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Influencer defends faking broken ankle for flight upgrade

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One Australian influencer is putting his best foot forward and defending his decision to fake a broken ankle in hopes of receiving a flight upgrade during a recent trip with Cathay Pacific Airways. Though the man’s stunt was successful, his followers are divided over whether or not the ploy was ethical.

Last week, social media personality Jamie Zhu shared a three-minute video across his various platforms titled “How To Fly Business Class For FREE!” In the clip, Zhu bought a moon boot at Sydney Airport, put it on his right leg and boarded the flight, fooling Cathay Pacific flight attendants with the lie that he had a broken ankle and couldn’t fit in his economy class seat “at all” because of the large boot.

The footage then cut to Zhu giggling in the cushier business class digs. The influencer boldly removed the moon boot and propped up his legs, getting comfortable for the long-haul flight and enjoying the space’s complimentary food, drinks, TV and room to sleep.

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“In all seriousness guys, I just had an amazing 8 hours of sleep,” Zhu later revealed. Meanwhile, the person filming behind the camera moaned that they only got about “8 minutes” of shut-eye.

Zhu was all smiles when he ultimately walked off the plane, sans boot for the faux injury.

“Thank you, I hope your ankle gets better,” a Cathay Pacific staffer said as he deplaned.

“Oh yeah, I forgot about that” he replied.

Though some of Zhu’s 1.1 million Instagram followers declared that he was a “genius” and “cool” for pulling off the trick, others on YouTube were more critical.

Some blasted Zhu’s actions as “reprehensible” and agreed that the airline should blacklist him or charge him for the fraudulent upgrade.

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“Shame on you! My Daughter is a flight attendant and you are taking advantage of their good will to try and help those in need,” one said.

“Loser. I spent weeks in a boot for surgery. Disabilities are not something to prank about!!!” another exclaimed.

In response, Zhu told Insider that the majority of his followers thought the upgrade “prank” was “cheeky” and that he isn’t letting the critics bring him down.

“I have had a mixed response but most of my followers loved it and thought it was a cheeky, clever, and lighthearted prank to play,” he said in an interview published Tuesday.

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“I would say to these [crtitics] that I’m sure we have all tried to find a way to get something for free or for a discount and in this video I have done nothing but that,” Zhu continued. “At the end of the day, my intentions for my videos are to make fun, lighthearted, and entertaining content and the video really showcased Cathay Pacific’s high standard of customer service on their flights.”

Furthermore, the influencer said the experiment was inspired by a real-life injury.

“I once broke my ankle back in high school from soccer and at the time was getting all this ‘special treatment’ from everyone, so I decided to put that theory to the test in the form of a flight!” he said.

Neither Zhu nor a spokesperson for Cathay Pacific Airways were immediately available to offer further comment.

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American Airlines LA-to-Chicago flight diverted to Albuquerque over unruly passenger: report

American Airlines said Wednesday a Los Angeles-to-Chicago flight was forced to divert to Albuquerque because of a disruptive passenger, according to a report.

Flight 967 from LAX to O’Hare landed in Albuquerque just before 3 p.m. and was met by law enforcement officials at the gate before taking off again a short time later, Chicago’s WMAQ-TV reported.

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An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Chicago was forced to divert to Albuquerque on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2020 because of a disruptive passenger.

One inconvenienced passenger claimed on Twitter that the suspect struck a flight attendant, removed his pants and kicked seats, according to KOB in Albuquerque.

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It was unclear what charges the suspect would face.

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United Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Newark after engine problem following takeoff

A United Airlines flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Los Angeles was forced to return to the New Jersey airport and make an emergency landing Wednesday night after an engine problem, according to a report.

“United 1871 from Newark, New Jersey to Los Angeles returned to Newark due to a mechanical issue. The flight landed safely and passengers deplaned normally,” United spokeswoman Kimberly Gibbs told NorthJersey.com.

The airline would not specify the problem but a passenger claimed on social media that the engine had sparked and “failed.”

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“We are working on changing aircraft to get our customers to their destination as soon as possible,” she added.

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A United Airlines flight from Newark, N.J. to Los Angeles was forced to return to Newark on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. after an engine problem.

Shortly after takeoff, the right wing of the plane sparked and an engine failed, according to a tweet from passenger Nicole Adamo.

