Aviation

LA airport evacuated after bomb threat

Los Angeles International Airport's Terminal 7 was evacuated this week after receiving a bomb threat, The Associated Press reported

The LAX terminal was closed for an hour on Thursday morning after a passenger said he had a bomb in his luggage, but it reopened after officials discovered no explosive device, according to the report.

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Co-pilot of flight that landed at wrong airport retires

The co-pilot of a Southwest Airlines flight that landed at the wrong airport in January has retired, the Associated Press reports

The pilot had been serving a suspension since working on a flight from Chicago’s Midway Airport that landed at the Taney County, Mo., airport instead of its intended destination in Branson. 

The two airports are about seven miles apart. The captain of the errant Southwest flight has resumed flying, according to the report. 

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American Airlines receives more Twitter bomb threats

American Airlines is receiving more bomb threat tweets after the arrest of a Dutch teenager who was reported by the airline for sending a terrorist threat via Twitter, The Washington Post reports

The teenager, who was arrested by police in the Netherlands, was a 14-year-old girl who tweeted to American on Sunday "Hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.” 

American Airlines responded to the tweet by saying it was contacting law enforcement officials, and Dutch police tweeted on Monday that they had arrested the girl. 

The incident has spawned multiple copycats, according to the Post report.  

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US Air: Porn tweet was ‘honest mistake’

A pornographic tweet that was sent from the US Airways’ was an “honest mistake,” the New York Daily News reports an official said with the company said this week. 

US Air has come under fire for including a picture of a naked woman using a model airplane as a sex toy in a tweet that was sent to a passenger who was complaining about flights on Monday. 

The airline quickly deleted the tweet and followed it up with a subsequent message apologizing for sending out the inappropriate image. 

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Missing plane search enters ‘yet another phase’

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has entered “yet another phase” as officials search the deep waters of the southern Indian Ocean for the jetliner that vanished over a month, officials said Tuesday.

Malaysia’s Acting Minister of Transport Hishammuddin Hussein said in a news conference that officials were continuing to look for remnants of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, despite the fact that it has been almost five weeks since the jet was last seen by air traffic controllers.

“It has been 39 days since MH370 went missing,” Hishammuddin said. “We have now entered a new phase for the search operations expanding into deep ocean search with deployment of the Bluefin - 21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AVU). As stated by the Joint Agency Coordinating Center in Perth earlier today, there are 9 military aircraft, 2 civil aircrafts and 11 ships which haven assigned to search for MH370.”

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Man attempts to open plane door mid-flight

A passenger on a California-bound Southwest Airlines flight has been arrested for attempting to open a Boeing 737 door during the middle of a flight, the Christian Science-Monitor reports.

The airplane was diverted to Omaha, Nebraska and the passenger was arrested on charges of interfering with a flight crew. The passenger who was taken into custody was 23-year-old Sacramento, Calif. resident Joshua Carl Suggs, according to the report.

The plane then continued onto its intended destination, which was Sacramento.

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Second airport approved for Sydney, Australia

Australian officials have approved construction of a second airport in its capital city, Sydney, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The airport is intended to alleviate traffic at Sydney’s existing Kingsford-Smith Airport and boost the city’s economy by creating jobs, according to the report.

Kingsford-Smith Airport is currently the 31st busiest airport in the world, according to Airports Council International (ACI).

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Airline tweets pornographic image

US Airways is apologizing for tweeting a sexually graphic image in response to a complaint from a passenger on Monday.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, depicted a naked woman using a model airplane as a sex toy.

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Teen arrested for tweeting airline threat

A Dutch teenager has been arrested for tweeting a terrorist threat to American Airlines, according to multiple reports.
 
The teenager, a 14-year-old girl, tweeted Sunday "Hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.”

American Airlines responded to the tweet by saying it was contacting law enforcement officials.

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