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What's the Deal with Passengers Grabbing Luggage During Emergency Evacuations?

March 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

"One is an example. Two is a coincidence. Three is a trend."

Something has been troubling us lately. Recent footage and images of emergency aircraft evacuations show passengers consciously disobeying flight crew commands to leave their luggage onboard. Fools are grabbing carry-ons and shopping bags, hopping down the emergency slides with them, and running for their lives.

Granted, emergency landings and evacuations are an extremely rare occurrence and it's likely you'll never have to experience one. Still, should you find yourself queuing up to shimmy out an emergency exit, please remember to put the well-being of fellow passengers before that of your duty-free impulse buys.

Take, for instance, the tragic incidence of the Asiana 214 crash landing at SFO last year. Video footage of the evacuation (as the plane burns!) has passengers running with armloads of bags. Several bags are clearly from duty-free shops. To say this is embarrassing is a gross understatement, especially considering three passengers lost their lives.

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Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 Missing with 239 Onboard

March 7, 2014 at 9:16 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: 9M-MRO, the aircraft involved

BREAKING NEWS

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER has disappeared over where the Gulf of Thailand becomes the South China Sea, and neither the airline nor authorities are sure of its whereabouts or fate.

Flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 12:41am local time Saturday and disappeared at 2:40am. It was meant to land in Beijing at 6:30am local time but, as we write this, it is already past 10am without any sign of the aircraft. The last radio contact and position on FlightRadar24 shows it traveling on course at 35,000 feet.

Malaysia Airlines hosted a press conference to confirm that there is a search and rescue operation underway. Fuad Sharuji, Malaysia Airlines VP of Operations, on CNN's AC360, states the only definite: "at the moment we have no idea where this aircraft is right now."

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This is Not the Month to Be a German Tourist

August 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

No matter where you go, what destination you cross off the bucket list, there'll likely be other tourists there enjoying the sights alongside you. Among those tourists, you'll find certain nationalities more prevalent than others. In fact, it seems as thought a quarter of the percentage of the populations of Japan, Australia and Germany are out there, circling the globe to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites or cheese museums.

Unfortunately for German tourists, August seems to be the most dangerous month. Not one, not two, not even three horrible accidents have befallen them this month, but four:

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Southwest 737 Nose Gear Collapses on Landing, Closes LaGuardia Airport

July 22, 2013 at 6:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

BREAKING

[Update 07/23] The runways at LGA are open again and flights are progressing normally as possibly, although keep an eye out for the plane if you're flying in, as it's still sitting where the nose collapsed.

[Update 7:30pm] Southwest has issued an updated statement regarding the incident. View it on their site (if the site is down, view screenshot). It reports there are five minor passengers and three flight attendants with injuries currently being treated. All passengers are safely in the terminal.

[Update 7:00pm] Flights departing for LaGuardia this evening will be held at their origin until 8pm at the earliest. Double-check the status of your flights and those for anyone you're due to pick up from LGA.

Around 5:45pm EST this evening, a Southwest Air Boeing 737 landed at New York's LaGuardia Airport and suffered a landing gear failure at the nose. The plane tipped forward, and the crew and passengers evacuated via the emergency slides. There were 150 people total onboard.

There was no fire or explosion.

The jet is tail number N753SW, operating as Southwest flight 345, originating in Nashville, TN. The individual plane was first delivered from Boeing to Southwest on June 10, 1999, which makes it just over 14 years old.

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Another Day, Another Incorrect News Report on Asiana 214

July 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Who's ready for another round of the newest game sweeping the travel journalism world, "How Racist Can Reporters Get About The Crash Of Asiana Airlines Flight 214" (it's not the world's pithiest name, but it gets the point across). Last round's big winner was the Chicago Sun Times. The Sun Times got into trouble for headlining their story on the crash "FRIGHT 214," which more than one person thought was a not-very-clever reference to the stereotype of Asians being unable to pronounce L's. The paper apologized and that seems to have been that.

Our newest winner, however, may have gone so far over the line that they're probably going to get sued by the airline. And it's not impossible, given the schoolyard racism of the incident, that the airline will win.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Suffers Fire at London's Heathrow Airport, Investigation Underway

July 12, 2013 at 1:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

What a week of ups and down in aviation, and there's one more in store as news hit earlier than an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner suffered a fire while on the ground at London-Heathrow International Airport.

