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    Delta ordered to pay $50,000 fine over allegations it discriminated against Muslim passengers
    25 Jan 2020(CNN)The US Department of Transportation ordered Delta Air Lines on Friday to pay a $50,000 fine to settle allegations it violated federal law by discriminating against Muslim passengers.

    The department released a consent order that alleges Delta "engaged in discriminatory conduct" against three Muslim passengers on two separate incidents in 2016, including one flight from Paris to Ohio and another flight from Amsterdam to New York City. In both instances, the passengers were removed from their seats after flight attendants and fellow passengers became nervous, citing their behavior, according to the order.

    The order notes that the captain of an aircraft "is the final authority as to the operation of that aircraft, including any decision to refuse to transport a passenger." But the order says that authority does not allow discrimination based on "race, color, national origin, religion, ethnicity, or sex."

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    Three NZers in the news last week when denied their business class seating on a Thai Air flight



    Huhana Iripa, 59, and her daughters Renell, 28, and Tere, 37, were accosted with measuring tapes ahead of their Bangkok to Auckland flight, with crew stating seatbelts in the high-end section of the aircraft would not reach to fit around them.

    The daughters has been in Thailand for weight loss surgery and had each paid $2650 for the flights, including the business-class seats for the way back to ensure greater comfort.

    We were utterly humiliated in front of all the other passengers. We went up to business class check-in and the member of staff on the desk looked at us and said 'sorry you can't'.

    "The next thing, there were about five members of staff all around talking in their native language, shaking their heads and looking at us as if we'd committed a crime.

    "A staff member then came forward and started saying 'no, you're too big, you're too big'.

    "She then pulled out a measuring tape and wrapped it around my daughter Renell, moving her arms outstretched, before trying to do the same to me and Tere.

    Thai Airways made headlines in 2018 with stories about the airline banning "fat people". It came after they disallowed those with waists bigger than 56 inches to fly in their new Dreamliner 787-900 business-class seats – the aircraft type the Iripa family were travelling on.

    The seatbelts have airbags in them, which they say cannot be extended for safety reasons.

    Thai Airways International New Zealand spokesman Wayne Cochrane said: "The new 787-900 Dreamliner aircraft used on flights between New Zealand and Thailand is fitted with integrated airbag seatbelts in business class.

    "The extension seatbelt normally used to accommodate oversize passengers cannot be fitted to the airbag seatbelts; therefore passengers not able to fit the standard airbag seatbelt cannot be carried in business class.

    "As this issue involves passenger safety, I am sure you will understand that we cannot compromise on this."

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    ^ wow difficult case for the airline to handle, ideally you would offer them a different routing via SYD or something

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    Sea freight....

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    double post.
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    An important part of the story was missed:

    "The trio were moved to three economy seats."

    Thai Airways deny Auckland women business class seats on flight because of weight - NZ Herald

    It's not stipulated whether that was each passenger, or for all three.

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    The daughters has <sic> been in Thailand for weight loss surgery
    How fucking big were they on the way there then?

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    THE LORD brought them and on Diplomatic Passports.

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    I see the jinglies are trying to flog their national carrier....

    The government of India is again making an attempt to find a buyer for financially struggling national carrier Air India.
    It first tried to sell the government-owned airline two years ago, but did not manage to attract bidders.
    On Monday, domestic investors were invited to make bids for Air India, this time with less strict conditions. The government is looking to sell all 100 percent it holds in the carrier, as well as its subsidiaries, to a potential buyer.
    Terms state that the company must remain in India, therefore ruling out foreign investors in the process.
    1932-founded Air India currently has billions of dollars in debt. It is estimated to be one of the most loss-making airlines in the world. The holding company Air India Limited made more than US $1.2 billion in losses in the 2018-2019 financial year.
    The national airline operates more than 120 aircraft in its fleet, using Airbus A320 family airplanes for mostly domestic short and medium distance flights, and Boeing 747, 777 and 787 on international long haul routes. Low-cost subsidiary Air India Express flies 25 Boeing 737-800. Furthermore, a number of ATR turboprop aircraft are operated by another subsidiary, Alliance Air, under the Air India Regional brand. Combined, the airlines have more than 16,000 employees.
    In April 2019, competitor Jet Airways, at the time India’s oldest privately-owned airline, ceased operations after failing to secure emergency funding.

    https://www.ifn.news/posts/indian-government-tries-to-sell-national-carrier-air-india/

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    Boeing whistleblower claims Dreamliner aircraft isn’t safe

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    A Boeing whistleblower claims none of the aircraft that left the company’s North Charleston factory are airworthy.

