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Watch: Southwest Airline Passenger threatens to ‘kill everybody on this plane’

A woman was caught smoking on a flight from Portland to Sacramento on Saturday resulting in an in-flight freak-out and threats to “kill everyone on this plane” when she was escorted to law enforcement upon landing, Southwest Airlines confirmed.woman-threatens-to-kill-everyone-on-plane-12102017“We can confirm that a passenger was smoking in the during the flight,” A Southwest Airlines spokesperson said in a statement. “Our crew requested law enforcement meet the flight and they took over from there. Safety is always our top priority. We do not have additional comment.”

A passenger told KOIN 6 News the person was removed from the plane’s bathroom when people learned she was smoking. The witness then said the person removed an oxygen mask as she got “more uncontrollable.” Southwest Airlines did not confirm those details.

You can watch the video of the woman threatening to kill everyone on the plane in the video above.

HARASSMENT of ZAIRA Wasim(Dangal actress) On Plane I Crying I Needs support

Secret Superstar actress Zaira Wasim lately became the victim of sexual harassment in a flight. The 17-year-old actress shared her horrible experience on her Air Vistara Delhi to Mumbai flight in an Instagram Live video. While speaking about the incident, she broke down multiple times narrating her mid-air ordeal. Reportedly, the man in question was caressing her neck while she was asleep. She tried to record his misdeed but due to dim lights, she wasn’t able to do so.

Right after deboarding the flight, she took to Instagram to narrate her terrible experience in a Live video. She is heard saying, “This is not done, I am disturbed”. She spoke in a broken voice while wiping away her tears. She added, “Is this how you’re going to take care of girls?”.

Zaira Wasim managed to get a screenshot of the man’s activities on the flight to some extent. In one of the pictures she shared, the man is seen sticking his leg trying to touch her inappropriately.

She shared her ordeal in a video and a series of pictures.

India Tv - She tried to record it but failed to do so due to dim lighting

India Tv - The man in question took advantage of dim lightsThe man in question took advantage of dim lights

India Tv - Dangal actress Zaira Wasim tried to ignore it all the whileDangal actress Zaira Wasim tried to ignore it all the while

India Tv - Zaira Wasm shared the details of her ordeal in a social media postZaira Wasm shared the details of her ordeal in a social media post

India Tv - The man kept nudging her back and neck with his footThe man kept nudging her back and neck with his foot

The actress called out to the cabin crew for help but for no use. In the video, she also expressed disappointment with crew members of Air Vistara’s Delhi to Mumbai flight.

Emirates airline: You won’t BELIEVE what air hostesses have to do before a flight

In 2017, you might think that the days of the ‘uber-glamorous’ air hostess were behind us.

However, many airlines still require female flight attendants to wear a minimum amount of make-up and take a great deal of care over their appearance.

This is certainly true of Emirates, which holds female cabin crew to a particularly high standard.

In their fifth week of training, according to Bloomberg which sent a reporter to observe the training, female staff spend a day in Dubai with make-up artist Pamela Mizzi.Emirates airline You won't BELIEVE what air hostesses have to do before a flight

I usually give myself about an hour and fifteen minutes

Maria Pedersen, Emirates flight attendant

Having been a flight attendant herself for 12 years, Mizzi’s job is to teach female employees how to look in order to adequately represent the Emirates brand.

The women sit in a windowless training room facing mirrors and learn the art of applying make-up – and it really is an art.

This is no five-minute fix of a dollop of concealer and a quick flick of mascara.

Mizzi recommends an arduous seven-step make-up routine, which includes foundation and concealer among other products.

It also features Emirates’ signature shades of red lipstick, designed to match the hat that is a key part of the cabin crew’s uniform.

Contrary to popular belief, there is more than one approved shade of lipstick to choose from depending on individual skin tone – but women must only wear one of the authorised shades.

There are standards when it comes to nail care too, with women required to have nails that are clear, French or the same shade of red as the lipstick and hat.

Cabin crew who have hair that touches their collar must put it up in a range of approved styles. Staff can opt for a French roll or twist, or braids.

Emirate air hostess

Even the hat comes with its own rules – it must be worn two finger widths above the eyebrows. The scarf also has to be folded and tucked in a certain way.

Looking good isn’t confined to outward appearance either, as Emirates recommends a range of beauty products for body shaping, firming, wrinkle control and luminosity.

Perhaps more worrying still, the airline keeps strict tabs on the women’s weight. If a flight attendant looks like they’ve put on a few pounds, they are reported to a central fitness and nutrition department which follows up.

