not Gatwick, others

(Newser) - Confusion may be the rule for air travelers in the UK, where some—but not all—airports have been allowed to drop a one-cabin-bag-per-passenger limit. Passengers at Heathrow and 21 other airports will be permitted to carry two bags for the first time since the tightening of airport security in...

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