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'Disoriented' Flier Forces Emergency Landing

Passenger arrested after trying to open cabin door mid-flight

(Newser) - A flight from Portland, Maine, to Philadelphia was forced to make an emergency landing at Boston's Logan airport yesterday after a disoriented passenger apparently decided he wanted to get off in mid-air. The passenger, 40-year-old Michael Ensalaco of North Carolina, walked to an emergency door and tried to open...

US Airways Takes First Step Toward American Merger

Reaches deal with three labor unions

(Newser) - US Airways has taken a big step in its plan to merge with bankrupt American Airlines, it announced today by filing a form with the SEC. A letter to US Airways employees from the CEO explains that to win a merger the company still needs the OK of American-parent AMR'...

US Airways Jet Makes Emergency Landing in NC

Pilot immediately turns around after 'loud noise'

(Newser) - A "loud and unsettling noise" convinced a US Airways pilot to turn around and make an emergency landing just after takeoff in North Carolina yesterday. No one was hurt, and the 44 passengers en route from Charlotte to Charleston, West Virginia, were placed on other flights. Mechanics are seeking...

Top Carriers Weigh American Airlines Merger

US Airways, Delta in the running

(Newser) - Fellow airlines and a private-equity firm are considering buying American Airlines' parent company, which filed for bankruptcy just months ago . Though AMR has struggled in recent years—American hasn't turned a profit since 2007—its decades-old airline holds the No. 3 position among US carriers by traffic. A merger...

Passenger Has to Stand for 7-Hour Flight
Passenger Has to Stand
for 7-Hour Flight

Passenger Has to Stand for 7-Hour Flight

... because of obese person next to him

(Newser) - Another dismal travel tale from the world of packed airplanes: A US Airways passenger flying from Anchorage to Philadelphia had to stand for nearly all of the seven-hour flight, reports the consumer advocacy blog . The problem? The airline booked a late-boarding passenger who weighed in the neighborhood of...

California Flier Stranded in Airport 8 Days

Cash-strapped woman marooned by baggage fees

(Newser) - All she wanted was to get out of town to start fresh. But California would-be flier Terri Weissinger ended up stuck in San Francisco International Airport for eight days, marooned by unexpected baggage fees. Cash-strapped Weissinger was down to three bags, a ticket and $30 when she arrived at the...

Man Busted in Flight Attendant's Mexico Murder

Nick Aaronson found bound, strangled in hotel

(Newser) - A man has been busted in the murder of a US Airways flight attendant who was found naked, bound, and strangled in a Mexico City hotel. FBI agents nabbed the suspected killer of Nick Aaronson using a hotel surveillance camera and tracking the GPS on his stolen cell phone, reports...

Airline Bag Fees Hit $400

 Airline Bag Fees Hit $400 

Airline Bag Fees Hit $400

At least for an overweight international bag on some airlines

(Newser) - How crazy have airline baggage fees gotten? Well, checking an overweight (that's a 71- to 100-pound) bag will now cost you a whopping $400 on most Continental Airlines international flights. And Continental isn’t alone either, according to a survey of major carriers by USA Today ; United Airlines also...

19 Most Hated Companies
 19 Most Hated Companies 

19 Most Hated Companies

Surprise: Arilines and telecoms make the cut

(Newser) - Ask someone which American company they most loathe, and chances are they'll struggle to pick just one: The Atlantic rounds up the "19 Most Hated Companies in America" based on the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Airlines, telecoms, and power companies make frequent appearances. Some of the worst offenders:...

Jet Passenger Booted Over Baggy Pants

College football player refused to hike 'em up, says US Airways

(Newser) - Today's installment in people being booted off pubic transportation, this one involving saggy pants and the classic line, "My pants are up, sir." A 20-year-old University of New Mexico football player got thrown off a US Airways flight because the airline says he refused to pull up...