So how long does it take an Emirates flight attendant to get ready for a flight? Everyone has their own routine, but cabin crew member Maria Pedersen told the Huffington Post: “I usually give myself about an hour and fifteen minutes.” Now that’s dedication.

An Emirates spokesperson said: “Our 23,000-strong cabin crew are made up of over 135 nationalities and speak over 60 languages. They are the face of our airline and needless to say we are very proud of them. Our trainers aim to provide our cabin crew with knowledge of grooming, health and nutrition, so that they can represent the company in the best way possible, as well as stay fit and healthy for their demanding jobs.”

Face off: Which airline suite is sweeter?

Global airlines are in the midst of a luxury war, with many of the top carriers rolling out new amenities to one-up their competition. In recent months, both Singapore and Emirates have unveiled new luxury suites on their flagship international flights. Check out the swanky new digs in the galleries above and below, and then vote for your favorite.

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Two of the six suites in Singapore Airlines new Airbus

Two of the six suites in Singapore Airlines new Airbus A380 cabin designed can be combined into a ‘double’ thanks to a lowering center divider.  Singapore Airlines

 Singapore Airlines' much-anticipated new suites on

Singapore Airlines’ much-anticipated new suites on for its Airbus A380s will feature a swivel chair and separate bed, which can be stowed for more space.  Singapore Airlines
 Singapore's new suites on its Airbus A380 will feature
Singapore’s new suites on its Airbus A380 will feature two spacious bathrooms.  Singapore Airlines
 Singapore's new suites on its Airbus A380 will feature
Singapore’s new suites on its Airbus A380 will feature two spacious bathrooms.  Singapore Airlines
Two of the six suites in Singapore Airlines new Airbus
Two of the six suites in Singapore Airlines new Airbus A380 cabin designed can be combined into a ‘double’ thanks to a lowering center divider.  Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines new design for its Airbus A380 suites

Singapore Airlines new design for its Airbus A380 suites include numerous compartments, such as these padded ones that the carrier says are good for jewelry and other valuables.  Singapore Airlines

 Among Singapore Airlines meal offerings for Suites-class

Among Singapore Airlines meal offerings for Suites-class passengers: Lobster Thermidor. Singapore Airlines
 Among Singapore Airlines meal offerings for Suites-class
Among Singapore Airlines meal offerings for Suites-class passengers: Seared nut-crushed veal fillet.  Singapore Airlines

Flight Attendant Suspended for Eating Leftover Meal

A Chinese flight attendant has been suspended after a video went viral online of her eating one of the meals left by passengers.

The woman was defended by some internet users, who asked what was wrong with her eating leftover food.Flight Attendant Suspended for Eating Leftover Meal

The video of the woman tucking into the meal was posted online several days ago.

The footage shows about 15 boxes of airline meals stacked up, with the flight attendant eating one of them.

Urumqi Air posted a statement on Thursday saying the attendant was one of its staff and that she had been suspended.

The statement said the food was leftovers, but the attendant had not dealt with the meals properly.

The airline added that it would ensure all staff kept to procedures for handling leftover food to avoid similar incidents in the future.

One internet user wrote that they found the airline’s attitude baffling and also criticised the person who took the video.

“Since the meals are extras and will be thrown away, what’s the problem with her eating it?” they wrote. “The one who sneaked the video is a psycho.”

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Stunning Airline Flight Attendant is Named Russia’s Playmate of the Year for 2017

A ROW has broken out after a stunning flight attendant was crowned Russian Playmate of the Year for 2017 thanks to an online voting glitch.

Stunning brunette Lia Sitdikova, 23, seized top spot at the 11th hour after rival Oksana Ignatyevskaya’s pictures mysteriously disappeared from the Playboy website.

 Stunning Lia Sitdikova, 23, claimed the 2017 Russian Playmate of the Year title at the 11th hour after an online voting glitch

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Stunning Lia Sitdikova, 23, claimed the 2017 Russian Playmate of the Year title at the 11th hour after an online voting glitch

Furious Oksana has already contacted police after missing out on the £12k prize pot – and is gearing up for a massive lawsuit against Playboy Magazine.

She claims that Lia’s tally skyrocketed while her snaps lost thousands of votes.

The blonde mum had not intended to even enter the contest until she was invited to Moscow for a place in the finals after her husband secretly sent in racy photo of her in a swimsuit.

Oksana says she was the most popular candidate in the first round of the contest but did not even make the final three after the glitch.

