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United apologizes after passenger, 71, shoved to ground
First posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:32 AM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:45 AM EDT
United Airlines issued an apology Tuesday after a video was released of a Houston-based employee pushing a 71-year-old passenger to the floor during an argument over a ticket. The man was left lying there motionless.
The confrontation took place about two years ago but was detailed in a lawsuit filed last week in Harris County, Texas. The airline is still facing fallout over an incident with David Dao, a passenger who was violently dragged off a flight in Chicago in April.
The video of the Texas pushing incident was obtained and broadcast Tuesday evening by Houston news station KPRC .
The passenger, Ronald Tigner, a Houston lawyer, is suing United and two of its employees for more than $1 million, alleging negligence in the incident that took place July 21, 2015, at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
In response to the video, United released a statement to KPRC saying it is "disturbed by the completely unacceptable behavior shown in a video of a customer and a former United employee." The employee is no longer with the company, according to the statement.
"The actions shown here do not reflect our core values or our commitment to treat all of our customers with respect and dignity," United's statement read. "We are reviewing all circumstances surrounding this incident and reaching out to our customer through his attorney to profusely apologize for what occurred and to make this right."
The encounter began when Tigner received a boarding pass that was illegible. He made "numerous attempts" to ask for a reprinted pass, but United agents denied him one, according to the lawsuit.
He was told to continue on to the security checkpoint, where Transportation Security Administration authorities refused to let Tigner enter because of his poorly printed pass.
So Tigner went back to the United ticketing area and tried once more to get a new ticket, the lawsuit states. Two United employees, Alejandro Anastasia and Ianthe Phillips-Allred, allegedly refused to help Tigner, laughing and cursing at him, the lawsuit states.
Tigner's attorney, William Hoke, told KPRC that when Tigner asked Anastasia for a new ticket, he replied with a smile, saying, "Can't you see I'm busy?"
Tigner then told Anastasia to "wipe that smile off your face," Hoke said, to which Anastasia responded with an obscenity.
Then, Anastasia "suddenly, unexpectedly and violently injured" Tigner, the lawsuit alleges.
Surveillance video shows the United employee checking his watch, turning toward Tigner and pushing him to the floor. Tigner remains there motionless on his back, his legs and arms spread out. Meanwhile, a couple of people who appear to be airline employees stand near Tigner.
But for about 50 seconds, no one appears to bend down to help Tigner, until a woman - identified by Tigner's lawyer as a flight passenger and nurse - walks over to check on him.
A United employee later called 911, telling the operator, "There's a 70 year old male that had fallen down," according to a 911 call published by KPRC. When the operator asked the employee what caused the fall and if the man was awake, the caller said he did not know.
Anastasia was later charged with a felony of injuring an elderly individual, KPRC reported. He was fined and ordered to attend anger-management classes and apologize to Tigner.
The lawsuit alleges the confrontation caused Tigner to sustain "severe personal injuries and damages," and incur medical expenses and lost wages. It says the altercation left him with "physical disfigurement" and caused him to experience "mental anguish."
It also says that nothing Tigner did or failed to do "caused or contributed to the incident."
The lawsuit follows a number of high-profile controversies involving United, and the airline industry as a whole. In April, Dao refused to give up his seat on an overbooked United flight and was dragged off bloodied and limp, to the disgust of other passengers who captured it on video. Dao suffered a concussion, broken nose and two missing teeth, among other injuries, The Washington Post reported.
Since then, other airlines have come under fire for kicking a family off a flight due to a dispute over a birthday cake and booting a passenger from a plane for using a restroom.
One of the most recent confrontations also involved Houston-based United Airlines agents, who told Yennifer Correia she would have to check her 17th-century violin.
A "wrestling match" ensued, The Post reported, leaving Correia with an injured hand.
Airport surveillance video shows a United Airlines worker pushing a 71-year-old passenger to the ground. (Screengrab/KPRC Video)
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United Airlines being sued over death of giant rabbit
First posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 03:41 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 03:53 PM EDT
DES MOINES, Iowa — A group of Iowa businessmen filed a lawsuit Wednesday against United Airlines over the death of a giant rabbit after a flight from London to Chicago.
The businessmen filed the lawsuit more than three months after airline workers found the continental rabbit named Simon dead on April 20. The animal had been placed in a United kennel in Chicago’s O’Hare airport while awaiting a connecting flight to Kansas City, where his new owners planned to pick him up.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages to cover the costs of the rabbit as well as punitive damages.
Attorney Guy Cook represents three Iowa businessmen who bought the rabbit with the intention of showing him at the Iowa State Fair and then displaying the animal and selling related merchandise to raise money for the annual event.
The lawsuit said United was negligent in the care and transportation of Simon and then improperly cremated the rabbit.
A United spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about the lawsuit.
The suit comes as United struggles to repair its image after the videotaped removal of a passenger from a United plane at O’Hare airport. The airline also was recently criticized after two young girls weren’t allowed on a flight because they wore leggings.
The lawsuit alleges United has a poor record of transporting animals, stating the airline accounted for one-third of all animal deaths via U.S. air travel in the last five years.
The suit doesn’t explain how the rabbit died but puts forth several possibilities, including that it was exposed to low temperatures in the cargo compartment or that dry ice might have been left in the same compartment as the animal.
In this May 8, 2017 file photo, attorney Guy Cook speaks a news conference while looking at a photo of Simon, a giant rabbit that died after flying from the United Kingdom to Chicago, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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A father and daughter were kicked off a Frontier Airlines flight in Orlando Wednesday after allegedly privately expressing their displeasure with the airline.

