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June 21, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
You will not - not - photograph Anderson Cooper on an airplane. Or at least that's how the news anchor and Ministry crush told it to Kathy Griffin, who will have Cooper on her new Bravo talk show Thursday evening. Anderson discussed some emotional turbulence that hit on his flight from New York to Los Angeles for the interview, where a man next to him used his iPhone's front-facing camera to catch some sneaky photos of Cooper. Compounding the scene: Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir was seated next to him. And Cooper wasn't having the intrusion at 6 a.m. "Normally I would just be like, 'We're not going to win this one,' but I've lately become emboldened," Cooper told Griffin in the exclusive video clip (with some profanity)
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April 2, 2014 | By Jason La
Anya Zaripova was exploring downtown Los Angeles in March. At the Museum of Contemporary Art, Nancy Rubin's "Chas' Stainless Steel, Mark Thompson's Airplane Parts, About 1000 Pounds of Stainless Steel Wire, Gagosian's Beverly Hills Space" sculpture caught her eye, so she approached for a closer look, she said. Underneath, she looked up. Seeing the chaotic sculpture against the perfectly shaped skyscrapers inspired her to take this photo, she said.   Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
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TRAVEL
April 22, 2012
In Catharine Hamm's column "Causing a Stink on the Airplane" [On the Spot, April 8] regarding the appropriate place on an airplane to change a baby's diaper, the issue of hygiene was not addressed. I am appalled that the cabin crew would permit a baby to be changed on a passenger seat. I, for one, would dread being the person on the next flight to sit there. After all, not only can you not avoid touching surfaces that most certainly have been contaminated, this is the place where you will be served refreshments or, on a long flight in business or first class, a full meal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By Shelby Grad
The mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight has focused attention on instances in which planes disappear and wreckage is never found. One such case got much media attention 50 years ago in Los Angeles. In April 1964, a DC-4 plane bound for Los Angeles from Wake Island disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. Nine people, including two children, were aboard and presumed killed. According to The Times reports at the time, the pilot radioed about engine problems just before the plane lost contact about 500 miles southwest of Los Angeles.
SPORTS
August 21, 2012
Don't let the headline fool you. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  isn't making the third "Airplane!"movie. But when the former Lakers center tweeted a picture of himself sitting on a plane with actor Danny DeVito, it only brought nostalgic reminders about Abdul-Jabbar's role in the 1980's comedy. Some may recall Abdul-Jabbar's clever word play as Roger Murdock when he and his co-pilots, Clarence Oveur and Victor Basta, prepared for takeoff. "We have clearance, Clarence," Abdul-Jabbar said as Murdock.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Wisconsin. "Airplane!" Actor Robert Hays. NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Put them together and you have promos for Wisconsin that spoof the 1980 spoof comedy that gave new meaning to the phrase, "And don't call me Shirley. " "Airplane!" tells the story of Ted Striker (Hays), who has to pilot a plane when the crew (including Abdul-Jabbar as co-pilot Roger Murdock) gets food poisoning. Girl Scouts get into a brawl, an IV line for a critically ill girl is mistakenly disconnected, and Barbara "Leave It to Beaver" Billingsley talks jive as the backdrop to Striker's struggle to land safely, coached by a whacked-out air traffic supervisor.
TRAVEL
April 8, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Question: I recently flew first class from Orlando, Fla., to Los Angeles. There was a couple with a little girl, maybe 2 years old, and the kid screeched the whole time. The parents never showed her a picture book, gave her toys or did anything to distract her. I could have ignored the screeching, but when they changed her diaper, the whole first class filled with an unpleasant stench. As a mom and grandma, I felt this was disgusting. Maybe there should be a rule that kids needs to be changed in the toilet area.
