November 21, 2013 |
That screaming baby may no longer be the most annoying thing on your flight. The Federal Communications Commission is considering allowing fliers to make in-flight voice calls on their cellphones once the plane reaches 10,000 feet. The practice has long been banned on domestic flights, even as other rules governing mobile device use on flights have eased. The commission is scheduled to vote on whether to move forward with the proposal during a Dec. 12 meeting, according to two FCC officials who declined to be named because the plan had yet to be formally presented to the commission.
November 20, 2013 |
BEIJING - An 85-year-old tourist from Palo Alto was buckled in his seat last month on a plane preparing to depart Pyongyang, North Korea, when a flight attendant pointed him out to two men in uniform. They promptly escorted him off the plane. The man, Merrill Newman, a retired financial executive and Korean War veteran, has not been heard from since. Newman was seized Oct. 26 at Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport, but the case was initially kept secret at the urging of his family.
November 17, 2013 |
MOSCOW - A Boeing 737 being operated by a regional airline crashed in gusty weather Sunday evening while attempting to land at the airport in Kazan in central Russia, killing all 50 people on board, authorities said. The Tatarstan Airlines flight from Moscow was carrying 44 passengers and six crew members when it crashed into the airport tarmac, caught fire and broke apart, according to Sergei Izvolsky, a spokesman for Rosaviatsia, a federal air transportation agency. The cause was not immediately known.
November 15, 2013 |
Miami police are investigating how a man fell out of a plane 2,000 feet above the ocean Thursday. About 1:30 p.m., a pilot reported that the door of his Piper PA-46 Malibu aircraft was open and that somebody had fallen out, Coast Guard 7th District Public Affairs Spc. Mark Barney told the Los Angeles Times. Police were interviewing the pilot, Miami Police Department spokesman Det. Javier Baez told The Times. Baez said he did not know whether it was a suicide, but the original report that he received said it was either a fall or a jump. The incident happened about 8 miles southeast of the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, Barney said.
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 12, 2013 |
MANILA - Drenched by rain and increasingly desperate, typhoon-stricken Filipinos rushed fences and pleaded with guards Tuesday at the battered airport serving as a tenuous lifeline to an international aid effort confronted at every turn by transport and logistics bottlenecks. The United Nations launched an appeal for $301 million to help victims. The chief of its humanitarian operations, Valerie Amos, arrived in Manila, the capital, to coordinate the relief effort and quickly acknowledged the difficulties it faced.