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Diplo-dunce Avoids the Murtaugh Rule

Barry Bortnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Barry Bortnick

Diplomatic immunity is a nice trump card. Apparently, it lets you bypass the common rules of decency, and the airline-smoking ban that went into effect 20 years ago.

Mohammaed al Modadi Detained: Qatar Diplomat Sparks Bomb Scare After Smoking On United Airlines Flight To Denver

AP | IVAN MORENO and DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — A Qatari diplomat trying to sneak a smoke in an airplane bathroom sparked a bomb scare Wednesday night on a flight from Washington to D...

Ginger McGuire: Sleeping Woman Left On Plane For 4 Hours

HuffPost/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Airline officials are trying to figure out how a sleeping passenger was left aboard a flight for four hours after it landed in Ph...

Colorado Snow Storm Expected To Cancel 84 United Flights From DIA

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Colorado is getting another round of rain and snow that could affect travel plans. United Airlines officials said they planned to canc...

The Pros and "Cons" of Hidden Airline Fees

Jodi Beggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jodi Beggs

It all started with the olive. Back in 1987, American Airlines became a pioneer in the declining amenities trend by eliminating olives on salads in o...

LA's Losers Of The Week, May 21

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Meg Whitman The news could not have been much worse for Meg Whitman this week, with new polls showing her 50 point lead two months ago has plumme...

Cockpit Fire Diverts Plane: United Airlines Flight From New York To Los Angeles Lands In Washington

AP | JOAN LOWY and JOSHUA FREED | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

WASHINGTON — Investigators are looking into whether long-known problems with the heating system in a cockpit window of the Boeing 757 played a r...

Denver International Airport Didn't Security Scan Baggage For A WEEK

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Denver airport officials say hundreds of bags were loaded onto airplanes in late December without being run through security scanners. ...

United Flight Diverted To Salt Lake City After "Credible Threat"

AP | JENNIFER DOBNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

SALT LAKE CITY — A United Airlines jetliner that made an emergency landing Thursday after a threatening note was found in the galley resumed its...

Gregory Thomas Burns Charged With Disturbing A Flight Crew For Trying To Open Airplane Door

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a New York man accused of trying to open a commercial airplane's exterior door during a flight...

Airplane Door Opener Released From Custody After Authorities Determine Case Not To Be Terrorist Matter

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — A man accused of attempting to open an airplane's exterior door while in flight has been released after investigators determined it was...

Flight Diverted To DIA After Passenger Attempts To Open Door In Mid Air

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — An airplane flying from Washington D.C. to Las Vegas has been diverted to Denver International Airport after a passenger tried to open ...

Haitian Refugees Arrive In Chicago: WATCH

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

77 Haitian refugees, including 17 children, are at a West Side homeless shelter Thursday, where they are resting and waiting for more permanent reside...

United Airlines Sends Relief Flight To Haiti (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A United Airlines flight left O'Hare International Airport Wednesday morning, bearing supplies and aid workers bound for Haiti. Walgreens donated 15,...

United Airlines Haiti Flight: Relief Trip To Leave Chicago Wednesday With More Flights Planned

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — United Airlines says it will send a plane full of bottled water and other relief supplies to Haiti on Wednesday. The 757 aircraft wil...

Stephanie Sheehan Sues United Airlines After Suitcase Falls On Foot

WBBM 780 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Stephanie Sheehan says United Airlines is liable after a suitcase stowed in an overhead bin fell on her foot and injured her. ...

Saying Goodbye to United Airlines

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eric C. Anderson

The airline that MSNBC declared the "worst of the worst" in June 2008 is striving mightily to maintain that status in 2009. I should have known better than to fly United.

Miracle on the Hudson, Not the Only Aviation Success Story

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christine Negroni

Every year there are aviation events that go unnoted because actions of pilots, flight attendants and air traffic controllers prevented something bad from becoming awful.

Boeing 787 Takes Off For First Time; Airlines See Denver As Key Beneficiary (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Yesterday Boeing performed the first test flight of its new 787 model jet, billed at the most innovative in its fleet. The AP reports on the 787's re...

Man In Tracksuit Told His Outfit Was Too Casual, Refused His First Class Seat On United Flight

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Another day, another customer service screw-up for United Airlines. (Check out the hilarious "United Break Guitars" video here.) As MyFoxAtlant...

United Pilot From Lakewood Pleads Guilty To Being DRUNK While Attempting To Fly Plane

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

LONDON — A United Airlines pilot who was pulled from his trans-Atlantic flight to Chicago shortly before takeoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to being...

Erwin Washington, Drunk United Pilot From Lakewood, Arrested In London

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Erwin Washington, of Lakewood, a United Airlines pilot, was arrested in London on charges of being drunk prior to flying from London to Chicago on Mon...

Man On Flight From Chicago Arrested In Michigan After Bomb Threat

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A passenger on board a small commercial plane was arrested Friday after making a bomb threat as the plane neared a northern Michigan airport, a govern...

Slippery Numbers

Simon Sinek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Simon Sinek

I write the most popular blog on the internet* *comparison made to less popular blogs.

FAA Report: United Flight Had Towels Lodged In Engine When It Took Off From DIA

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday proposed levying multimillion-dollar fines against United Airlines and US Airways for safety violations, including flying a plane after mechanics stuffed shop towels into an engine.

The agency said it has proposed a $5.4 million fine against US Airways of Tempe, Ariz., for operating eight planes on a total of 1,647 flights from October 2008 to January 2009 in violation of safety directives or the company's own maintenance rules.

The agency also said it is proposing a $3.8 million fine against United of Chicago for operating one of its Boeing 737 aircraft on more than 200 flights with shop towels covering openings near where oil collects in the bottom of the engine instead of using protective caps required by the carrier's maintenance procedures.

Under FAA rules, the airlines have 30 days to present mitigating evidence before the agency can impose the fines. It's not unusual for fines to be reduced as the result of negotiations.

The hefty fines reflect the large number of flights that were allowed to carry passengers in violation of safety requirements, FAA spokeswoman Alison Duquette said. The agency doesn't know how many passengers were on the flights, she said.