Eric and Whitney Miller had just boarded the flight to St. Louis after a six-hour delay when they were asked to leave because the crew “felt threatened” by their behavior.

In a Facebook post, Whitney wrote that they were removed after 15 minutes of sitting in their seats and were “humiliated” for getting kicked off the plane. The post had vanished from Facebook by Friday night.

The incident was caught on video by another passenger a few rows back. While it doesn’t show the initial conversation between Whitney and her father, it shows their interaction with flight crew as they’re being told they have to leave the plane.

After asking the Millers to leave their seats, a crew member mentions getting the police involved, prompting Eric to say “You are going to call the police?” Then Whitney can be heard asking,“What did we do wrong? Why are we getting kicked off the plane?”

Eric then says, “This is the most loathsome experience I can actually say I've indulged in 70 years of flying on an airplane. This is absolutely incredible. We have a conversation, you're threatened and we are going to have to leave after spending 12 hours in this airport waiting for this plane to leave. Absolutely shameful.”

Whitney’s post says her and her father were privately discussing the “awful travel experience and customer service” of the airline, which prompted them to be removed from the flight. But according to Richard Oliver, who works in corporate communications for Frontier, the incident report states that the Millers were being disrespectful and calling the flight attendants “stupid b-----s.”

Oliver said that after making disrespectful remarks during the boarding process, the Millers were asked to stop but didn’t, so the flight attendant notified the captain about the situation. Oliver said if they had been compliant, they would have been allowed to travel.

