American Airways London-bound flight turns again to Miami after passenger refuses to put on masks

An American Airlines Boeing 777-200

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American Airlines said a flight bound for London returned to Miami because a passenger refused to comply with the federal mask requirement, the most recent flight disruption over a report of an unruly passenger.

American Airlines Flight 38, a Boeing 777 with 129 passengers and 14 crew overseas returned to Miami after about an hour late Wednesday, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware.

The return was “due to a disruptive customer who refused to comply with federal mask requirements,” American said in a statement. “The flight landed safely at MIA, where local law enforcement encountered the plane. We thank our crew for their professionalism and apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”

The traveler has been banned from flying with the airline pending an investigation, the airline said. The Miami-Dade Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reports of unruly behavior on planes rose to a record 5,981 last year, with more than 71% linked to disputes over a federal mask mandate that went into effect early last year, although airlines had been demanding it since coronavirus pandemic started.

Some incidents included physical attacks on crews. In October, an American Airlines flight attendant was hospitalized after a passenger allegedly punched her in the face, forcing the cross-country flight to divert.

Novel flight type and lightweight wings increase flight efficiency of tiny beetles

Datenberichterstattung

Es wurden keine statistischen Methoden verwendet, um die Stichprobenumfänge vorher festzulegen. Die Experimente waren nicht randomisiert, und die Forscher wurden während der Experimente und der Ergebnisbewertung nicht hinsichtlich der Zuteilung verblindet.

Material

Adulte Federflügelkäfer (P. placentis (Coleoptera: Ptiliidae)) wurden im November 2017 im Cát Tiên Nationalpark, Vietnam, gesammelt. Die Käfer wurden gesammelt und zusammen mit dem Substrat zu ihrer Sicherheit an das Labor geliefert. Hochgeschwindigkeitsvideoaufnahmen wurden am selben Tag während einiger Stunden nach dem Sammeln gemacht.

Morphologie und Morphometrie

Das Material für morphologische Untersuchungen wurde in alkoholischer Bouin-Lösung oder in 70 % Ethanol fixiert. Die Flügelstruktur wurde unter Verwendung eines Rasterelektronenmikroskops (SEM Jeol JSM-6380 und FEI Inspect F50) nach Dehydratisierung der Proben und Trocknung am kritischen Punkt, gefolgt von Goldsputtern, untersucht. Ein konfokales Mikroskop (CLSM Olympus FV10i-O) und ein Durchlichtmikroskop (Olympus BX43) wurden ebenfalls verwendet, wofür die Proben geklärt und mikroskopische Objektträger hergestellt wurden26 (Ergänzende Angaben). Messungen wurden von digitalen Fotografien in Autodesk AutoCAD-Software in zehn Wiederholungen (sofern nicht anders angegeben) genommen. Körpergewichte und Gewichte bestimmter Körperteile wurden auf der Grundlage von dreidimensionalen Rekonstruktionen berechnet (Ergänzende Informationen).

Flügelmasse und Trägheitsmomente

Die Volumina des Blattstiels und des membranösen Teils (des Flügels) des Flügels wurden unter Verwendung von bildbasierten geometrischen CLSM-Modellen gemessen. Es wurde eine gleichmäßige Kutikuladichte von 1.200 kg m-3 angenommen27. Die Flügelmasse wurde durch Aufsummieren der Beiträge von Blattstiel, Blattspreite und Borsten erhalten. Um die Masse der Setae zu berechnen, haben wir zunächst ihre lineare Dichte (0,96 μg m−1) unter Verwendung eines dreidimensionalen Modells geschätzt25 und mit der Länge multipliziert. Der Blattstiel und das Blatt des Flügelmodells haben eine konstante Dicke ohne Adern. Ein möglicher Bereich der Membrandicke wurde auf der Grundlage von Messungen bei T. telengai (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae, Körperlänge 0,45 mm), O. atomus (Coleoptera: Corylophidae, Körperlänge 0,8 mm) und L. atomus (Coleoptera: Hydraenidae , Körperlänge 1,1 mm), auf 0,5 µm dicke histologische Schnitte, erhalten durch Diamantmesserschneiden unter Verwendung eines Leica-Mikrotoms, nach Fixierung und Einbettung in Araldit. Diese Werte sind die minimalen Dicken, die bei jeder Art gemessen wurden. Die Messungen wurden unter Verwendung eines Olympus BX43-Mikroskops durchgeführt. Der Messfehler der Längenmaße liegt in der Größenordnung von 1 % in Spannweiten- und Sehnenrichtung und 10 % für die Dicke. Die SD der Flügelkutikuladichte25 beträgt etwa 100 kg m−3. Dies deutet darauf hin, dass der gesamte Wurzelsummenquadratfehler der Flügelmassenberechnung etwa 13 % beträgt. Zur Bewertung der Trägheitsmomente wurden die Oberflächendichte der membranartigen Teile und die lineare Dichte der Borsten berechnet. Die Trägheitsmomente der einzelnen Setae wurden mit der Formel für einen dünnen Stab im Winkel und dem Parallelachsensatz berechnet. Die Trägheitsmomente der membranösen Teile wurden mit einer zweidimensionalen Quadraturregel mit dem Diskretisierungsschritt von 50 μm berechnet.

