Most 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.Read more
A 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).Read more
ParachuteInvestigators with France's Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety write a report about the...
Currently, 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.Read more
JetBlue 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…)...Read more
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.Read more
Uncomfortable and nervousThe reason is that flight attendants - backed by their captain - appear to have discriminated Muslim passengers...
The 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.Read more