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Category Archives: Safety and Security

Jetpack at LAX airport

JetpackOn August 30, 2020, an American Airlines pilot sees a man flying in a jetpack in the path of incoming jets to Los Angeles International Airport. He estimates the jetpack is only about 300 yards (275 meters) out of his window. The plane is approaching the airport at about 3,000 feet (900 meters) and 10 miles (16 km) out for landing. The pilot reports his observation of the jetpack to air traffic control. Moments later a Southwest pilot confirms the jetpack report. Watch a
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Floppy disks to update planes

If you think that floppy disks are something of the past, you are mostly right. Yet, they are still in use, although not in a sector that is way behind modern technology. Remarkably, the airline industry still uses floppy disks. In 1988, Boeing introduces its 747 aircraft. It is a wide-body as planes with 2 aisles in the cabin are dubbed. But soon the plane is nicknamed Queen of the Skies due to its sheer size.

Retiring Boeing 747s

The Boeing 747 has proved to be a relatively safe aircraft. Only 2 Boeing...
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Infected passengers on flights to Amsterdam

Airlines' mantra: no transmission from passenger to passengerAirlines say that flying is safe despite the coronavirus. Passengers must complete a health declaration and they must wear a face mask onboard. The airline industry’s mantra as to the coronavirus is that “the risk of transmission from passenger to passenger on board is very low.” But this picture may be Trumpian, that is, way too rosy.

Flights with infected passengers

In 6 weeks at least 45 flights arrived in the Netherlands with passengers who appeared infected with the coronavirus. Passengers who have been seated within 2...
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Dubious pilot licenses

Dubious pilot license at Pakistan International AirlinesNearly 1 in 3 of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilots is suspected of holding a dubious pilot license. PIA will ground 262 airline pilots whose credentials may have been falsified. The move comes after the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airline industry’s mouthpiece, issues a warning. It has found irregularities in pilot licenses at PIA that represent a “serious lapse” in safety controls.

Plane crash

The scandal emerges in the wake of a PIA plane crash in Karachi that kills 97...
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Flying in coronavirus era

Measuring the body temperatureLeading US airlines will refund tickets for any passenger who is found to have an elevated temperature. But they will only do so if 2 conditions will be met. First, the elevated temperature must meet the definition in the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So if it doesn’t, your refund isn’t guaranteed even though you don’t have any control over how your temperature will be measured.

Screening

Second, the screening must have been conducted by federal authorities prior to your travel. In practice...
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Tell me only what I want to hear

Donald Trump says that the coronavirus will disappear in April as a miracle On February 29, 2020, fake president Donald Duck Trump tells his supporters that the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. It is just a new Democratic hoax according to him. No less than 18 times he will say that the virus will go away in April, like a miracle. Small wonder that the USA is the world’s largest coronavirus hotspot with over 125,000 corona deaths.

Not a miracle

Yet, Trump keeps praising himself on a daily...
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