 Furious rival Oksana Ignatyevskaya has already contacted police after missing out on the £12k prize pot - and is gearing up for a massive lawsuit against Playboy Magazine

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Furious rival Oksana Ignatyevskaya has already contacted police after missing out on the £12k prize pot – and is gearing up for a massive lawsuit against Playboy Magazine

Wannabe pilot Lia turned to modelling after realising her part-time job as a stewardess couldn’t fund flight tuition on its own.

She was born in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny, in central Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan region, but moved to the capital city of Moscow at the age of 15.

Lia, who claims being named Playmate of the Year was one of her biggest childhood dreams, is now preparing for the prestigious victory covershot.

 Wannabe pilot Lia turned to modelling after realising her part-time job as a stewardess couldn't fund flight tuition on its own

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Wannabe pilot Lia turned to modelling after realising her part-time job as a stewardess couldn’t fund flight tuition on its own

 She said that being named Playmate of the Year was one of her biggest childhood dreams

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She said that being named Playmate of the Year was one of her biggest childhood dreams

 The brunette, who moved to Moscow aged just 15, seized the crown after a huge voting surge in the final hours of the competition

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The brunette, who moved to Moscow aged just 15, seized the crown after a huge voting surge in the final hours of the competition

 She is now preparing to be snapped for the prestigious covershot

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She is now preparing to be snapped for the prestigious covershot

 She was born in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny, in central Russia's Republic of Tatarstan region

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She was born in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny, in central Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan region

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 Her victory has landed her one million roubles (£12,650)

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Her victory has landed her one million roubles (£12,650)

 Busty Oksana didn't even intend to join the contest until she was invited to Moscow for the finals after her husband secretly sent in racy snaps

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Busty Oksana didn’t even intend to join the contest until she was invited to Moscow for the finals after her husband secretly sent in racy snaps

 She says she was the most popular candidate in the first round but did not even make the final three

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She says she was the most popular candidate in the first round but did not even make the final three

 Mum-of-one Oksana is from the city of Yaroslavl, in north-western Russia's Yaroslavl Oblast region

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Mum-of-one Oksana is from the city of Yaroslavl, in north-western Russia’s Yaroslavl Oblast region

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British Airways crew called ‘fat and too old’ by passengers on customer feedback forms

BRITISH Airways cabin crew are being sent personal criticism from irate passengers – including being called “c****”.

Stewardesses have contacted union reps after being labelled too fat or old – or even racist.

 BA cabin crew have told how they feel degraded by spiteful passenger comments being sent to them directly from their bosses

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BA cabin crew have told how they feel degraded by spiteful passenger comments being sent to them directly from their bosses

BA workers are now being “scored” by bosses following customer feedback.

And comments from angry flyers are being exposed to the staff involved.

Many workers have complained about personal abuse they are being forced to read, and then graded on, as part of their performance review.

Other flight crew have been reduced to tears by personal abuse – including being dubbed fat.

 Passenger comments sent directly to crew slammed them for everything from alleged speech impediments to race, age and gender

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Passenger comments sent directly to crew slammed them for everything from alleged speech impediments to race, age and gender

One stewardess complained to her union rep after “comments ranging from calling the crew c****, past it and other references to appearance and size”.

She went on: “It’s offensive, insulting and completely unacceptable that we are being subjected to this, let alone being judged on it.

“What can we do collectively to get this stopped.”

One passenger wrote about the experience of his crew on a flight from Heathrow to New York: “They could have been more friendly and gracious, which in previous years has been the hallmark of BA service.

“The cabin crew on my flight were the opposite, a group of crotchety, older males who appeared to be well past their ‘sell by’ dates for gracious service.”

 A BA crew member reveals they were criticised for their age and race

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A BA crew member reveals they were criticised for their age and race
 British Airways sends crew members criticism from passengers directly to their online "dashboard"

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British Airways sends crew members criticism from passengers directly to their online “dashboard”

Another passenger complained about the captain on a flight from Brindisi, Italy to Heathrow having a “speech impediment”.

One BA stewardess said: “The comments on mine accuse us of racism, apparently we didn’t serve them a drink because of the colour of their skin and a lady over 50 needs a new shirt cos it was too ******* tight amongst other things, Really???”

Another wrote: “I got one very similar that said we treat the customers different to everyone else because they are African I was mortified, basically we were being called racist.”

One shocked crew member told how her feedback was “mean not even constructive”.

 A BA crew member tells how they were criticised for not being able to speak Portuguese

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A BA crew member tells how they were criticised for not being able to speak Portuguese

Another said: “Can’t believe how many passengers comment on age and race, this is outrageous”.

One steward said: “Absolutely hysterical, just read a comment on mine. Something which I have never said to anyone in 30 years so why does it appear as a comment on my dashboard. Bloody ludicrous.”

