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Newlywed downed 4 beers before flight, went on homophobic rant and attacked flight attendants on way to his honeymoon


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A man on an easyJet flight was supposed to be on his way to Egypt, where he was set to celebrate his honeymoon with his bride. Instead, he has been handed seven months in jail after he drunkenly assaulted two flight attendants and went on a homophobic rant.

The court heard that he was escorted off the plane by police officers who he abused, calling one of them a ‘baldy c***’. His wife was heard shouting: ‘Look at what you’ve done. You have f****** off our honeymoon!’

Judge David Rennie said: ‘It was like a child having a tantrum. You chose to drink four pints and to behave in a foul-mouthed, highly abusive manner. Something of your true character did reveal itself.

‘We do have to ask why airports are selling that amount of alcohol outside of usual licensing hours.

‘An attack on the perceived sexuality of these men was utterly shameful. People like you find yourself on the edge of society.

‘Only an immediate custodial sentence can be justified.’ 

 
Michael Cunnett, 38, was jailed for seven months today for punching two easyJet crew members after downing four pints of Stella ahead of the 9am flight in February



We survived the cruise accident in Norway — and still recommend Viking

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Winslow Umberger knew something was wrong when the horizon disappeared. 

Umberger, 66, and her husband Charles were enjoying a leisurely lunch onboard the Viking Sky, a luxury cruiseliner making its way south along the Norweigan coast. There had been some turbulence, sure, but as a ship captain’s daughter, Umberger didn’t think much of it until an enormous wave sent the contents of the kitchen flying in a thunderous crash. 

The waitstaff scurried around “like sandpipers” trying to collect the debris, Umberger said. It was almost comical until the captain’s first “mayday” sounded over the intercom. The ship rose and fell on swells so high that Umberger couldn’t see the horizon.

“It’s kind of surreal — you take these drills on boats, but you don’t ever expect to put those life jackets back on.” 

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Hong Kong tourist falls hundreds of feet into Grand Canyon while attempting to snap a photo


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An international tourist died after he fell hundreds of feet into the Grand Canyon while trying to take photos on Thursday near the rim of Eagle Point, according to David Leibowitz, a spokesman for Grand Canyon West. 

Leibowitz said a tour group from Hong Kong was visiting the Grand Canyon, and many of the tourists were taking photos very close to the rim of the canyon. 

While attempting to snap a photo at Eagle Point, adjacent to the popular Skywalk attraction, a man from the group accidentally fell off the rim and into the canyon.

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Viking Sky cruise timeline: A breakdown of what we know happened

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A Viking Sky cruise ship needed 1,373 passengers and crew on board to be evacuatedlast weekend − and those involved in the rescue mission hadn’t experienced a rescue this intense before. 

Rune Jansen a crewman from helicopter service CHC in Norway, spent 10 hours on the deck of the Viking Sky hoisting up passengers into a helicopter. The ship had sent out a mayday distress signal amid hazardous weather conditions and engine failure. Norwegian media reported gusts up to 43 mph and waves over 26 feet.  

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Passengers stranded after WOW air abruptly shuts down


Low-budget carrier WOW air seemed too good to be true with its “cheap flights” for international destinations. But on Thursday morning, the Icelandic airline abruptly shut down, leaving its customers stranded.

While passengers were waiting for their flights and continuing to book future trips, the airline sent out a travel alert on Wednesday that “all flights have been postponed” due to the finalizing of equity raise with investors. Shortly after, however, the little hope that passengers across two continents had left dissolved with the company’s final announcement that it has “ceased operations, telling customers that “all flights have been canceled.”

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16-year-old with serious peanut allergy removed from plane and stranded in South Korea


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Korean Air and Delta Air Lines apologized to a family after their son, who has a serious peanut allergy, were stranded with his little brother in a foreign country.

Rakesh and Prajakta Patel’s 15 and 16-year-old sons were traveling alone from Atlanta, Georgia, to Manila, Philippines (where their father is temporarily located for work) after visiting their elderly grandfather in the hospital. The boys were booked on a Delta flight to Seoul, South Korea, with a Korean Air connection to Manila. (The two are partner airlines).

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Passengers lifted one-by-one from cruise ship that lost power near Norwegian coast after mayday call

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 Passengers onboard a Viking Sky cruise ship are being lifted one-by-one by helicopters after the ship’s engines failed on Saturday during stormy weather off the west coast of Norway. The crew was able to restart one engine and deploy the anchor, preventing it from drifting toward land.

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Teen daughter removed from front of Spirit Airlines plane while uninformed mother sat in back, lawsuit claims


A 15-year-old girl is removed from a Spirit Airlines flight due to overbooking, while her unbeknownst mother and brother sit in the back of the plane — and don’t realize until halfway through the flight.

While it may sound like the scene out of a movie like Flightplan or Home Alone 2, a Michigan woman claims it happened to her.

Stacy Giordano says she was flying with her daughter and son from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to Detroit, Mich., in April of 2018, when the family had to switch planes in Tampa, ABC 15 reports.

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Ethiopian Airlines says its pilots went through all the extra training required by Boeing and the U.S. aviation regulator to fly the 737 Max 8 jet that crashed this month, killing all 157 passengers.

CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said Thursday that the airline’s pilots completed the training meant to help them shift from an older model to the newer 737 Max 8.

He said the pilots were also made aware of an emergency directive issued by the U.S. regulator, the FAA, following the crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 owned by Indonesia’s Lion Air last year.

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Pilot who hitched a ride in cockpit saved doomed Lion Air Boeing 737 Max day before it crashed

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As the Lion Air crew fought to control their diving Boeing 737 Max 8, they got help from an unexpected source: an off-duty pilot who happened to be riding in the cockpit.

That extra pilot, who was seated in the cockpit jumpseat, correctly diagnosed the problem and told the crew how to disable a malfunctioning flight-control system and save the plane, two people familiar with Indonesia’s investigation told Bloomberg.

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