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Officials recommend Boeing redesign engine covers following fatal 2018 Southwest Airlines flight

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that Boeing redesign the engine covers on thousands of planes after an engine explosion resulted in a passenger’s death on a Southwest Airlines flight last year.

It was the first accident-related death on a U.S. airline in more than nine years.

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The April 2018 incident left 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan dead after she was blown partly out of the plane when a piece of the engine flew into and shattered the window next to her. Eight others were injured on the flight.

The safety board met Tuesday in Washington to vote on the probable cause of the accident, following an investigative hearing in Nov. 2018.

According to preliminary findings, a fan blade in one engine broke, triggering a chain reaction of events that led to the engine blowing apart while more than 30,000 feet over Pennsylvania.

The 24 fan blades on the Southwest jet had been used on more than 32,000 flights and overhauled twice. The NTSB concluded that the doomed fan blade was already cracked at the time of the last overhaul, but the damage wasn’t spotted using methods then in use.

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The NTSB has now recommended engine cover resigns for all new aircraft, as well as for Boeing to retrofit planes with the new engine covers. (iStock)

According to further inspections, 15 other cracked fan blades in engines made by CFM International were discovered on several different airlines.

The NTSB has now recommended engine cover resigns for all new aircraft, as well as for Boeing to retrofit planes with the new engine covers.

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It a statement to Fox News, Boeing commended the NTSB for its “thorough investigation into this accident” and addressed actions the company plans on taking.

“Boeing is committed to working closely with the FAA, engine manufacturers, and industry stakeholders to implement enhancements that address the NTSB’s safety recommendations,” the statement read.

Boeing now plans to follow recommendations for future fan blade inspections and introduce enhancements to the engine covers to “increase the overall capability” of the structure, among other actions.

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“Our common goal is to help prevent similar events from happening in the future,” the statement read.

“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Jennifer Riordan, who died from her injuries, with those who were hurt, and with all of those onboard. We are committed to doing our part in making sure an event like this never happens again.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Plane with Hillary Clinton aboard grounded after shaking, smoking from mechanical issue: report

A plane with Hillary Clinton aboard was grounded at LaGuardia Airport Sunday afternoon after suffering an unknown mechanical issue on the tarmac, a report said.

American Airlines flight 2144 to Washington DC’s Reagan Airport was forced to return to the gate about 3:15 p.m. following a mechanical issue reported by ground personnel, a law enforcement source told CNN.

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Another source confirmed with the network that the former secretary of state was on board.

The flight’s pilots reported to authorities feeling the plane shake then saw smoke, the report said.

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Metal debris was later discovered in the area where the mechanical issue took place.

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Frustrated baggage handler in Singapore jailed for swapping 286 luggage bag tags

A former baggage handler at the end of his rope in Singapore was sentenced to three weeks in jail on Monday for allegedly ruining the trips of hundreds of customers while costing two airlines thousands of dollars.

Tay Boon Keh, 66, was arrested for allegedly swapping the luggage tags of nearly 286 bags in Changi Airport, causing them to be sent to unintended destinations.

He admitted to changing the bag tags of unsuspecting passengers flying on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir between November 2016 and February 2017 — after feeling mistreated while working for Lian Cheng Contracting, a sub-contractor of Changi Airport Group, according to Channel News Asia.

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A former baggage handler at the end of his rope was sentenced to three weeks in jail on Monday for allegedly ruining the trips of hundreds of customers at the airport, while costing two airlines thousands of dollars. (Photo by Serge Attal/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Boon Keh was responsible for making sure luggage was properly aligned and placed on the X-ray machine during security screenings, but towards the end of September 2016, his machine broke down several times — forcing him to carry the bags to a working machine about six minutes away, the outlet reported.

He informed his supervisor that it was too difficult to carry the bags for that long of a distance, but no additional help was given to him, according to the prosecutors.

Feeling mistreated by management, he developed the scheme to inconvenience his employer with the goal of making sure they were aware of the lack of support given to him, according to CNA. A veteran of the airport, he even knew where the security cameras were set up, so he could get away with it.

Boon Keh was eventually apprehended after a representative at Changi Airport filed a police report, saying he had received emails about 20 passengers whose bags were rerouted to unforeseen destinations, the outlet reported.

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Singapore Airlines and SilkAir also received an additional 266 complaints about bag tampering after the police report had been filed, according to CNA.

The airlines were forced to pay out nearly 221 impacted customers at the cost of roughly $42,000.

[Only because of] “the concerted effort of various police divisions that the accused was identified several days after the accused’s last swap”, Deputy Public Prosecutor Thiam Jia Min told the outlet. “A clear message has to be sent out to potential offenders that such acts have major consequences and that they should always resort to other more appropriate and legal channels to vent their frustrations.”