“Most terrifying experience of my life. … Flight takes off, Right wing of the plane (where I’m sitting in the aisle seat) sparking & now one engine failed,” she tweeted. “They’re making announcements but I can’t hear anything because people are screaming.”

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Upon landing, fire trucks were dispatched to the plane, NorthJersey.com reported.

Passengers were originally scheduled to leave Newark at 7 p.m., but had to wait until midnight for a new flight, the report said.

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FAA: Delta didn’t inform us about California fuel dump ahead of time

The Delta Air Lines pilots who dumped fuel over elementary schoolyards and neighborhoods in and around Los Angeles on Tuesday didn’t inform air traffic control before they did so and failed to get rid of the fuel at a proper altitude, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

The agency said Wednesday that dumping the fuel at an optimal altitude would have allowed it to “atomize properly” before it was dumped over scores of people on the ground. Air traffic controllers will typically direct planes to appropriate areas to dispose of the fuel.

“The FAA is continuing to investigate the circumstances behind this incident,” the agency said.

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In this photo from video, Delta Air Lines Flight 89 to Shanghai, China dumps fuel over Los Angeles before returning to Los Angeles International Airport for an emergency landing Tuesday. Fire officials say fuel apparently dumped by the aircraft returning to LAX fell onto an elementary school playground. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)

More than 50 people were treated for skin and eye irritation after Shanghai-bound Delta Flight 89 released the fuel while returning to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) shortly after takeoff because of a mechanical issue. The pilots dumped the fuel to reach a safe landing weight, the airline said in a statement.

Dozens of people on the ground were impacted but no injuries were reported, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. The Boeing 777-200 landed safely at the airport.

The FAA said its procedures call for fuel to be dumped over designated unpopulated areas, typically at higher altitudes so it disperses before it reaches the ground. According to recorded radio communications, air traffic control asked the Delta crew if they wanted to return to LAX immediately or linger over the ocean “to hold and burn fuel.”

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A map shows Delta Flight 89 path over Los Angeles.

“We’re going to go ahead,” the pilot or copilot responded. “We’ve got it back under control. … We’re not critical.”

“OK, so you don’t need to hold or dump fuel or anything like that?” the controller asked.

“Ah, negative,” was the response. But the plane dumped fuel anyway.

“I know that there are a lot of questions about the process that was followed and those kinds of things,” Dana Debel, Delta’s managing director of government affairs, said during a press conference Wednesday. “There is an ongoing investigation that was opened immediately after the flight landed back.”

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The airline sent 13 cleaning crews to work with the Los Angeles Unified School District on Wednesday to clean the outside areas of the schools impacted by the incident, it said in a statement.

The schools remained open.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Delta Air Lines pledges $250,000 toward Australian wildfire relief

The ongoing bushfires in Australia have been devastating, to say the least, with at least 24 reported deaths, thousands of homes lost, and hundreds of thousands — if not in the millions — of animals killed.

Some 12 million acres have been affected, drawing worldwide attention.

Now Delta Air Lines is doing its part to contribute to fight the devastation. The Atlanta-based carrier announced Monday it will donate $250,000 to the American Red Cross in support of the Australian Red Cross as part of disaster response and humanitarian relief.

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The Atlanta-based carrier announced Monday it will donate $250,000 to the American Red Cross in support of the Australian Red Cross as part of disaster response and humanitarian relief. (Delta)

“The record-breaking bushfires have been devastating for many Australians, and Delta has partnered with the American Red Cross and the Australian Red Cross to target resources to help provide immediate assistance to those areas hardest hit,” Tad Hutcheson, the managing director of community engagement for Delta, said in a statement.

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The collaboration is nothing new. The American Red Cross is Delta’s longest-standing nonprofit partner, which has allowed the airline, its employees and customers to help people in need since 1941. Delta employees participate in corporate blood drives throughout the year, making Delta the largest corporate sponsor of American Red Cross blood drives with 13,064 pints collected in the fiscal year 2019.

Delta customers can support the disaster relief efforts in Australia by donating through Delta-branded microsite partnership with the American Red Cross, which is working with the Australian Red Cross.

Customers also can donate miles to the American Red Cross through its SkyWish program, the charitable arm of Delta’s SkyMiles frequent flyer program, which allows Delta and its SkyMiles members to donate miles to charitable organizations worldwide.

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Iran admits it ‘unintentionally’ shot down Ukrainian jetliner, according to state TV

Iran now claims its military “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian jetliner this week, killing all 176 people aboard.

