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  • July 2, 2009

    “Naked Man on Plane” Story Not as Funny as First Thought

    Filed under: Arrested,Nudists,Passengers,US Airways — anne @ 11:52 am
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    It starts off like a real hoo-hah – a passenger onboard a US Airways flight from Charlotte to Los Angeles- a 50 year old man from the Bronx – decides to take his clothes off. Every stitch.

    This is where one would normally make a reference to Air New Zealand’s TV ad featuring crew members wearing nothing more than a coat of paint.

    However…it seems pretty clear this guy was mentally ill. He later told the FBI in Albuquerque (where the plane diverted because the fellow would not put his clothes back on) that he hadn’t taken his medication, and he had no memory of anything he’d done on the flight.

    Something else to consider: before the flight took off from Charlotte, a “flight service supervisor” with US Airways saw this man “dancing in a crowded boarding area” but determined he had not been drinking, ergo he was good to go on the flight.

    I realize flight crews/gate agents are not trained psychologists, but I might dig a little deeper if I saw some poor guy dancing (and presumably making a spectacle of himself) in public. Should he have flown? Clearly not. But who was watching out for this guy? No one.

    June 18, 2009

    Driver on Tarmac Apparently Didn’t See Plane About to Squash Him

    Filed under: Airplane,Airport,Pilots,safety,US Airways,Vehicles — anne @ 3:54 pm
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    Nobody’s quite sure why the driver of a construction vehicle at Boston’s Logan airport failed to stop at the runway like you’re supposed to, and why he failed to radio the control tower for permission to cross, like you’re supposed to.

    He just headed on across runway, happy as can be – as US Airways Flight 27 was taking off for Phoenix. They came within seconds of an intense, fiery meeting. Near total fail.

    Fortunately, the plane missed him, but this driver may be in a spot of trouble. The FAA is involved and nobody’s happy – I’m guessing the pilot who saw his life flashing before his eyes (and the lives of his 84 passengers) was probably unhappiest of all.

    No word yet on why Mr. Oblivious drove where he drove, but one report says they will be looking into cell phone use. Or was he reading “Driving for Dummies” on his Kindle?

    June 16, 2009

    UPDATE: Gun Guys Get Formally Charged

    Filed under: Arrested,Crime,Security,US Airways — anne @ 2:12 pm
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    You may remember the tale of these two fellows -if not, check this out – it’s a good read.

    One of them was – allegedly – a rogue airline employee of US Airways. His buddy (and roommate) was a passenger on US Airways. Together, police say, they pulled the old switcheroo by exchanging carryon bags at the gate — so the passenger could board his plane with a handgun on him.

    Both have now been formally charged in federal court.

    Both are out on bail. I don’t know what else going on in the life and times of Mr. Passenger but Mr. Airline Employee is now Mr. Ex-Employee.

    June 12, 2009

    Attn NYC Geese – This is Your Final Warning

    Filed under: Animals,News,safety,US Airways — anne @ 1:26 pm
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    You remember the “Miracle on the Hudson” – a splashy landing precipitated by Canada geese that got sucked into the aircraft’s engines.

    Now, the geese must go.

    Federal and local agencies begin a fairly aggressive goose-removal policy next week that will result in the demise of some 2,000 of the birds from scores of parks – all within five miles of New York airports.

    Some critics say, why bother? One expert is quoted in a New York Times report as saying that 2,000 is a tiny fraction of the number of geese in the area – and that little will be accomplished without a long-term wild fowl management plan. Others say – it’s a good start.

    Meanwhile, the geese — we are told –will be “humanely” euthanized.

    May 18, 2009

    Survivors of the “Miracle on the Hudson” Get Some Belongings Back

    Filed under: News,Passengers,Pilots,US Airways — anne @ 2:13 pm
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    This is kind of nice to report (well, the reporting was done by the New York Times, but you know what I mean): the survivors of that US Airways flight that landed in the Hudson in one piece, courtesy of Capt. Sully, are getting some of their their things back.

    Now, of course, some of the stuff is pretty water-logged. And a lot of paper money appears to be missing, but – people are getting back some things that are in amazingly good shape, including clothes, laptops, jewelry, car keys and other stuff. I sure hope Capt. Sullenberger gets back that library book that he left on the plane.

    The passengers are also getting an offer from the airline of $10,000 – if they promise not to sue. Some are not signing – at least for the moment.

    What would you do?

    September 5, 2008

    Profiling Lawsuit – With a Twist (No Laughs Here)

    Filed under: Arrested,Security,US Airways — anne @ 10:54 am
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    What do you think?

    A woman of Pakistani descent – who has been an American citizen for 28 years – was barred from boarding a US Airways flight in West Virginia (she was ultimately heading to Michigan).

    She says she was detained and interrogated for 9 hours, after security found a bottle of water and some face cream in her bag. The thing is, says the suit, plenty of other people did the same thing but they weren’t interrogated – they were just told to dump the stuff. Meanwhile, during the interrogation, the feds were busy searching her apartment.

    This is where it gets interesting: the next day, an FBI agent drove her to the airport, so he could explain to US Airways that the woman had been cleared of any charges, but — the airline wouldn’t let her redeem her ticket (and had no comment on the suit, according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot).

    Then the FBI guy drives her to Marion, Ohio, where she was met by her mother and driven to Michigan. Now, according to Mapquest, that’s a 3-and-a-half hour drive.

    Have you ever heard of the FBI giving that kind of service before? Strikes me as unusual.

    May 28, 2008

    US Airways Says Goodbye to Pretzels

    Filed under: Airlines,Food,US Airways — mike @ 12:02 pm
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    Pretzels are the latest casualty of rising fuel prices. US Airways, battling escalating costs and shrinking profits has decided to do away with pretzels in coach. Sure, you fancy first class passengers can still enjoy a snack, but the majority of fliers will have to go without.

    As reported by Travel Weekly (subscription required):

    Beginning June 1, US Airways will no longer serve free snacks to coach passengers on domestic flights. The airline said high fuel prices prompted the change. Passengers will still receive complimentary beverages.

    Alas, the perks just keep disappearing. Hey, at least we don’t have to pay for checking bags…oh, right.

    April 17, 2008

    Dear US Airways: Can I at least STAND on your planes for free?

    Filed under: Seats,US Airways — anne @ 11:33 am
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    US Airways is now making us pay for the privilege of sitting down. Really. Well, no. But…

    …but they are making you pay a minimum of $5 per-flight-leg for the aisle and window seats in the front of the plane (and if you want all the details, click here–or here–quite frankly, I’m just too upset to go into it).

    But, why stop there? What else can they charge us for? How about a buck to sit next to the lavatory? Or a $2 fee for an aisle seat in the last row? Or maybe an in-flight raffle? Prize: the co-pilot’s seat (now you’re talkin’!).

    But what am I doing, giving US Airways all this genius-like free advice? Somebody should be paying ME. US Airways, you know where to find me.