From the check-in counter to the cockpit, the tarmac to the cabin, airline employees work hard. These jobs are pretty thankless, but this lack of consistent, warm-n-fuzzy emotional fulfillment is not grounds for failing to carry out one’s responsibilities. Especially if those responsibilities involve bodily fluids. »
Director of interfaith engagement and Muslim chaplain at Northwestern University, Tahera Ahmad, was flying on Friday from Chicago to Washington. Wearing a hijab, Ahmad was on her way to a conference meant to promote dialogue between young Israelis and Palestinians.
A United flight to Portland made an emergency landing last week after the flight crew determined that an autistic passenger on board was too disruptive. Flight attendants had calmed her, but the flight was nonetheless diverted to Salt Lake City, where the teen and her family were removed from the plane. »
If you tried to fly over the past week, chances are you spent hours or days trapped in an airport, slowly going insane. This is because relying on airplanes for transport into or out of cold climates during January is the height of foolishness, and unless I have to, I'm never going to do it again. It's a half-miracle… »
Sandy Dahl, whose husband Captain Jason Dahl died on 9/11 while piloting United Flight 93, was found dead in her Colorado home on Saturday. Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Carl Blesch has said that there were no indications of foul play and that Dahl died in her sleep of "natural causes" at age 52. »
After Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the president of Argentina, was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's disturbingly kooky president, has begun insinuating that perhaps the United States is running around secretly infecting his region's leaders with the disease. His proof? Five Latin… »
A man from the United Arab Emirates was stopped in the Bangkok airport after security officials opened his luggage and found the following: two monkeys, two panthers, two leopards, and a bear. The animals, all babies, yawned when the luggage was opened, which sounds cute but also sad, because they'd been heavily… »
Ah, the first week of September — the beginning of the school year. (Well, at least for those of north of the Mason-Dixon line.) Luckily, the past few weeks have afforded those of us both in and outside New York ample opportunity to observe Angelina Jolie dropping off her United Colors of Benetton brood at New York… »