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Category Archives: Safety and Security

Air Canada does not care about passengers’ real identities

A Dutch reader of our website sent us his correspondence with Air Canada about check-in problems. When he tries to check in for his flight the system does not accept his name. Like many Dutch names his last name consists of 3 words with spaces in between. Thus, he cannot check in under his legal name. Therefore, he tries to do it under an illegal name by leaving out the spaces between the 3 words forming his last name. To his surprise the system accepts the illegal name that is...
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Is Trump responsible for gun violence?

Time and again Donald Trump proves that his intellectual ability makes him mentally unfit for the job of president of the USA. He believes that twittering is the best way to run a country. Small wonder that so far he could sign only one (1) bill into law: the tax reform bill. This makes him the most unproductive US president in modern history. It is sad and shocking that the tax reform law will benefit Trump and other rich people at the expense of social expenditure for low income brackets. In addition, it...
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The world’s safest airlines in 2018

AirlineRatings.com monitors 409 carriers for both safety and product ratings using a 7-star rating system. On January 3, 2018 it announced its top-20 safest airlines for 2018 without ranking them. The top-20 comprises traditional carriers, formerly often referred to as full-service airlines, but this term is no longer adequate since they downgraded their service levels. The top-20 safest traditional airlines in alphabetical order are: Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay...
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2017 safest year in aviation history

In 2017 there were worldwide 10 fatal airliner accidents, 5 involving cargo flights and 5 passenger flights. This makes 2017 the safest year ever for commercial aviation, according to the Aviation Safety Network (ASN). Both the number of airliner accidents and the number of fatalities were extremely low: 44 occupant fatalities and 35 persons on the ground. In 2016, ASN recorded 16 accidents and 303 lives lost. Given the worldwide air traffic of about 36,800,000 flights, the accident rate in 2017 was 1 fatal passenger flight accident per 7,360,000 flights. This...
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A flight to nowhere

Two brothers – both US citizens - with almost identical names have tickets for separate flights from Los Angeles to Tokyo on December 26, 2017. One has a ticket on a United Airlines flight and the other is booked on an All Nippon Airways (ANA) plane. Somehow the brothers can board the same ANA flight allegedly using a duplicate boarding pass. It is unclear how they obtained the duplicate boarding pass and how the brother booked on United is able to find a seat on the ANA...
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Sexual harassment in the skies

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), airlines globally reported in 2016 just 211 instances of inappropriate sexual behavior. Thus, against the background of 3.8 billion passengers on more than 40 million flights sexual assault would be extremely rare up in the air. The IATA also says that fewer than half of those cases were reported to the authorities. Thus, there have been very few police investigations. Most people and organizations Reuters contacted about in-flight sexual misconduct against passengers and crew - including carriers, flight attendant unions...
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