US airlines cancel flights after FAA grounds Boeing 737 Max jets

That has left airlines scrambling to rebook passengers and reassign planes. American Airlines, which has 24 Boeing 737 Max planes in its fleet of nearly 1,000 aircraft, said it was ferrying those planes to be parked until the FAA order is lifted. It operates about 85 flights out its 6,700 flights a day using the Max. United Airlines has 14 of the Boeing 737 Max 9s, a larger model, in its fleet. Southwest Airlines flies 34 Boeing 737 8s that service about 4 percent of its daily flights.


That has left airlines scrambling to rebook passengers and reassign planes. American Airlines, which has 24 Boeing 737 Max planes in its fleet of nearly 1,000 aircraft, said it was ferrying those planes to be parked until the FAA order is lifted. It operates about 85 flights out its 6,700 flights a day using the Max. United Airlines has 14 of the Boeing 737 Max 9s, a larger model, in its fleet. Southwest Airlines flies 34 Boeing 737 8s that service about 4 percent of its daily flights.
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US airlines cancel flights after FAA grounds Boeing 737 Max jets

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday joined dozens of other countries’ regulators in ordering airlines to ground new Boeing 737 Max planes, citing evidence linking a deadly crash of one of them in Ethiopia over the weekend to a similar fatal flight in Indonesia in October. (You can find more detail on why the planes were grounded here.)

That has left airlines scrambling to rebook passengers and reassign planes. The three U.S. airlines — United, American and Southwest — that have recently added the planes to their fleets, and have more on order, said they will rebook or waive ticket-change fees and fare differences for travelers affected by the FAA’s order, which went into immediate effect.

American Airlines, which has 24 Boeing 737 Max planes in its fleet of nearly 1,000 aircraft, said it was ferrying those planes to be parked until the FAA order is lifted. It operates about 85 flights out its 6,700 flights a day using the Max.

Routes with multiple flights each day, where passengers can more easily be rebooked to another time, are likely to take the biggest hit. Travelers who aren’t booked on the Max may also be affected as airlines deploy their planes to cover other routes with less frequent service.

United Airlines has 14 of the Boeing 737 Max 9s, a larger model, in its fleet. The airline said it expects minimal disruptions from the issue, but it will work with customers if their flights are canceled.

Southwest Airlines flies 34 Boeing 737 8s that service about 4 percent of its daily flights. The carrier does not charge travelers to change their trips, but said passengers booked on canceled Boeing Max flights won’t have to pay the difference in fares to change their dates if it’s within two weeks of their original departure.


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Hundreds stranded as British airline Flybmi collapses

Hundreds of passengers throughout Europe have been stranded by the abrupt collapse of the British regional airline Flybmi. British Midland Regional Limited, which operates as Flybmi, said it’s filing for administration — a British version of bankruptcy — because of higher fuel costs and uncertainty caused by Britain’s upcoming departure from the European Union. The airline said all flights will be cancelled and advised passengers to seek refunds from credit card issuers, travel agents or travel


Hundreds of passengers throughout Europe have been stranded by the abrupt collapse of the British regional airline Flybmi. British Midland Regional Limited, which operates as Flybmi, said it’s filing for administration — a British version of bankruptcy — because of higher fuel costs and uncertainty caused by Britain’s upcoming departure from the European Union. The airline said all flights will be cancelled and advised passengers to seek refunds from credit card issuers, travel agents or travel
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Hundreds stranded as British airline Flybmi collapses

Hundreds of passengers throughout Europe have been stranded by the abrupt collapse of the British regional airline Flybmi.

British Midland Regional Limited, which operates as Flybmi, said it’s filing for administration — a British version of bankruptcy — because of higher fuel costs and uncertainty caused by Britain’s upcoming departure from the European Union.

“Current trading and future prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process, which has led to our inability to secure valuable flying contracts in Europe and a lack of confidence around bmi’s ability to continue flying between destinations in Europe,” the airline said on its website.

Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29 but there are serious doubts about whether the British Parliament will approval the Brexit withdrawal deal that Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated with the EU. That is making it more difficult for businesses to plan for the separation.

The airline operated 17 jets on routes to 25 European cities. It employed 376 people in Britain, Germany, Sweden and Belgium.

The airline said all flights will be cancelled and advised passengers to seek refunds from credit card issuers, travel agents or travel insurance companies.

