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Category Archives: Safety and Security

The end of air travel

mask in the cabinMost airlines now require passengers to wear face coverings and crew masks on board aircraft. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) – the mouthpiece of the airline industry - considers it a temporary layered approach to biosecurity. But it may also serve another goal, as IATA looks after the aviation industry’s interests. Most likely, IATA wants to avoid the dramatic cost increases to air travel that onboard social distancing would imply.

Virus transmission

IATA claims that limited evidence suggests that the risk of virus transmission on board is...
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Ejected from a fighter jet

Plane and parachute in the airA 64-year-old man in France has no interest in flying. However, he gets a gift from his employees in the form of a flight in a fighter jet, a Dassault Rafale B. At 2,500 feet above the ground he is flung into the air with a parachute because he presses the ejection button. The picture on the right shows the plane (bottom left) and the parachute (top right).

Parachute

Investigators with France's Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety write a  report about the...
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Masks in the cabin

Pessengers packed like sardinesCurrently, carriers don’t treat their customers like cargo because they cannot fill all seats in their aircraft. Rather, they are now able to treat passengers like human beings. However, this doesn’t include providing sufficient legroom because that would require a larger pitch (the distance between rows). But airlines can now block middle seats. Even so, the distance between passengers in a window and an aisle seat is less than 6 feet. Therefore, it may make sense they would require customers to wear masks.
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Coronavirus on board

JetBluejetBlue aircraft has banned a passenger for life, so he can never fly jetBlue again. In New York the passenger boards a flight to Palm Beach, FL. He knows he might be infected with the coronavirus, but doesn’t yet know the test result. During the flight he receives a text message saying that he tested positive for the virus. But he doesn’t cough or sneeze on the plane. (more…)...
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Delta discriminates Muslim passengers

Delta Air Lines must pay an amazingly low fine of $50,000 (€45,000) for discriminating customers. In addition, the carrier must provide civil rights training to certain Delta flight and cabin crews and customer service representatives. This can be read in a US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) dissent order issued on January 24, 2020. Also, the DOT requires the carrier to enhance its e-training civil rights program.

Uncomfortable and nervous

The reason is that flight attendants - backed by their captain - appear to have discriminated Muslim passengers...
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Disturbing facts about Boeing

Boeing’s credibility has goneThe grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX is unique and detrimental to Boeing’s reputation. But many other facts have emerged that also undermine Boeing’s credibility. Crashes of Boeing planes appear to have a lot to do with how Boeing operates.

Parallels with recent crashes

The New York Times has uncovered how careless the plane maker operates from a safety perspective. Profits seem to be more important than safety. Small wonder that Boeing has influenced reports about Boeing crashes in an attempt to minimize its responsibility. All those interventions...
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