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Teen put in hotel with strangers after cancelled Air Canada flight
First posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017 08:55 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, September 06, 2017 09:00 PM EDT
SASKATOON — A Saskatchewan woman wants Air Canada to pay better attention to its young passengers after a cancelled flight home landed her 14-year-old in a foreign hotel with strangers.
Csilla Vajda said her daughter, Timea, spent the summer with her grandparents in Satu Mare, Romania.
Vajda had travelled there with the girl, who was booked to fly home to Saskatoon on her own Aug. 20.
The teen had no problems taking a bus into neighbouring Hungary, said her mother, and arrived in time to catch her plane at the Budapest airport. After mechanical trouble and a six-hour delay, the flight was cancelled.
Passengers were put up at a hotel, but it didn’t have enough rooms for everyone. People were told they’d have to share, Vajda said.
A nice couple, who had paid for a cab to the hotel and taken Timea with them, also volunteered to share a room with her, her mother said. They then had to fight to make sure the girl got her own bed.
Staff “wanted to add one more person to the room but apparently this couple said, ‘You can’t do this. Like, no way,”’ said Vajda.
Because of the time difference, the mother said she didn’t learn about the flight cancellation until she woke up in the morning.
“I called Air Canada a million times,” she said Wednesday. “They had no clue where is my daughter.”
Timea later sent her a text message informing her mother that she was fine and staying at a hotel and was about to catch another flight.
When she arrived in Saskatoon several hours later, there were tears. The teen told her parents she never wanted to travel without them again.
“The whole thing is not OK,” said Vajda, upset at the possibility that her daughter might have ended up in a hotel room with only men.
She added the airline also gave her daughter a food voucher that allowed to her to buy one sandwich at the airport but nothing else. The girl was carrying only Canadian money, no Hungarian currency.
Air Canada has offered a discount on a future flight, said Vajda, but she doesn’t care about it.
“I hope this never happens with any other kids travelling alone.”
Vajda complained in an email to Air Canada and received a phone call from the company Wednesday.
“They said, ‘You know she’s travelling alone and you’re supposed to prepare her for all kinds of circumstances like this.’ I’m like, ‘Uh, pardon me? No.”’
Peter Fitzpatrick with Air Canada said in an emailed statement that the airline is looking into what happened but that Vajda had not enrolled the girl as an unaccompanied minor, “which would have allowed us to better supervise her journey.”
The paid service, which is mandatory for children ages eight to 11 years and optional for those 12 to 17, provides agent escorts to and from flights.
“Our agents in Budapest made efforts to accommodate the child and we are still investigating the full sequence of events,” said Fitzpatrick.
— With files from CJWW
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United Airlines won't be fined for passenger-dragging incident
First posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017 08:36 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, September 06, 2017 08:46 PM EDT
Federal officials decided not to punish United Airlines over an infamous incident in which a passenger was dragged off an overcrowded plane.
The Transportation Department said it found no evidence that United violated David Dao’s civil rights in the April 9 incident in Chicago. There was also not enough evidence that the airline violated rules regarding bumping passengers to take the case further, the department said.
A Transportation Department lawyer told United about the decision in a May 12 letter but didn’t make the matter public. An advocacy group, Flyers Rights, released the letter on Wednesday after obtaining it through an open-records request.
Paul Hudson, the president of Flyers Rights, criticized the lack of penalties against United and questioned how the Transportation Department could conduct an investigation so quickly. He called the manhandling of 69-year-old Dao “egregious in every sense of the word.”
Airline agents called O’Hare Airport security officers for help in making room on a United Express plane for four employees who were travelling to staff a flight the following morning in Louisville, Kentucky.