Thanking workers for their dedication, the airline said “it is with a heavy heart that we have made this unavoidable announcement.”

Pilots union chief Brian Strutton said the airline’s collapse “is devastating news for all employees” and came with no warning.

“Our immediate steps will be to support Flybmi pilots and explore with the directors and administrators whether their jobs can be saved,” he said.

The airline was still encouraging bookings the day before its collapse, urging passengers in a tweet to book flights to Germany for winter sports.

Flybmi says it carried 522,000 passengers on 29,000 flights last year.


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United adding 1,600 high-end seats in a bid for more premium passengers

The airline is expanding the number of premium seats in its fleet by 50 percent by adding 1,600 new high-end seats to its planes. The upgrade in seating on many United planes is part of a push to win over more high-end passengers, people who pay to sit in a first class, business class or premium seats. In expanding premium seating, United will change seating configurations for planes flown on both domestic and international routes. On 21 of United’s 767-300ER planes, the airline is expanding the


The airline is expanding the number of premium seats in its fleet by 50 percent by adding 1,600 new high-end seats to its planes. The upgrade in seating on many United planes is part of a push to win over more high-end passengers, people who pay to sit in a first class, business class or premium seats. In expanding premium seating, United will change seating configurations for planes flown on both domestic and international routes. On 21 of United’s 767-300ER planes, the airline is expanding the
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United adding 1,600 high-end seats in a bid for more premium passengers

Flying the friendly skies of United Airlines in a bigger seat with more legroom will soon become easier.

The airline is expanding the number of premium seats in its fleet by 50 percent by adding 1,600 new high-end seats to its planes.

The upgrade in seating on many United planes is part of a push to win over more high-end passengers, people who pay to sit in a first class, business class or premium seats.

“We are committed to making United the airline that our customers choose to fly,” Andrew Nocella, United’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said in a release announcing the seating expansion.

In expanding premium seating, United will change seating configurations for planes flown on both domestic and international routes. Here’s a break down of the new seating configurations:

All United Airbus A320 planes will go from 12 first class seats to 16.

All United Airbus A319 planes will have four additional first class seats, bringing the number to 12 in each plane.

On 21 of United’s 767-300ER planes, the airline is expanding the number of Polaris business class seats from 30 to 46, while also adding 22 premium economy seats.

United is adding 50 Bombardier CRJ 550 planes to its fleet, each with 10 first class seats.

The new Bombardiers will enter service this summer and fly to and from United’s hub in Chicago, connecting the airline’s home market to smaller cities.

Nocella says that upgrade is a critical part of United rebuilding its service in small markets.

That strategy helped United post strong passenger revenue results last year, a key factor behind the company’s shares outpacing the stock returns of its biggest competitors.


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Your boarding pass could be your ticket to hidden perks: Here’s how to access them

An airline ticket doesn’t give passengers much in the way of “extras” like meals, cocktails or a reserved seat in the air. However, tucked away in boarding passes that most travelers toss away, are a wide range of free and discounted perks. Bonuses include free ski lift tickets, complimentary wine tastings, as well as discounts on meals, ground transportation and adventures. Some of the deals, recently compiled by CNBC, are offered for limited times, or only during certain seasons, but others ca


An airline ticket doesn’t give passengers much in the way of “extras” like meals, cocktails or a reserved seat in the air. However, tucked away in boarding passes that most travelers toss away, are a wide range of free and discounted perks. Bonuses include free ski lift tickets, complimentary wine tastings, as well as discounts on meals, ground transportation and adventures. Some of the deals, recently compiled by CNBC, are offered for limited times, or only during certain seasons, but others ca
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Your boarding pass could be your ticket to hidden perks: Here's how to access them

An airline ticket doesn’t give passengers much in the way of “extras” like meals, cocktails or a reserved seat in the air. However, tucked away in boarding passes that most travelers toss away, are a wide range of free and discounted perks.

Bonuses include free ski lift tickets, complimentary wine tastings, as well as discounts on meals, ground transportation and adventures. There are even some extras available to railroad passengers as well.

Some of the deals, recently compiled by CNBC, are offered for limited times, or only during certain seasons, but others can be used multiple times. Read the details – and keep them in mind the next time you’re quick to delete or toss your boarding pass after your trip.