Football Player Arrested Over Droopy Pants

He's kicked off US Airways flight, charged with trespassing

(Newser) - A University of New Mexico football player was kicked off a plane and ultimately arrested yesterday because airline employees didn’t like how low his pants were hanging. Police got a call at 9am complaining that someone was exposing themselves outside a US Airways gate, the San Francisco Chronicle reports....

And the Airline With the Most Complaints Is...

...Delta. Overall, complaints about US airlines rocketed 28% last year

(Newser) - If you think flying has gotten worse lately, you're not alone. Airline complaints soared an astounding 28% last year. Oddly, though, actual data reveals that planes improved their performance in a number of areas, with fewer lost bags and bumped passengers, and more on-time arrivals. A co-author of the Transportation...

Pilot Spots Bullet Hole in Plane

Jet is grounded as FBI investigates

(Newser) - The FBI is investigating what appears to be a bullet hole spotted in the fuselage of a US Airways jet after it landed in North Carolina. The Boeing 737 was taken out of service when the nickel-sized hole was found by a pilot during a pre-flight inspection Monday at Charlotte...

Guy With 'Suspicious' Bagel on Plane Arrested

Funny-looking package didn't actually contain a bomb

(Newser) - A group of passengers on a US Airways, doing their country proud and keeping themselves safe from terrorists, reported a "suspicious package" to the crew of a Boston-to-DC flight on Monday. Apparently, the plastic bag was making weird noises! When the crew confronted bag owner Ognjen Milatovic, the 35-year-old...

Vicious Dog Forces Plane to Land
Vicious Dog Forces Plane to Land

Vicious Dog Forces Plane to Land

Terrier runs amok in passenger cabin

(Newser) - A passenger who apparently had trouble following the instruction "Don't let your dog out of its carrier" forced a US Airways flight from Newark to Phoenix to make an unscheduled stop in Pittsburgh. The agitated 12-pound Manchester terrier, set loose in the cabin, bit a passenger and a flight...

Security Scare Forces Flight Evacuation in Philly

FBI doesn't think it's a terror incident

(Newser) - Authorities are looking for someone who may have improperly gained access to the tarmac at Philadelphia's airport, prompting passengers to be removed from a US Airways flight to Bermuda. An FBI spokesman says the incident doesn't appear to have any connection to terrorism. Police say initial reports from the scene...

Two Planes Escape Disaster&mdash;Barely
Two Planes Escape

Two Planes Escape Disaster—Barely

US Airways jet, cargo plane nearly collide over Minneapolis

(Newser) - Way too close for comfort: A US Airways jet with 90 passengers came within 50 to 100 feet of colliding with a cargo plane over Minneapolis. The NTSB is investigating the near collision, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune , which points out that it occurred over a residential neighborhood and two busy...

Baggage Fees Plump Airline Revenues
Baggage Fees Plump Airline Revenues

Baggage Fees Plump Airline Revenues

Charges aren't going away, even as carriers regain profitability

(Newser) - Extra fees were a way for airlines to combat the severe drop in air travel during the recession, and they've worked—United led the way with $1.9 billion of them last year. Worldwide, airlines collected $13.5 billion in 2009, most of it from baggage fees, a 43% increase...

Maggots Force Plane Back to Gate
Maggots Force Plane
Back to Gate 

Maggots Force Plane Back to Gate

Someone brought spoiled meat in a carry-on

(Newser) - It's not quite Snakes on a Plane, but close enough for passengers on a US Airways flight getting ready to take off from Atlanta to Charlotte. The plane had to return to the gate for cleaning when maggots emerged from an overhead bin. It seems someone brought aboard spoiled meat...

Stingy Airlines Redeem Few Miles

Study shows big carriers turn down most requests

(Newser) - If you're hoping to redeem some of your frequent flier miles on US Airways or Delta, good luck. Those two airlines could fulfill just 10.7% and 12.9% of standard mileage award requests in a recent study, and while best-in-class Southwest could fulfill 99.3%, other US carriers didn't...

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