Video of Dao being yanked from his seat and dragged down the aisle was viewed millions of times.
In the two-page letter to United, Transportation Department Assistant General Counsel Blane Workie said the agency takes action when an airline repeatedly or egregiously violates consumer-protection laws. She said United fixed one mistake in calculating compensation for another passenger, and failed to give Dao and his wife a required written notice of their rights only because they had left the airport to seek medical help.
“Therefore, we conclude that enforcement action is not warranted in this matter,” Workie concluded.
She said the agency found no evidence that United discriminated against Dao, who is Asian-American, on the basis of race.
United avoided a lawsuit by reaching a settlement with Dao a few weeks after the incident. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
The CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc., Oscar Munoz, apologized for initially defending the airline’s handling of the incident and blaming Dao, who lost teeth and suffered a broken nose and a concussion.
The airline apologized for the incident again Wednesday and said it has made changes to reduce overbooking.
“This incident should never have happened and we are implementing all of the improvements we announced in April,” spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said in a statement. “While we still have work to do, we have made meaningful strides” and have reduced the bumping of passengers nearly 90 per cent since May 1, compared with the same period last year.
Airlines are allowed to oversell flights. When they do, they typically offer travel vouchers to encourage some people to give up their seats. They can also bump passengers — force them off the flight — but there are rules and necessary compensation.
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Traveller's nightmare: Reaction to foot on armrest goes viral
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First posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 10:07 AM EDT | Updated: Thursday, September 14, 2017 10:17 AM EDT
Things might have got off the wrong foot for a Nevada woman during a recent flight.
Las Vegas resident Jasmine Mays posted a video on Facebook last Friday of her reaction to sharing her window seat arm rest with an unwelcome visitor.
The video – which as more than 16 million views, 102,000 shares and 300 comments – shows Mays with a disgusted look on her face as the camera pans to the armrest where what appears to be a woman's feet were resting.
The 32-second video has gone viral on social media, with people dubbing Mays “#ToeGirl."
Comments on the video humourously sympathized with Mays and her nasty ordeal.
“Oh no!!! Give it a good one two with the elbow,” said one commenter.
“People are crazy rude. I hope her feet didn't stink!” commented another.
“Spray it with Lysol!!” cracked another.
Mays' ordeal isn't the first instance of feet on an armrest documented on social media.
Last July, San Francisco, Calif. resident Jessica Char shared on Twitter a picture of a pair of feet resting on armrests attached to two empty seats next to her on a JetBlue flight, the U.K. Sun reported.
“Today I flew on the set of a nightmare,” Char captioned the photo, which was liked more than 30,000 times and retweeted 6,500 times.
Bare feet resting on odd places on airplanes is becoming a common occurrence on flights. Flight attendant and blogger Amanda Pleva compiled a list on her FlyerTalk blog on where passengers should never place their bare feet (in case it wasn't already obvious), including:
- Armrest
- Pocket in the back of the seat
- Headrest of the seat in front of you
- Wall or bulkhead
- On the walk towards the airplane bathroom
- Any area where other passengers can see or smell feet
Jasmine Mays' video of her reaction to a foot on an armrest has gone viral. (Screengrab/Facebook - modeldivajazz)
Passengers: Please Stow Your Nasty Feet for the Duration of the Flight – FlyerTalk - The world's most popular frequent flyer community
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The CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc., Oscar Munoz, apologized for initially defending the airline’s handling of the incident and blaming Dao, who lost teeth and suffered a broken nose and a concussion.