Hochgeschwindigkeitsaufnahme

Der Flug der Käfer wurde in geschlossenen 20 × 20 × 20 mm großen Kammern aufgezeichnet, die speziell aus 1,0 mm dicken Objektträgern und 0,15 mm Deckglas bei einer natürlichen Beleuchtungsstärke im sichtbaren Licht hergestellt wurden. Während der Aufzeichnung befanden sich 20–30 Insekten in der Flugkammer. Zur Temperaturstabilisierung wurde die Flugkammer durch einen Luftventilator von außen gekühlt. Die von einem digitalen Thermoelement gemessene Umgebungstemperatur betrug 22–24 °C; die Temperatur der Flugkammer betrug 22–26 °C.

Hochgeschwindigkeits-Videoaufnahmen wurden mit zwei synchronisierten Evercam 4000-Kameras (Evercam) mit einer Frequenz von 3.845 FPS und einer Verschlusszeit von 20 μs im Infrarotlicht (850 nm LED) gemacht. Die Hochgeschwindigkeitskameras wurden auf optischen Schienen genau orthogonal zueinander montiert und beide im 0°-Winkel zum Horizont positioniert. Zwei IR-LED-Leuchten wurden gegenüber den Kameras und eine Leuchte über der Flugkammer platziert. Eine grafische Darstellung des Versuchsaufbaus findet sich in der vorangegangenen Studie2.

Vermessung der Kinematik

Für die Analyse wurden 13 Aufnahmen ausgewählt. Für vier davon (PP2, PP4, PP5 und PP12) haben wir die Kinematik von Körperteilen in jeweils vier kinematischen Zyklen rekonstruiert und CFD-Berechnungen durchgeführt, da der Flug dieser Exemplare dem konventionellen Schweben besonders ähnlich war: relativ langsamer Normalflug mit horizontaler Geschwindigkeit 0,057 ± 0,014 ms−1 (im Folgenden Mittelwert ± sd) und 0,039 ± 0,031 ms−1 Vertikalgeschwindigkeit (PP2, PP4, PP5 und PP12). In der CFD-Analyse mit dem membranösen Flügelmodell haben wir die Kinematik von PP2 ausgewählt, die die Flügel beim Klatschen nicht kreuzt. Dieser Fall ist geeignet, um die Leistung von Borstenflügeln mit häutigen Ersatzflügeln zu vergleichen, da er garantiert, dass sich letztere nicht schneiden. Der Umfang der Membran wird durch Linien gebildet, die die Spitzen der Borsten verbinden (siehe die vorherige Studie25 für mehr Informationen). Die Beschreibungen von Kinematik und Aerodynamik sowie die Abbildungen beziehen sich auf Ergebnisse, die für einzelne PP2 erzielt wurden. Für die Ergebnisse anderer Proben siehe ergänzende Informationen und erweiterte Daten Abb. 2, 46.

Die durchschnittliche Flügelschlagfrequenz wurde als Mittelwert der Flügelschlagfrequenz in allen Aufzeichnungen berechnet. Bei jeder Aufnahme wurde die Anzahl der Frames in mehreren vollständigen kinematischen Zyklen gezählt, insgesamt 104 Zyklen.

