Passengers claims United Airlines staff opened her luggage and urinated on her clothes


Laura Henry, who flew United from Newark to San Francisco last week, told TMZ that all seemed fine until she got home and opened her suitcase.

Horrified Ms Henry claims her clothes were soaked with urine, as was the lining of her suitcase.

According to the woman, when she went to unpack she found what she believes was urine on both the clothing and the lining of her bag.

The passenger took the bag back to the airport the next day and filed a complaint, where she says an airline employee didn’t believe her story.

A spokesperson for United tells TMZ that they don’t believe anyone peed on the woman’s belonging, however they did agree to replace her bag.

The woman tells TMZ that she was able to wash the garments and both the stains and smell were gone after a few cycles.

American Airlines Flight attendant set bathroom on fire on Detroit-bound plane


The FBI has arrested an American Airlines flight attendant who allegedly set an aircraft bathroom on fire while aboard a Dallas-to-Detroit flight, during which he portrayed himself as a hero when he was really the culprit.

According to court documents, the 23-year-old flight attendant from Texas made up several accident stories, but eventually admitted to authorities that he intentionally set fire to the rear lavatory’s paper towels using a green Bic lighter, and then put the fire out once it gained intensity.

But that’s not how the scene played out on Flight 1418.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, after putting out the fire, the flight attendant exited the bathroom, stood in the hallway for several minutes and pretended to discover a fire. He then extinguished the remaining smoldering paper towels with a fire extinguisher after declaring an emergency to the other flight attendants.

The captain was notified. The control tower was alerted and the aircraft was granted emergency status to land at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. No one was injured.

One month later, charges were filed.

The accused, Johnathan Tafoya-Montano,  made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court this  afternoon. He was released on bond and then escorted by an FBI agent to Detroit Metro Airport, where he boarded a 3:23 p.m. American Airlines Flight back to Dallas.

And he had no wiggle room to get into any trouble.

The magistrate judge ordered the defendant to remain seated the entire flight, during which a corporate security officer would ride along next to the accused to make sure he stayed put.

According to court testimony, Tafoya-Montano had worked for American Airlines for about a year and a half. Before that, he worked for a doctor’s office in New Mexico, where he spent most of his life and has close family ties. His only brush with the law involves a DUI conviction in 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M., for which he got probation.

The FBI arrested Tafoya-Montano on Monday after an investigation revealed that he was the one who set the fire aboard the airline on Feb. 1.

A motive is not immediately known.

According to an FBI agent’s affidavit, the FBI and airport police interviewed several passengers and all of the flight’s crew members, including Tafoya-Montano. No one had used the lavatory at least 15 to 20 minutes prior to the fire, and only Tafoya-Montano and another flight attendant were in the vicinity of the bathroom when the fire started.

On Tuesday, the FBI interviewed Tafoya-Montano, who admitted that all of his previous statements about the fire were not true, court records show. He recanted all of his “accident” stories and admitted that he intentionally set the fire to the paper towels using a Bic lighter.

Tafoya-Montano is charged with “destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities” and “false statements or entries generally.”  Among the conditions of his bond is that he cannot fly aboard an airplane without the permission of the court.



Cabin crew reveal their guilty secrets: from sex in the sky to short-changing passengers


A new study by reveals that 89 percent of airline cabin crew members have broken the rules during flight.

Most notable: Of the 718 British flight attendants surveyed, 21 percent said they had “indulged in sexual relations with a colleague during a flight” and 14 percent said they’ve engaged in sexual relations with passengers.

The results revealed that 89 per cent of cabin crew had broken rules while at work, with a fifth of those surveyed admitting they had stolen from passengers.

The most common offence was lying to passengers about product availability during a flight, with 28 per cent of crew admitting to it.

Seven per cent had accepted tips and gifts from passengers, while 20 per cent admitted to deliberately short-changing passengers. Asked how much they thought they had pocketed from short-changing passengers per month, the answers averaged out at £331 per year.

Respondents who had short-changed passengers were asked to provide details of how they did it, with 54 per cent revealing they had given change in a different currency, while 40 per cent said they had got away with it simply because “most passengers don’t check their change”.


