A distraught flight attendant disrupted an American Airlines flight with warnings that it was going to crash, references to the September 11, 2001 attacks and a rant on the carrier’s bankruptcy reorganisation.
Two flight attendants were injured in the incident on Friday, which began as the Chicago-bound flight was about to take off from Dallas, Texas.
Passengers ended up restraining the disruptive attendant until airport police arrived.
Hawaii airport battles rain and breast milk
It’s been a stormy week for airport officials in rain-soaked Lihue, Kauai.
On Thursday, Hawaii’s lieutenant governor phoned a couple from Littleton, Colo. to apologize that they and a group of 10 to 20 other marooned tourists had been booted out of Lihue Airport into a raging rainstorm after midnight Tuesday.
The same day, the Transportation Security Administration’s “Blogger Bob” Burns wrote that TSA personnel would “undergo retraining and corrective actions” after one Lihue officer told a nursing mother on Feb. 29 that she couldn’t board a flight with her breast pump and empty bottles.
Three significant storms have hit Kauai in as many weeks, closing schools, blocking a major highway and prompting a disaster declaration for both Kauai and Oahu. When Hawaiian Airlines canceled all its Kauai flights just after midnight Tuesday, an airport security guard told the marooned travelers — including a pregnant woman and a disabled man — that they needed to leave the terminal immediately, the Associated Press reported.
Airlines rally against EU carbon tax
Airbus and six European airlines have written to four EU leaders attacking the carbon tax imposed by the European Union, a source close to the dossier told AFP on Sunday.
Plane maker Airbus, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Air France, Air Berlin and Iberia have written to the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and Spain to warn them about its economic consequences, the source said.
They argue the tax could cost them billions of dollars in lost orders and lead to the loss of the thousands of jobs.
Swiss voters reject 6 weeks paid vacation
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Who turns down a long vacation? Known for their work ethic, Swiss citizens appear to be leading the way on European austerity, rejecting a minimum six weeks paid holiday a year.
Switzerland counted ballots Sunday for five national referendums, including one pushed by a union to raise the minimum holiday up from four weeks, which is the standard used in Germany, Italy, Russia and other European nations. Some of the nation’s 26 cantons (states) also held voting on local measures to deal with everything from demonstrators to prostitutes.