December 2, 2012 |
In the Nov. 25 On the Spot ("High Alert When Children Fly Solo"), a parent of a 9-year-old who flew alone from LAX to Boise, Idaho, pondered what the airline fee was for because no services were rendered. Readers responded with several takes on the issue, including whether any child should fly alone. Here are some of their thoughts. Rebecca Keenan of San Diego notes that at one time in her life she flew more than 100,000 miles a year. "I would fly on red-eyes, the last flight of the day and flights in between," she said.
November 19, 2012 |
A Southwest Airlines flight from Kansas City to Dallas on Saturday lost cabin pressure, forcing passengers and crew to wear oxygen masks for about 20 minutes until the plane had descended to a safe altitude. No injuries were reported on Flight 3201, which landed safely at Love Field in Dallas, spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger told the Associated Press. The flight, carrying 124 passengers and a crew of five, lost pressure at 35,000 feet. The masks deployed and about 20 minutes later, the craft descended below 10,000 feet.
October 19, 2012 |
American Airlines says it will post job openings for 1,500 flight attendants next month, to replace the 2,205 attendants who accepted a $40,000 buyout. It will start hiring in December and put the new staff in training beginning in January. It's the first time the company has hired flight attendants in 11 years . . . . Disney will use Twitter, blogs, websites and other social media to let park visitors know what's happening in a new program featuring weekly surprise themes and events.
September 19, 2012 |
Amid labor strife, ongoing bankruptcy proceedings and layoffs, American Airlines has canceled hundreds of flights through October. The airline, whose parent company AMR filed for bankruptcy last year, said Wednesday it is reducing its flight schedule for the rest of September and October by 1% to 2%. Between Monday and Wednesday, the Fort Worth-based airline had already canceled 271 flights, according to the website Flightaware.com. Travel experts suggest American Airline passengers check the status of their flight with the airline and sign up for online flight updates . The airline is forced to nix hundreds of flights because of an increasing number of calls for maintenance work filed by flight crews and a surge in pilots calling in sick, according to an airline spokeswoman.
September 16, 2012 |
Question: On a recent flight from Los Angeles to Shanghai, an older woman passenger collapsed on my lap and then on my feet. The flight crew had to bring an oxygen tank to her. It was terrifying, and I didn't know what to do. If this ever happens again, what should I do? Kevin Orbach Nantong, China Answer: The quick answer is to summon help, stay calm and do what you can, which sounds simple but isn't. What you are required to do, what you can do and what you should do are different questions, so we'll start with the easiest one first.
August 3, 2012 |
Confession time: I used to have a surly, defiant attitude from the time I arrived at an airport until I headed for a taxi at my destination -- not as boldly obstreperous as Alec Baldwin, but occasionally annoying. I blame Osama bin Laden for this. Once upon a time, flying was fun, occasionally luxurious, even romantic. Then came Sept. 11, 2001. After the attack on the Twin Towers, as we all know too well, flying changed. Airports become high-security zones and airplanes became like schoolrooms with stern teachers -- flight attendants -- enforcing niggling little rules.
July 29, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. US Airways is looking into new ways to sell goods and services to passengers for use on the plane and at the passengers' final destinations. Under a renewed contract with the Tempe, Ariz., airline, Toronto technology firm GuestLogix announced last week that it will provide US Airways flight attendants with hand-held devices they can use to charge a passenger's credit card by simply tapping the card on the device.
July 23, 2012 |
Flight attendants will soon be allowed to join pilots in using faster security checkpoints at airports across the country, the Transportation Security Administration announced Monday. Since last year, pilots of commercial airlines have been allowed to bypass the extensive security checkpoints used by passengers to instead use faster screening points under a program known as the Known Crewmember initiative. In an effort to speed screening for low-risk travelers, the TSA said Monday that it will expand the program to include flight attendants at 31 airports across the country by the end of the year.
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July 19, 2012 |
A San Diego jury convicted a young woman on kidnapping charges Thursday for her "femme fatale" role in a Mexican gang that targeted wealthy businessmen for large ransoms. Nancy Mendoza Moreno, 24, an aspiring flight attendant, was found guilty of luring two men to a gang of kidnappers who preyed on San Diego suburbs from 2004 to 2007. Mendoza was acquitted of a third kidnapping charge. She faces a possible life prison term at her sentencing hearing in August. Portrayed as a party girl with a taste for pricey liquor and gangster boyfriends, Mendoza was found guilty of enticing Eduardo Gonzalez Tostado, 37, to a rendezvous at a house in Chula Vista, where masked gunmen held him captive for eight days.
July 16, 2012 |
Virgin America's pilots and flight attendants are going to look a lot more stylish in midair. The airline partnered with Banana Republic to design new uniforms for its 2,000 in-flight and airport crew members that will debut Aug. 8. The uniforms -- which look like pieces that might be worn by a chic world traveler with a penchant for the colors red, black and white -- include apparel for both men and women. Both Banana Republic and Virgin Atlantic will sell clothing items inspired by the new uniforms starting Aug. (for security reasons, the pieces available for sale won't be exact replicas)