Trouble on the Airlines

Well, it’s been awhile since one of these little round-ups. Still, things seem to be getting worse rather than better. That is not a good trend.

General/Historical

Video of two parallel jumbo jets landing at exactly the same time (Boing Boing)

United offered men-only “executive” flights until 1970 (Boing Boing)

Airlines

Sikh Woman Forced To Show Breast Pump After Fellow Passenger Suspects She May Be A Terrorist (Counter Current News)

Lufthansa to suspend flights to Venezuela (BBC News)

Second airline suspends flights to Venezuela (BBC News)

Airline industry profits ‘to jump 12% in 2016’ (BBC News)

Flybe returns to profit on rising sales (BBC News)

China’s Nanshan buys 20% Virgin Australia stake (BBC News)

Air France: Pilots’ strike hits Euro 2016 (BBC News)

Passengers on plane grounded at airport were refused food for “legal reasons” (The Standard)

Malaysia’s Islamic airline Rayani Air barred from flying (BBC News)
Ryanair says fares to fall 7% amid price war (BBC News)

Airports

Airport security officer was alleged war criminal, arrested for lying about participation in “genocidal acts” (UPDATED) (Boing Boing) – Note this was a private security officer, not a TSA agent.

TSA

TSA’s Instagram features bizarre items found at checkpoints (Boing Boing)

Traveler sues TSA for missed flight (Boing BOing)

TSA head of security ‘removed from his position’ (Boing Boing)

Travel, TSA, and Airline Round up

I have lost the ability to come up with interesting headlines for these, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not still a lot of articles to look at. I made a decision that anything before February is out of the running for this post.

Airlines

Lufthansa chief denies errors over Germanwings crash (BBC)

Air France-KLM returns to profit on cheaper fuel prices (BBC)

American Airlines is suing Gogo over its crappy Wi-Fi (Boing Boing)

JetBlue attendant doesn’t like being stared at by Muslim women, calls police to take them off plane (Boing Boing) — Hello racism.

United Continental airline investors challenge leadership (BBC)

BA owner IAG reports big rise in profit (BBC)

Thai Airways returns to profit in fourth quarter (BBC)

Airports

Bangkok airport safety issues ‘must be addressed’

Heathrow third runway: Environmental concerns ‘should not stop expansion’ (BBC)

London City Airport bought for £2bn by Canadian-led group(BBC)

TSA

The TSA Releases Data on Air Marshal Misconduct, 7 Years After We Asked (Pro Publica)

Airplane Companies

Airbus has “solid” results with a record order book (BBC)

General

Republican Congressmen backed by airline money kill research on legroom and passenger safety (Boing Boing) — May they be cramped in the back of coach for all eternity.

Lithium batteries should be banned as cargo on passenger planes, says UN aviation watchdog (Boing Boing)

Up in the Sky with silver wings shining…

Is there a lot happening in the air travel world? Yup. Some of it’s been collected below.

General

China signs deal to buy 130 Airbus aircraft during Merkel visit (BBC)

Airbus to expand A320 production as sales rise (BBC)

China unveils passenger aircraft to challenge Boeing and Airbus (BBC)

Catching a lift on a private plane (BBC)

America’s airlines send planes to El Salvador, China for service by under-trained technicians (Boing Boing)

Airshow

Dubai Airshow: Crowded skies may limit airline growth (BBC)

Dubai Airshow: New Airbus A380 sales ‘unlikely’ at Airshow (BBC)

Dubai Airshow: Security fears ‘to boost arms sales’ (BBC)

Dubai Airshow: defence spending boosts order books (BBC)

TSA/Airport Security

Manila airport security blackmails travelers by planting bullets in their luggage (Boing Boing)

TSA screeners can’t detect weapons and they never could (Boing Boing)

Airlines

Air France-KLM and Lufthansa warn of more cost-cutting (BBC)

British Airways

BA owner IAG reports strong profits (BBC)

Easyjet

Easyjet chief warns global airport security must be tightened (BBC)

Lufthansa

Lufthansa strike hits ‘113,000 passengers’ (BBC)
Lufthansa strike costs company ‘at least €10m euros a day’ (BBC)
Lufthansa cabin crew strike hits 290 flights (BBC)

Qantas

Qantas crew don All Blacks jerseys after World Cup defeat(BBC)

Ryanair

Ryanair sets sights on rapid growth (BBC)

TSA/Airline Shenanigans

General

What’s in a Boarding Pass Barcode? A Lot (Krebs on Security)

Bombardier: Firm held talks with rival Airbus on CSeries (BBC)

The Concorde will fly again! (maybe) (Boing Boing)

Man charged with urinating on other flight passengers (Boing Boing)

Air Travel Is About to Get Way More Annoying (Mother Jones)

