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Delays at Departure

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Waiting to take off

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Storm ahead

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Snow everywhere


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Delay, delay and  more delays


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Agitated horses in cargo hold delay Saudi flight

Animals owned by Saudi Arabian prince tranquilized by airport veterinarian

by SARAH EL DEEB   updated 6/30/2010 10:54:12 AM

CAIRO — An Egyptian airport official says six Arabian horses owned by a Saudi Arabian prince became agitated in the cargo hold of a Saudi-bound plane, delaying take off for more than an hour.

The official said Wednesday an EgyptAir pilot was forced to turn the plane with 189 passengers around on the runaway because a commotion erupted in the hold. The pilot deemed the horses a safety risk.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The pilot called for the airport vet, who tranquilized the horses. After an 80-minute delay, the plane bound for the Saudi Red Sea port city of Jiddah took off. The horses were asleep.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press

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Maggots in luggage locker delay US flight in Atlanta

Maggots falling from an overhead luggage locker have forced a US Airways flight to return to the gate at Atlanta airport.

"Bugs just began to fall out of the overhead compartment" causing panic on board, passenger Desiree Harrell was quoted as saying by Associated Press.

All the passengers were then asked to get off so crews could clean the plane.

The airline said a container of spoiled meat brought on by a passenger caused the delay of the flight to Charlotte.

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All of a sudden, I felt somebody flick the back of my hair and on the front of me came a maggot

Donna Adamo passenger

It said that after landing in North Carolina, the plane was taken out of service and fumigated.

'Creeped out'

Donna Adamo, a passenger on board flight 1537, said she first noticed a couple of flies when she got to her seat on Monday but did not pay much attention to that.

As the plane was taxiing, she said she heard a passenger behind her causing a commotion and refusing to take her seat.

"Then I heard the word 'maggot' and that kind of got everybody creeped out," Ms Adamo told AP.

Passengers on board the US Airways flight Passengers were asked to get off because of a "minor emergency"

"All of a sudden, I felt somebody flick the back of my hair and on the front of me came a maggot, which I flicked off me.

But she said she "felt like they were crawling all over me because it only takes one maggot to upset your world".

"And as they're telling us to stay calm and seated, I see a maggot looking back at me and I'm thinking, 'These are anaerobic, flesh-eating larvae that the flight attendants don't have to sit with.'"

Ms Adamo said the pilot then announced that he had to return to the gate because of a "minor emergency on board".

The plane was cleaned and then continued on to Charlotte.

However, the unnamed passenger who brought the spoiled meat in a carry-on bag was put on another flight, US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher said.

It was not immediately clear how the passenger managed to take the meat on board.

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Why not a little song?

You can find the lyrics here.


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Delayed Impact

By Henry Canaday | May 1, 2011


When the US Dept. of Transportation implemented its tarmac delay rule in April 2010, the airline industry warned that the government was using a flamethrower to kill a mosquito and that the cure would be much worse than the disease as far as air travelers were concerned. Extended tarmac delays were a rarity, the industry pointed out, averaging just 1 in 1,000 flights in June 2009 based on airline schedule data filed with DOT. By mandating a 3-hr. limit after which aircraft must return to the gate to permit passengers to disembark if they desire, DOT was removing the flexibility airlines need to respond to poor weather and ATC delays that are out of their hands, carriers argued.

In the end, they said, far more passengers would have their travel plans disrupted by the rule than had ever experienced an extended tarmac delay as airlines pre-canceled large numbers of flights to avoid risking fines of up to $27,500 per delayed passenger (against an average one-way fare in 2010 of probably around $150). The industry’s unspoken message: It would not take long before a groundswell of consumer outrage over ruined vacations and missed business trips forced DOT to mend the error of its ways.

A year later, the silence is deafening.   Read more


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