Airport security trays carry more germs than toilets, study reveals

What’s the most germ-filled spot in an airport? The bathrooms? Those crowded waiting areas? The passport checking counter? Surprisingly, none of the above. A new study from a team of experts from the UK’s University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, published in the BMC Infectious Diseases journal, has revealed those airport security plastic trays are the biggest culprit for spreading germs in airports. So next time you’re dumping your phone, passport and laptop into the tray — it […]

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Two more men accused of sexually abusing women on airplanes

Two men have been charged this week with sexually abusing women seated near them on flights to Seattle. The unrelated cases come at a time when the number of sexual assaults reported on planes has increased at “an alarming rate,” according to the FBI. The first incident was in January aboard a flight from London, and the second happened in March on a flight from Anchorage, according to federal prosecutors. Babak Rezapour and Nicholas Matthew Stevens are accused of abusive […]

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Airline passenger convicted of sexually abusing a woman on a plane

  A man accused of undressing and fondling a Spirit Airlines passenger while she was asleep could spend the rest of his life behind bars. Prabhu Ramamoorthy, 35, was convicted of sexual abuse on board an aircraft for digitally penetrating the victim, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan said. His sentencing date is set for December 12, and he could face up to life in prison. After finishing his sentence, Ramamoorthy — who is in the […]

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Three passengers taken to hospital after plane crash at Addison Airport

ADDISON — A plane carrying three people on board has crashed at Addison Airport. Police say the plane crashed on the taxiway shortly after takeoff. According to witnesses, at least one passenger was airlifted out of the wreckage, and police say all three passengers were taken to the hospital. Their conditions are currently unknown.

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Southwest Airlines allows miniature horses on planes? Yep!

DALLAS — Giddy up, y’all! Look out all you frequent fliers, Southwest Airlines has something they’d like to say. The company announced starting September 17, there will be new restrictions put in place for emotional support animals. Now, passengers will only be allowed to bring dogs or cats as emotional support animals. But hold your horses when it comes to trained service animals. Miniature horses have been added to the list, too. This may sound a bit far fetched, but […]

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Southwest imposing new restrictions on emotional support animals

Passengers will be allowed to bring only cats and dogs on board as emotional support animals beginning in September, and only one per customer. The animals must be on a leash or in a carrier at all times. Southwest says passengers will need to present a letter from a doctor or licensed mental health professional on the day of departure. The airline will also limit the types of trained service animals in the cabin. Only dogs, cats and miniature horses […]

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Koala has its own seat on airplane

Who you sit near on an airplane is luck of the draw, but how would you feel if you found out you were going to be neighboring a koala? Last week, an Australian koala boarded a Eurowings flight from Dusseldorf, Germany to Edinburgh, Scotland. Koalas are highly strung animals, so this bear got VIP treatment with a row of seats to himself inside the cabin. VIP treatment Tanami is a 19-month-old Queensland koala who was heading to his new home, […]

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One North Texas city among Top 20 with worst drivers, report says

Now that summer is in full swing, expect both traffic incidents and road fatalities to spike across the nation. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently reported that summer and early fall are the deadliest times of year on the country’s roads, attributing this to the increased number of road trips and miles driven. In fact, July and August see approximately 116 road deaths per day in the U.S., making these the deadliest months on record. With more vehicles in motion […]

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Dead fetus reportedly found on plane at LaGuardia Airport

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. –  A cleaning crew found a dead fetus in the bathroom of an American Airlines plane at LaGuardia Airport early Tuesday morning, sources tell WPIX. Sources said American Airlines flight 1942 arrived to Terminal B from Charlotte, N.C. Monday at 10:44 p.m. The crew called LaGuardia police the next day at 6:01 a.m., sources said. American Airlines has confirmed an investigation is underway, and released the following statement. “As we continue to learn more about this […]

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TSA say small airport screenings not going away

The Transportation Security Administration is confirming the agency will NOT be dropping security screening at 150 smaller airports. The proposal was mentioned in a pair of reports obtained by CNN, but was an assumed ‘worst case scenario’ for an annual budget exercise, that would have saved the agency 115 million dollars per year. Another proposalk, all in an effort to save $300 million in 2020, would to reduce the number of air marshals. The idea, leaked last week, that the government would […]

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