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Faisal and Nazia Ali were on a Cincinnati-bound Delta flight from Paris, after celebrating their ten-year anniversary trip to London and Paris. The trip was soon going to turn into a nightmare.
According to the USA Today,
A flight crew member had complained to the pilot that she was uncomfortable with the Muslim couple in the second row of economy class.
The woman was wearing a headscarf and using a phone, and the man was sweating, she allegedly told the pilot…
The pilot contacted the ground crew. He would not take off until couple was removed…
The flight attendant claimed that Faisal Ali tried to hide his cell phone and that she had heard the couple use the word “Allah.”
6:55 a.m. ET UPDATE: A power outage in Atlanta, which began at approximately 2:30 a.m. ET, has impacted Delta computer systems and operations worldwide, resulting in flight delays. Large-scale cancellations are expected today. All flights enroute are operating normally. We are aware that flight status systems, including airport screens, are incorrectly showing flights on time. We apologize to customers who are affected by this issue, and our teams are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. Updates will be available on news.delta.com.
Update 1: 5:05 a.m. ET UPDATE: Delta has experienced a computer outage that has affected flights scheduled for this morning. Flights awaiting departure are currently delayed. Flights enroute are operating normally. Delta is advising travelers to check the status of their flights this morning while the issue is being addressed.
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Due to a computer outage, flights awaiting departure are currently delayed. Flights enroute are operating normally.
— Delta News Hub (@DeltaNewsHub) August 8, 2016
Delta Air Lines – the second largest airline in the world – is reporting that all flights have been suspended “due to a system outage nationwide.” Social media users have posted photos showing long lines of passengers waiting to check-in at airports. “Our systems are down everywhere. Hopefully it won’t be much longer,” Delta Air Lines said in response to a passenger’s tweet.
The TSA and Homeland must have known that wait times would soar if more rigorous screening was implemented. They did it anyway. As AP reports, in the past three years, the TSA and Congress cut the number of front-line screeners by 4,622 — or about 10 percent — on expectations that an expedited screening program called PreCheck would speed up the lines. However, not enough people enrolled for TSA to realize the anticipated efficiencies. In other words, PreCheck has been in a failure. Not enough Americans have been willing to make themselves “known” to FedGov and Homeland Security. The way to fix it is to make people so miserable that they join.…
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It was meant to celebrate an aircraft model’s first-ever journey from the US, but this Qatar Airways charter flight carrying journalists and staff didn’t go as planned.
Nerve-wracking footage shows the moment the Airbus A350-900 XWB abandoned its takeoff attempt as it sped along a runway at New York’s JFK Airport and came to a screeching halt.
Passengers were left shaken and confused – and some wanted to get off the plane – as they tried to figure out whether the plane stopped due to an emergency.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Shame the PTB will deny the Brits further benefits from it, it will all go to the World Military Industrial Complex…….just like the first supersonic plane, the first jet engine, the first bi-pass engine, the swing wing, the angled flight deck, the steam catapult, the landing mirror, the HUD, and on and on and on.”
This is the new super-plane. Why is it in the news?
The UK government has pumped £60m into a next-generation engine that will apparently make low-cost space travel possible for commercial customers.
Really? Will we be exploring the final frontier by Christmas?
– Airline Begins Weighing Passengers, Will ‘Exclude’ Heavy Flyers (ZeroHedge, Aug 15, 2015):
In 2013, Samoan Air became the world’s first airline to charge passengers according to their their weight. Now, two years later, Uzbekistan Airways has gone one further than the pay-by-weight model. The Tashkent-based airline has installed special weighing machines in the departure gate zones to weigh people and their hand luggage, noting that some overweight people could be excluded from busy flights on smaller planes if limits are exceeded… “We are not selling seats, we are selling weight.”