Posts Tagged ‘Delta’


[ABC News] Reports of a passenger’s unusual skin rash on a Delta flight led health officials temporarily to prevent passengers from leaving the plane after it landed until they confirmed it was not an infectious disease.

A Delta flight was under quarantine at Chicago Midway Airport, April 26, 2012. Police and paramedics surrounded the plane on the tarmac. (ABC News)

A Delta flight was under quarantine at Chicago Midway Airport, April 26, 2012. Police and paramedics surrounded the plane on the tarmac. (ABC News)

The news of a quarantine of flight 3163 from Detroit followed reports of an ill passenger, according to ABC News station WLS in Chicago.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had initially contacted Delta and asked it to hold the plane, according to a statement from the airline.

The CDC issued a statement to ABC News Thursday evening in which it said it took action based on concerns that the rash indicated something worse.

“CDC received a report earlier this evening of a passenger on a plane at Midway Airport who had a rash,” the statement reads. “Since the passenger had been in Africa, a family member had reported concerns that the rash might be monkeypox.”

According to the CDC, monkeypox is a rare viral disease that occurs mostly in central and western Africa.  The signs and symptoms of monkeypox are like those of smallpox, but usually…..

Reaad the full ABC News story here….


By  (@kimcarollo)
and  (@DanChildsABC)

April 26, 2012

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[Guardian] In a bird strike of a different breed, Byrdie the Rhodesian ridgeback bolted from her crate before her flight could take off.

A man attempts to retrieve the pup after it escaped from its cage at LaGuardia airport in New York City. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A man attempts to retrieve the pup after it escaped from its cage at LaGuardia airport in New York City. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A pooch named, appropriately enough, Byrdie, took flight at New York’s LaGuardia airport on Wednesday – but not in the way her owner intended.

The 30lb Rhodesian ridgeback bolted from her crate as she was being loaded onto her Memphis-bound Delta Air flight Wednesday, shutting down all traffic at the bustling hub for 10 minutes.

Authorities tried unsuccessfully to collar the 14-month-old pup, who took off down the tarmac and refused to to be corralled. Desperate Port Authority cops finally pulled the dog’s owner, Austin Varner, off the flight and drove her onto the runway.

“Your dog escaped,” a Delta employee told Varner, according to the New York Post. “We have got her kind of surrounded, but can’t catch her.”

“Get me out there,” Varner reportedly…….

Read the rest of the story at The Guardian…..


The Guardian
26th April, 2012



[Mail Online] A JetBlue flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Westchester County Airport, New York last night after two geese smacked into its windshield.

The JetBlue flight made an emergency landing at Westchester County Airport

The JetBlue flight made an emergency landing at Westchester County Airport

Pilots were forced to ground the craft – an Embraer 190 – after hitting the birds shortly after takeoff at 6.45pm.

The bird strike is the second to ground a New York flight in less than a week, after a Delta plane was forced to turn back to JFK Airport last Thursday.

A spokeswoman for JetBlue said the affected plane was flight 571 to West Palm Beach, which had 54 passengers and four crew members on board.

One of the pilots radioed controllers immediately after hitting the birds, saying, ‘We got to come back. We hit two big geese. We are declaring an emergency.’

The plane travelled just six miles from the airport before turning back, and passengers found themselves back on the tarmac a mere seven minutes after leaving it.

Nobody was injured as a result of the incident, but the weighty birds were less…..

Read the full story at The Mail Online……


By Rebecca Seales
25 April 2012



Apple-crazed crooks have been swiping high-tech equipment from the checked luggage of unsuspecting passengers flying from JFK to Moscow, The Post has learned.

Last month thieves stole more than a dozen Apple products from passengers

Last month thieves stole more than a dozen Apple products from passengers

Delta flight 30 — which departs JFK at 4:05 p.m. daily and lands at Sheremetyevo Airport nearly 10 hours later — has emerged as a veritable Bermuda Triangle for gadgets that have been mysteriously disappearing from passengers’ checked luggage, sources said.

Last month, during one six-day period, thieves succeeded in stealing more than a dozen Apple products from passengers on four Delta flights, sources said. Passengers complained of stolen iPads, iPhones and iMacs on March 12, 14, 15 and 17, sources said.

The haul from those flights totaled more than $6,300. The thefts were reported to the Port Authority Delta on March 30 after the airline grew tired of reimbursing its customers.

The March 17 Delta 30 flight was particularly brutal.

Passengers flying that day reported to authorities that seven Apple items were stolen, including four iPads worth $599 each; one iPad worth $699; and two iPhones, worth $199.

Read the full story at the New York Post….


By PHILIP MESSING
9th April 2012



A second airline has announced plans to charge passengers an extra fee, just to take their handbag on a plane.

Allegiant is the second U.S. airline to roll out the charges

Charges: Free items must be small enough to go under the seat in front. Anything that needs to go in the over-head locker will have to be paid for

Allegiant Air said it will be charging flyers $35 for carry-on luggage from Wednesday, which matches the charge for checked bags. The fee, which has not yet been publicly announced, will go live on the airline’s website at midnight on Tuesday.

Each passenger will be allowed one free personal item – a laptop, purse or briefcase – provided it is small enough to fit underneath the seat in front. Anything larger that needs to be stored in the over-head locker will incur the charge. Like cabin baggage, paying online can soften the blow, lowering the cost to $14.99-29.99 depending on the destination.

It is the second carrier to announce the fee – Spirit Airlines launched a charge in April 2010, but while successful, it wasn’t hugely popular. Television journalist Matt Lauer told CEO Ben Baldanza that the policy would go down ‘like a fart in a church’.

Allegiant, based in Las Vegas, is a small-time aircraft carrier that ferries travelers from smaller cities to vacation spots such as Orlando, Florida and Las Vagas.

It carries less than 4 percent of the traffic of United or Delta.

Read the full Daily Mail story here….


By LAURA COX
PUBLISHED: 3 April 2012



(UKPA)

More than 120 new air services will begin from UK airports over the next three months, it has been announced.

120 new UK Flights to start in the next 3 months

120 new UK Flights to start in the next 3 months

The new routes are spread across 27 separate UK airports, according to airline network organisation anna.aero. Manchester airport, with 16, has the most new routes, followed by Gatwick (15) and Heathrow (12).

Jet2, which starts a new base at Glasgow this summer, is the airline with the most new routes (24), followed by Ryanair (19) and easyJet (13). British Airways is starting eight new services, including Buenos Aires and San Diego from Heathrow and Malaga and Marrakech from Gatwick.

Flybe, bmibaby and bmi are all starting new routes while American carrier Delta is starting Heathrow services to Boston and Miami and Virgin Atlantic is flying a twice-weekly service from Manchester to Las Vegas.

A new airline to the UK is Swiss-based carrier SkyWork Airlines which is flying from London City Airport to Bern.

See the Press Association story here…..


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