    John Barnett, a former quality manager for the company, said he wouldn’t fly on the plane because of safety concerns.
    Mr Barnett worked for Boeing for 30 years but said of often begged family not to fly on its Dreamliners.


    The company is facing intense scrutiny after two of its 737 MAX 8 planes were involved in fatal crashes in the last 18 months but now its 787 Dreamliner is also facing allegations of safety problems.
    “I would not fly on a Dreamliner and I’ve asked my family and begged my family not to fly Dreamliners because I know, I know what’s under the skin,” Mr Barnett told the ABC.



    “I know what’s flying around out there — and it’s scary.
    “I haven’t seen a plane out of Charleston yet that I would consider safe and airworthy.”
    Mr Barnett said he saw metal shaving scraps had fallen near electrical wiring on some completed planes.
    He alerted management because he thought it was a fire risk, but said he was brushed off and moved to another area.


    Rest of the article is here ... No Cookies | The Mercury
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    More dirt on Boeing from a former senior manager.

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    Troubled 737 MAX Boeing airplane had at least 13 other safety incidents, ex-employee says

    A former senior manager at Boeing, who urged the company to shut down the 737 MAX factory, has revealed the fleet experienced at least 13 other safety incidents in the aircraft's short lifespan.

    Ex-Boeing manager recommend factory be shut down after seeing 'chaos'

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    ^ Ed Pierson joined Boeing in 2008 after retiring from the Navy as a Captain following three decades of service.

    By mid-2018, Mr Pierson said the factory was in a state of "chaos," which compelled him to raise his concerns with senior management.

    "Frankly, right now all my internal alarm bells are going off," Mr Pierson said in an email to Scott Campbell, the general manager of the 737 MAX program.
    "For the first time in my life, I'm sorry to say that I'm hesitant about putting my family on a Boeing airplane."

    "My dad was a homicide detective and I remember as a kid, he told me how important it was to get information to investigators and for investigators to keep an open mind, so that was my intent," he said.
    But he was stonewalled by both Boeing and the safety authorities, which motivated him to do his own digging.



    For the full article and, importantly, the interview, here ... Troubled 737 MAX Boeing airplane had at least 13 other safety incidents, ex-employee says - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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    CM to get direct service to Phnom Pehn, Nok to restart Mae Sot service



    Among countless canceled services into Chiang Mai International Airport due to the ongoing spread of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) there’s finally some good news today with a new service connecting the rose of the north to Cambodia and an old service being restored after six years.


    JC Airlines is connecting CNX with Phnom Penh International Airport, the first time the two cities have been connected with a direct flight.


    The new service starts March 10 and will run twice weekly with a return service Tuesday and Friday using an Airbus A320. QD634 leaves PNH at 3:10 p.m. before arriving at CNX at 4:50 p.m. The return flight, QD635 departs CNX at 5:50 p.m. before arriving at PNH at 7:30 p.m.





    Nok Air is set to once again connect Chiang Mai with Mae Sot in Tak with a service starting March 31. Nok Air previously served the route until April 2014.


    The return service, using a Dash8-Q400 aircraft will run three times a week although which days were not available at the time of writing.


    DD8650 departs CNX at 6:10 a.m. arriving at MAQ at 7:10 a.m. The return service leaves MAQ at 7:40 a.m. before arriving back in CNX at 8:50 a.m.


    The service is notable as it’s the second schedule flight servicing Mae Sot Airport. Nok currently services the airport with a direct service to Bangkok-Don Mueang.

    CM to get direct service to Phnom Pehn, Nok to restart Mae Sot service | Chiang Mai One

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    Airlines scramble to slash ticket prices

    The unease caused by Covid-19 is expected to drag down Thai tourism for more than six months, triggering airlines to slash ticket prices to steer the market, while Nok Air and Nokscoot cut pilots and cabin crew to save cost.


