“hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.”
The above tweet directed to American Airlines at @americanair, came from the Twitter account of a Netherlands teen named “Sarah” last Sunday. USA Today reports that the teen has been arrested upon turning herself in. She was accompanied by a parent and is currently under interrogation in Rotterdam.
“The safety of our passengers and crew is our number one priority. We take security matters very seriously and work with authorities on a case by case basis,” American Airlines said to The Huffington Post. “Regarding (the) tweet, we removed it after it had been addressed in order to be able to focus on our customers.”
Read the entire story here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2014/04/14/girl-sends-terroristic-tweet-to-aa-gets-unwanted-response/7694161/
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(theguardian.com, Wall Street Journal and nbcnews.com)
After five long days, Malalysian Airlines flight MH370 remains missing and new theories and questions concerning the disappearance multiply. The Guardian reports today that the plane may have flown on for hours beyond its last reported sighting.
“The Wall Street Journal, citing two people in the US familiar with the details, said US investigators suspected the Boeing 777 actually stayed in the air for about four hours past that time. The startling assessment was based on data automatically sent by the plane to Boeing’s engine department as part of a routine maintenance and monitoring program, the Journal said.
In an NBC News story this morning, it was reported that Malaysia’s transport minister denied this report, saying, “A report in the Wall Street Journal – that the aircraft’s engines had continued to transmit data long after the plane’s last confirmed position – was ‘inaccurate.’” “…However, asked if it were possible that the plane kept flying for several hours, he said, “of course, this is why we have extended the search.”
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You can’t make this stuff up. A passenger (of unknown gender), left a nasty-gram for WestJet pilot, Carey Smith Steacy. Decidedly sexist and rude, the note was posted by Capt. Steacy on her Facebook page – she has received nothing but support from WestJet fans. Read the note and full story here: http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/airline-passenger-leaves-nasty-note-pilot/story?id=22784067
Last year, after a man on an Icelandair flight to New York downed a bottle of duty-free alcohol and became unruly and aggressive, passengers had to restrain him with duct tape. A Frontier Airlines passenger was booted off the plane when she lost her cool over not being able to fit her carry-on in the overhead bin. She lashed out at a fellow passenger who was recording the incident, grabbing and throwing his phone.
These are just a couple of examples of a growing trend of air rage aboard international flights, in particular. CBSNews.com reports that the industry is considering new rules.
Long lines, baggage fees and canceled flights: For passengers, the experience of flying today can trigger enormous stress. But internationally, airlines are focused on another pressing problem: incidents of air rage that are on the rise…between 2007 and 2011, reports of passenger misconduct increased dramatically, from 500 to more than 6,000, according to the International Air Transport Association.
Read the full CBS News report here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/airline-industry-considers-cracking-down-on-unruly-passengers/