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250 passengers were stranded aboard a United airplane in frigid Labrador for 16 hours

An end is finally in sight for passengers who spent about 16 hours on a plane grounded at an airport in frigid Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L. United Airlines spokeswoman Natalie Noonan says Flight 179 from Newark, N.J., to Hong Kong was diverted to the Goose Bay Airport Saturday night after a passenger experienced a medical emergency. She says that after the passenger was removed from the plane and taken to hospital, a mechanical issue prevented the plane from taking off and passengers weren’t abl


An end is finally in sight for passengers who spent about 16 hours on a plane grounded at an airport in frigid Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L. United Airlines spokeswoman Natalie Noonan says Flight 179 from Newark, N.J., to Hong Kong was diverted to the Goose Bay Airport Saturday night after a passenger experienced a medical emergency. She says that after the passenger was removed from the plane and taken to hospital, a mechanical issue prevented the plane from taking off and passengers weren’t abl
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250 passengers were stranded aboard a United airplane in frigid Labrador for 16 hours

An end is finally in sight for passengers who spent about 16 hours on a plane grounded at an airport in frigid Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L.

United Airlines spokeswoman Natalie Noonan says Flight 179 from Newark, N.J., to Hong Kong was diverted to the Goose Bay Airport Saturday night after a passenger experienced a medical emergency.

She says that after the passenger was removed from the plane and taken to hospital, a mechanical issue prevented the plane from taking off and passengers weren’t able to get off the plane because there were no border officials working overnight.

Sonjay Dutt, a professional wrestler who was on his way to China for a show, says there was little communication throughout the ordeal, and he and the rest of the 250 passengers were stuck on the plane for about 16 hours as the temperatures outside plunged to -30 C (-22 F).

Dutt says all the passengers were moved to a rescue plane Sunday afternoon and will hopefully be on their way back to Newark soon, though he was left disappointed by the experience.

Noonan says United officials will greet the passengers upon their arrival in Newark and provide them compensation after their ordeal.


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Passengers face long lines, closed checkpoints as unpaid TSA screeners call in sick amid shutdown

The Atlanta airport is encouraging travelers to arrive at the airport three hours before domestic flights. The TSA said unscheduled absences of its passenger screeners reached 7.6 percent Monday, more than twice the rate from a year ago. Washington Dulles International Airport also consolidated security checkpoints after the region was hit by a snowstorm over the weekend. Miami International Airport closed one of its terminals early over the weekend to deal with the shortfall, a spokesman said.


The Atlanta airport is encouraging travelers to arrive at the airport three hours before domestic flights. The TSA said unscheduled absences of its passenger screeners reached 7.6 percent Monday, more than twice the rate from a year ago. Washington Dulles International Airport also consolidated security checkpoints after the region was hit by a snowstorm over the weekend. Miami International Airport closed one of its terminals early over the weekend to deal with the shortfall, a spokesman said.
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Passengers face long lines, closed checkpoints as unpaid TSA screeners call in sick amid shutdown

Shortages of federal airport security workers in the partial U.S. government shutdown prompted several large U.S. airports to close security lanes Monday, as the impasse over funding for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico rippled throughout the aviation industry.

Travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport, faced hour-long lines to get through security Monday after the airport shut security lanes “due to the shutdown,” spokeswoman Elise Durham said.

The Transportation Security Administration’s standard wait time is a half-hour or less. The Atlanta airport is encouraging travelers to arrive at the airport three hours before domestic flights.

The TSA said unscheduled absences of its passenger screeners reached 7.6 percent Monday, more than twice the rate from a year ago. TSA’s 51,000 officers are among the 420,000 federal employees deemed essential who are ordered to work despite not receiving a regular paycheck during the shutdown. The officers missed their first scheduled check Friday. The agency said it was handing out $500 bonuses to officers.

The aviation industry has been among the most vocal of the shutdown. The union representing air traffic controllers sued the Trump administration last week over frozen pay during the shutdown, and several industry groups demonstrated in Washington last week.

Washington Dulles International Airport also consolidated security checkpoints after the region was hit by a snowstorm over the weekend. TSA spokesman Michael Bilello said more officers called out than usually do during a snowstorm.

At Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the Terminal B security checkpoint — which was closed on Sunday — will remain closed until at least late afternoon on Monday because of staffing issues, spokesman Patrick Trahan said.

