Aviation News

February 7, 2012

Final Call: Air Marshals Gone Wild, Clever Ways to Avoid Baggage Fees

The Blue Angels C-130 named Fat Albert performs a JATO takeoff. (Photo by Manny Gonzalez)

• Some of the armed federal agents tasked with preventing terror attacks on commercial flights are unprofessional sexists and bigots, say some whistle blowers. [ABC News]

• The previously unidentifiable British airline pilot who filed a lawsuit after he was fired for his terrorist connections can now be identified: 39-year-old Samir Jamaluddin was a senior first officer on British Airways 747s. [Daily Mail]

• Here are some interesting methods fliers are employing to avoid baggage fees. [NY Times]

• The cities are 120 miles apart, but could Chattanooga become Atlanta’s second airport? [News Channel 9]

• Paging Walter White: Some Indonesian airline pilots are smoking crystal meth. [Sydney Morning Herald]

• Over 6,000 people showed up at Frankfurt am Main Airport to protest the proposed construction of a new runway. [Flickr]

• Two award-winning National Geographic photographers were killed in a helicopter crash in Australia. [Associated Press, via Washington Times]

• How the 787’s early production problems drew Boeing‘s airliner and fighter jet engineers together. [STL Today]

• Norway’s Crown Prince and Crown Princess were among those evacuated from an SAS flight when smoke filled the cabin while on the ground in Copenhagen. [Associated Press, via Washington Post]

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