TRAVEL
June 17, 2012
What's up with families not being able to sit together on an airplane ["How to Sit Tight," by Catharine Hamm, June 10]? I am a 58-year-old man who travels regularly for business and leisure. I usually buy my tickets months in advance mostly because I want to pick the best seat for myself. I have stopped counting how many times I have been approached by flight attendants or passengers asking if I could switch my seat to accommodate a family, in most cases for a less desirable seat.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For years, decades even, Liam Neeson was an action hero hidden in plain sight. Yes, he was an impressive 6-foot-4, with the rangy physical grace of the former amateur boxing champion still visible, but the Oscar nominee for "Schindler's List" could put you away with his acting. Was it necessary or even prudent to have him throttle evildoers with his bare hands? FOR THE RECORD: "Non-Stop": A review of "Non-Stop" in the Feb. 28 Calendar section said the movie opens with air marshal Bill Marks (played by Liam Neeson)
OPINION
June 2, 1996
What are those airplane black boxes made out of, anyway? And why don't they make the whole airplane out of it? KERRY WELSH Manhattan Beach
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Wisconsin. "Airplane!" Actor Robert Hays. NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Put them together and you have promos for Wisconsin that spoof the 1980 spoof comedy that gave new meaning to the phrase, "And don't call me Shirley. " "Airplane!" tells the story of Ted Striker (Hays), who has to pilot a plane when the crew (including Abdul-Jabbar as co-pilot Roger Murdock) gets food poisoning. Girl Scouts get into a brawl, an IV line for a critically ill girl is mistakenly disconnected, and Barbara "Leave It to Beaver" Billingsley talks jive as the backdrop to Striker's struggle to land safely, coached by a whacked-out air traffic supervisor.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For years, decades even, Liam Neeson was an action hero hidden in plain sight. Yes, he was an impressive 6-foot-4, with the rangy physical grace of the former amateur boxing champion still visible, but the Oscar nominee for "Schindler's List" could put you away with his acting. Was it necessary or even prudent to have him throttle evildoers with his bare hands? FOR THE RECORD: "Non-Stop": A review of "Non-Stop" in the Feb. 28 Calendar section said the movie opens with air marshal Bill Marks (played by Liam Neeson)
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
TripAdvisor this week rolled out a handy new feature to its flight search website that allows consumers to compare amenities such as legroom, Wi-Fi, power outlets and in-flight entertainment before buying a ticket. It also features traveler-generated photos of the airplane inside and out. Here's how it works: Enter your destination search on the Cheap Flights search page. Then filter on what amenities you want -- onboard Wi-Fi, television, power -- or just do a general airfare search and the information will pop up with the list of flights.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
“Slim-line” seats, with thinner seat-back cushions, are increasingly popular with airlines because they weigh less and help squeeze more passengers into a plane. But the seats may not be so popular with passengers. A new survey by the travel website TripAdvisor shows that many passengers who have tried slim-line seats are not fans. In a survey of 1,391 travelers, the website found that nearly half weren't sure whether they had sat in slim-line seats. But of those who said they had tried the seats, 83% said they were less comfortable than traditional seats, 8% said the slim-line seats were more comfortable, and 9% said they couldn't tell the difference.
TRAVEL
January 13, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: I recently flew back to Los Angeles from New York on American Airlines. About two hours into the flight there was an announcement that all the onboard toilets, except for one in coach class, had stopped working, and so more than 150 passengers had to share one bathroom. How does this happen? Are there guidelines or regulations that airlines should follow in this situation? There was no mention of compensation of any kind, although I won't be flying AA again in this lifetime, so I'm not looking for that.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
If a ban on cellphone calls on commercial planes is lifted, a majority of travelers said they would be willing to pay extra to sit in a chatter-free quiet zone on the planes. That is the finding of a poll of more than 3,400 fliers by the travel website Airfarewatchdog.com. Of those polled, 53% said they would pay to sit in an airplane's quiet zone. It's a relevant question because the Federal Communications Commission is now accepting public comment on a proposal to lift the 22-year-old ban on cellphone calls on commercial airlines.
NEWS
August 29, 2013
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January 15, 1995 | Associated Press
A person with AIDS who was ordered off an airplane because he had warts on his hands and wrists has settled his discrimination lawsuit against Delta Air Lines, his attorney said. Richard Cloutier, 30, settled out of court last month, Bennett Klein said last week. The terms were not disclosed.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
If you are a parent who lets your children scream and go nuts on a plane, congratulations - you top the list of most annoying etiquette violators in the air. Parents who travel with loud children are considered more annoying than passengers who kick the in front of them and travelers with foul odors. Even fliers who take off their shoes and socks in the air-tight cabin are less offensive, according to a survey of 1,001 Americans by the travel website Expedia. Annoying children and their parents were ranked by 41% of those surveyed as the most annoying airplane etiquette violators.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Can an airport be mistaken for the arctic tundra? Not by pilots, but certainly to snowy owls invading the Northeast and Midwest in record numbers this year. What has turned into a headache for airports may be a boon to birdwatchers traveling for the holidays who want to add this usually reclusive creature to their life lists. "We're experiencing what could be the largest-ever influx of Arctic snowy owls into the Northeast and the Great Lakes states," a statement from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology released Tuesday says.
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