The ORIGINAL Strange But True Aviation News

8 Jun

Uh, the flight attendants are leaving but you want US to stay on this plane?  An Air Canada pilot found himself trying to convince passengers to stay on a flight from Ottawa to Vancouver despite the flight attendants walking off over a smell from the air filter system, reports the Globe and Mail. Mail columnist Gary Mason happened to be on the flight as the drama played out over Twitter. Mason and most of the passengers (and 1 of the flight attendants) decided to stay on the flight.

There’s a difference between walking and flying? American-Iranian Muslim U.S.  citizen Kavon Iraniha is back in the USA after a year studying law in Costa Rica — and finding himself on the No-fly list, reports NBC San Diego.  As Iraniha tried to return to San Diego, he was told he was on the no-fly list. He was questioned by the FBI, but still not allowed to fly home. So he decided to fly to Tijuana, Mexico, then walk across the border.

No more snow in Puerto Rico. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration arrested 36 people at San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport after breaking up a drug ring that smuggled more than 61,000 pounds of cocaine on passenger flights since 1999, reports MSNBC.  The sting managed to capture some current and former American Airlines employees.

That’s not the right way to do a pat-down.  Five Transportation Security Administration screeners at Southwest Florida International Airport were fired and another 38 were suspended after an investigation found that passengers weren’t being properly screened, reports NaplesNews.com. Another screener saw the problem and reported it to TSA.

Can you sue dead people? Ok, you have to follow this CNN Travel story closely, kids. Melissa Schram lost her common-law husband in a plane crash where a drunk passenger allegedly kicked the pilot’s seat, which caused the crash. You with me so far? Now Schram is suing the estate of the dead pilot, claiming he shouldn’t have let the drunk pilot on the Cessna-185F floatplane that crashed.

For the umpteenth time – drinking and flying don’t mix!! Grandmother Frances Macaskill has been ordered to repay Qantas A$18,245 after her flight from Melbourne to Perth had to return after her drunken behavior, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.  Macaskill was seen drinking duty-free liquor and began fighting with passengers and shouting profanities aboard the flight, which led to her arrest and a sentence of four months in jail and a A$3,500 fine.

Dude — you can’t sail on the runway!!  A runway at Boston-Logan International Airport was temporarily closed after an empty sailboat broke away from its mooring and running aground at 9/27, reports NYC Aviation.

So I guess the hookers, booze and poker are out too?  Airlines starting service out of Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport are traditionally greeted with showgirls and an Elvis impersonator.  But Dutch carrier ArkeFly won’t get that deal because the arrival of its first flight is too close to the arrival of President Barack Obama, who is coming to town for an official visit, reports USA Today.

The were really “stuck” on this flight.  An Allegiant Airlines flight from Phoenix to Central Nebraska Regional Airport got stuck in the dirt after the pilot made a sharp turn off the taxiway, reports the Omaha World-Herald.  The return flight was delayed nearly five hours while a new plane was brought in.

美國的航空公司的失業的工人應學漢語 (translation: Unemployed American Airline Workers Should Learn Chinese). Representatives of China’s air carriers are reaching out to American Airlines workers who may lose their jobs as the company continues to shed jobs while in Chapter 11: learn Chinese, reports Forbes. Chinese carriers are looking for cabin crews as they continue to grow.

FOAM PARTY!!! Workers at an Eagle Aviation hangar based at Texas’ Abilene Regional Airport got a surprise when they arrived at work: a facility filled with foam, reports ReporterNews.com.  A fire suppressant system went off, causing the foam to fill the hangar and the surrounding outside area.

I’m sorry, but you need to create your own caption on this one, kids. Dutch artist Bart Jansen was distraught over the deal of his cat Orville, named after Orville Wright.  So he decided to keep the dead cat with him forever by turning him into a flying helicopter, reports the Daily Mail.  He called Orville ‘half cat, half machine’, adding he had become a visual art project to pay tribute to the dead animal.

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One Response to “The ORIGINAL Strange But True Aviation News”

  1. David Mueller (@quanterium) June 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    I haven’t flown mainland Chinese airlines, but based on my experiences with Taiwan’s two biggest carriers (EVA and China Airlines), and from what I’ve heard about other Asian airlines (Singapore, Cathay Pacific, etc), the Chinese are in for a disappointment with the level of customer service they’ll get from former AA flight attendants. Though assuming layoffs are seniority based, the saving grace might be that these will be the youngest ones, thus the least likely to have become discouraged and unenthusiastic bout the business.

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