Zur mathematischen Beschreibung der Kinematik der Flügel und Flügeldecken haben wir das System der Euler-Winkel verwendet28,29 (Feige. 2b) basierend auf einer Frame-für-Frame-Rekonstruktion der Position der Körperteile des Insekts (Flügel, Elytra und Körper selbst), die in Autodesk 3Ds Max durchgeführt wurde. Dreidimensionale Modelle des Körpers und der Flügeldecken wurden durch konfokales Mikroskopbildstapeln erhalten, und das flache Flügelmodell basierte auf lichtmikroskopischen Fotos von sezierten Flügeln. Wir haben das starre Flachflügelmodell zur Rekonstruktion der Kinematik verwendet, da die Verformungen der Flügel gering sind (Ergänzende Informationen). Zuerst haben wir Rahmensequenzen mit jeweils vier vollständigen kinematischen Zyklen vorbereitet. Die Rahmen wurden dann zentriert und punktweise zwischen den Basen der Flügel beschnitten und dann als orthogonale Projektionen platziert. Virtuelle Modelle von Körperteilen wurden in ein Koordinatensystem mit zwei Bildebenen gelegt. Dann veränderten wir manuell die Position und drehten Körperteile, bis ihre orthogonalen Projektionen die Bildebenen überlagerten. Zur Berechnung der Eulerwinkel wurde ein Koordinatensystem erstellt (Abb. 2a). Die X0Y-Ebene ist eine Ebene parallel zur Schlagebene und schneidet die Basis des Flügels oder Elytrons, der im Nullpunkt positioniert ist. Um die Position der Strichebene zu bestimmen, haben wir anstelle der linearen Trendlinie die Trendlinie der Hauptachse der Flügelspitzenkoordinaten berechnet29, weil die Flugbahn der Flügelspitze von P. placentis ein breites Streudiagramm bildet. Der Hubabweichungswinkel (θ) und der Positionswinkel (φ) wurden aus den Koordinaten der Basis und des Scheitels berechnet. Der Steigungswinkel (ψ) ist der Winkel zwischen der Strichebene und der Sehne senkrecht zur Linie zwischen Basis und Scheitel. Der Körperneigungswinkel (χ) ist der Winkel zwischen Schlagebene und Längsachse des Körpers, berechnet als Linie zwischen der Bauchspitze und dem Mittelpunkt zwischen den apikalen Antennen. Der Neigungswinkel (β) der Strichebene relativ zum Horizont wurde ebenfalls gemessen.

Für die Analyse der Fluggeschwindigkeit haben wir in beiden Projektionen die Verfolgung der Körpermitte (Mittelpunkt zwischen den äußersten Rändern des Kopfes und des Bauches) in Tracker (Open Source Physics) durchgeführt und die momentane Geschwindigkeit und ihre vertikalen und horizontalen Komponenten in jedem Frame berechnet . Die erhaltenen Geschwindigkeitswerte wurden durch Lössanpassung in R (Statistikpaket) gefiltert. Der minimale Abstand zwischen den Flügelblattspitzen während des Bodenschlags wurde ebenfalls berechnet.

Computergestützte Strömungsdynamik

Es wurden Zeitintervalle des Langsamfluges mit einer Dauer von mehr als vier Flügelschlägen ausgewählt. Die Winkel φ, θ und ψ des linken Flügels, rechten Flügels und der Flügeldecken sowie der Körperwinkel χ wurden auf einem einheitlichen Gitter mit der Zeitschrittweite Δt = 2,6 × 10−6 s interpoliert. Durch numerisches Lösen von φ

Delta Air Strains battles with nation’s largest flight attendant union over shortened Covid sick depart

Flight attendants distribute refreshments to a packed Delta Airlines flight departing from Ronald Regan National Airport to MinneapolisSaint Paul International Airport on Friday, May 21, 2021.

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Delta Airlines sent a cease and desist letter to the country’s largest cabin crew union after its president criticized the company’s reduced sick leave policy for employees with Covid-19.

Last Thursday, Association of Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson tweeted that the union had received “multiple reports” that Delta was “notifying workers in all work groups that they should come to work with symptoms, even if someone in the household tests positive.” She also said positive workers were told “to come to work after 5 days if the fever is below 100.9, even if they still test positive.”