Really, no jail for beating up a customer?
Would be funny if one of these jets took off and then flew into a building eh?

..and I hope the black lady above NEVER goes to the beach.
Ryanair cancels 50 flights a day for 6 weeks after it 'messed up' pilots' holiday schedule
First posted: Monday, September 18, 2017 10:21 AM EDT | Updated: Monday, September 18, 2017 01:47 PM EDT
LONDON — Irish budget airline Ryanair was under pressure Monday to provide more information to travellers after cancelling up to 50 flights a day over the next six weeks because it mismanaged its pilots’ holiday schedules.
Ryanair, Europe’s biggest airline by passenger numbers, cancelled the flights because it had “messed up in the planning of pilot holidays.”
The company promised to publish a full list of the cancelled flights by Tuesday, but as of Monday there were only details on cancelled flights through Wednesday.
Travellers with flights after Wednesday remained in limbo and took to social media to vent their anger.
“How the hell do you know if you can get back. Publish full list now!” Carole Schofield tweeted.
The company offered to refund travellers for their cancelled flights, in accordance with EU law, or to allow them to change their flight for free. It also faces paying compensation of 250 euros ($300) per traveller for flights cancelled on less than two weeks’ notice.
CEO Michael O’Leary said Monday that the cost of compensation will run up to 20 million euros ($24 million).
“Clearly there’s a large reputational impact for which again I apologize. We will try to do better in future,” he said.
Shares in the airline fell 1.8 per cent to 16.77 euros in Dublin in an otherwise higher market.
Analysts said Ryanair’s scheduling problems stemmed from having to harmonize Irish rules with European Union rules on how many hours pilots can fly in a certain period of time.
“The impact in terms of adverse publicity and frustration to customers is large,” said Loizos Heracleous, professor of strategy at the Warwick Business School. He does not, however, expect it to have a durable financial impact on the company, which is expanding and is adept at controlling costs and finding new sources of revenue.
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Body found in airport parking lot was there for eight months
First posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 09:27 AM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 09:31 AM EDT
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man’s body sat undiscovered for eight months in his pickup truck in a Kansas City International Airport parking lot and his family wants answers.
The Kansas City Star reports that the body of 53-year-old Randy Potter was found last week after someone reported a bad smell coming from the truck. Police say the man from suburban Lenexa, Kansas, appeared to have died by suicide, but provided no details.
His parking pass is dated Jan. 17, the day he disappeared. The truck’s windows are tinted, but are light enough to allow anyone to see inside. Police say a blanket covered the body.
Potter’s wife, Carolina, says the family suffered prolonged “agonizing” over his absence.
Kansas City spokesman Chris Hernandez said in a statement that city officials are investigating.
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Ryanair cancels even more flights, affecting 400,000 customers
First posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:32 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:39 PM EDT
LONDON — Budget airline Ryanair cancelled another 18,000 flights on Wednesday, deepening its woes over its mismanagement of pilots’ holiday schedules.
The Irish carrier, Europe’s biggest by passengers carried, says 34 routes will be suspended from November to March 2018, affecting some 400,000 customers who have already booked flights.
Under the airline’s slower growth plan, some 18,000 of the airline’s 800,000 annual flights will be cancelled. The airline described the measure as cancelling less than one flight per day per airport across 200 airports.
Ryanair had earlier this month said it would cancel 2,100 flights through October because it “messed up” the allocation of pilots’ annual leave as it shifts to a new scheduling system.
“We sincerely apologize to those customers who have been affected by last week’s flight cancellations, or these sensible schedule changes announced today,” CEO Michael O’Leary said in a statement.
The routes cancelled include London Stansted to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Gatwick to Belfast, Newcastle to Faro, and Glasgow to Las Palmas.
Though over 99 per cent of the airline’s 129 million customers will not be affected, O’Leary said “we deeply regret any doubt we caused existing customers last week about Ryanair’s reliability, or the risk of further cancellations.”
The airline said that reducing its fleet and slowing its growth will create spare aircraft and crew in order to manage “exceptional volumes of annual leave,” as it shifted to a new scheduling system.
