Boy Allergic to Dog is Removed From Airplane, passengers applaud

Boy on flight

According to King5 News a family who where on Flight 171 on Bellingham back home to Phoenix had to leave the aircraft when the boy had an allergic attack.

Because of the allergic attack the flight was delayed. The boy was allergic to a dog on board and began to get very itchy and was scratching all over.

As the family leaved the aircraft some of the other passengers started clapping, laughed and cheered.

Apart from this tragic reaction, what was even more sad is that the boys father is sick with throat cancer and his time is running out. So the trip turn out to not be the nice memory they had hope for.

Everybody has a story with them and you never know what is behind a face.
They travelled with Allegiant Airline who has offered an apology for the other passengers reaction.

Forget Something? Naked Man Stands Out At Airport Check-In

Man at airport

People at the Nashville International Airport got an eyeful Sunday when a man wearing nothing more than his birthday suit stepped into line.

The extremely light traveler was photographed standing in American Airlines’ priority check-in line by a fellow traveler, who said he thought the man’s lack of attire was a protest against security measures.

“I walked up to him and said ‘You’re amazing.’ He replied, ‘Thanks.’ Then they came for him,” Tod Brilliant wrote on Facebook, where he also shared his, ahem, unedited snaps. (The Huffington Post blurred the images a bit here.)

One of those pictures showed the man being led away by several officers.

Brilliant, speaking to local TV station WSMV, said he had traveled from California to Nashville for business when the naked guy captured his attention.

“I was pretty impressed with Nashville. Aside from a few people whose jaws were dropped, everyone else was doing their thing, going on, business as usual. It was a great start to Nashville; it’s a great city,” he said.

The man was taken into custody for public indecency and booked by the Metro Nashville Police Department, airport spokeswoman Shannon Sumrall told The Tennessean.

This was apparently not the man’s first public exposé. Sumrall said that the same man had been observed outside the airport without clothing a “handful” of times in the past.


Tiara-wearing lunatic bites passenger on JFK-bound flight

Tiara woman

A gallery curator dubbed ‘the Lady Gaga of the arts world’ has been charged with biting the backside of another woman during a disagreement on a transatlantic flight.

Stacey Engman, 38, a National Arts Club member based in Manhattan, is accused of sinking her teeth into Christina Tyler, while wearing a tiara on a Turkish Airline flight from Istanbul back to JFK last July.

Ms Tyler, 33, of Brooklyn had complained that Engman was almost resting her head in her lap when she objected and a dispute ensued.

After the disagreement escalated, it is then that Engman is accused of biting the victim on the backside.

According to court papers seen by the New York Post, Engman had been wearing the tiara and had been telling fellow passengers how she had been on a yacht for the past five days.

She later fell asleep and it is alleged that she ended up sprawled out across Ms Tyler, who eventually objected.

Engman is then accused of raising and lowering the arm rest on the victim’s leg and launching into a tirade of insults.

Ms Tyler then told Engman to calm down but claims it was then had she bit her on the backside, leaving teeth marks.

When the plane landed in New York City, Port Authority police interviewed both women and witnesses of the dispute.



Fuelling Truck Catches Fire While Refuelling Etihad Airways A380

Fueling truck

An aircraft fuel tanker caught fire while refuelling an Etihad A380 aircraft at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).

Luckily, no injuries where reported.

Etihad has reached out to issue the following statement regarding the incident:

” On February 16, a vehicle caught fire at Abu Dhabi International Airport, in the vicinity of an Etihad Airways Airbus A380 that was being serviced in preparation for a flight from Abu Dhabi to New York.

Airport emergency services were initiated immediately and the stricken vehicle was removed from the area.

Etihad Airways flight to New York on 16 February was subsequently delayed by two hours. However, at no time was the aircraft, crew or guests at risk as a result of this incident.

The safety of Etihad Airways’ passengers and staff is of paramount importance.”


Flight attendant grounds herself after 54 years with American Airlines

AA Flight attendant

When Carole DiSalvo began working as an American Airlines stewardess, she thought she might stay a couple of years. Maybe that long.

“I was 20 when I went with American,” DiSalvo recalled. “And two years was truly the maximum. You couldn’t be married. Back then, people were getting married a lot younger than they are now. So two years was truly about the maximum that you would expect to fly. Never would you expect to go five years or 10 years.”

More than 54 years later, DiSalvo, 75, has finally grounded herself.

She worked her last assignments in mid-January, on a flight from Chicago to Shanghai, and then a flight back to Chicago. On Thursday, she ended a career that touched seven decades, 11 U.S. presidential administrations, numerous management changes, industry deregulation and the economic turbulence that has shaken the industry.

She arrived at American a few months before its first jet, the Boeing 707, began service. She began work more than two years before American’s current chairman and chief executive, Tom Horton, was born.

She retires as American’s most senior flight attendant on active duty. A woman hired a month before her in 1958 retired in December but had been on medical leave for some time and had not been flying.

