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Airlines

  1. travel
    Fart Drama Forces Plane to Make Emergency LandingA fight broke out when one passenger refused to stop passing gas.
  2. Google Says It Can Now Predict Flight Delays Before Airlines ThemselvesThanks to a bunch of historical data and machine learning.
  3. sexual misconduct
    The Problem of Sexual Assault on Commercial FlightsFBI investigations into midair sexual assaults have increased 66 percent since 2014.
  4. everyday sexism
    This Airline Made Prospective Employees Take Pregnancy Tests Before Being HiredIberia agreed to stop the practice after being fined for discrimination.
  5. today in fruit
    A Man Ordered an Airline’s Gluten-Free ‘Meal’ — and Got a Single BananaThe salt is what made it a complete breakfast.
  6. occupational hazards
    American Airlines Flight Attendants Say Their New Uniforms Are Making Them SickMore than 1,600 employees have had reactions.
  7. weighty matters
    It May Be Legal to Seat Airplane Passengers by Size, But It’s Still CruelHawaiian Airlines isn’t weighing people, but size does factor into its new policy.
  8. Global Deal Reached to Offset Aviation EmissionsThe deal will require airlines to fund carbon-offsetting activities, but environmentalists say it won’t make much difference.
  9. This Sneaky Airline Fee Affects Families the MostIf you want to guarantee a seat next to your kid, you may have to pay up.
  10. Signs Point to a Catastrophic Event in the EgyptAir Disappearance Abrupt loss of contact and a steep descent. 
  11. JetBlue Is Messed Up Right Now Consolation baby water bottles have been handed out. 
  12. Man Chokes Woman for Reclining Her Airplane SeatA passenger saw a man “strangling a woman because she [tilted] her seat back.”
  13. weighty issues
    Airline Grounds 130 Crew Members Over Their BMIsBut the BMI policy doesn’t actually make sense.
  14. 11 Airplanes Were Hit by Laser Beams Over New Jersey Last NightFlights into Newark-Liberty had to change their landing paths.
  15. The Justice Department Is Investigating Why Your Vacation Flights Cost So MuchThe federal government thinks a few airlines may be illegally working together to keep prices high.
  16. People Expected to Be More Desperate Than Ever for Vacation This SummerU.S. airports are going to be crazy busy this summer.
  17. staff uniforms
    Qantas Employees Don’t Want to Look Like Miranda KerrEven when she wears the airline’s “really tight” new uniforms.
  18. parenting
    Airline Offers Magical ‘Flying Nannies’Trained in child psychology, origami, and magic.
  19. American Airlines and US Airways Approve Merger, Forming World’s Largest AirlineThose who don’t like it are free to take Greyhound.
  20. Virgin Atlantic Is About to Get Gobbled Up by DeltaDelta is in talks to buy a huge stake in Virgin Airways.
  21. Chuck Schumer Defends Parents’ Rights to Sit by Their Kids on PlanesMany airlines are charging more for consecutive seats.
  22. Air Travel in Europe May Resume MondayAirlines pushing for end to ban after losing at least $1 billion so far.
  23. Mediavore
    Goose Island Nabs Four Gold Medals; Airlines Cook Up Tastier In-Flight FarePlus: Wal-Mart gets friendly in India and Real Housewife writes a cookbook.
  24. Crotch-Grabbing Hermès Heir to Fly AgainMathias Guerrand-Hermès must leave a deposit, and keep his hands to himself.
  25. Hundreds of Bags Getting Left Behind at JFK TodayThousands of passengers were delayed and hundreds of bags were left behind today because of a computer error at the New York airport.
  26. Manhattan Theatre Club Director Fires Latest Salvo in War Between Airlines and PassengersThe moral of this story? Never shush a flight attendant.
  27. Angry New Yorkers Scare Crew Off American Airlines FlightA bunch of angry, delayed New Yorkers did not take a senseless flight delay sitting down, with their seat belts securely fastened.
  28. Is Delta-Suing Dad a Jerk, or a Voice of the People?A loudmouth lawyer is suing Delta for losing his luggage and being rude. He wants a million dollars. We may be on his side.
  29. Airline Travelers’ Bill of Rights Overturned on Appeal. You Will Stay in Your Seat and Like It, Hear? A New York appellate court has rejected the state’s right to penalize airlines for not giving enough fresh air or water to passengers stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours.