European court orders airlines to pay compensation for delays from mechanical failures (Boing Boing)

Which airport do you hate the most? (Boing Boing)

TSA

Toddler has his Minions Fart Gun confiscated at Dublin Airport for posing security ‘threat’ (The Independent)

What Happens If You Take Frozen Liquids Through Airport Security (Gizmodo)

The TSA has been hounding this woman over apple butter since 2013 (The Week)

Security theater: ha ha, only serious (Boing Boing)

TSA Says It Will Stop Searching Black Women’s Hair For Drugs and Weapons (Counter Current News)

JFK TSA agent arrested for stealing $61 out of passenger’s wallet during screening (Boing Boing)

Refusing to bow to airport liquids ban, woman drinks bottle of cognac (Boing Boing)

Make your own TSA universal luggage keys (Boing Boing)

Airlines

The CEO of United Airlines Just Resigned—Because of Bridgegate (Mother Jones)

A United Airlines employee had a hilariously stupid suggestion for where this new mom could pump. (someecards.com)

Air France employees arrested after violent protest (BBC)

China cabin crew ‘industry ritual’ sparks online outrage (BBC)

Air France execs’ clothes torn off by protesters after layoff announcement (Boing Boing)

United CEO and top execs resign over corruption scandal (Boing Boing)

Muslim flight attendant says she was suspended for refusing to serve alcohol (Boing Boing)

Jet passengers cooperate to tie-up drunken, disruptive jackass (Boing Boing)

United Continental chief in hospital after heart attack (BBC)

Air France scales back job cuts plan (BBC)
United Continental appoints acting chief executive (BBC)

Revenge of the Airline Stories

So, the TSA & Airline stuff has calmed down a bit. That doesn’t mean it isn’t still out there or that I’ve forgotten it.

General

Laura Poitras sues the US Government to find out why she was repeatedly detained in airports (Boing Boing)
Justice Department Investigating Whether Airlines Work Together to Keep Prices High (Mother Jones)
Travel tip: don’t set fire to airplane cabins
Airline Passengers Are Now Allowed To Openly Carry Marijuana On Oregon Flights (Counter Current News)
Terrifying proposal for airplane seating (Boing Boing)
Mother and baby found alive in jungle 4 days after plane crash (Boing Boing)

Airlines

United Rewards Security Researchers with Air Miles (Boing Boing)
Planes and stocks both freeze this AM over computer glitches (Boing Boing)
Router Failure Grounds Entire United Fleet (Mother Jones)
Indonesia’s plane crash problem (Boing Boing)
Virgin Galactic crash blamed on “single human error” (Boing Boing)

TSA

 
New pornoscanners are also useless, cost $160 million (Boing Boing)
Pre-crime: DHS admits that it puts people on the no-fly list based on “predictive assessment” (Boing Boing)
TSA Behavioral Detection Program’s awful newsletter mocks travellers’ worries (Boing Boing)
TSA supervisor calls police on teen for videoing his father’s pat-down (Boing Boing)

Airlines, Airports, and Horrible tragedies

This was a bad month for airplanes, again. But unlike the Malaysia air tragedies, this crash seems to be deliberate. At least, that’s how it’s been presented. Still, we might see some changes in the policies of the airliners in Europe. Policies I thought had been in place since 2001. It seems, however, that those policies were American and I simply thought that airline rules were international. Silly me.

General

An Eleven Year-Old’s Guide to Planespotting (Boing Boing)

Humor

Man bored on plane makes dance remix of cabin noises (Boing Boing)


Plane Safety Cards Explained
(The Poke)

American Airlines

Suspicious people, American Airlines edition (Boing Boing)

Germanwings Crash


Pilot was locked out of cockpit before Germanwings plane crashed in France
(Boing Boing)

Co-pilot in Germanwings plane crash ‘wanted to destroy plane’ (boing Boing)

TSA

ACLU sues TSA to make it explain junk science “behavioral detection” program (Boing Boing)

Here’s the TSA’s stupid, secret list of behavioral terrorism tells (Boing Boing)

The TSA Behavior Detection Program: Finally, the Public Hears What We’ve Been Saying for Years (Taking Sense Away)

Airplanes, Airports, and the new year.

General

Would you book a smaller, “Economy Minus” seat to save money? (LA Times)

Former Korean Air Executive Arrested Over In-Flight Nut Row (Bloomberg.com)

Airlines

Airline leaves dog on runway in the rain (GapYear.com)

Open Letter from a Frustrated Benedictine Monk to United (Christ in the Desert) and the Follow-up (NYT)

Airports

TSA

Buy your own TSA-surplus pornoscanner for $8K (Boing Boing)

Polaneczky: Innocent frequent flier detained after run-in with TSA (Philly.com)