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Authorities Explain How Exit Door Was Opened Mid-Flight

The plane was low enough that he was able to open emergency exit, say South Korean authorities

(Newser) - The story seemed hard to fathom for anyone who's been on airplane: A passenger jet in South Korea landed with one of its emergency exits wide open on Friday. Authorities say a 33-year-old man forced it open during the flight. New details have emerged to explain what happened, reports...

10 Busiest Airports in the World
10 Busiest Airports in the World

10 Busiest Airports in the World

Atlanta stays on top

(Newser) - Atlanta's airport is the busiest in the world for the second straight year and third of the last four, reports the Wall Street Journal . Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport lost its title briefly during the weird travel days of the pandemic but has since returned to the top. The new...

Passenger on Business Jet Killed in Severe Turbulence
Passenger Killed in
Turbulence Is Identified

Passenger Killed in Turbulence Is Identified

Attorney Dana Hyde, 55, served in Obama and Clinton administrations

(Newser) - The passenger of a business jet who died after the plane hit turbulence last week has been identified as a prominent DC lawyer who served in the Clinton and Obama administrations, reports NBC News . Dana Hyde, 55, served as a senior adviser to the deputy secretary of state under President...

Aviation Expert Assesses Safest Place to Sit on Plane

Middle seat in the back, but there are lots of caveats

(Newser) - When picking your seat on a plane, you may not even give a moment's thought to which ones are the safest. If so, that's just fine, writes aviation expert Doug Drury in the Conversation . For one thing, flying remains incredibly safe. For another, crashes are so random that...

United Jet Had Scary 45-Second Dive
United Jet Came
Close to Hitting the Ocean

United Jet Came Close to Hitting the Ocean

Air Current reports that Boeing 777 took a dive that brought it about 800 feet from crashing

(Newser) - A United Airlines passenger jet came close to plunging into the ocean after a scary dip being revealed by the Air Current . The incident, not previously reported, took place on Dec. 18 when United Airlines Flight 1722 took off from Maui en route to San Francisco. The Boeing 777 jet...

Say Adieu to the Plane That 'Shrunk the Globe'

Boeing has made its last 747, though the plane could fly for decades more

(Newser) - The last Boeing 747 is about to roll off the lot. No. 1,574, made for cargo operator Atlas Air, will be handed over in a live webcast ceremony at 4pm ET Tuesday, marking the end of an era in aviation, per CNN . When Boeing 747 test flights began in...

FAA Clears Flights to Depart After Hours-Long Ground Stop

The Notice to Air Missions System failed on Tuesday night

(Newser) - The FAA is lifting a ground stop on flights across the US following a computer outage early Wednesday that resulted in thousands of delays and hundreds of cancellations at airports nationwide. The FAA ordered all departing flights grounded early Wednesday, but lifted that order just before 9am Eastern after several...

Southwest CEO: 'No Way to Apologize Enough'

Airline returns to a relatively normal day of flying on Friday

(Newser) - Southwest Airlines returned to a relatively normal flight schedule Friday, as the focus shifts to making things right with more than a million passengers who missed flights during the holidays, and many of whom are still missing luggage. The Dallas carrier, which had canceled thousands of flights every day this...

Southwest Resuming Normal Flight Schedule Friday

After 3 days of chaos

(Newser) - The Southwest travel nightmare might be near an end. The airline plans to operate a full schedule on Friday after canceling roughly two-thirds of its flights over the last three days, reports the Wall Street Journal . That amounts to about 15,000 canceled flights in a busy travel week, with...

Southwest Still Running Only a Third of Flights
A Look at Why Southwest
Is in Such a Mess
the rundown

A Look at Why Southwest Is in Such a Mess

Airline is operating only about a third of its schedule for the coming days

(Newser) - On Monday, Southwest Airlines canceled a staggering 71% of its flights . Tuesday is pretty much the same—and Wednesday and Thursday likely won't be much better. The airline had scrapped about 62% of its flights on Tuesday and plans to keep the cuts in place through at least Thursday,...