BA’s controversial move follows new feedback surveys sent to flyers after long-haul flights.

Customer satisfaction scores are compiled and available to crew via an online “dashboard” – including comments on service.

One worker told The Sun: “This is crass from airline management.

“Any anonymous passenger with a grudge or just seeking a laugh can take the chance to take a pop at individual staff on their flight. It is so unfair and hurtful.”

BA claims that comments are screened before being sent to staff.

But The Sun has seen a series of personal criticisms targeting crew who then read the hurtful feedback.

BA introduced the “dashboard” to most cabin crew earlier this year.

 BA cabin crew members have gone to their union reps over the hurtful complaints

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BA cabin crew members have gone to their union reps over the hurtful complaints

The airline’s younger “mixed fleet” are on performance related pay, meaning extra bonuses if their personal customer feedback is good.

British Airways told The Sun “We ask customers for feedback and it’s important we share this, to ensure we continue to improve our customer service.

“We’ve fixed an issue with our filtration system which meant a small number of inappropriate comments weren’t screened out.

“Comments made by customers do not contribute towards bonus schemes.”

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Mumbai: Singapore Airlines flight’s landing at wrong airport averted

Mumbai: A Singapore Airlines flight on Monday was about to land on the small Juhu airport, mistaking it for the international airport, before the error was detected in the nick of time for it to land at the scheduled airstrip, officials said.

The Singapore-Mumbai flight SQ422, an Airbus A-350, was cleared to land on Runway 9 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport at 10.35 a.m. but due to poor visibility, the pilots discontinued approach to Runway 9 at around 1,000 feet in accordance with the standard operating procedures, the airlines said later.

“The Air Traffic Control, Mumbai, then vectored the flight for a subsequent approach onto the same runway and the flight landed uneventfully at 10.48 a.m,” it added.

“At no time did the pilots of SQ422 mistake Juhu airport for the international airport,” the airline statement said.

Airport sources, however, said after it was noticed that the aircraft was about to land on the wrong airstrip, it was made to go around while landing clearance was awaited, which was granted by the ATC. The plane finally landed safely on Runway 9 a few minutes later. Both the airports are about 1.5 km apart, regarding which a caution is issued to all pilots.

The Juhu airport, built in 1928, is used for general aviation activities and training purposes.

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Here’s why you should keep the air vent on during your next flight

The INSIDER Summary:

  • The vent above your airplane seat may help you avoid contact with microorganisms that can get you sick.
  • The air from the vent can create an invisible air barrier around you.
  • This air barrier can stop airborne viruses from lingering in the air around you.

Here's why you should keep the air vent on during your next flight
The next time you go to turn off the ventilation above your seat on an airplane — whether because you’re afraid of getting sick or you’re downright chilly — you might want to reconsider.

Using that tiny vent can actually work to your advantage, as it can help you avoid contact with certain microorganisms that can get you sick during a flight.

Travel + Leisure spoke to Dr. Mark Gendreau — the medical director and vice chair of emergency medicine at Lahey Medical Center-Peabody, and an expert on the spread of infectious diseases associated with air travel — to learn how it works and how travelers can best utilize the that little air conditioner.

“Ventilation on airplanes has gotten a bad reputation, but it’s completely unfounded,” Gendreau told T+L.

Part of the reason for this, Gendreau explained, is that there wasn’t really any research on the topic until the last 15 years. But the other reason is a common misconception people often have about the way plane ventilation systems actually work.

“The flow pattern of air on an aircraft doesn’t necessarily work front to back, or back to front. It’s actually compartmentalized into various sections on the aircraft,” Gendreau said.

“As a rule of thumb, the air that you’re typically breathing and exposed to is usually anywhere from two to five rows surrounding your seat,” he added.

Here’s how the ventilation systems work.

Each of these sections (known as temperature control zones), receives air from overhead distribution nozzles that flows through the length of the cabin. The air exits the plane through a grill that’s often located beneath the windows, or where the side walls meet the floor of the plane.

This air then combines with the air outside before going through a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) to clear away dust and microbes before re-entering the plane.

The number of these ventilation zones varies depending on the aircraft, but each zone typically goes through this filtration process 15 to 30 times within the hour, with 50 percent of the air getting re-circulated and 50 percent of the air coming from outside, according to Gendreau.

plane ventAir from these vents go through a special filtration system. Hadrian/Shutterstock

The systems were primarily designed during the time when smoking was permitted on flights, Gendreau said, meaning airlines had to come up with an efficient and regular filtration system for their ventilation to clear the smoke from the cabins.