The defense told CNA that Boon Keh suffered from a major depressive disorder, which they said prevented him from having control over his actions.

However, District Judge Jasvender Kaur ruled that Boon Keh had a “significant amount of control over his actions.”

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“The offenses are not trivial,” she added. “The accused had come up with a plan to exact revenge on his employer for perceived unfair working conditions and abused his position 286 times over close to three-and-a-half months.”

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Southwest Airlines pilots live-streamed video from bathroom to cockpit iPad, lawsuit claims

A Phoenix-based flight attendant has sued Southwest Airlines, accusing the carrier of retaliation after she reported she had seen two pilots live-streaming video from inside the plane’s restroom to an iPad in the cockpit.

Renee Steinaker alleged that in February of 2017, Capt. Terry Graham asked her to come to the cockpit so he could use the restroom on a flight from Phoenix to Pittsburgh, according to The Arizona Republic.

This is standard procedure since Southwest Airlines policy requires two flight crew members in the cockpit at all times. In those few minutes Steinaker staffed the cockpit with co-pilot Ryan Russell, she alleged that she spotted an iPad mounted to the windshield. On it was a stream of Graham in the lavatory.

The filing stated that Russell, in a panic, told Steinaker that the cameras were a new security measure instituted by the airline, which she knew was not true. According to the filing, Steinaker took a photo of the iPad with her phone to document it.

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Additionally, Steinaker’s suit alleged that upon landing, Graham violated airline protocol and “disembarked, leaving the aircraft unattended by piloting staff.” It claimed Graham “left a loaded firearm unattended in the cockpit, a violation of FAA regulations.”

Steinaker and other crew members reported the incident. Steinaker claimed she was told to keep quiet about the incident, and both pilots were allowed to keep flying the next day and they are still flying aircraft for Southwest to this day.

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“If this got out, if this went public, no one, I mean no one, would ever fly our airline again,” Steinaker said she was warned.

Steinaker’s husband, David, is also a flight attendant for Southwest. The suit alleged the Steinakers have faced retaliation through stalking and being monitored by managers “in a threatening and bizarre manner.” It stated the Steinakers were subject to an increased number of performance audits.

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A representative for Southwest Airlines emailed a statement to The Arizona Republic:

“The safety and security of our employees and customers is Southwest’s uncompromising priority. As such, Southwest does not place cameras in the lavatories of our aircraft. At this time, we have no other comment on the pending litigation.”

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Traveler fakes pregnancy to avoid baggage fees, is caught seconds before boarding

A travel writer said she went to extreme lengths to avoid paying much-hated baggage fees on a low-cost Australian airline.

Rebecca Andrews devised an elaborate plan to fake a pregnancy in order to get around the $40 charge, but was caught just before making her way onto the aircraft.

“Would you believe a minute after I’d scanned my ticket and was walking down the gangway to the plane, I dropped my ticket, [leaned] to pick it up and [a] laptop poked out of my jacket. I got 100 percent busted,” she told Fox News.

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In an article for the Escape travel website published Friday, Andrews detailed how she decided to “fight the system” in an effort to avoid the extra fee imposed by Jetstar.

She said the airline is notorious for canceling and delaying flights and is “inflexible with check-in times.”

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Travel writer Rebecca Andrews said she almost got away with faking a pregnancy to avoid paying an excess baggage fee on Jetstar, a low-cost Australian airline. (Rebecca Andrews)

She also said customers are routinely hit with excess baggage fees even if their bags are just 2 pounds over the weight limit.

“Their staff [wanders] around with scales at the boarding gate, so you can’t sneak things into your luggage at the last minute because they’ll definitely re-weigh your bags,” Andrews said.

A Jetstar spokesperson told Fox News on Friday that its team has seen just about every trick in the book.

“While we appreciate the creativity, our team [is] pretty wise to all the tricks, and most of our customers find it more comfortable to pay a little bit more for an extra 3 kilos [nearly 7 pounsd] of carry-on.”

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Accompanying Andrews’ article was a video and a nine-step plan that she demonstrated in her Sydney hotel room the night before her flight to Melbourne.

Wearing a lycra leotard, Andrews placed a laptop down her back and put the charger wrapped in clothing in front of her stomach to replicate a baby bump.  She then dressed in jeans, a sweater and a jacket.

Andrews repeated the process the next day in a Sydney airport bathroom before walking to catch her flight.

“I walked very erectly […] to the gate, and found I was the [last] person to board my flight,” she said.

That turned out to be a mistake, Andrews pointed out, because it left her in the crosshairs of most of the remaining staff near the gate. The ruse was up when she walked down the gangway and dropped her ticket, during which time the laptop poked out of her jacket.

