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Air Canada's network soars back up after Monday morning death dive

The famed politeness of Canadians was put to the test on Monday after the nation's largest airline suffered a massive computer outage, leaving travelers stranded. The outage occurred during the Monday morning rush hour and left staff unable to check-in passengers or their luggage, and communications with the airline's call …
Iain Thomson, 12 Mar 2018
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Emirates dinged for slipshod online data privacy practices

Updated International airline Emirates leaks customers' sensitive personal information to third-party marketing partners and network adversaries, according to Konark Modi, a data security engineer for Cliqz, a privacy-focused browser based on Firefox. Modi, in an online post on Friday, said that after a customer books a flight through …

Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

An elderly man's flatulence forced his flight to make an emergency stop after a fight broke out over his barrage of bottom burps. Passengers flying with budget Dutch airline Transavia from Dubai to Amsterdam were reportedly put out by the man's continued farting, and asked him to stop. But the man failed to hold it in, and …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Feb 2018
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Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird

An artist was left spitting feathers after United Airlines told her she couldn't board a plane with her "emotional support" peacock. In a video published by travel site JetSet, the woman is seen wheeling her case across the departures hall in Newark airport, New Jersey, with the large bird perched atop her shoulder, as …
Rebecca Hill, 31 Jan 2018
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Borked bog forces flight carrying 83 plumbers to bug out back to base

A Norwegian airline flight carrying scores of plumbers was forced to make an unplanned break because of a persistent problem with the onboard water closet. The Munich-bound Boeing 737-800 left Oslo Gardermoen on Saturday morning but the plane returned to the airport north of Norway's capital to fix the malfunctioning loo. The …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jan 2018

Night before Xmas and all through American Airlines, not a pilot was flying, thanks to this bug

Updated A bug in American Airlines' pilot scheduling software has left the US airline woefully understaffed for the coming month, particularly around Christmas week. Due to a gremlin in the code, all pilots who requested time off for the holidays were granted leave, whereas the system should have approved some and rejected others to …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2017
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Amadeus booking software outages smack airports across world

Final update A network failure affecting the Amadeus online booking platform is continuing to delay check-ins for passengers around the world, although the firm won't disclose the cause. Multiple airlines using the Amadeus reservation system told The Register that passenger check-in and/or airline booking systems went offline around 10.30 …
Andrew Silver, 28 Sep 2017
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What could go wrong? Delta to use facial recog to automate bag drop-off

Delta Air Lines plans to deploy four self-service bag drop machines at Minneapolis–St Paul International Airport this summer, one of which will include a facial recognition system to match those depositing bags with their passport photos. Delta senior veep of airport customer service and cargo Garth Joyce, in a canned remark, …
Thomas Claburn, 16 May 2017
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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

America is prepared to ban laptops from cabins on flights to the US from UK and Europe, Homeland Security officials said today. Earlier on Wednesday, European security officials whispered to The Daily Beast that the US will require notebooks and similar devices to be secured in checked baggage and placed in the cargo hold, on …
Iain Thomson, 10 May 2017

Headphone batteries flame out mid-flight, ignite new Li-Ion fears

Travellers who favour noise-cancelling headphones should watch vendor announcements for battery recalls, because a pair has caught fire on a China-to-Australia flight. A woman suffered burns to her hands and face when her headphones' batteries exploded. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has raised the alarm on lithium …
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Travel booking systems ‘wide open’ to abuse – report

Updated Legacy travel booking systems disclose travellers’ private information, security researchers warn. Travel bookings worldwide are maintained in a handful of Global Distributed Systems (GDS) built around mainframe computers linked to the web but without adequate security controls, say the researchers. “The systems have since …
John Leyden, 4 Jan 2017
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Smartmobe made 'intermittent bright flashes and a hissing noise' in Biz class seat

Perhaps more airlines could install more phone pockets on seats: two more instances have emerged of crushed smartphones putting aircraft at risk. The news comes from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which is warning that passengers on flights have to take better care of their phones. Descending into London on …
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Delta computer outage costs $100m

Last month's computer outage at US airline Delta cost the company around $100m, its CEO has admitted. In a financial statement, Delta's boss Ed Bastian said that the disruption was caused by a power outage in Atlanta and led to more than 2,300 flights being cancelled over a three-day period. While in purely financial terms the …
Iain Thomson, 6 Sep 2016

Lithium ion batteries banned from passenger aircraft holds

The International Civil Aviation Organization has declared that as of 1 April, lithium ion batteries cannot be carried in the cargo holds of passenger aircraft, pending development of "a new fire-resistant packaging standard". Back in October, the US's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would back such a ban, while …
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2016
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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is failing to ensure that American pilots can manually fly passenger jets if the automated systems controlling the aircraft fail, a report by the US Department of Transportation Inspector General has found. "While airlines have long used automation safely to improve efficiency and reduce …
Iain Thomson, 15 Jan 2016
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AT&T drops plans for LTE data networking on commercial flights

US mobile carrier AT&T is scrapping its plans to roll out high-speed data connectivity for commercial airline flights, a mere six months after announcing the effort. The wireless provider said in April that it had formed a partnership with Honeywell to develop an in-flight internet network based on 4G LTE technology. Under …
Neil McAllister, 11 Nov 2014
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Flaming drone batteries ground commercial flight before takeoff

A pile of lithium drone batteries checked as baggage on a flight from Australia to Fiji could have had nasty consequences: a bunch of the Li-Ions burned in the hold of the plane. Fortunately for the idiot traveller whose baggage declaration said “no batteries” – and the other passengers on the Fiji Airlines flight in April – …
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Australia relaxes in-flight device use rules

Australia is following the US in eliminating the air-flight ritual of switching off electronic devices during take-off and landing. If, however, you're the kind who dreads listening to an hour of someone else's life between Sydney and Melbourne, don't worry: voice and data communications with the outside world will still be …

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