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These Wasps Love Planes, Could Bring Them Down

Airports employing insecticide, Pitot tube covers to deter keyhole wasp nests

(Newser) - There are numerous examples of birds colliding with planes in incidents that prove deadly for human passengers, hence why airports use various methods to deter fowl. Now, several airports are working to deter a smaller, airborne pest that also proves a deadly threat: wasps. As the Wall Street Journal reports,...

UK Set to Solve Common Carry-on Gripe

3D screening could be the end of tiny bottles of toiletries in clear plastic bags

(Newser) - Putting small containers of liquids in plastic bags could soon be a thing of the past for airline passengers in Britain after the government announced plans Sunday to introduce 3D screening equipment for carry-on luggage at all major airports. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement that the new...

Apparent Stowaway Falls From Airliner Over London

Body lands in south London garden

(Newser) - A man believed to have stowed away on a Kenya Airways flight fell from the landing gear to a London garden Sunday, police say, per the BBC . After his body was found, a bag, water, and food were found in the landing gear compartment of the plane when it landed...

Explosive Devices Found at 3 London Transport Hubs

They were relatively small, and no travel disruptions resulted

(Newser) - London police are investigating the discovery of explosive devices at three transport hubs around the city on Tuesday, reports the Guardian . The good news is that the devices have been contained and all were relatively small—"capable of igniting an initially small fire," say police, per the AP...

Drone Closes World's 2nd Busiest Airport
Drone Closes World's
2nd Busiest Airport

Drone Closes World's 2nd Busiest Airport

London's Heathrow temporarily stops flights

(Newser) - London had another airport-drone mess on its hands Tuesday, but this time the problem was much bigger. Heathrow Airport stopped all departing flights for roughly an hour because of a drone sighting, reports the BBC . A rep for the airport described it as a "precautionary measure." Last month,...

Tens of Thousands Affected by British Airways IT Failure

All airline's flights canceled out of London's largest airports

(Newser) - British Airways canceled all flights out of London's two largest airports Saturday—the first day of a spring bank holiday weekend in Britain—affecting tens of thousands of travelers. The problem stems from British Airway's IT system, the entirety of which apparently crashed worldwide, the AP reports. According...

Lindsay Lohan: I Was Profiled While Wearing Headscarf

LiLo says the incident happened at London's Heathrow Airport

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan claims she was "racially profiled" while wearing a headscarf at London's Heathrow Airport, the AP reports. The actress told a British talk show that she was stopped while traveling to New York. She said an airport worker "opened my passport and saw 'Lindsay Lohan'...

Mom Has Gallons of Breast Milk Confiscated at Heathrow

Jessica Coakley Martinez didn't take it lightly

(Newser) - Ever sighed at having to toss out a bottle of water at airport security? Then consider Jessica Coakley Martinez, who was forced to throw away almost four gallons of breast milk at London's Heathrow Airport, the Washington Post reports. "This wasn’t some rare bottle of wine or...

Drone May Have Hit Plane Landing at Heathrow

British Airways plane landed safely; London police investigating

(Newser) - In what the UK's Civil Aviation Authority says would be "a totally unacceptable" first, a British Airways plane landing at Heathrow appears to have been hit by a drone on Sunday, the BBC reports. The Airbus A320 coming into London from Geneva had 132 passengers and five crew...

American Airlines Jet Makes U-Turn Over Illness

One flight attendant 'literally just fainted'

(Newser) - An American Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles had to return to London on Wednesday after passengers and crew fell ill on board. One flight attendant "literally just fainted ... just fell forward, put her hand out and hit the floor," one of 188 passengers on board tells ABC...

Airport Confiscates Alyssa Milano's Breast Milk

Because the actress didn't have a baby with her?

(Newser) - Upon landing at Heathrow Airport yesterday, Alyssa Milano had the 10 ounces of breast milk she'd pumped on the plane taken away. She tweeted that officials told her they could only "let the pumped milk through if I had the baby with me," adding, "Why would...

Computer Glitch Snarls Air Travel in London

Airspace was closed briefly

(Newser) - Air travel around London is a mess today. The airspace over the city was briefly closed in the afternoon because of what authorities said was a computer failure at one of Britain's two air traffic control centers. NATS, Britain's national air traffic body, said the glitch at its...

Passenger Jet Nearly Hits Unidentified Drone

Heathrow incident could have caused crash, authorities say

(Newser) - An Airbus A320 nearly hit a drone at Britain's Heathrow Airport earlier this year, authorities have revealed. A report from air safety authorities says the pilot was at 700 feet and preparing to land on July 22 when he saw the helicopter-style drone, ITV reports. The owner of the...

Nigella Lawson's New Humiliation: Barred From US

Could be due to drug confessions

(Newser) - As if it's not bad enough to have your ex-assistants publicly brand you a cokehead , now Nigella Lawson's admitted drug use may have gotten the celebrity chef barred from the US. Lawson was forbidden to board a Heathrow flight to Los Angeles on Sunday, the Department of Homeland...

Boeing 787 Catches Fire Again, Closes London Airport

And yet another forced to make emergency landing

(Newser) - Looks like the Boeing 787's fire issues aren't entirely behind it . A parked Dreamliner, owned by Ethiopian Airlines, caught fire today at Heathrow airport, prompting a suspension of all arrivals and departures to the London airport, the BBC reports. No passengers were aboard, no injuries have been reported,...

Wild Weather Strikes Across the Globe

Snow and ice hit southeast US, London, while Australia bakes in heat

(Newser) - It was a wild day for weather around much of the world today, as snow hit the southeastern United States and Britain while record heat baked Australia. In Virginia, 13 inches of snow hit some areas, while in Mississippi two to four inches fell in places, reports the AP . At...

Delta Buying 49% of Virgin Atlantic

Deal will give it a larger share of NY-to-London market

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines said it will buy almost half of Virgin Atlantic for $360 million as it seeks a bigger share of the lucrative New York-to-London travel market. Delta plans to form a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic where the two airlines would share money from the flights operated under...

2 Detained Brits May Have Helped Syrian Extremists

Two 20-somethings arrested at Heathrow

(Newser) - Two 26-year-old Brits detained at Heathrow last night may have been involved in the kidnapping of two journalists in Syria, authorities say. Both are being held on suspicion of supporting terrorist activity, report the BBC and the Guardian . Another intriguing detail from Sky News : One of them is reportedly a...

Stowaway's Body Lands on London Suburb

He was trying to get from Africa to Heathrow Airport

(Newser) - The body of a man who attempted to hide in the landing gear of an airplane headed to Heathrow Airport came crashing down on a residential street in a London suburb, reports the Telegraph . The stowaway likely got on board in North Africa but died during the trip, either because...

UK Border Staff Striking on Eve of Olympics

Government slams 'shameful' strike

(Newser) - Olympic organizers fear that a strike called for the day before the Games open will massively snarl the plans of hordes of visitors. Thousands of government workers—including immigration staff at London's Heathrow Airport—plan a 24-hour strike next Thursday, which will be followed by a refusal to do...

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