European safety regulations that take effect Jan. 1 and require all airlines to use a regular calendar year for calculating pilot flight hours and working days. Ryanair has until now used a 12-month period beginning April 1. Critics have suggested that the system gave the airline a competitive advantage in scheduling pilots during the busy summer season because hours accumulated from January to March didn’t carry over into the new scheduling year.
The company also says it has scrapped plans to bid for bankrupt Italian airline Alitalia to focus on addressing its own problems.
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B.C. woman says bedbugs were 'pouring out of the back of the TV on the seat' during British Airways flight
First posted: Friday, October 20, 2017 07:59 AM EDT | Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 08:14 AM EDT
VANCOUVER — A British Columbia woman plagued by bedbugs on a nine-hour flight to London is a victim of the explosive growth in the critters globally, but travellers shouldn’t worry they’ll become a common feature on planes, says an entomologist.
Heather Szilagyi was on a British Airways flight with her seven-year-old daughter and fiancee Eric Neilson on Oct. 10 when she said they noticed what appeared to be bedbugs crawling out of the seat in front of them.
She said the flight attendants couldn’t move them because there were no other available seats on the plane. After landing, Szilagyi discovered they were covered in bites.
“To actually see them pouring out of the back of the TV on the seat, that was actually really gross,” she said. “Once we arrived at our Airbnb ... we put everything through the washing machine on the hottest heat we could, put everything in plastic bags, sanitized everything that we could.”
Murray Isman, a University of British Columbia professor of entomology and toxicology, said with the increase in personal travel and the spread of the insect globally, it’s not surprising bedbugs are finding their way onto commercial aircraft.
“One of the ways bedbugs travel is in hand luggage and personal luggage,” said Isman, who also works with a company that develops bedbug repellents. “Where there is a lot of movement of people in and out, sooner or later someone is going to transfer these things in something they’re carrying, and this is how they get spread from hotel to hotel to hotel and this is how people bring them home.”
Changes in local insecticide use and climate change are other factors contributing to the spread of bedbugs, he said.
But travellers shouldn’t be too worried there will be more incidents of bedbugs biting passengers on planes, Isman added.
“If you think about the normal situation which is someone sleeping in a hotel bed or a bed at home, the bedbugs don’t like a lot of disturbance or movement. They like it quiet, dark,” he said, adding the critters would first have to get out of luggage and onto a plane’s chairs and upholstery to even reach people.
Szilagyi took to Twitter to share photos of her daughter’s bites after she said her calls to British Airways failed to guarantee they would not be on the same plane.
“What we both would have been satisfied with was if it was possible to just have us on a partner line, not to fly back with British Airways,” she said, having been left unsettled by the experience.
In a statement, British Airways spokeswoman Caroline Niven said the airline has been in touch with the customer to apologize and will investigate the incident further.
“British Airways operates more than 280,000 flights every year, and reports of bedbugs onboard are extremely rare. Nevertheless, we are vigilant and continually monitor our aircraft. The presence of bedbugs is an issue faced occasionally by hotels and airlines all over the world,” the statement said.
Niven added that any reports like Szilagyi’s are taken seriously, and the aircraft would be subject to any checks and treatment necessary.
A statement from the Vancouver Airport Authority said it took immediate steps when learning about the incident to work with its cleaning and pest control partners to ensure the airport remains clean and sterile.
Isman said exterminating the bugs is the best option for airlines since treating people and luggage before they get on an aircraft isn’t feasible.
With travellers increasingly aware of the problem, he said more people are at least taking preventive measures by carrying insecticides or repellents to hotels to reduce the spread.
Bedbug bites are seen on seven-year-old Molly Reid's legs in this undated handout photo and Seven-year-old Molly Reid is seen on a British Airways flight on October 10, 2017 in this handout photo. Heather Szilagyi was on a British Airways flight with her seven-year-old daughter and fiancee Eric Neilson on Oct. 10 when she said they noticed what appeared to be bedbugs crawling out of the seat in front of them. She said the flight attendants couldn't move them because there were no other available seats on the plane. After landing, Szilagyi discovered they were covered in bites. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Heather Szilagyi