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Rebecca Andrews showed her fake baby bump, which was a laptop charger wrapped in clothing. The travel writer faked a pregnancy to avoid paying excess baggage fees on an Australian airline.  (Rebecca Andrews)

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“I should have told her I had on a back brace, but hindsight, hey? I freaked out and blabbed on myself,” she said.

Andrews said she relented and paid the $40 fee and boarded the plane. She said she has no regrets.

“If my carry-on was ever overweight I would do it again and just make sure I was not the last person to board,” she said.

She recommended passengers pre-check into their flights or go to the “do-it-yourself computer thingy at the airport,” and then change in an airport bathroom. She advised to not check in at the airline counter.

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Ex-JetBlue employee faces 20 years in prison for scamming airline of nearly $1M

A former JetBlue employee is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in a Boston federal court on Friday to scamming the airline of nearly $1 million in flights.

Tiffany Jenkins, a former gate agent, used her position to convert low-cost flights to more expensive flights and destinations for friends, family, and acquaintances, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts.

Jenkins, 31, pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud. She was arrested and charged in November 2018.

Jenkins had access to JetBlue’s computer reservation database and had the ability to use the special code, “INVOL,” which is short for involuntary exchange, to change flights for customers at no additional cost.

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This code is meant to be used by agents to change flights for customers who miss their flights or experience a death in the family.

During a 15-month period, Jenkins used the code approximately 505 times for more than 100 different passengers. The U.S. attorney’s office said many of those exchanges occurred after the passenger first booked low-price domestic flights. Jenkins exchanged those tickets for more expensive international flights instead.

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The charge for wire fraud carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

Jenkins is scheduled to be sentenced in January 2020.

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Delta Air Lines flight attendant who graduated from ‘first class of stewardesses’ has died at 103

A woman who graduated from Delta Air Lines’ first-ever class of flight attendants has died at the age of 103.

Sybil Peacock Harmon was hired by Delta in 1940 at age 24, right after graduating from nursing school. (Flight attendants were formerly required to have nursing degrees, according to Delta.) She flew with the airline until 1943, at which point she left the carrier to contribute to the war effort, eventually earning the rank of first lieutenant, before going back to nursing full-time.

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“When I was 9, I told everyone, ‘I’m going to go all over the world,'” Sybil Peacock Harmon told Delta in 2018. “And I did.” (Delta Air Lines)

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“You felt like a celebrity,” Sybil told Delta of her time as a flight attendant. “People would come out to the airport with their children and they would say, ‘Look, that’s the stewardess!’ They even asked for our autographs.”

After parting ways with Delta in the ‘40s, the carrier reached back out to Sybil just before her 102nd birthday, after the discovery of an old promotional photo.

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Last year, a fellow resident at Sybil’s nursing home found a photo of her from 1940. “I showed it to Sybil and she said, ‘That’s me!’ She had a tear in her eye,” fellow resident Don Fries told Delta. (Delta Air Lines)

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The photo, which shows Sybil standing at the door of a Delta aircraft in 1940, was brought to the attention of Sybil’s fellow retirement-home resident Don Fries, whose son found it at the Delta Flight Museum website.

“I showed it to Sybil and she said, ‘That’s me!’ She had a tear in her eye,” Fries remarked.

And at her 102nd birthday last July, which was organized by Delta and Sybil’s retirement home in Acworth, Ga., Sybil recalled her tremendous career flying as a “stewardess” for the airline, remembering such tidbits as the planes she was assigned to (usually DC-3 21-seaters) and the fact that those aircraft weren’t pressurized, requiring her to pass out chewing gum before takeoff. She also recalled that air sickness bags were just quart-sized ice cream containers that were stored under the seats, per Travel and Leisure.

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Sybil’s family, too, had a long tradition with Delta. She married an army captain who formerly worked as a reservations agent and rejoined the company after the war. And her daughter became a Delta flight attendant in 1973, working with the carrier until 2008.

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Delta helped organize Sybil’s 102nd birthday party last June, where she celebrated with friends, family and a couple of current Delta employees. (Delta Air Lines)

“We’re saddened to learn of Sybil Peacock Harmon’s passing,” Delta said in a statement shared with Fox News. “Sybil was a beloved member of the Delta family who left her mark as a member of our first class of flight attendants. We will cherish her memory and wish her loved ones well in this difficult time.”

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Sybil, though, had said she achieved some of her biggest dreams while working as a stewardess, or as an officer for the military.

“Flying was special because I was going places,” she said, per a Delta press release shared on her 102th birthday.

“When I was 9, I told everyone, ‘I’m going to go all over the world.’ And I did.”

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Retiring American Airlines pilot gives his wings to child with Down syndrome

An American Airlines pilot capped off his 35 year run in the air by giving one passenger a very special gift.

