POSTS WITH TAG: airplanes

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    Two strangers got into a brawl on a plane and it was forced to divert and land in a different city. The thing that sparked it? A little insidious device called the "Knee Defender." Jam this thing in the back of the seat in front of you, and the person can't recline. Pretty ingenious. After a man inserted his defender (so to speak) inside the seat of the woman in front of him so he could use his laptop, she couldn't recline, and she was so pissed, she reportedly threw water in his face. The plane was then diverted.

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    With all the crazy airport security in the last decade-plus, plus all the supposed measures in place to keep unaccompanied minors safe while traveling, you'd think parents could feel safe putting their kids on a plane to visit some loved ones.

    Maybe not. One dad in Ohio likely won't be sending his 7-year-old daughter on a plane by herself again anytime soon. Kiante Butler, 37, recently put her on a flight from Cincinnati to Houston, but Delta Airlines accidentally released her to the wrong person. Not just any person either -- someone who recently got out of prison after serving time for kidnapping the girl!

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    Jealousy can make you do crazy things. Like, really nutsoid. Take a woman in Canada accused of scaling a barbed-wire fence on an airport tarmac so she could stop a plane. Yes, run out in front of it, wave her hands, and stop the damn thing from taking off -- with her husband inside of it. The husband who was on his way to see another woman -- or so she thought. Police arrested the woman at Halifax International Airport after she somehow eluded security, jumped a barbed-wire fence, and dashed over the tarmac to get in front of a plane about to take off.

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    You'd think in this day and age of air travel, people would know better than to create a scene on a plane. Apparently this woman didn't get the memo. A passenger on a US Airways plane captured the moment an enraged passenger was dragged off the flight, swearing at police that they were abusing her.

    Law enforcement had to be called in to deal with the situation before the flight left Philadelphia for Lisbon in Portugal. According to witnesses, the woman was very upset that they weren't going to Brazil instead and was swearing loudly about it, upsetting the other passengers, including many children. When the flight attendants couldn't handle her escalating fit, they called the cops.

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    I love it when a flight attendant goes out of their way to make air travel less intolerable. (Like, for instance, Marty Cobb, the Southwest Airlines employee whose safety speech is so entertaining, it's gone viral on YouTube.) I've had awesome flight attendants tell me what sights to see in the city I'm traveling to, prompt me to order a drink before they put away the cart for good, and offer me extra snack packages, but I can't say I've ever been warned to flush my illegal drugs before landing.

    Apparently that's exactly what happened on an Australian Jetstar airline recently, when an attendant issued a public announcement that passengers might want to flush "anything you shouldn’t have” down the toilet, since drug sniffing dogs were waiting at the terminal.

    The kicker? The plane was full of "Splendour in the Grass" musical festival-goers, and thus the attendant's warning sparked a mad rush for the lavatories.

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    It is the very definition of a freak accident. A father was killed and his 9-year-old daughter was critically injured after a plane crash-landed on them as they walked on a Florida beach.

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    Sometimes practicing freedom of speech can get you in a lot of hot water -- particularly if you decide to publicly rage against a person who says she is just doing her job. A father in Denver was flying on Southwest Airlines to Minneapolis with his daughters, ages 6 and 9, when he and his family were reportedly kicked off the flight because he tweeted about a ticket agent who he said was very rude and disrespectful to him.

    Duff Watson says he was an A-list member of the airline and, as such, should have been able to board the plane before other passengers. But when an agent gave him a difficult time about it, he took to Twitter and expressed his anger -- by including the agent's first name, last initial, and the gate number where she was working in his post. His tweet prompted the airline to pull him and his daughters off the flight, saying he was posing a "safety threat."

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    It's hard enough wrapping one's mind around the tragedy that befell this year for the people aboard Malaysia Airlines flights. One plane goes missing; the next gets shot down by a missile -- it's almost too surreal to believe. It would be devastating enough to know that one family member or friend lost their lives on one of these flights, but imagine if you lost relatives on both flights.

    That's the sad story of one Australian woman. Kaylene Mann's brother Rod Burrows and her sister-in-law Mary Burrows were on Flight 370 when it disappeared in March and still hasn't been found. On Friday, poor Mann then discovered that her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

    What are the chances of that? Her brother and stepdaughter both killed in the same year when flying the same airline. So devastating.

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    Two sisters who should be celebrating the joyful coincidence that both are having babies at nearly the same time are instead mourning the loss of their husbands and father in a freak plane crash accident. It happened last week in California and killed the most important men in their lives.

    Doug Symiczek, 49, Jacob Griffiths, 32, and Kyle Parton, 29, were killed on July 6 -- the same day Parton's wife Breanna was expecting to give birth to their second child -- after their single-engine plane crashed near Los Angeles.

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    If you've ever been on a plane with a toddler, then you know all too well that doing so could probably be used as a form of torture.

    Sure, flying with a baby is tough too, but air travel really goes to a whole new level of suck once they grow up a little and become mobile. It's like the minute you sit down in the seat, they're all, "You mean I can't climb onto the floor and/or run up and down the aisles? Oh, HELL NO."

    Here's a general rundown of what flights with toddlers in tow are really like for moms.

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