Airbus seeks patent for airline seat that adjusts for overweight passengers


The trend for coach seats in the airline industry has been to squeeze leg and hip space to pack as numerous paying passengers as possible into each and every cabin.

But now a division of the European airline manufacturer Airbus has applied for a patent for a seat design and style that can offer added space for overweight fliers.

Airbus is suggesting that airlines use a bench seat, the variety of seats you would find in the cars in the 1950s and ’60s before they have been replaced by bucket seats.

In a bench seat, all the passengers share the same extended seat cushion and backrest. According to the Airbus patent application, the benefit of a bench seat is that the seat belt can be moved sideways along the length of the seat to match amongst two and 4 passengers.

The disadvantage is that the seat back can’t recline, and in the configuration for four passengers, the two fliers in the middle do not get an armrest.

In a statement, Airbus stated it files hundreds of patent applications each year, adding, “The vast majority of things and processes patented never ever turn out to be completely realized technologies or products.”


The Touching Reason this Flight Attendant Got Married on a Plane

Alaska Airlines

A flight on Alaska Airlines traveling from Los Angeles to Seattle this past Friday got more entertainment on their flight than normal.

Kristy Stratton, a flight attendant for the airlines found out her mom Billie Jo Stratton, 70, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in September 2014. A wish of her mom’s was to see where her daughter works, lives and wanted to see her get married.

Kristy, 41, has been a flight attendant for 11 years and met her now husband, Jim Larsen, 39, while on a layover in L.A. Six years later the couple decided to tie the knot on the same flight.

“I was thinking of unique wedding ideas while driving home from a red-eye about a month before the wedding and thought it’d be a cool idea to get married on that exact flight,” Kristy Stratton told the TODAY Show.

After getting the go from the airlines, Kristy got her pastor, wedding photographer and mom on the flight.

As passangers boarded the flight, they were given bubbles, chocolate roses and candy sweethearts and about one hour into the flight, a stewardess got on the loudspeaker and explained what was going on.

After the couple said “I do,” Kristy said:

“My mom has been smiling for weeks — I love it. The wedding really lifted up her spirits and she even got to spend time with us in Seattle after, too.”

Congrats to the couple :)

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines ground service vehicle project

Hawaiian Airlines

Hitotzuki in Hawaii: Kakaako Mural and the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicles Project II

Following the success of their first collaboration in 2014, POW! WOW! and Hawaiian Airlines are teaming up again to commission artists to paint a Hawaiian Airlines ground service vehicles. This year, Tokyo’s Hitotzuki (husband and wife duo Kami and Sasu) and Hawaii’s Kamea Hadar will be adding their signature styles to the airline’s catering truck, used to service the planes in between flights.

“It has been such an amazing experience to work with new and exciting canvases. To get the chance to see the completed vehicle designs when I’ve flown to POW! WOW! Long Beach and then later POW! WOW! Japan was truly the cherry on top,” said Hadar. “Last time we painted everything at the airport, so this time around we wanted to take that process into a public setting and create a unique experience. We are going to paint pieces that represent the strong sense of hospitality that both of our cultures share which directly translates to Omotenashi in Japanese and Ho’okipa in Hawaiian. When I was in their home country of Japan they really took me in and were wonderful hosts, and I plan to do the same when they come to Hawaii.”

The truck will be painted live at Stranded in Paradise, POW! WOW! Hawaii’s, Hawaii Tourism Authority and Hawaiian Airline’s finale concert, on February 13 at the Maker’s and Tasters lot in Kakaako (formerly known as Fisherman’s Wharf). The concert features The Green, DJ Babu and Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, Eli-Mac, Likkle Mai, Taimane Gardner, Cipha Sounds and The POW! WOW! School of Music. Also featured is a Secret Walls live graffiti battle, hip-hop battle, Maker’s and Taster’s food trucks and the Hawaiian Airlines Black Book VIP Lounge.

Hawaiian Airlines helped Kami and Sasu make POW! WOW! 2016 a family affair by flying their two children to accompany them as they participate in this year’s festivities.


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