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March 7, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
A number of flight attendants and air marshals want the Transportation and Security Administration to reconsider its decision to allow passengers to carry small knives aboard planes starting next month. The changes in the carry-on security standards, announced Tuesday, have prompted action from unions and associations representing air marshals and flight attendants who worry about their safety in the post- 9/11 world. George Randall, head of the air marshal unit of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Assn., told CNN : "It's as if we didn't learn anything from 9/11.
February 6, 2013 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
In an era when most stewardesses were forced to resign if they married or had children, Edith Lauterbach and four other female flight attendants organized the first union to fight for equal rights in the sky, in 1945. Lauterbach, a San Francisco resident who was the last surviving founder of the union, died Monday. She was 91. Her death was announced by the Washington, D.C.-based Assn. of Flight Attendants-CWA, the successor of that early union. No other details were released.
January 28, 2013 | By Mary Forgione
The way Wynand Mullins tells it, a flight attendant at Qantas Airways failed to see the humor in what was written on his T-shirt. "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die," read the quote from the 1987 cult film "The Princess Bride. " (A quick Google search turned up several versions of the T-shirt with this quote.) Mullins told the New Zealand news website that he was asked to change his shirt on the flight from Sydney to Auckland on Jan. 20. "The flight attendant said to me: 'Are you able to remove it because some of the passengers are quite intimidated by it,' " Mullins said in the story.
January 27, 2013
Real Australianexperiences Good for Amanda Jones, who wrote about a not-always plush trip to Australia with her daughters in " New Reality for Teens? Priceless " in the Jan. 20 issue. Her girls' lives will be changed forever. Kurt Sipolski Palm Desert Mexican pottery Thanks for your article "Town Shaped From Clay," by Alison DaRosa (Jan. 13), about pottery in Mata Ortiz, Mexico. It was very inspirational to my wife and me. It is also such a breath of fresh air to learn something from Mexico-U.S.
January 18, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- United Airlines passengers may have been puzzled last week to watch a pre-flight video touting the company's new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners even as doubts emerged about their safety. "This is the future of aviation," Jeff Smisek, United's chairman, president and chief executive, declares in the video, with a shiny new Dreamliner as his backdrop. "We're very proud to have a new aircraft joining the fleet," a flight attendant says in the video. Now that the Federal Aviation Administration and other airline regulators have grounded the aircraft because of concerns with the Dreamliners' lithium-ion batteries, United has stopped showing the video -- at least for now. "I confirm that we are not showing the videos onboard at the moment," United spokeswoman Mary Ryan said in an e-mail.
January 6, 2013 | By George Hobica
Ever wonder what flight attendants really think of you? What they'd tell you if they had the nerve? Or weren't afraid of being fired? What secrets would they reveal about their jobs? Several of my friends work as flight attendants. One of them recently retired after 20 years flying for a storied name in commercial aviation. Others work for less glamorous domestic U.S. airlines. I asked them what they would say to their passengers if they could or what bits of wisdom they would reveal if granted anonymity.
December 29, 2012
Re “ Jack Klugman, 1922-2012 ,” Obituary, Dec. 25 Jack Klugman was on my flight years ago when I was a flight attendant. I told him: “I've never asked for an autograph, but I couldn't go home without asking for my nephew, who idolizes you.” He signed the autograph and arranged tickets to a taping of his show for my two nephews and me. Afterward, he came over and shook hands with both boys. Needless to say, he had three fans for the rest of his life. B.J. Peterson Big Bear Lake, Calif.
December 16, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Labor strife is common among airline workers, but flight attendants for Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific voted last week to try unusual tactics to push stalled salary negotiations. The flight attendants, who demanded a 5% pay increase but instead were offered a 2% raise, were considering performing only their basic, safety-first responsibilities. That means they could refrain from serving food and drinks, according to the union's general secretary, Tsang Kwok-fung. Not only that, he said, they may also abstain from smiling at work.
December 14, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
James Badge Dale has that familiar, handsome face that many a solid actor or high school sweetheart might have when you pass him at the coffee shop or traffic light. What you don't know is that you already love Dale -- or "Badge," as he's affectionately referred to. Soldiering on in HBO's "The Pacific," or his scene-stealing turn as Michael Fassbender's adulterous boss in "Shame," or the gaunt and haunting turn in Denzel Washington's "Flight," Badge is a chameleon who by this time next year will likely be a household name.
December 9, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Question: My husband and I fly regularly on American Airlines to visit ailing parents in Austin, Texas. Most of our flights have been positive experiences, but a recent one was not. In short, the man in Seat 29D had horrendous body odor. Unfortunately, we were in 29E and 29F. For the next three hours, my husband diverted the air vent back to the cause. After the flight landed, the flight attendant looked me in the eye (everyone else was gone) and asked how we had endured the terrible odor.
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