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November 10, 2011

Lonely Housewife Threatens to Blow Up Planes to Get Her Husband Off Work: Final Call

Photo of the Day: A Qatar Airways 777-300ER A7-BAL is directed to its gate at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan
Photo of the Day: A Qatar Airways 777-300ER A7-BAL is directed to its gate at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan

Photo of the Day: A Qatar Airways 777-300ER (A7-BAL) is directed to its gate at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Carlos Silva)

• Soraya Billinge hated that her husband, Ian, would leave her alone every night to work the graveyard shift at Southwest Florida International Airport near Fort Myers. She called Ian’s boss at Delta Air Lines, pleading with her to change his schedule. When the boss refused, Soraya pledged to blow up 10 planes. On the bright side, she probably won’t have trouble finding company in jail. [ABC]

• A helicopter crashed near a school in Hawaii today, killing all five people on board. [Hawaii News Now]

Embraer has ditched its plan to build a 737/A320 competitor. They will, however, re-engine their E170/E190 series. [Flight Global]

• United Continental CEO Jeff Smisek says he frequently flies other airlines to spy on them, and he expects that airlines will do more targeted marketing and offer more choice (read: more fees, more complicated fare structures) in the future. [Associated Press]

• Colorado’s Aspen-Pitkin County Airport will spend $350,000 to build a video system to keep people from walking across an active taxiway. [Aspen Daily News]



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