Captain Joe Weis gave his AA Captain wings to Ki Klitenick, 2, a child with Down syndrome on the tarmac of Miami International Airport following a flight from Madrid on Oct. 2.

Flight 69 was the pilot’s last before retirement, which was fitting considering it was Klitenick’s first time in the air.

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When he received his new wings in the cockpit, Klitenick smiled and clapped. He even said “thank you” in sign language after Weis pinned them to his shirt.

“It’s so amazing what he did. The whole thing was so cool,” Ki’s mother, Sarah Tamar Klitenick, told the Orlando Sentinel.

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Chance circumstances helped give Ki a flight to remember. Sarah, 34, and Ki happened to sit next to Joe’s wife, Wendy, during the flight back from Spain.

“My last flight was very special for many reasons,” said Weis on Facebook. “Wendy was sitting in a row with Ki and his mom back from Madrid. She found out that this was his first flight. Since it was my last and his first we decided to make it special. So I pinned my AA Captain wings on him after we landed in Miami.”

Sarah and Wendy chatted before Wendy texted her husband as he was flying the plane. Weis eventually came out of the cockpit to meet with the young family.

“With all the negative things going on in the world, it’s just nice when people do things that are unbelievably nice,” Sarah told the Orlando Sentinel.

Since they’ve been home, Sarah says Ki can’t stop talking about his new wings and friend.

Klitenick told the outlet when she says “Captain,” her son responds “Joe!” and points to his chest where the wings are located.

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“I will remember this always,” Weis said.

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Amsterdam-bound flight makes emergency landing in Maine

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BANGOR, Maine — A United Airlines flight with more than 200 people aboard has made an emergency landing in Maine.

A United spokesman says a cabin pressure issue diverted the Amsterdam-bound Flight 986 that had left San Francisco on Sunday afternoon to land in Bangor early Monday, local time.

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The spokesman says the 13 crew members helped the 197 passengers safely deplane and the airline was working with passengers to provide accommodations overnight.

He said customers would fly on Monday afternoon to Newark, New Jersey, and from there to Amsterdam, arriving Tuesday morning. Details about the cabin pressurization issue weren’t available.

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A 2005 AP story exploring the Bangor airport’s role as a haven for diverted planes said the airport created from the former Dow Air Force Base is the last U.S. airport for outgoing flights to Europe.

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Woman manages to board Delta flight with no ID or boarding pass, passenger says

A woman managed to board a Delta flight from Orlando to Atlanta with no ID or boarding pass, says a passenger who helped uncover the alleged security breach after the woman in question took her seat.

Delta and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) were investigating how it happened, Fox 35 reported.

According to the passenger who didn’t want to be identified, the woman refused to get up from the seat. “I also had a boarding pass for that seat, and she said very bluntly, ‘I’m not moving.'”

The passenger told WFTV she asked for a flight attendant who came over and noted the woman wasn’t listed on the flight’s manifest.

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A passenger said the woman showed the pilot and a supervisor a photo of herself on her phone when they asked for ID. (File)

The pilot and a supervisor then reportedly tried to remove the woman to no avail.

When they asked for her boarding pass, the woman said she threw it away and when they asked for her ID, she showed them a photo of herself on her phone, WFTV reported.

The passenger recalled a conversation between the woman and the flight attendant.

Well, I’m showing you a picture ID,” the woman said. “Ma’am, that’s not a government-issued ID. That’s a photo,” the flight attendant said. “Well, this is just as good,” the woman said. “No, ma’am, it’s not just as good,” the flight attendant said.

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“They eventually told her, ‘You’re breaking federal law,'” the passenger said, according to the outlet.

Soon after, the pilot called the police who were able to remove the woman. She reportedly left the plane cursing, to the confusion of many other passengers.

“We were stopped pretty quickly, and the pilot explained it was because the lady was not cooperating with TSA, and she did not have a ticket to any airline at all,” the passenger told WFTV. “They could not figure out how she even got on the plane.”

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She said TSA agents and dogs searched the plane for about an hour, and workers patted down every passenger and searched their bags before the flight took off for Atlanta.

The TSA told the outlet the woman was screened but didn’t provide more information. It’s still unknown how the woman managed to get on the plane without a boarding pass or ID.

Delta released a statement following the incident.

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“Delta apologizes to customers of flight 1516 for the delay after a person not ticketed for that flight was removed from the aircraft,” Delta said. “Security officials then directed precautionary rescreen of everyone onboard. Delta is working with local law enforcement and the Transportation Security Administration on their investigation and we are conducting our own review of this as well.”

Orlando Police Lt. Wanda Miglio, who was called to the airport just before 10:30 a.m. after getting reports of a “suspicious person,” said the investigation was ongoing and the FBI has been notified of the incident, ABC News reported.

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