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2 Familiar Faces Were on Turbulent Lufthansa Flight
2 Familiar Faces Were on
Turbulent Lufthansa Flight
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2 Familiar Faces Were on Turbulent Lufthansa Flight

Camila Alves shares footage from plane she says she, husband Matthew McConaughey were on

(Newser) - A Lufthansa flight headed from Texas to Germany this week that experienced severe turbulence , sending seven to the hospital, had two of the Lone Star State's most famous residents on board. Model and designer Camila Alves McConaughey, wife of actor Matthew McConaughey, posted a clip online Thursday showing some...

7 Hospitalized After Severe Turbulence Over Tennessee

Lufthansa flight was diverted to Dulles

(Newser) - A Lufthansa flight from Austin to Frankfurt made an unscheduled landing at Washington Dulles Airport on Wednesday night after it encountered turbulence so severe that seven people were hospitalized. The Federal Aviation Administration says the Airbus 330 encountered turbulence at 37,000 feet over Tennessee, around 90 minutes after takeoff....

Latest Travel Nightmare Involves Lufthansa, Germany

Nearly 1K flights were canceled Wednesday in and out of Munich, Frankfurt

(Newser) - Wednesday was a really bad day to be booked on a Lufthansa flight in or out of Germany. The New York Times reports that roughly 3,000 "nonflying" employees walked off the job at 3:45am Wednesday, with plans to protest for higher wages until 6am Thursday. The resulting...

Airlines Abruptly Suspend Flights to Egypt

British Airways and Lufthansa ground flights, with BA citing 'heightened risk of terrorism against aviation'

(Newser) - British Airways and Lufthansa both said Saturday they were suspending flights to Cairo for unspecified reasons related to safety and security, reports the AP . The British carrier said it was canceling flights to the Egyptian capital for a week, amid what it calls a "heightened risk of terrorism against...

Passenger Sued for 'Skiplagging' Flight

Lufthansa cracks down on cheap-ticket trick

(Newser) - Lufthansa is cracking down on a way for airline passengers to get cheaper fares—with a lawsuit that brings fresh attention to the practice. Airlines put a premium on nonstop flights, and "skiplagging" passengers exploit that practice by booking flights with a layover, and then skipping the last leg...

Traveling in 2019? These Airlines Are the Safest Bet reveals its top safety picks of 405 airlines

(Newser) - The world's safest airline for 2019 is also the industry's most experienced, according to . The website, which monitors the safety records of 405 airlines worldwide, considered industry and government audits; crash and incident reports; profitability; safety initiatives; and fleet age in coming up with the 20...

Flight Stops in Iceland, Leaves Unruly Passenger There

Woman was deemed a danger to the plane

(Newser) - A Lufthansa flight from Los Angeles to Munich had to make an unscheduled stop in Iceland after a passenger became so unruly that the crew decided she was a danger to the plane, the AP reports. Lufthansa told the dpa news agency Saturday that after the woman had been taken...

Lufthansa, Air France Reroute Flights After Egypt Crash

Airlines say they'll avoid Sinai Peninsula until they know why Russian plan crashed

(Newser) - Lufthansa and Air France will be diverting flights around the Sinai Peninsula until they know why a Russian passenger plane crashed there Saturday , Reuters reports. "We took the decision to avoid the area because the situation and the reasons for the crash were not clear," a Lufthansa spokesperson...

Trial Revisits Infamous Heist Portrayed in Goodfellas

The Lufthansa robbery was one of the largest cash heists in US history

(Newser) - For decades, prosecutors say, Vincent Asaro managed to keep his role in an infamous mob heist immortalized in the hit movie Goodfellas hidden from the outside world while others of his generation were locked up or died gangland deaths. A frail-looking Asaro finally emerged from the shadows after his arrest...

Germanwings Offers to Pay, Families React in 'Horror'

Offer of $27K per victim isn't nearly enough: lawyer

(Newser) - Relatives of victims of the Germanwings plane crash say they're "appalled" by a compensation offer meant to ease their suffering. Parent company Lufthansa says it will pay $27,700 per victim—in addition to some $55,540 paid immediately after the crash—plus an $11,110 payment to...

