Air Travel News 4.3.12

Africa, Air Travel News — By on April 3, 2012 at 6:00 am

by Nancy Yeomans

LG Air Travel Editor

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird….it’s a plane! No….it’s your weekly air travel news! Here’s what’s happening in the world of aviation, from the ground up. 

Pilot Meltdown

There are always stories about airline passengers and even some crew going off the deep end. What’s really alarming is when the pilot is the culprit.  A JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas last week had to make an emergency landing in Amarillo, TX after the pilot in command of the vessel apparently lost control. Not of the aircraft, but of himself. The co-pilot had already secured the cockpit door against his re-entry and the ranting pilot was taken down and secured by some quick-thinking passengers.  Source:  CBS News

Passenger Meltdown

And that same day somewhere else in the sky, a USAirways flight from Charlotte to Ft. Meyers had it’s own troublemaker onboard. A female passenger allegedly started kicking, screaming and spitting on the flight attendant after she was refused any more alcohol. The already intoxicated woman had to be subdued and restrained by the crew and an off-duty law enforcement official for the remainder of the flight – which was able to continue on to it’s destination.  Source:  Washington Post National

Flights In Africa

Good news for travelers in Africa. Fly 540 is a local African airline which has recently opened up some new routes in Western Africa. Currently they are just running planes in Ghana and Angola but hope to expand further in other Western African nations in the coming years. The only other option for travel in these parts is to take a lengthy bus journey so this is a welcome addition.  Source:  Fly 540

TSA Concerns

Obviously, security is paramount when it comes to air travel. But this scenario should make all of us wonder just how safe we are when we fly. A curious engineer decided to see if it was possible to outsmart the airport scanners and, by golly, it was! This chap discovered that an item strategically placed on the side of his body had no trouble escaping identification from 2 types of body scanners. Apparently, the scanners only target the front and backsides of individuals.  Gee, wonder who else knows this?  Source:  Frommers

New Routes

This week’s new route (and new plane) announcements come from British Airways, easyJet, Frontier, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.  Source:  Jaunted

Photo credit: Mike Licht,,Maks Karochkin/flickr

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