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NATIONAL
April 18, 2014 | By Steve Padilla
Passengers on a Delta Air Lines flight questioned by the FBI after a possible security threat were allowed to continue their journeys Friday night after authorities determined there was no real danger to the aircraft. “We currently do not believe a creditable threat existed to the flight," said Dave S. Joly, a spokesman for the FBI Denver office. "Out of an abundance of caution security protocols were implemented and safety measures were closely followed.” Flight 1500, with 151 passengers, had flown to Colorado from Detroit, landing at about 4:39 p.m. without incident.
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NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Southwest Airlines flight attendant Marty Cobb has gone viral -- just for giving the in-flight safety briefing on a recent flight. Cobb's one-liners delivered with impeccable comic timing sent a YouTube video of her hilarious instructions into the stratosphere. By Thursday, it had 8.7 million views and counting -- and it's just one of the funny ways that flight attendants and airlines bring new life to stale safety briefings. Cobb had a planeload of fliers in stitches. Here's the YouTube video posted Saturday and some of her best quips: "As you know, it's a no-smoking, no-whining, no-complaining flight.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
In response to a security threat, the FBI was questioning passengers of a Delta Air Lines flight from Detroit after it landed in Denver on Friday afternoon, airport officials said. The plane, a 737, landed without incident in Denver and was moved to a remote location of the airfield, the airport said. The nature of the threat was not disclosed. In an email, an FBI spokesman in Denver said the agency was not planning to immediately comment on the situation. One passenger tweeted from the tarmac: "Getting personal stuff off plane almost 2 hours later.
WORLD
April 17, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL - Divers struggled against strong currents and murky waters Friday morning in an effort to locate 271 people reported missing after a ferry sank off South Korea's southwestern coast. Water and weather conditions were making it difficult for divers to reach the Sewol, which sank Wednesday about 12 miles off the coast with 475 passengers aboard, many of whom were high school students on a field trip. The death toll rose to 25, with some bodies floating to the water's surface.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Chris Megerian
Most of the teen and adult passengers of a charter bus that was hit by a FedEx freight truck emerged bruised, bloodied and unaware they had been injured because of shock, said a witness who lives near the crash site. “They were just like, 'What happened?'” said Ryan Householder, 31, whose mobile home faces the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Orland. “Their adrenaline was pumping so bad none of 'em knew they were injured, even those with blood all over their clothes.” Householder described to the Los Angeles Times the immediate aftermath of Thursday night's crash, in which 10 people were killed - including five Southern California high school students en route to Humboldt State University for a spring tour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A flight bound for Sacramento was forced to make an emergency landing in Omaha after witnesses say a passenger tried to open the door midair. Passengers said they were forced to restrain the man, identified by KCRA-TV as Joshua Carl Lee Suggs, who was escorted off the plane by airport authorities after Sunday's incident. A total of 135 passengers and five crew members were aboard the Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago. Some were fainting and nauseated and even crying, witnesses told KCRA in Sacramento.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A cruise ship from Los Angeles pulled into San Diego Thursday morning with several dozen passengers sick with flu-like symptoms. Most of the passengers on the Crown Princess will enjoy a day of shopping and sightseeing in San Diego. But a reported 83 passengers who are sick will remain on the ship, according to the cruise line. The illness could be Novovirus, which causes diarrhea and vomiting, is a highly contagious viral infection and, according to the San Diego County Health Department, is common to people living in close quarters, such as "nursing homes or cruise ships.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Jay Jones, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A new passenger ferry will begin plying the Atlantic Ocean route next month between Maine and Nova Scotia, offering passengers a cruise-like experience. Just in time for the long-awaited arrival of warmer weather, the Nova Star will begin linking Portland, Maine, with Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, on May 15. The 528-foot vessel will make the 10-hour voyage in style. As on a cruise ship, the ferry will feature a variety of dining choices, including a fine dining restaurant and a buffet.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
California-based Virgin America ranked highest among the nation's top 15 carriers in a study that looked at on-time performances, customer complaints and lost bag rates, among other factors. The study, known as the Airline Quality Rating report, also found that the performance of the nation's airlines as a whole improved in 2013 over the previous year. The ratings report was produced by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University and was based on data collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - Airline customers complain about being mistreated daily, but Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg took his grievance all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Unfortunately for Ginsberg, the court sided Wednesday with Northwest Airlines Inc., now merged into Delta Air Lines Inc., in a case that had put carriers on edge. The ruling strengthens the industry's hand when fighting litigation filed by disgruntled passengers by bolstering a 36-year-old federal law that limits its exposure to such claims.
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