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A passenger’s weapon accidentally discharged at the Atlanta airport, causing panic and halting flights

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(CNN)The accidental discharge of a passenger’s weapon in a security area of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport caused widespread panic Saturday afternoon, prompting a brief halt of departing flights over the busy travel weekend.

The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. ET when a “prohibited item” was detected in a passenger’s property while going through the X-ray screening at the security checkpoint, Robert Spinden, the Transportation Security Administration’s federal security director for Georgia, said in a news conference. The property was flagged for a “secondary search,” he said.

 

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Mexico to deploy troops to Riviera Maya in wake of shootings


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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico will deploy a battalion of National Guard troops to its Mayan Riviera in the wake of a spate of shootings that have put the crown jewel of the country’s tourism industry on edge.

Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval, speaking Wednesday in Cancun, said that 1,445 guard members will be sent to Quintana Roo state’s Caribbean coast to reinforce the region’s security. The deployment will include the establishment of a base in the beach town of Tulum, where two foreign tourists were killed and three wounded Oct. 20 in the crossfire between drug dealers.


He said the Navy would contribute an additional 100 elements to the effort and increase intelligence gathering efforts in the area.

The additional security will begin operations by Dec. 1, Sandoval said.

The more recent incident was a Nov. 4 shootout on a beach in Puerto Morelos south of Cancun, involving a squad of armed men who left two alleged drug dealers dead. The daytime bloodshed sent tourists scrambling for cover at two large hotels where local drug gangs were apparently competing for drug sales.

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FILE - Police hold a bed sheet in an attempt to block onlookers after an fatal, armed confrontation close to a hotel near Puerto Morelos, Mexico, Nov. 4, 2021. Mexico will deploy a battalion of National Guard troops to its Mayan Riviera in the wake of a spate of shootings that have put the crown jewel of the country’s tourism industry on edge, Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval announced Nov. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Karim Torres, File)
FILE – Police hold a bed sheet in an attempt to block onlookers after an fatal, armed confrontation close to a hotel near Puerto Morelos, Mexico, Nov. 4, 2021. Mexico will deploy a battalion of National Guard troops to its Mayan Riviera in the wake of a spate of shootings that have put the crown jewel of the country’s tourism industry on edge, Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval announced Nov. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Karim Torres, File)


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11-year-old sole survivor of plane crash saved by father’s last ‘bear hug’


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The 11-year-old sole survivor of a plane crash was saved by her father’s last hug, her mother believes.

“Her last memory is her dad just grabbed her and held her really, really tight,” Christie Perdue told ABC News’ Transportation Correspondent Gio Benitez about her late daughter, Laney.

Perdue explained that Laney suffered injuries only on one side of her body, and the other side was protected by one of her father’s “big, bear hugs.”

She also shared that Laney is now recovering at the children’s hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is talking again, and on Sunday, she stood up.

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PHOTO: Christie Perdue speaks to 'Good Morning America,' about her daughter surviving a plane crash that killed her husband. (ABC News)
PHOTO: Christie Perdue speaks to ‘Good Morning America,’ about her daughter surviving a plane crash that killed her husband. (ABC News)


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CDC urges travelers to ‘avoid’ several European destinations due to COVID-19 levels

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans to “avoid travel” to a new batch of Europeans destinations: Iceland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Guernsey, a British Crown Dependency in the English Channel.

The CDC issued Level 4 travel health notices for all four destinations Monday due to “very high” levels of COVID-19.

“If you must travel … make sure you are fully vaccinated,” the CDC said of the locations.

The State Department issued parallel travel advisories Monday in line with the CDC, saying “do not travel” to Iceland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Guernsey is not on the list.

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Southwest Airlines employee hospitalized after passenger attack in Dallas


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A Southwest Airlines employee was assaulted by a passenger Saturday afternoon following a “verbal altercation,” the airline said.

The incident happened during boarding for Southwest Flight 4976 from Dallas Love Field to New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

According to Dallas police, the passenger boarded the flight around 12:40 p.m. and headed straight to the back, where she argued with a flight attendant who instructed the passenger to leave the plane.

The passenger then walked to the front of the plane and verbally fought with another Southwest employee before punching that person in the head, police said.

Police arrested the passenger, who faces a charge of aggravated assault.

The victim, who Southwest Airlines identified only as an operations agent, was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition, police said.

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American Airlines is squaring off with its aircrew before the holiday travel season

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In an effort to stave off flight cancellations during peak travel times, Fort Worth-based American Airlines offered flight attendants and pilots extra pay for working flights during the holidays. But the pilots union voted to reject the offer.

  • Flight attendants could make as much as triple their usual pay for working holiday flights and having perfect attendance.
  • The pilots union says it wants more permanent changes to how the airline schedules flights.
  • Why it matters: Flight demand is slowly approaching 2019 levels, when around 47 million people flew on U.S. airlines. Mass disruptions during this stretch could be infuriating for passengers and incredibly costly for the airlines.Flashback: American Airlines had to cancel more than 2,000 flights in only a few days at the end October and early November, citing weather problems and understaffing.
    • Southwest experienced similar problems earlier in October, which cost the airline a reported $75 million.

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United will stop flying to 11 US cities indefinitely – see the full list


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  • United Airlines is dropping 11 routes to small cities from its hubs in Houston, Denver, and Chicago.
  • The small communities are getting cut “due to changes in the long-term sustainability,” United said.
  • Delta and American have also stopped service to some low-demand markets since the pandemic started.

United Airlines is dropping 11 small US cities from its network as regional routes continue to feel the effects of the pandemic.

  • Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Michigan: United is dropping its service from Chicago to Kalamazoo, though American and Delta will still serve the airport from Chicago and Detroit, respectively.
  • College Station, Texas: College Station will no longer have United’s service from Houston, though it will still be served by American from Dallas-Fort Worth.
  • Columbia, Missouri: United is ceasing service from Chicago to Columbia, but American will remain an operator to Chicago.
  • Mosinee, Wisconsin: Mosinee is losing its United service from Chicago but will keep Delta routes from Minneapolis-St. Paul and Detroit and American flights from Chicago.
  • Evansville, Indiana: United is stopping flights from Chicago to Evansville, but the airport will keep American flights from Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and Delta service from Atlanta and Detroit. In addition, Allegiant Air flies from Evansville to Orlando and Destin in Florida.
  • Killeen-Fort Hood, Texas: Killeen-Fort Hood is losing United’s flight from Houston, which makes American the airport’s sole airline with service to Dallas-Fort Worth.
  • Lansing, Michigan: United is ending its Chicago to Lansing route. American will continue to serve the airport from Washington, DC, and Chicago, while Delta will operate flights from Detroit.
  • Monroe, Louisiana: Monroe is losing its United service from Houston, though Delta will continue serving the city from Atlanta, while American will fly from Dallas-Fort Worth.
  • Pierre, South Dakota: United is dropping service from Denver to Pierre. After United’s exit, Denver Air Connection, which is a charter and scheduled passenger airline, will be the sole operator out of the airport.
  • Watertown, South Dakota: Watertown is the second South Dakota airport dropped by United. Like Pierre, Denver Air Connection will be the airport’s only scheduled airline.
  • Twin Falls, Idaho: United is ending its Denver to Twin Falls route, leaving Delta as the sole operator, with service from Salt Lake City

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