Transportation Report

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.


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).


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.


GM shuffles leadership team after recall crisis

General Motors announced a series of leadership changes on Monday after weathering bad publicity for widespread auto recalls that have been issued this year.

GM said Monday that its senior vice presidents of Global Human Resources and Global Communications and Public Policy, Melissa Howell and Selim Bingol, respectively, were departing the company immediately.

Howell is being replaced by John Quattrone, who had been GM's executive director of Human Resources for Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain organizations, according to the company.


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.


DOT chief launches infrastructure bus tour in Ohio

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is launching his national bus tour to push lawmakers to approve a new round of road and transit funding with three stops in Ohio on Monday.

Foxx is scheduled to visit Lockbourne, Dayton and Norwood, Ohio, as he argues for a new transportation funding bill.

The bus tour comes as lawmakers face a Sept. 30 deadline to approve new transportation funding before the current legislation expires. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has projected that the transportation department’s Highway Trust Fund will go bankrupt as early as August without congressional action.


NFL player arrested for airport bomb threat

National Football League player Aldon Smith was arrested over the weekend at the Los Angeles Airport for allegedly suggesting to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials that he was had a bomb, Reuters reports.

Smith, who plays for the San Francisco 49ers, was angry after being selected for additional screening by TSA officials. 

Los Angeles International Airport Police Sergeant Karla Ortiz said Smith was arrested by airport police for making the false bomb threat, according to the report.