December 3, 2013 |
After further tests, health officials determined Tuesday that a passenger who was pulled from a US Airways Express plane in Phoenix does not have tuberculosis. Based on reports that the passenger had the contagious airborne disease, the unnamed man was pulled from a US Airways Express flight Saturday by security officials who warned other passengers to get tested for TB. Flight 2846, carrying more than 70 people, landed at Sky Harbor International Airport from Austin, Texas, just before 5 p.m. Saturday.
December 2, 2013 |
Dozens of passengers on a weekend US Airways Express flight have been told to get tuberculosis tests and possible vaccinations after a passenger in a face mask was taken off of the plane in Phoenix. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health was still conducting tests to determine if the passenger was ill, a spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. But passengers told reporters over the weekend they were asked to check with their doctors about precautions relating to tuberculosis exposure.
November 25, 2013 |
If you're getting ready to take a flight during the holidays, be prepared for more than the usual confusion at airport screenings. The combination of infrequent fliers and the Transportation Security Administration's new initiative that allows randomly selected passengers to receive expedited screening - an initiative that will continue during the holidays - has the potential to create passenger pileup. The TSA has moved from a one-size-fits-all security approach by allowing some passengers (75 and older)
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November 24, 2013 |
A passenger in a stolen car died in Long Beach on Sunday night after a police pursuit that ended on California 103 with the car veering down an embankment, the Long Beach Police Department said. Officers spotted the stolen vehicle about 7 p.m. at Pacific Coast Highway and Magnolia Avenue, Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said in an email. The driver refused to pull over and fled westbound on PCH. He attempted to get on the southbound 103 but lost control. The passenger died at the scene, while the driver fled on foot and was taken into custody a short distance away.
November 22, 2013 |
Let me just say this about the possibility that the FCC will let people make cellphone calls on airplanes: Geronimooooooooooooo!!!! (Uh, no offense to Native Americans intended.) POLL: Should the FCC allow cellphone use in flight? Because if that happens, I'm jumpin'. A 21st century D.B. Cooper. But no parachute, thank you. At least I'll have some peace and quiet on the way down. The news broke late Thursday that, as my colleague Andrea Chang wrote: "The Federal Communications Commission is considering allowing fliers to make in-flight voice calls on their cellphones once the plane reaches 10,000 feet….
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November 22, 2013 |
A Metrolink train struck a man late Friday afternoon, severing his arm and delaying evening commuters for more than an hour. The crash occurred about 4:15 p.m., shortly after the train had left the Burbank Airport station. The man was walking west along the tracks on a rail bridge that carries the train over the 170 Freeway, said Sgt. Donald Kelly, watch commander for the LAPD Valley Traffic Division, which is investigating the accident. Metrolink spokesman Jeff Lustgarten said the man had his back turned to the train and appeared to have headphones on. He did not respond when train operators blew the horn, and the train grazed him, severing his arm. He was reportedly conscious when authorities took him to the hospital and is expected to survive, Kelly said. Andy Wheeler, 45, had boarded the train at the Burbank Airport station.
November 17, 2013 |
A British company believes it has solve the common problem that comes up when extra-stout passengers try to squeeze into a seat made for an average flier. The answer is a seat called “Morph,” which can be widened or reduced in width, depending on the space the passengers need. Here's how it works: A row of three seats are built as one, like a sofa, with armrest dividers that can be moved laterally to increase the width of one or two seats while reducing the space of the other.
November 14, 2013 |
A U.S. Airways flight was canceled after passengers protested that a blind man and his seeing-eye dog had been kicked off Wednesday evening, according to the airline and local media reports. Albert Rizzi, who lives in Long Island , N.Y., said the trouble began after he boarded the flight from Philadelphia to Long Island's MacArthur Airport and the seat in front of his didn't have stowage space for his guide dog, Doxy. A flight attendant insisted that Doxy stay under a seat, and other passengers offered their spaces.
November 14, 2013 |
The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate what passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight this week described as a scary dive before the flight leveled off and made a normal landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina. Flight 3426 was coming from Tampa, Fla., late Tuesday when passenger Shelley Wills said the public address system came on and the pilot said, “'We're going down.' And everyone is looking around like, 'Is this a joke? Is he serious?' And then you felt the nosedive,” Wills told WTVD-TV in Raleigh.
November 13, 2013 |
Many airline seats are getting smaller. More carriers are putting price tags on all of those onboard extras you used to get for free. And cabins are more crowded than ever. Yet, complaints about airlines filed with the U.S. Transportation Department have dropped 14.1% to 10,439 in the first nine months of the year, from 12,153 in the same period in 2012. The statistics from the Transportation Department also show that complaints filed in September alone dropped 6.8%, to 1,008 from 1,081 in September 2012.