The announcement, which cited “human error” for the strike, came Saturday via Iranian state television and referred to a statement from the military, according to The Associated Press.

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All 176 passengers and crew on board a Ukrainian jetliner died in a crash in Tehran, officials said. (Associated Press)

Iran had previously denied involvement in the crash, contrary to claims from the U.S. and Canada that pointed to Iran.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Delta flight declared emergency after crew reported a ‘vibration’ on the plane, FAA confirms

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A Paris-bound Delta flight was diverted to Boston on Thursday night following a mechanical issue that reportedly left passengers “panicking,” according to one traveler.

Delta Air Lines flight 148, which originated in Las Vegas, landed safely at Logan International Airport just before 9:30 p.m., after crew members “reported a vibration and declared an emergency,” according to a statement provided to Fox News by the FAA.

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Local Boston outlet WHDH reported that a passenger also suffered a medical emergency on-board; Delta, however, did not disclose whether this was the case.

“We apologize to our customers on Flight DL148 from Las Vegas to Paris Charles de Gaulle, which has diverted to Boston due to a mechanical issue,” the airline shared in a statement to WHDH on Thursday evening.

The airline ferried another plane to Boston to take passengers the rest of the way to Paris. The aircraft is scheduled to arrive at Charles de Gaulle at approximately 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 10.

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In its full statement, Delta did not confirm the cause of the “mechanical issue,” although a passenger aboard the plane reported hearing an unusually “loud noise” before the emergency was declared.

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“On my way home from CES. All of a sudden a loud noise in the plane. Confusion. People panicking. In the end an emergency landing in Boston,” wrote journalist Jona Källgren on Twitter.

Källgren added that, as he understood it, the issue had something to do with a busted “air-conditioning pipe,” but added that he was still a bit unclear.

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A representative for Delta was not immediately available for further comment. The FAA is currently investigating.

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Boeing employees’ internal emails mocked 737 Max’s safety

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Boeing employees knowingly misled the Federal Aviation Administration, mocked the “clowns” and “monkeys” who designed the troubled Boeing 737 MAX and said they’d never let their own family members fly on ride the aircraft that was later involved in two crashes that killed hundreds.

That’s according to hundreds of pages of internal instant messages and emails Boeing delivered to the FAA and congressional investigators last month, which were released on Thursday.

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“This airplane is designed by clowns, who are in turn supervised by monkeys,” one Boeing employee wrote in a 2017 instant message exchange apparently bashing fellow colleagues at the company.

“Would you put your family on a Max simulator trained aircraft? I wouldn’t,” another employee asked a coworker in a 2018 conversation before the first crash. “No,” the person responded.

“I still haven’t been forgiven by God for the covering up I did last year,” one employee wrote in 2018, referencing interactions with the FAA.

The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded worldwide since March, after two deadly crashes in late 2018 and early 2019 killed a total of 346 people. It was later determined that a new software system on the plane forced it to nose dive, causing both accidents. Pilots were not aware of the new software and, therefore, had not received training.

In a statement to Congress Thursday, Boeing said that the communications “raise questions about Boeing’s interactions with the FAA” as the company sought to have federal regulators approve new flight simulators. The FAA said that the flight simulator described as flawed by employees in the documents has since been revised as passed inspection as Boeing continues to remodel the MAX.

“Upon reviewing the records for the specific simulator mentioned in the documents, the agency determined that piece of equipment has been evaluated and qualified three times in the last six months,” Lynn Lunsford, a spokesman for the FAA, said in a statement. “Any potential safety deficiencies identified in the documents have been addressed.”

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said the documents detail “some of the earliest and most fundamental errors in the decisions that went into the fatally flawed aircraft.” He and other critics accused the company of putting profit over safety.

“They paint a deeply disturbing picture of the lengths Boeing was apparently willing to go to in order to evade scrutiny from regulators, flight crews, and the flying public, even as its own employees were sounding alarms internally,” he told The Associated Press.

A 2015 message said FAA officials were like “like dogs watching TV” as they listened to Boeing employees deliver a complicated presentation on the 737 MAX.

Employees also groused about Boeing’s senior management, the company’s selection of low-cost suppliers, wasting money, and the MAX. Names of those who wrote the emails and text messages were redacted. The company said it was considering disciplinary action against some employees.