    Thai Airways International (THAI) is partnering with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to offer discounts such as free domestic tickets to international tourists. Low-cost carriers plan to focus on local tourists opting for domestic travel as there is a limited number of outbound choices free from the virus.


    Thai AirAsia is providing 100-baht discounts for any domestic routes within a designated period, while Nok Air is offering one-way ticket prices for domestic routes starting from 680 baht this month. Vietjet Air has marked down all routes across Thailand by 50%.

    MORE Airlines scramble to slash ticket prices

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Thai AirAsia is providing 100-baht discounts for any domestic routes within a designated period
    Wow! That's very nice of them, a whole 100baht, that will surely attract customers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    a whole 100baht,
    I don't think MK reads anything she posts. Certainly no opinions to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    I don't think MK reads anything she posts. Certainly no opinions to see.
    It was a news post in a news thread.

    Don't come back in here throwing a fucking strop just because your feelings were hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    It was a news post in a news thread.
    I hope your not suggesting MK, being female, doesn't understand such "manly" topics or the key fact of the article, the THB 100 "discount" is a miniscule amount.

    I would suggest to post a "news post" the poster believes it is of some value/importance.

    I would also suggest the poster replies herself, rather than relying on your opinion. But she seldom does so I wont hold my breath.

    Unless it's one of your multi-nicks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    I hope your not suggesting MK, being female, doesn't understand such "manly" topics or the key fact of the article, the THB 100 "discount" is a miniscule amount.

    I would suggest to post a "news post" the poster believes it is of some value/importance.

    I would also suggest the poster replies herself, rather than relying on your opinion. But she seldom does so I wont hold my breath.

    Unless it's one of your multi-nicks.
    I would suggest you go and fuck yourself before whinging about people posting news stories in news threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Airlines scramble to slash ticket prices

    The unease caused by Covid-19 is expected to drag down Thai tourism for more than six months, triggering airlines to slash ticket prices to steer the market, while Nok Air and Nokscoot cut pilots and cabin crew to save cost.


    Thai Airways International (THAI) is partnering with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to offer discounts such as free domestic tickets to international tourists. Low-cost carriers plan to focus on local tourists opting for domestic travel as there is a limited number of outbound choices free from the virus.


    Thai AirAsia is providing 100-baht discounts for any domestic routes within a designated period, while Nok Air is offering one-way ticket prices for domestic routes starting from 680 baht this month. Vietjet Air has marked down all routes across Thailand by 50%.

    MORE Airlines scramble to slash ticket prices
    That sounds good... But will they let you fly back if you start coughing, sneezing, or are a bit warm?
    Fingers crossed for some ASEAN regional flight deals.
    Still waiting to hear how far it's spread in Indonesia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Airlines scramble to slash ticket prices


    The unease caused by Covid-19 is expected to drag down Thai tourism for more than six months, triggering airlines to slash ticket prices to steer the market, while Nok Air and Nokscoot cut pilots and cabin crew to save cost.


    Thai Airways International (THAI) is partnering with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to offer discounts such as free domestic tickets to international tourists. Low-cost carriers plan to focus on local tourists opting for domestic travel as there is a limited number of outbound choices free from the virus.


    Thai AirAsia is providing 100-baht discounts for any domestic routes within a designated period, while Nok Air is offering one-way ticket prices for domestic routes starting from 680 baht this month. Vietjet Air has marked down all routes across Thailand by 50%.

    MORE Airlines scramble to slash ticket prices
    Air Asia have been offering return flights this week from KL to Seoul for as little as 170 ringgit. That's just over 30 quid.

    Oddly enough, it seems to have increased this weekend to about 60 quid each way. Still an excellent deal, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    from KL to Seoul for as little as 170 ringgit.
    Not to mention the flights to Wuhan for 1 Baht (one way only)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Not to mention the flights to Wuhan for 1 Baht (one way only)...
    Sounds like a decent deal unless you're falling apart and/or are 70 plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    unless you're falling apart and/or are 70 plus.
    Who's not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo View Post
    Still waiting to hear how far it's spread in Indonesia.
    The Indos are asking Saudi to make an exception for their thousands of pilgrims because they haven't had a single case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    The Indos are asking Saudi to make an exception for their thousands of pilgrims because they haven't had a single case.

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    Yet Singapore is finding people with the virus that have recently returned from Indonesia.

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