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Crew Brief: November 11, 2015

Crew Brief: November 11, 2015

Flight Attendant Strike Continues at Lufthansa

Lufthansa says 100,000 of their passengers won’t be traveling today due to an ongoing strike by flight attendants.

The German carrier said it has canceled 931 flights even as Lufthansa and the UFO flight attendants union sought mediation in their dispute.

The union wants to secure transition payments for its 19,000 members if they retire early, among other demands as part of its contract dispute with Lufthansa, which is trying to cut costs.

The airline said more than 2,000 flights across the group would operate as planned, including some code-sharing flights operated by its CityLine and Air Dolomiti brands and flights of subsidiaries such as Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Germanwings.

 

United & Delta Sued by The Justice Department

The Justice Department sued United Continental Holdings Inc., seeking to block its acquisition of takeoff-and-landing rights from Delta Air Lines at united-airlines-and-delta-airlines-jet-airplane-at-san-francisco-international-airport-sfo--7d12091-wingsdomain-art-and-photographyNew Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport, saying the deal threatens to raise prices for passengers.

United’s acquisition of the 24 slots would increase the carrier’s already dominant position at the airport and hurt the ability of other airlines to compete there, the Justice Department’s antitrust division said in a statement Tuesday.

“Allowing United to acquire even more slots at Newark would fortify United’s monoply position,” said Bill Baer, head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, on a conference call with reporters. “That would leave the 35 million air passengers who fly in and out of Newark every year holding the bag.”

The action opens a new front by the Justice Department in its tug of war with U.S. airlines. The antitrust division began a inquiry earlier this year into whether the major carriers colluded to prop up fares. Tuesday’s complaint, which also names Delta as a defendant, accuses United of unlawfully trying to maintain a monopoly. The suit also alleges both carriers violated antitrust laws by entering into an agreement that restrains trade.

 

Ex-flight attendant suing Aer Lingus tells Irish court: ‘The plane bounced off the runway three times… Passengers were screaming and alcohol was pouring on them’

00041f06-642Aer Lingus cabin crew member Cassandra Reddin was on a flight from Malaga to Dublin when the alleged heavy landing occurred causing screaming passengers and duty free in overhead baggage to break and alcohol pour onto passengers.

Ms Reddin is suing Aer Lingus claiming she suffered back and neck injuries when the plane landed in a heavy, dramatic fashion with an alleged inappropriate and excessive rate of descent.

Opening her case, Finbar Fox SC said the downward force generated during the landing was consistent with a wholly inappropriate and excessive rate of descent.

“There was a degree of chaos and stress on board,” counsel said.

The “simple option” would have been for the pilot to go around and have another try at landing, he said. It was claimed that with one second before touchdown, the rate of descent was three to four times what it should have been.

She claims she suffered soft tissue neck and back injury and whiplash and afterwards she suffered nightmares and woke up screaming.

Aer Lingus has denied all the claims.

“It got very bumpy and the plane was  swaying from side to side. I was very frightened.” She said the landing gear was down and the plane was rocking from side to side. “The plane bounced off the runway three times. “Passengers were screaming and we could hear glass smashing and alcohol was pouring on the passengers.”

She told everybody to sit down  but her voice was shaking and a passenger told her she was not very reassuring. She said she thought the plane was not going to stop and would be off the runway.

“I thought we were all dead, that the aeroplane was not going to stop. I was shaking,” she said.

 

She now works in the social media section of Aer Lingus.

 

Azealia Banks Is Being Investigated For ‘Criminal Battery’ After Allegedly Assaulting Security Guard

40f62a54971db0f3844351247b3319a4Remember her? In September she assaulted a Delta flight attendant during deplaning and now Azealia Banks has been accused of attacking a nightclub security guard and is reportedly now being investigated for criminal battery.

The controversial rapper was allegedly restrained as she tried to pull a fire alarm after being asked to leave Break Room 86 in Los Angeles towards the end of last month. TMZ have obtained a video that shows Azealia jumping onto the guard and repeatedly hitting him after her friends have pulled him off her, Azealia has not yet commented on the allegations but did cancel her upcoming concert dates yesterday.

 

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Bobby serves as co-host on the nationally syndicated travel talk show "The Jet Set" and is a Travel Expert for various media outlets including CNN, HLN and The Huffington Post.Bobby also worked as a flight attendant for Republic Airlines, US Airways & Virgin America; officially hanging up his wings in March of 2015 after ten years of flying.

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