Details of the circumstances are scarce as the investigating agencies look into exactly what happened, but the important preliminary questions (like 'was anyone killed?') have been answered. Here's what we know right now:

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Is This the Stupidest Asiana Airlines 214 Headline Yet?

July 10, 2013 at 6:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've now reached the point in the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 tragedy where coverage shifts from being about the story itself, to coverage being about the coverage of the story. Before we continue we want to emphasize that there are some actual angles being covered, from the substantive updates to the actual investigation to the reported heroics of members of the crew.

Then there's travel journalism scandal, which has been covered everywhere from top journalism blogs to international news wires.

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Asiana Airlines 777 Crashes and Burns at San Francisco International Airport

July 6, 2013 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

BREAKING

It's being reported that a flight crashed short of the runway at San Francisco International Airport just before noon PST. Details are few in these early stages, and rumors of fatalities have not been confirmed. Even CNN is jumping to conclusions.

At this time, here is what we do know about the incident:

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The Crazy Costa Concordia Drama Continues as a Lawsuit Comes to Court

Where: Italy
June 18, 2013 at 8:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just when you thought the world had perhaps moved on from that dreadful cruise ship grounding in Italy, the Costa Concordia is again popping up as the trial starts next month. This time it's not the ship that's the focus so much as the ship's dancer who was keeping the captain company on the bridge when the incident occurred.

If you can remember back, there were reports that Captain Schettino had welcomed Moldovian dancer, Domnica Cemortan, into the control room of the ship with hopes of wowing her. Since we weren't there we have no clue what actually happened, but we all know the outcome. Now, Cemortan is suing not only the Costa Cruises, but the captain himself and the media for smearing her angelic reputation.

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A Lion Air 737 Goes for an Accidental Swim in Bali (Crash Photos and Details)

April 13, 2013 at 5:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just before 5:10am EST this morning, it was reported that an aircraft had gone into the water off the runway at Bali's Airport at 15:10pm local time. That was a simple newsflash, but additional details have emerged in the minutes since, and here is what we know:*

· Update (12pm EST): It is now confirmed that the plane didn't overshoot the runway, but landed short of it. This would mean that the 737 landed too early (versus too late, with an overshoot) and thus hit the water just before the runway. The number of passengers has also been solidified; there were 101 passengers and 7 crew, all surviving.

· The aircraft, a Lion Air Boeing 737-800 (registration PK-LKS), was operating a flight from Bandung, Indonesia to Denpasar/Bali, Indonesia when it landed in the ocean.

· Both ends of the runway at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) are bordered by the ocean. The 737 was unable to stop before continuing off the edge and into the water on the runway's western end [See Update above]. The force of the landing caused the rear area of the fuselage to break, just behind the trailing edge of the wing.

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What It's Like to Be Stuck Onboard a Crippled Cruise Ship

Where: Mexico
February 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yikes. If you haven't already heard, there's a Carnival Cruise ship drifting without electricity (and, thus, propulsion) in the Caribbean. It's the Carnival Triumph, a megaship which embarked on a 4-night cruise from Galveston, Texas over the weekend, only to be crippled by an engine room fire on Sunday. Not much was known about the state of the ship and onboard conditions for the passengers until several were able to place phone calls when a sister Carnival ship came to the Triumph's aid with backup food and water.

The ship is being pushed by two tugboats from her position off the coast of Mexico and she should reach Mobile, Alabama on Thursday.

Still, this is one more entry into our series of "The Evolution of Cruise Ships," as events like this do happen as much as you pray they won't on your cruise. In fact, one of our friends suffered a similar fate on her cruise, though it took place before the age of cellphones/internet/immediate news dissemination.

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Denzel Washington Crash Lands an Airplane...in a Movie, Of Course

October 12, 2012 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

November 2. That would be the day to avoid movie theaters if flying makes you nervous or, you know, watching CGI airplane crashes freaks you out. This is because Denzel Washington's new movie Flight premieres that night and it's going to be a doozy.

Watch the trailer above, but be prepared for the graphic crash scenes. If it makes you feel any better, all passengers survive a la "Miracle on the Hudson," though this aircraft isn't landing in any rivers; it's landing upside-down.

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