Relatives of Plane Crash Victims Get First $55K

But damages are 'unlimited' for Lufthansa

(Newser) - Lufthansa today offered what it calls a "preliminary" payment to the relatives of each victim of the Germanwings crash , a sum of $54,800, reports NBC News . But preliminary is a key word, because the airline will surely be shelling out much, much more. For starters, a world treaty...

Robot Travels as Airline Passenger

LAX says Athena's journey is a first

(Newser) - No danger of this passenger experiencing an episode of nut rage : In what Los Angeles International Airport says is an aviation first, a robot traveled as a paying passenger on Monday, sitting in an economy-class seat of its own on a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt, Germany, Reuters reports. "Athena,...

35 Years Later, FBI Busts 5 in Goodfellas Heist

5 alleged mobsters taken into custody

(Newser) - More than 35 years later, the FBI is finally charging mobsters in connection with the notorious Lufthansa heist at New York's JFK Airport in 1978, a crime made even more infamous by the film Goodfellas. Five alleged mobsters said to be associated with New York's Bonanno crime family...

Passenger Helps Land 747 After Co-Pilot Falls Ill

Luckily, the Good Samaritan was licensed to fly jumbo jets

(Newser) - A Lufthansa 747 made a smooth landing at Dublin's airport this week, an event made notable because one of the passengers was helping in the cockpit. As the Irish Independent explains, when the co-pilot fell ill with a crushing migraine, the main pilot got permission to divert to Dublin....

Imposter Pilot Nabbed After Europe Flight

Man had fake uniform, fake friends, fake Facebook page

(Newser) - It's Catch Me If You Can all over again: Italian cops have arrested a man who's been posing as a pilot for months or longer. The unnamed man sure seemed like a pilot—down to fake flight crew buddies in his Facebook photos—and he managed to ride...

No Quick Solutions for Volcano-Grounded Travelers

Even after airspace opens, huge backlog awaits

(Newser) - Even after airspace closed by volcanic ash reopens, the hordes of would-be travelers waiting at airports around the world shouldn't count on catching the first flight out. "An international airline system is such a carefully orchestrated network that any disruption, especially of this size, is really going to take...

EU Holding Emergency Meeting on Flight Bans

'We can't wait for the cloud to vanish,' says official

(Newser) - EU leaders are meeting in an emergency session today to discuss continued flight bans in the wake of the volcanic eruption in Iceland. They're meeting by video teleconference because leaders can't fly anywhere. "We cannot just wait until this ash cloud dissipates," said EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas....

Grounded Airlines Want Ban Lifted

After test flights, carriers push for reevaluation; UK hold extended

(Newser) - Some airlines have conducted their own test flights and want the ban on most flights over Europe ended, but UK airspace will remain closed until tomorrow evening at the earliest. Air Berlin, Air France/KLM, and Lufthansa have sent aircraft through the cloud of volcanic ash that's crippled air travel for...

German Airline Offers 'Sunshine Insurance'

Lufthansa to pay out if it rains at travelers' destinations

(Newser) - The German airline Lufthansa is offering “sunshine insurance” as an incentive for travelers to book tickets in the fall, Stars and Stripes reports. For travel in September in October, the airline will pay passengers 20 euros for every day that it rains more than 0.2 inches at the...

Swine Flu Sends Travel Stocks Falling
 Swine Flu Sends 
 Travel Stocks Falling 

Swine Flu Sends Travel Stocks Falling

Airlines decline while drugmakers advance; Mexican peso tumbles

(Newser) - Stocks declined worldwide today, with travel companies leading losses as investors gave their first reaction to the outbreak of swine flu. Airlines took a pummeling—Lufthansa fell more than 12%, British Airways 8.7%—and tour operators like Carnival also suffered sharp drops. But pharmaceutical companies did well: drugmaker Roche,...

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