  30. Not Leavin' on a Jet Plane • Jet Blue, the generally beloved low-cost carrier, made a lot of people’s shit lists last night: It stranded hundreds of JFK passengers on the tarmac — on immobile planes — for up to ten hours. On Valentine’s Day. Let’s hope, at least, some romance bloomed in the forced close quarters. [amNY] • The Daily News is issuing a Cesar Borja mea culpa. The paper that had lionized the late cop the most says it had no factual basis for calling him a “volunteer” (he wasn’t) or implying he had rushed to the WTC site on 9/11 (he didn’t). [NYDN] • In a development the Post — and just about only the Post — finds “shocking,” it turns out Hillary Clinton had signed a $200K contract with a consulting firm headed by a prominent South Carolina politician days before said politician endorsed her. [NYP] • That classic New York boogeyman — stray sidewalk electricity — is back. This time, the victim is a pet. Not even twenty minutes of mouth-to-mouth CPR could save the terrier named Boston Bob, apparently electrocuted when he stepped on a manhole cover. [NYDN] • And speaking of classic boogeymen: Apparently, Son of Sam’s apartment in Yonkers is a bit of a tourist destination — with a Times profile that eerily smacks of a real-estate listing. (“Apartment 7E, a studio with sweeping views of the Hudson River …”) [NYT]
  31. Remembering 587 • A new memorial to American 587’s crash, the second-deadliest air disaster in U.S. history, was dedicated Sunday in Belle Harbor. It’s a curved granite wall with the victims’ names and a line from a poem in Spanish (most of the 265 victims were Dominicans heading to Santo Domingo). On the crash site itself, residential construction is in full swing. [NYT] • If you lived through the transit strike last year, you kind of hated union boss Roger Toussaint. And that was before you knew he had a secret deal with the MTA while the strike was still going on, as the Daily News reveals today. What a guy. [NYDN] • A high-powered Manhattan lawyer was found dead near his abandoned BMW in an upstate bird sanctuary — an apparent suicide; the man was out on $225,000 bail on a rape charge he vehemently denied. [NYP] • The flap over Charlie Rangel’s already-infamous “Who the hell wants to live in Mississippi?” continues, with local newspapers there alternately asking the feisty congressman to come visit their fair state and heaving invective on New York. [Gotham Gazette] • And what’s the Post’s headline of the day? There are plenty of contenders, from “Mick Jagger Rocks On in Grief” to “Bearied!” but we’ll go with Egg Foo Gun, about a handgun smuggled into a hospital in a Chinese-food carton. Well done, Post. [NYP]
  32. Coffee, Tea, or a Stained-Glass Window? For sale: a modernist landmark. Asking price: just $1 million and change. American Airlines is building a new terminal at Kennedy Airport, and to do so, one of its existing homes — Terminal 8 — must come down. And that means the destruction of a 317-foot-wide stained-glass window in the building — once the largest stained-glass window in the world — unless flight attendant Eileen Vaquilar Clifford can help it.
  33. On Delta Airlines’ Secret Service You can’t bring water on your flight anymore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wet your beak. At least if you’re flying Delta, where efforts to ease passenger tension in this age of check-in delays and cavity searches have turned to that time-tested panacea: designer booze. Well aware that a buzzed flier is likely a happier one, the airline enlisted nightlife mogul Rande Gerber to create a special cocktail list, which will be available on Delta flights starting next year. To promote this, and for reasons we don’t begin to comprehend, last night the airline gathered a trio of former James Bond girls (Delta is adding a direct New York-to-London flight later this month, and yes, Bond is British, but that’s a tenuous connection at best) and a gaggle of guests — mostly men, most old enough to prefer Pussy Galore to Christmas Jones — at Gerber’s Stone Rose, which is in the Time Warner Center and thus far from any airport, to drink to drunk flying. Grace Jones — perhaps you know her as May Day from A View to a Kill — was clad in a shimmering vintage Issey Miyake number replete with a hood and definitely could use that drink. “I actually have to fly back to London tomorrow at 8 a.m.,” she said. “Not on Delta, though. I need me a sleeper bed, so I’m flying British Airways.” Awkward pause.
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