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Pic of woman's anger over 'unacceptable' airport tampon prices goes viral
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An anonymous note and a $15 box of tampons is shown in a women's washroom at the Calgary International Airport on Nov. 26, 2017. Though many shocked at the price, women in remote Indigenous communities often pay that much or more for feminine hygiene products, according to the organization Moon Time Sisters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Carlee Field MANDATORY CREDITTHE CANADIAN PRESS
CALGARY — A $15 box of tampons sold at the Calgary International Airport may have elicited shock online, but it’s common for feminine hygiene products to cost that much — or more — in many remote northern communities.
Carlee Field was waiting for a flight from Calgary to Vancouver last month when she stopped to use the ladies’ room in the terminal.
Inside the bathroom, she saw a box of tampons with a note that said all of the machines were empty and that it had been necessary to buy a $15 box from the Relay shop.
The unsigned note’s author said the price mark-up was unacceptable and invited others to take a tampon if they needed one.
Shortly after Field posted a photo on the social media site Reddit, the airport authority wrote that the machines had been refilled and the price at Relay had been lowered to $6.25.
Moon Time Sisters, a group that collects feminine hygiene products to donate to communities in northern Ontario and Saskatchewan, says a box of tampons can cost $19 in areas where Indigenous women are often struggling with unemployment and low incomes.
Founder Nicole White said she started the project after hearing about girls in northern Saskatchewan who were missing school during their periods. She said she has heard of women using used socks to absorb menstrual blood when they can’t afford pads and tampons.
“That is something that’s unacceptable to me,” she said.
“If you’re a person who’s living under the poverty line, feminine hygiene products are seen as a luxury.”
Pic of woman’s anger over ‘unacceptable’ airport tampon prices goes viral | Toronto Sun
Perhaps one should plan ahead.
United Airlines passenger recounts drunken groping on flight
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NEWARK, N.J. — A former education adviser to New York’s governor says she was repeatedly groped by a drunken man on her United Airlines flight to New Jersey.
Katie Campos recounted the event on Twitter, saying she was groped multiple times by the stranger during the 45-minute flight from Buffalo to Newark. Campos says she was allowed to move seats but the man continued to harass her and other female passengers until the plane landed.
Campos is an executive director for a Buffalo-area Teach for America chapter and says the man was visibly intoxicated and shouldn’t have been allowed on the plane.
The Washington Post reports the man was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct after the plane landed.
Chicago-based United says it has no tolerance for the behaviour described by Campos.
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Florida woman: Airline told me to flush pet hamster before boarding flight
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MIAMI — A Florida woman says an airline told her to flush her hamster down an airport toilet because the emotional support rodent wasn’t allowed to fly with her.
The Miami Herald reports before Belen Aldecosea flew home from college to South Florida, she twice called Spirit Airlines to ensure she could bring Pebbles, her pet dwarf hamster. No problem, the airline said.
But when Aldecosea arrived at the Baltimore airport, Spirit refused to allow the animal onboard.
The 21-year-old told the paper she flushed Pebbles at an airline employee’s suggestion, after running out of other options.
Panicked and needing to return home promptly to deal with a medical issue, Aldecosea was unable to rent a car and agonized for hours.
“She was scared. I was scared. It was horrifying trying to put her in the toilet,” Aldecosea said. “I was emotional. I was crying. I sat there for a good 10 minutes crying in the stall.”
A spokesman for Spirit acknowledged the airline mistakenly told Aldecosea that Pebbles was allowed. But he denied that a Spirit employee recommended flushing her pet in an airport restroom.
“To be clear, at no point did any of our agents suggest this guest (or any other for that matter) should flush or otherwise injure an animal,” spokesman Derek Dombrowski said.
But Aldecosea said she’s considering suing Spirit over the conflicting instructions that pressured her into making the decision.
She shared her tale with the newspaper after the story of an emotional support peacock — denied entrance to a United Airlines flight — went viral on the Internet.
This undated image made from video provided by Belen Aldecosea shows Pebbles, her pet dwarf hamster. (Belen Aldecosea via AP)
This case is different, said her Florida attorney, Adam Goodman. “This wasn’t a giant peacock that could pose a danger to other passengers. This was a tiny cute harmless hamster that could fit in the palm of her hand,” he said.
Animals on flights have become controversial. Some say travellers are taking advantage of federal law to get household pets on planes. Several airlines have recently tightened restrictions on such animals.
The U.S. Transportation Safety Administration has no problem with carry-on hamsters. “Hamsters are welcome in our checkpoint. Their container would typically go through the X-ray while the owner would hold the hamster as the passenger walks through the metal detector so the creature is not subjected to radiation,” according to TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz.
It’s up to airlines whether they allow hamsters on board. Most major carriers such as American, Delta and United, say no, citing concerns safety and health concerns.
Aldecosea said she had her doctor’s letter certifying Pebbles.
During her first semester at a school in Pennsylvania, Aldecosea developed a painful growth in her neck, leading to a cancer scare. That’s when she bought Pebbles for comfort. In November, Aldecosea learned the growth was benign, but still painful. Withdrawing from school and going home hoping to have it removed, Aldecosea booked a Spirit flight from Baltimore to Fort Lauderdale.
She twice called Spirit in advance, to verify the hamster could fly. The rep told her it was fine — an assurance that Spirit agrees was given to Aldecosea. “Our reservation representative, unfortunately, did misinform the guest that a hamster was permitted to fly as an emotional support animal on Spirit Airlines,” spokesman Dombrowski wrote in an email.
When Aldecosea showed up that day, she said, the first Spirit agent checked her emotional support pet in with no problem. Pebbles was in a small cage that fit regulations for carry-on luggage.
But as she approached the security checkpoint, a second Spirit employee chased her down, hollering that rodents weren’t allowed. Aldecosea said Spirit agents told her she couldn’t put the hamster in the cargo hold either.
After hectic discussions, an outraged Aldecosea accepted a flight later that day. She said she had no friends or family in town to pick up Pebbles. It was then, Aldecosea insists, that an employee suggested letting Pebbles go free outside or flushing her down the toilet.
With her flight boarding soon, she pondered whether to let Pebbles free outside. She said she considered it more humane to end her life right away, and not let her run around scared in the cold, only to die getting hit by a car.
“I didn’t have any other options,” she said.
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DOGGY DEPARTURE: Puppy dies after United Airlines worker has it placed in overhead bin
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March 13, 2018
March 13, 2018 5:55 PM EDT
In this July 8, 2015, file photo, United Airlines planes are seen on the tarmac at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. David J. Phillip / AP
A dog has died on a United Airlines flight from Houston to New York after a flight attendant ordered the animal be put in the plane’s overhead bin.
United said it was taking responsibility for the incident on the Monday night flight, saying pets should never be put in the overhead storage compartment.
Other passengers posted photos of the customer and her children after the flight.
Passengers say they heard barking during the flight and didn’t know that the dog had died until the plane landed at LaGuardia Airport.
Chicago-based United said Tuesday it is investigating the incident and talking to the flight attendant.