The documents showing employee conversations were released the same week an older model designed by the same company in the 90s, the Boeing 737-800, crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran, killing all 176 passengers and crew aboard. The plane itself was less than four years old.

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That Ukrainian International Airlines flight was shot down by mistake by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile, the Pentagon says. Iranian officials blamed mechanical issues with the Boeing plane. The crash happened hours after Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq housing U.S. service members in retaliation after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.

The grounding of the MAX will cost the company billions in compensation to families of passengers killed in the crashes and airlines that canceled thousands of flights. Last month, the company ousted its CEO and decided to temporarily halt production of the plane in mid-January, a decision that is rippling out through its supplier network.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Iran invites Boeing to probe plane crash that killed 176: Iran state-run TV

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Iranian authorities have invited Boeing to take part in the investigation into a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed in Tehran killing all 176 people on board, Iran’s state-run media reported.

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Abbas Mousavi, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, told IRNA news agency Friday that Iran “has invited both Ukraine and the Boeing company to participate in the investigations.”

The report came after the Pentagon and other Western leaders Thursday said intelligence suggested the Ukrainian International Airlines flight was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile. The crash happened hours after Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles targeting two military bases housing American and coalition troops.

Iran previously said Thursday it would not hand over the plane’s black box to Boeing, which is an American company, or U.S. authorities for analysis.

“We will not give the black box to the manufacturer and the Americans,” Ali Abedzadeh, the head of the Civil Aviation Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said, according to BBC News.

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Iranian officials had blamed technical problems with the Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Boeing did not immediately respond to an after-hours email and call from Fox News about the report.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Delta employees say uniforms are still causing skin irritation and breathing problems, file lawsuit

A number of Delta employees are itching to get rid of the company’s new uniforms.

Hundreds of Delta Air Lines employees have filed a lawsuit against Land’s End — which produced the uniforms for the airline in 2018 — claiming the chemicals used in the manufacturing of their work-mandated attire has caused itching, rashes and breathing difficulties, among other health issues.

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“These uniforms are high stretch, wrinkle and stain-resistant, waterproof, anti-static, and deodorizing. Lands’ End used various chemical additives and finishes to achieve these characteristics,” the lawsuit alleges, according to The New York Post.

Additional issues reported by Delta Air Lines employees include coughing, tightness of the chest, hair loss, hives and headaches, leading to “severe emotional distress” in some.

The lawsuit claims the health problems were reported soon after the uniforms were debuted in May 2018, and “continue to this day.”

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Following the initial launch in 2018, Delta Air Lines said the uniforms were tested on 1,000 employees across 80 focus groups.

“When we began working with employees to design new uniforms, we wanted to improve design, fit and function, while ensuring the health and safety of all Delta people. That’s why we took three years to collect feedback and listen, including three months of testing live in the operation on 1,000 randomly selected employees,” the airline told Fox News in June 2018.

The airline also admitted that it had received “a few reports” of “potential chafing of skin irritation,” but claimed that the clothing articles believed to be responsible were optional.

The uniforms, which were designed by Zac Posen and consisted of 1.2 million individual articles of clothing, cost Delta Air Lines “probably in the $20 million range,” CEO Ed Bastian said at the time.

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The uniforms, which were designed by Zac Posen, cost the airline somewhere “in the $20 million range,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said at the time. (Delta Air Lines)

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In a statement shared with Fox News on Friday, the airline claimed its own study verified the “highest textile standards” of the uniform.

“Our top priority continues to be the safety of our employees, which is why we invested in a rigorous toxicology study to determine if there was a universal scientific issue with the uniform,” the airline shared in a statement. “The results of the study confirm our uniforms meet the highest textile standards – OEKO-TEX – with the exception of the optional flight attendant apron, which we removed from the collection.”

The airline has earlier confirmed that the uniforms were provided to some 64,000 employees. About 24,000 of those are flight attendants, the lawsuit claims, according to the New York Post.

The workers are accusing Land’s End of negligence and providing defective uniforms, as well as the alleged failure to call on Delta to recall the uniforms.

A representative for Land’s End said the company would not comment on pending litigation.

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Delta’s uniform issues are not unique to the industry. In Nov. of 2016, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants called on American Airlines to recall its then-new uniforms following complaints of rashes and hives. In March of 2017, American Airlines officially announced that alternatives would be provided.

Janine Puhak contributed to this report.

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