For Flyers in Europe, No More 'Airplane Mode'
For Flyers in
Europe, No More
'Airplane Mode'

For Flyers in Europe, No More 'Airplane Mode'

European Union says air travelers will be able to use their phones as they wish in 2023

(Newser) - The modern era of "airplane mode" on flights is coming to an end—in Europe anyway. The European Union says air passengers there will be able to use their phones however they want (such as streaming video or, yes, making phone calls) as of June 2023, reports the BBC...

Mind Taking the Middle Seat? Will a Big Prize Convince You?
Airline Gets Creative in Getting
Travelers to Take Middle Seat

Airline Gets Creative in Getting Travelers to Take Middle Seat

Virgin Australia launches $147K lottery, with prizes each week for those who sit in least desirable spots

(Newser) - Is there ever anyone who actually wants the middle seat during a flight? If there is, we haven't met them, but that may soon change thanks to some coaxing on the matter by Virgin Australia. Per a recent social media poll offered by the airline, a paltry 0.6%...

Best US Airlines in 2022
The Best
US Airlines,

The Best US Airlines, Ranked

The Points Guy crowns Delta as king

(Newser) - The Points Guy website is out with its annual ranking of US airlines, and Delta comes out on top by a rather comfortable margin. The top-10 ranking takes into account all the factors you'd expect—on-time flights, cancellations, general reliability, cost, scheduling, frequent-flier perks, and more. Here are the...

Has Your Air Travel Been Hellish? Fingers Point to Florida
Thanks for Our
Travel Woes, Florida

Thanks for Our Travel Woes, Florida

Activity in Florida airspace is messing flights up for the whole country, per 'WSJ'

(Newser) - In June, federal stats showed that the four big airports in Florida—Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami—were among the top five worst airports in terms of on-time arrivals, per the New York Post . But what happens in Florida apparently isn't staying in Florida, with a logjammed "...

Jet Passengers Heard a Bang, Saw the Hole Upon Landing

Airbus 380 flew nearly 14 hours to Australia with damaged exterior

(Newser) - About 45 minutes into their 14-hour flight from the United Arab Emirates to Australia, passengers heard a loud bang, reports Insider . It's probably just as well they didn't see what that bang did to their Airbus 380 jet until they landed: As these tweeted images show, it blew...

It's Another Rough Day for Air Travelers

US airlines are canceling flights left and right amid storms and big crowds

(Newser) - US airlines canceled high numbers of flights for a second straight day on Friday as they tried to recover from storms while accommodating growing crowds of summer vacationers, per the AP . By early afternoon in the eastern US, airlines has scrubbed more than 1,100 flights after canceling more than...

Plane Passenger Accused of Groping 2 Women

Jairaj Singh Dhillon of California says he took an Ambien, can't remember alleged incidents

(Newser) - Another disturbing incident in the skies : A California man has been charged with groping two female passengers on a JetBlue flight out of Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors say Jairaj Singh Dhillon of Modesto, 42, groped the thigh and groin of the woman sitting next to him about 30 minutes into...

Another 1.4K Flights Canceled During Busy Holiday Weekend

Sunday's cancellations added to thousands from Friday, Saturday

(Newser) - Update: Hundreds of flights worldwide were canceled by Sunday evening, adding to the mounting number of scrubbed flights during the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend in the US. About 1,460 flights had been canceled as of 7pm EDT Sunday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. That followed more than...

United Passenger Arrested After Unorthodox Exit

Police say man opened emergency door, walked onto wing of taxiing plane, and slid to ground

(Newser) - In the latest installment of tales about unruly air passengers , Chicago police arrested a man who disembarked via an emergency exit onto the wing—while the plane was taxiing. The incident happened on a United jet that landed at O'Hare from San Diego early Thursday morning, reports NBC News...

US Airlines, Ranked
US Airlines, Ranked 

US Airlines, Ranked

Delta is No. 1 in eyes of WalletHub

(Newser) - Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal ranked Delta as the best American airline. Now WalletHub is out with a ranking of its own, and it reaches the same conclusion. The site ranked the nine biggest US airlines, plus two regional carriers, on the usual mix of metrics—price, reliability,...

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