DOGGY DEPARTURE: Puppy dies after United Airlines worker has it placed in overhead bin | Toronto Sun
Is this girl applying for a disability pension?

In some countries, they squeeze animals for their juice.
the dog was given to david dao as compensation.
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No dear, all news outlets are now saying he was biligerent.
He was asked, made a scene, screamed like a girl, the cops were called and was still biligerent and got boot f-cked for noncompliance.

Well maybe if the doctor bought advertising time'd be more fair coverage.

These are the same news outlets that said there were WMDS in Iraq right?
Criminal investigation launched into dog’s death on United flight
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March 15, 2018 10:14 AM EDT
Passengers arrive for flights at the United Airlines terminal at O'Hare International Airport on April 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO — United Airlines has announced it will issue special bag tags for animal carriers and prosecutors have launched an investigation to determine if criminal charges are warranted following the death of a French bulldog puppy that was forced into an overhead bin on a United flight.
The Chicago-based airline said a flight attendant who ordered the passenger to put her pet carrier in the overhead bin aboard a Houston-to-New York flight Monday didn’t know there was a dog inside.
“To prevent this from happening again, by April we will issue bright colored bag tags to customers travelling with in-cabin pets,” United said in a statement.
The family that owned the dog and other passengers contradicted the airline’s account, saying the dog’s barks were audible from inside the bin.
Eleven-year-old Sophia Ceballos told NBC News that her mother told the flight attendant “’It’s a dog, it’s a dog,’ and (the flight attendant) said we have to put it up there,” in the bin.
Other passengers backed up the family’s account on Twitter and Facebook.
Puppy dies after United Airlines worker has it placed in overhead bin
Late Wednesday, the Harris County, Texas, district attorney’s office said its animal cruelty division is working with the county’s animal cruelty task force on a criminal investigation about what happened on the plane.
A statement from prosecutors said they won’t decide if criminal charges are warranted until the investigation is completed.
The Associated Press sent an email seeking comment Thursday on the criminal investigation to an airline spokesman.
Last year, 18 animals, mostly dogs, died while being transported on United — three-fourths of all animal deaths on U.S. carriers, according to the Department of Transportation. Those figures represent animals that die in cargo holds.
It is rare that an animal dies on a plane. Even on United, there was only one death for roughly every 4,500 animals transported last year.
United, which promotes its pet-shipping program called PetSafe, carries more animals than any other airline, but its animal-death rate is also the highest in the industry. Alaska Airlines, which carries only 17 per cent fewer animals, had just two deaths last year.
Criminal investigation launched into dog