A day later, Peter Carter, Delta’s Chief Legal Officer, mailed the letter to AFA.

“This information is not only false, it is criminal offense because it casts Delta in a highly negative light by suggesting that Delta asked employees to work while they were ill,” Carter’s letter said. “Such irresponsible behavior is inappropriate, defamatory and must be stopped immediately.”

Nelson, whose union does not represent Delta flight attendants but started one organize drive there in November 2019, defending her comments and saying Delta’s policies confused flight crews.

“Delta’s policy now addresses being asymptomatic before returning to work, which was a serious concern since those CDC policies were originally omitted from Delta’s policy announcement,” she wrote to Delta CEO Tuesday Ed Bastian. “But we still get questions from Delta flight attendants about returning to work with a low-grade fever and the fact that Delta’s current policy only recommends testing before returning to work and doesn’t require testing.”

Delta updated its Covid sick leave policy on Dec. 28 to five days off with wage protection — reduced from 10 days — that doesn’t require employees to spend days in their medical banks. Employees can get two extra days if they test positive again on the fifth day.

“Delta has always looked to science to formulate our policies regarding COVID-19,” a Delta spokesman said Tuesday. “We have sent a cease and desist letter because we believe institutions and leaders must speak carefully, truthfully and factually.”

The airline had asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to halve the recommended isolation time for breakout Covid infections to five days, warning of staff shortages and flight cancellations coming later. JetBlue Airways and other airlines asked for the same change. CDC updated its guidance Dec. 27 after relaxing recommendations for healthcare workers.

Cancellations from staff ill with Covid and a series of winter storms topped 20,000 between Christmas and the first week of the year. United Airlines, which has 10 days of wage protection left for crews with Covid, said Tuesday it would further cut its schedule, with 3,000 workers, about 4% of its US employees, testing positive for the coronavirus.

Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines Give employees 10 days of wage protection if they test positive for Covid.

Airline shares surge as buyers shrug off 1000’s extra flight cancellations

Airline pilots walk over Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia on December 27, 2021.

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Airline investors shrugged thousands of dollars Flight cancellations over the holidays, even if disruptions worsened on Monday.

Airlines scrubbed more than 2,900 U.S. flights on Monday, in addition to more than 5,400 over the weekend, largely due to the severe winter weather that has handicapped some of the country’s busiest airports from Seattle to Washington DC and a spike in Covid -Infections among flight crews. Operations appeared to be improving, however, with 306 flight cancellations scheduled for Tuesday.

Over the holidays, including porters Delta Airlines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways Said crews were increasingly sick from the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of Covid. The Federal Aviation Administration also warned of delays as their employees increasingly tested positive for the coronavirus.

Delta said it expects to cancel about 200 flights a day out of about 4,000 daily departures on Tuesday and Wednesday.

United, spirit and Alaska are among the airlines that offered their crews additional payment for travel pickup to alleviate the disruption.

From Christmas Eve through Tuesday, airlines have canceled more than 18,700 US flights, according to FlightAware. More than 12% of Saturday’s scheduled flights were canceled when a winter storm hit the Midwest, and nearly 11% of Sunday flights were also scrubbed.

But airline stocks rebounded on Monday, a sign that investors look to the rest of the year when travel demand is expected to rise. American shares rose 4.4% to $ 18.75, United gained 3.9% to close at $ 45.49, and Delta rose 3.1% to end at $ 40.29.

Shares in Southwest Airlines, which canceled hundreds of flights in the past few days, rose 2.7% to end the day at $ 44. The Dallas-based airline canceled another 605 flights, or 16% of its schedule, on Monday, according to FlightAware. Southwest said bad weather had dislocated planes and crews and some employees were unable to work at a regular pace.

“The cancellation of hundreds of flights is disrupting our entire operating system,” the airline said in a statement on Monday. “The storm cleared Denver, for example, but the extreme cold requires additional security protocols for our people working out there, slowing operations, causing delays and forcing some cancellations to keep the whole system moving.”

The cost of the disruptions is not yet clear. Vacation time was critical for airlines, whose executives anticipated some of the busiest days since the pandemic began.

The Omicron variant could pose a “modest, short-term risk” for airlines due to staff quarantines and the potential for some customers to delay travel, Citigroup airline analyst Stephen Trent wrote on Monday.