Final duties

DiSalvo’s last official duties were Monday, when she spoke to American’s first class of new-hire flight attendants in 12 years, a group that gave her a standing ovation after her presentation. The following day, she talked to The Dallas Morning News about her career.

“As a matter of fact, after today, it’s going to be all over — and it’s going to be one of the saddest days of my life,” she said as the interview neared its end, her voice cracking. But with a smile, she quickly instructed herself, “Stop it.”

DiSalvo was working as a secretary at Continental Can Co. in 1958 when her boss suggested that she might like to work as an airline stewardess.

The idea appealed to her; she didn’t like the daily commute to her downtown Chicago job, nor did she see herself as a 9-to-5 person. Still, she wonders whether her boss was subtly telling her to go get another job.

Regardless, with her mother and sister along for moral support, she visited Trans World Airlines Inc., which was hiring.

“It was jammed with people. It was a pretty intensive interview,” DiSalvo said. “But then they said, ‘You know, we like you, but come back when your nails are longer.’”

She left the interview and told her mom that she wanted to go by American Airlines’ offices at Chicago’s Midway Airport. DiSalvo walked into a hangar and learned that a personnel person was on site.

The man met with her, then said, “I’ll be right back,” DiSalvo remembered. “He came back and he had the overseas cap in his hand. He put it on my head, and he said, ‘You’ll do just fine. You’ll hear from us.’”

A few weeks later, she got a call from American telling her she was hired. She began training Sept. 13, 1958, at American’s new training center in Fort Worth, one of 32 new stewardesses in that class.

Upon graduation, most new flight attendants were assigned to New York and Los Angeles. However, it needed Spanish-speaking flight attendants based in Chicago and Dallas, and DiSalvo really wanted to be in Chicago to be near her boyfriend.

She acknowledges today that she didn’t know Spanish. But with help from a roommate from El Paso, she learned the Spanish public announcements she needed to know and got her Chicago assignment.

But what about the guy? “That boyfriend lasted about a week after I got to Chicago,” DiSalvo said.

She moved to Los Angeles in 1960 and returned to Chicago in 1964 after her father suffered a major stroke. She was based there the rest of her career.

The old rules

When she joined American, the rules for flight attendants were spelled out at the outset: Nobody could work as a flight attendant after age 32. Nobody could be married and fly. Nobody could have children and fly.

One by one, those rules changed, allowing DiSalvo to continue flying after she turned 32 in 1969 and after she got married in 1971. Over time, many of the colleagues she began flying with decided to leave. But not her, even though she never told herself that she would stay so long.

“It’s amazing with this job how time just flies by. You have a different schedule each month. One month goes into the next month. I never even thought about it,” she said.

Even after she and her husband, Joe, a patent attorney, adopted the first of two children more than 27 years ago, DiSalvo decided to keep flying, convinced she could handle children and a career.

“In all sincerity, I never sat and thought, ‘Ah, jeez, when am I going to quit this?’ A couple of times when you have a rough trip or something, you’d think about it. But time flew by.”

In 2003, as American was struggling financially, DiSalvo did decide to retire — a decision that lasted an hour and 45 minutes.

A number of friends had decided to take American’s incentive payments to retire, and they encouraged her to do so as well. Finally, she called her supervisor’s office and asked that her resignation papers go in before the 5 p.m. deadline.

But she felt so bad about the decision that she called back a few minutes after the deadline to see if she could change her mind. The secretary hadn’t faxed DiSalvo’s resignation to the airline’s Fort Worth headquarters yet, and tore it up.

Some memories remain somber. On May 25, 1979, an American flight to Los Angeles crashed after takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, killing all aboard, including the Los Angeles-based crew of flight attendants. “I remember the day as though it were yesterday. It was very, very tragic.”

She also recalls the March 1, 1962, crash of American Airlines Flight 1 as it departed New York International Airport, popularly known then as Idlewild and now as John F. Kennedy International Airport.

“I was at the airport in Los Angeles the day before the flight, and I ran into a friend of mine. I asked her where she was going. She said she was going to New York,” DiSalvo said.

When the return flight the next day crashed, DiSalvo knew it was the one her friend was staffing and mourned for her lost friend. Then a week later, DiSalvo ran into her again at the Los Angeles operations offices.

“You talk about really, really falling apart,” DiSalvo said. “She had been removed from the flight at the last minute. We just clung to each other for the longest time.”

DiSalvo’s worst day was Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers took over four flights, two of them operated by American, and crashed them.

“I thought I was doing OK. But then, about two weeks after that, I would just wake up and have anxiety attacks and have to get up out of bed and run downstairs. It was cold outside, and I would run up and down the street. I didn’t know what was wrong,” she said.

Eventually, her doctor diagnosed her as suffering from depression.

Lots of changes

As airline veterans do, DiSalvo has noted changes in the industry and its customers since she began working. The suits and ties for male travelers and the dresses for women have been replaced by much more casual dress. Also, everyone flies today, rather than mostly businessmen, as it was when she started.