For this reason, HEPA filters can remove more than 99 percent of dust and microbes in the air, Gendreau said, though there are times where you’ll want to turn to your personal vent.

“For airborne viruses, it is incredibly important to ventilate, since ventilation becomes your main means of control besides isolating the affected person,” Gendreau said.

Airborne viruses, like tuberculosis and measles, are transmitted by tiny droplet nuclei that can hang in the air for up to five hours, Gendreau said.

While viruses associated with the common cold and upper respiratory track infections tend to be larger in size and heavier (consequently falling to the floor rather quickly), these particles linger. Which is where your vent comes in.

By using the vent and turning it on medium or low, you can create an invisible air barrier around you that creates turbulence — simultaneously blocking these particles and forcing them to the ground faster.

Planes also have low humidity, which means your mucous membrane can dry out on during a flight. When this happens, you’re more susceptible to contracting a virus, which is why keeping them away becomes all the more important.

And because those heavy common cold particles can still travel up to six feet every time you cough, sneeze, or speak, it’s equally important to wipe down and avoid touching surfaces (like that tray table you were probably resting your head on).

 

6 Fun Historic Facts About KLM

I love fun facts, those things you don’t necessarily need to know. They don’t make you cleverer, but once you know them, you enjoy the fact that you do. And so I’ve collected a few fun facts about KLM to share with you. I hope they’ll make you smile.6 Fun Historic Facts About KLM

Longest versus the shortest route

KLM and subsidiary KLM Cityhopper fly directly to 140 destinations on five different continents. Did you know that Amsterdam and Brussels are only 180 km apart and that this is the shortest flight? The cities that are furthest apart from each other are Amsterdam and Denpasar, Indonesia. This route is operated with a short stopover in Singapore and covers a distance of more than 12,000 km. This is almost 68 times more than our shortest flight.

E190 KLM Cityhopper

What’s in a name

All our KLM aircraft have a name (Cityhopper excluded), alongside their aircraft registration number. Our A330s are named after famous city squares; our first A330 was named after De Dam in Amsterdam. The Boeing 737s are named after birds, 747s after famous cities and the 787s after flowers. And, because the environment is so high up on KLM’s list of priorities, we have also named aircraft after national parks (777-300ER) and UNESCO heritage sites (777-200ER). One tiny exception at the moment is a 777, registration number PH-BQA. This bears the name of one of KLM’s founders, Albert Plesman.

Aircraft names A330

97 KLM houses

We already have 97 houses. All passengers who travel Business Class on an intercontinental flight are presented with one of our KLM Houses during the flight. But did you know that we have been giving presents to our passengers since 1952? However, it’s only since our 75th anniversary that we have been making a new house every year. The houses are all miniature replicas of real buildings. Next time you walk through Amsterdam, you may well see one of these houses.

KLM houses

Fokker and KLM

KLM has been a major Fokker customer since the aircraft manufacturer’s early years. In 2010, KLM Cityhopper had more Fokkers in service than any other airline. Since then, KLM has replaced the Fokker 100s with more fuel efficient Embraers. The Fokker 70, which was the last aircraft to be built by Fokker, flew its final flight at the end of October 2017, bringing more than 97 years of KLM Fokkers to an end. You can read more about the farewell of the fokker here.

Orange pride

What is the Netherlands’ favourite colour? Orange, of course. The Royal Family’s name is “Oranje”, Dutch for orange, but until 2016 we had never had an orange aircraft. A picture of a Boeing 777-300ER with an orange lion on it was posted on social media in 2015 and the response was so positive that we decided to make our Photoshopped adaptation reality. Here is the “Orange Pride”.

Orange Pride KLM

Interesting facts & figures

Have you ever wondered where a Boeing 747 is arriving from, or a particular Fokker 70? If you have the flight number, the KLM App can tell you where it departed from. But how fun it would be, and useful, if you could see from the flight number which region the flight was coming from. Boeing 737s and our KLM Cityhopper aircraft, of course, only fly within Europe. But the A330s, Dreamliners and other types… well, they fly a little further. KLM’s intercontinental flight numbers contain three figures. Flights beginning with a 4 (e.g. KL422) have come from the Middle East, those starting with a 5 from Africa. If a number begins with a 6 it has come from North America and a 7 from South America and the Caribbean. Finally, flight numbers beginning with an 8 have come from Asia.

Extra fun fact

Another fun fact is that most flight numbers with uneven numbers depart from Amsterdam, while those with even numbers are the return flights to Amsterdam.

If you have any more fun facts about KLM for me, please let me know. I just can’t get enough of them.