“Even so, higher vaccination rates and new antiviral treatments are just a few of the factors that could make negative, knee-jerk stock price reactions to the advent of future variants appear increasingly unreasonable,” he wrote.

Delta publishes the sector’s quarterly earnings reports on January 13th.

Extreme climate, omicron infections drive hundreds extra U.S. flight cancellations

Airlines canceled more than 2,600 U.S. flights on New Year’s Day as they faced severe weather conditions across the country and an increase in employee Omicron infections, affecting air travel during the year-end vacation.

The problems are not resolved that quickly. By Saturday afternoon, the airlines had already canceled more than 1,000 US flights planned for Sunday. More than 13,700 U.S. flights have been suspended and thousands more delayed since Christmas Eve, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.

The travel problems occur during the airlines which are among the busiest days since the pandemic began. Last year, the Transportation Security Administration screened nearly 580 million people, up 79% from 2020 but still a decrease of about 30% from pre-pandemic 2019.

Southwest Airlines had largely escaped some of the serious disruptions affecting the rivals over the holidays, but scrubbed 473 flights on Saturday, 13% of the schedule, according to FlightAware. More than 600 more were delayed. Because of a severe winter storm, the airline stopped flight operations at Chicago airports from 1 p.m. local time.

Southwest has more than 200 daily departures from Chicago Midway International Airport. An airline spokeswoman said flights were suspended because planners expected “the gusty winds and snowdrifts that show us decades of operations at this airport will slow down the airspace, de-icing and reloading of planes.” make it very difficult. “The spokeswoman for Southwest had no staffing problems.

The Federal Aviation Administration has also slowed traffic at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. American Airlines‘largest hub, due to staffing levels. Earlier this week, the agency warned the disruption would continue.

“Weather and heavy seasonal traffic will likely lead to some travel delays in the coming days,” the agency said on Friday. “Like the rest of the US population, an increased number of FAA employees have tested positive for COVID-19. To ensure safety, the volume of traffic in some facilities could be reduced, which can lead to delays in peak times. “

While the weather caused many of the cancellations on New Year’s Day, airlines have included United Airlines, Delta Airlines and JetBlue Airways canceled hundreds of flights over the holidays, citing omicron infections among the crews for many of the disruptions.

Airlines have increased incentives for pilots and flight attendants to take trips and remove staffing bottlenecks that some executives say could last for several weeks as Covid cases continue to rise.

The Air Line Pilots Association, United Pilots’ Union, negotiated triple pay for fliers picking up open travel for most of January, CNBC reported on Friday. United flight attendants and both cabin crew and pilots spirit and others receive bonuses even during the busy holiday season.

Airlines have tried to cancel flights early so customers don’t get stuck at the airport, overwhelm ticket counters and have to change their plans. JetBlue announced this week that it will be 1,280 flights deleted from the flight schedule by mid-January in order to avoid short-term cancellations, as the crews of Omicron Covid infections are on the sidelines.

American, which operates a major hub out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, canceled 208 flights, or 7% of its operations, on Saturday, FlightAware data showed. Chicago-based United has canceled 158.7% of its main-haul flights. Delta has canceled nearly 200 flights, 9% of its Saturday flight schedule.

Airlines executives said they expect travel demand to rise in 2022 and have prepared to expand their schedules and recruit new employees.

Southwest has surpassed its goal of hiring more than 5,700 employees, including onboarding staff and expanded offerings, Greg Muccio, Southwest’s senior director of talent acquisition, wrote in an employee release Thursday. The airline is aiming for another 8,000 more employees next year.

However, the omicron variant is a new challenge for carriers.

“While we expect a full recovery in 2022, it will be a two-half year,” said JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes in an employee New Years Day memo seen by CNBC. “Our traditional lows, especially in the next few weeks after the holidays and as COVID-19 cases rise, are going to be tough.”

However, Hayes said that JetBlue expects an “exceptionally busy summer and plans to take advantage of this opportunity as we continue to expand our fleet and offer low fares on additional routes.”

Omicron drives Christmas weekend flight cancellations above 1,500

Delta Airlines and an American Airlines plane taxi from their gate ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, the United States, on November 22, 2021.

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Airlines canceled more than 300 flights on Sunday as disruptions from the Omicron variant of Covid-19 continued to affect crews and staff.