The jet age at American began soon after DiSalvo started working there, with American’s first Boeing 707 making its maiden voyage with passengers in January 1959. That aircraft model, “very homey,” remains DiSalvo’s favorite of the many she’s worked on.

“The Boeing 747 was exciting because of the upper deck and the staircase and we had three different galleys. But from a flight attendant viewpoint, it was very impersonal. Half the time, you never saw the other flight attendants in the middle and in the back,” she said.

The 747, out of American’s fleet since 1983 except for a pair kept until 1992, had a spiral staircase leading to its upper deck, DiSalvo recalled.

“We would put liquor out, actual fifths of liquor, and passengers would help themselves. We’d put out cheese and crackers. Very, very elegant. And sometimes, some of those passengers had difficulties coming down that staircase,” she said.

On Monday, when the new flight attendants asked her to name the celebrities she had served, she paused to think.

“Marlon Brando — very nice. Adlai Stevenson.” Richard Nixon saw her in an airport and asked her if she had worked his flight; she said no. “He came over and he kissed my hand.”

Her favorite celebrity, though, was Neil Diamond. Other passengers had gotten off the airplane while he remained in his first-class seat for the next leg of the flight.

DiSalvo, who had worked the coach section, stayed on board while the plane was on the ground. “I saw him and started to sing ‘Sweet Caroline.’” Diamond gestured for her to stop. And then, she smiled, “he sang ‘Sweet Caroline.’”

If she were 20½ years old today, DiSalvo said, she would “absolutely, without hesitation” start a career as a flight attendant. So why retire? Part of the reason is that American offered veteran flight attendants a $40,000 payment to leave, but that probably moved up her departure by only a few months, she said.

“There are a lot of changes going on with the airline, for one thing. Again, I don’t want to complain, but I have those little aches and pains. And like my dear friend said, ‘Carole, do you really want them to have to carry you off the airplane?’” she said.

“I think 54 years is long enough. Don’t you think?”




U.S. congressman proposes law to limit shrinking airline seats


Among things about which people are “mad as hell and not gonna take anymore,” shrinking airline seats have to be near the top of the list.

But now, a U.S. lawmaker isn’t just grumbling about being stuck in economy behind some inconsiderate lummox reclining his seat.

He’s doing something about it.

Attempting something that’s never been done before, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, has proposed establishing mandatory federal minimum size standards for airline passenger seats.

“This issue, in my opinion is a microcosm of what the public is showing for Bernie Sanders and for Donald Trump,” Cohen told CNN on Wednesday. “It’s about an industry not being responsive to people and being responsive to special interests.”

We don’t need to tell you that airlines have put the squeeze on fliers over the years.

Narrower seats and seat pitches have helped airlines fit more seats on planes to allow overall lower fares and higher profit margins.

Just basic physics, right?

Cohen claims that seat width “has shrunk from 18 inches in the 1970s to about 16.5 inches today.”

Meanwhile, American bodies have widened.

In 1962, the U.S. government measured the width of the American backside in the seated position.

It averaged 14 inches for men and 14.4 inches for women.

A 2002 Air Force study showed male and female butts had blown up on average to more than 15 inches.

Then there’s seat “pitch” — the distance between any point on one seat to the same point on the seat in front.

Cohen says pitch has shrunk from “35 inches during the 1970s to about 31 inches today.”

Safety issue?

But Cohen isn’t selling his bill on comfort.

He’s selling it on safety.

He says that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is putting passengers at risk because there hasn’t been adequate emergency evacuation testing of airline seating with rows set with pitch under 29 inches.

“Someday they will lose lives because of the size of the seats and somebody’s going to be sorry,” Cohen said.

Some consumer advocate groups have been calling on the industry to stop the squeezing, especially now that airlines are making big profits from low fuel prices.

But Brett Snyder of the consumer airline blog CrankyFlyer isn’t so supportive.

“This is absurd,” Snyder said. “Without question, the FAA should ensure that passengers can quickly and safely get out of an airplane in an emergency, but that should be the only requirement on seat size and pitch.”

If passengers choose, they can pay for extra leg room, Snyder said.

“But by requiring minimum seat size and pitch, Congress would effectively be pushing the cost of plane tickets out of reach for the most price-sensitive travelers.”

Cohen is calling on the FAA to study seat safety regarding size and then, if necessary, issue minimum or specific seat sizes as a mandated federal industry standard.

Airline seats: Tricky positions

The powerful Washington airline lobbying group Airlines for America says the Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection has decided to not make a recommendation on seat sizes.

The DOT oversees the FAA.

“We also believe that government should not regulate, but instead market forces, which reflect consumer decisions, and competition should determine what is offered,” Airlines for America told CNN in a statement Wednesday. “… And as with any commercial product or service, customers vote every day with their wallet.”

Cohen, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, plans to propose the legislation as an amendment to an FAA reauthorization bill on Thursday.

He’s also introduced it as a separate bill.