As of Friday, airlines have scrubbed more than 1,500 U.S. flights and cut travel during the busy holiday weekend. United Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways cited the spread of Omicron among crews as the reason for the rejections.

Data from flight tracking site FlightAware showed Delta canceled 5% of its flight schedule, or 131 flights, on Sunday after canceling 310 the day before. United had canceled 95 flights, or 4% of its main flight schedule, up from 240 flights on Saturday. JetBlue canceled 236 flights on Saturday and Sunday.

Airlines said they expected the year-end vacation season to include some of the busiest days since the pandemic began. After staff shortages caused flight disruptions in the past few months, airlines offered crews additional pay to work during the main holiday periods and meet attendance targets.

A JetBlue spokesman said the New York-based airline had entered the holiday season with the highest workforce since the pandemic began.

“As with many companies and organizations, we have seen an increasing number of sick leave from Omicron,” he said in a statement. “Despite our best efforts, we have had to cancel a number of flights and further flight cancellations and other delays remain as the Omicron community continues to expand.”

The airline cut its schedule in advance to avoid last-minute disruption and also assigned managers to the front lines when they are trained, the spokesman added.

Spirit Airlines On Saturday and Sunday together, more than 40 flights were canceled, fewer than other airlines, but it offered flight attendants double pay for picking up trips that weekend, its union said.

U.S. airline executives last week urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Relax quarantine guidelines for fully vaccinated people who tested positive for Covid, to five days from the current 10, citing potential staff shortages and flight disruptions. the CDC has relaxed its guidelines for medical workers with groundbreaking Covid infections last week.

American Airways jacks up flight attendant vacation pay to keep away from extra flight cancellations

An American airline Airbus A321-200 approaches Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia on February 24, 2021.

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American Airlines, shocked by Bulk cancellations last weekend offered flight attendants three times their salary for work-holiday trips, even if they are perfectly staffed by the beginning of January.

The offer comes just days after American canceled hundreds of flights last weekend and earlier this week, many of them related to flight attendant staff shortages. The added incentives show Americans are willing to pay to avoid recurrence.

American said flight attendants and reserve cabin crew members who go on business trips between November 23 and November 29 or December 22 through January 2 will be given one and a half time, according to an internal memo verified by CNBC. If you do not have any absences from November 15 to January 2, you will receive an additional 150% of the remuneration for these main travel times.

“The past few months, and last week in particular, have been challenging,” wrote Brady Byrnes, vice president of flight service to flight attendants.

“With Mother Nature devastating the operations, the myriad policy changes you had to keep up with, and an increase in incidents of customer misconduct, you are dealing with a lot,” added Byrnes, referring to an increase in recalcitrant travelers, including an alleged attack on a flight attendant by a passenger last week.

Airlines spent much of the last year pushing their employees to take vacations or accept takeovers.
When travel demand recovered in late spring and summer, some airlines did not have enough staff to cover routine disruptions such as bad weather. Southwest Airlines offered flight attendants double pay to get more people to pick up their shifts on the weekend of July 4th.

Southwest Airways’ October flight cancellations value provider $75 million

Passengers check in for a Southwest Airlines flight at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, the United States, on October 11, 2021.

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Southwest Airlines on Thursday said mass flight cancellations and delays that disrupted travel for tens of thousands of customers earlier this month cost $ 75 million.

Southwest based in Dallas more than 2,000 flights canceled between October 8th and October 13th, with Florida bad weather, air traffic control and staff shortages being blamed for the problems.

The hit came from flight cancellations, customer refunds and “gestures of goodwill”.

The airline reported a profit of $ 446 million on Thursday.

“Our active (as opposed to inactive) and available staff fell short of the plan and, along with other factors, caused us to miss our operational performance targets for on-time performance, resulting in additional costs,” said Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest. That, along with a surge in Covid-19 cases, resulted in a $ 300 million drop in sales, he said.

Here’s how Southwest performed compared to Wall Street expectations in the third quarter, based on Refinitiv average estimates:

  • Adjusted earnings per share: a loss of 23 cents versus an expected loss of 27 cents.
  • Total sales: $ 4.68 billion versus an expected $ 4.58 billion.

Singapore’s ‘vaccinated journey lanes’ see Expedia flight searches soar

Singapore’s new “vaccinated itineraries” sparked a spate of flight inquiries as city-state residents seek to take advantage of the easing of international travel policies.

The search for cities within the so-called VTLs of Singapore has doubled – and in some cases almost tripled, according to the Expedia Group. It came after government officials announced the opening of new quarantine-free travel routes to countries in Europe, North America and Asia.

Facilitate international travel

Last week, Singapore announces quarantine-free travel with Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain and the USA from October 19th – as well South Korea from November 15th. The requirements include that travelers are vaccinated prior to entry and must take Covid-19 tests to ensure they do not become infected.

With the announcement, the island state’s VTL program, which currently includes Germany and Brunei, has been significantly expanded.

According to the news, the search interest of Singapore residents increased from week to week:

  • Seoul, South Korea – 180%
  • Vancouver, Canada – 160%
  • Frankfurt, Germany – 130%
  • London, United Kingdom – 120%
  • Los Angeles, United States – 80%

Expedia’s managing director for Asia said the searches mark a shift in consumer demand for international travel. In August, the most searched cities in Singapore were regional hotspots such as Japan, Hong Kong, Maldives and Taiwan.

Visitors walk through a terminal at Singapore Changi Airport on December 7, 2020.

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“The VTLs definitely have an impact on how people think about travel, where they want to go and how they plan their trip,” Choo Pin Ang told CNBC “Capital connection” Tuesday.

However, he added that he expects more traditional destinations to gain popularity as further easing is announced. Search queries in Singapore for year-end trips to VTL and non-VTL destinations from June to October have already tripled.

I don’t think we’re going to go back to regressive lockdowns and people who cannot travel

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Founder and CEO, Reddoorz

This is good news for the ailing travel industry. From Wednesday, Singapore Airlines The stock price rose more than 9% during the week Shares of SATS – which provides ground and in-flight catering services at Singapore Changi Airport – increased by around 5%.

“It’s happy days again,” Amit Saberwal, founder and CEO of the Southeast Asian budget hotel chain RedDoorz, told CNBC on Wednesday. “Though it’s still in its infancy, I don’t think we’ll go back to a regressive lockdown and people won’t be able to travel … I think it’s our moment to shine again.”

Headwind remains

More quarantine-free itineraries are expected in the coming months, including some in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Singapore officials.

Australia, New Zealand and Japan should be there, as well as some “homeland” countries in Southeast Asia, Ang said.

Thailand on Monday announced plans to lift quarantine restrictions on vaccinated travelers from low-risk countries, including Singapore, from November.

“What will really determine whether VTLs can work is the strong economic ties between Singapore and these countries, vaccination rates and the progress that countries have made in containing Covid,” he said.

Nevertheless, headwinds remain. With travel restrictions evolving and the daily VTL arrivals in Singapore currently capped at 3,000, travelers should be “nimble” by making flexible bookings and purchasing travel insurance including Covid before departure.

– Shubhangi Goel contributed to this report.

Unruly Passenger Arrested After NYC-Certain Flight Makes Emergency Touchdown: Officers

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A potential security issue resulted in an emergency landing at LaGuardia Airport and the arrest of one of the aircraft’s passengers, federal and airline officials confirmed on Saturday.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the safe landing of Republic Airlines flight 4817 at Queens airport around 3:00 p.m. following a “security incident”. All 80 passengers and crew left the aircraft without incident on the taxiway.

The plane made an emergency landing after passengers reported suspicious behavior by someone aboard the flight, a port authority spokesman said. A senior law enforcement officer who was briefed on the incident said the passenger was recalcitrant and allegedly suggested having a device on board the aircraft when confronted by the flight crew.

The aircraft’s pilot radioed ahead for an emergency and prepared officers to respond after landing. According to the FAA, Flight 4817 took off from Indianapolis for LaGuardia at around 1 p.m.

Several videos posted on social media at the time the plane landed showed a significant emergency response from local fire and police units.

There are no indications of a material threat to the aircraft or the passengers and crew members of the flight, officials said. The authorities have since swept the plane and cleared the scene of any possible threat.

The passenger was taken into custody for questioning.

Video recorded by a passenger and shared with NBC News shows firefighters attending to a person lying face down on the taxiway.