The airport is a hub of United Airlines, and the carrier recommended travelers get to the airport early to go through other terminals’ checkpoints. Gates and lounges in Terminal B were open as of Monday afternoon, a United spokeswoman said.

Miami International Airport closed one of its terminals early over the weekend to deal with the shortfall, a spokesman said.

The shutdown has raised questions about air carriers’ ability to follow through with scheduled events.

Delta Air Lines scheduled a launch Jan. 31 of its brand-new Airbus A220s, a plane it’s using to court business travelers with bigger seats and windows. Also, Southwest Airlines needs federal approval to begin service to Hawaii, and the shutdown is delaying that plan.

Airlines need Federal Aviation Administration inspectors’ approval to debut new aircraft. The FAA called about 500 furloughed safety inspectors back to work. FAA safety inspectors oversee and approve new aircraft, airplane maintenance and personnel such as pilots and mechanics, among other areas.

Those inspectors are working without pay and more are likely to be called in this week, spokesman Gregory Martin said.


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‘Heads will be chopped off’: Video shows terrifying private jet flight

Before he boarded a JetSmarter flight in Las Vegas, Maurice Paola was a little-known DJ and music producer. Paola was one of several passengers on the flight headed to White Plains, New York, on Sept. 3. About 45 minutes into the flight, according to a criminal complaint and other people on the plane, Paola started screaming and threatening the other passengers. As part of an investigation into customer complaints and lawsuits filed against JetSmarter, CNBC obtained an exclusive video of the fli


Before he boarded a JetSmarter flight in Las Vegas, Maurice Paola was a little-known DJ and music producer. Paola was one of several passengers on the flight headed to White Plains, New York, on Sept. 3. About 45 minutes into the flight, according to a criminal complaint and other people on the plane, Paola started screaming and threatening the other passengers. As part of an investigation into customer complaints and lawsuits filed against JetSmarter, CNBC obtained an exclusive video of the fli
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'Heads will be chopped off': Video shows terrifying private jet flight

Before he boarded a JetSmarter flight in Las Vegas, Maurice Paola was a little-known DJ and music producer. Now, he’s a symbol of private jet air rage and screening procedures at the flying service start-up.

Paola was one of several passengers on the flight headed to White Plains, New York, on Sept. 3. About 45 minutes into the flight, according to a criminal complaint and other people on the plane, Paola started screaming and threatening the other passengers.

As part of an investigation into customer complaints and lawsuits filed against JetSmarter, CNBC obtained an exclusive video of the flight. Taken by another passenger, the video shows Paola cursing and threatening to decapitate people who tried to stop him. He shouted: “Heads will be chopped off. Heads will be chopped off.”

He also screamed, “I’m a sick f—. I was just in a psych hospital. You have no idea.”

Paola then threatened other passengers in the small cabin of the Gulfstream IV, saying he would “kill them and their children,” referring to a family on board that had a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old in the seats behind him, according to the federal criminal complaint.


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United Airlines joins Delta in banning emotional-support puppies and kittens

United Airlines will no longer accept emotional-support kittens and puppies under four months of age and will ban emotional-support animals outright on long flights as it tries to crack down on soiled cabins and biting incidents that have harmed passengers and crew. Delta took the lead in banning young puppies and kittens last month. Airlines have been tightening restrictions after a surge in emotional-support animals on flights. Passengers in recent years have brought animals other than dogs an


United Airlines will no longer accept emotional-support kittens and puppies under four months of age and will ban emotional-support animals outright on long flights as it tries to crack down on soiled cabins and biting incidents that have harmed passengers and crew. Delta took the lead in banning young puppies and kittens last month. Airlines have been tightening restrictions after a surge in emotional-support animals on flights. Passengers in recent years have brought animals other than dogs an
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United Airlines joins Delta in banning emotional-support puppies and kittens

United Airlines will no longer accept emotional-support kittens and puppies under four months of age and will ban emotional-support animals outright on long flights as it tries to crack down on soiled cabins and biting incidents that have harmed passengers and crew.

The Chicago-based airline joins rival Delta Air Lines in tightening its rules. Delta took the lead in banning young puppies and kittens last month.

Airlines have been tightening restrictions after a surge in emotional-support animals on flights. Passengers in recent years have brought animals other than dogs and cats — including a turkey, a pig and a duck — on board as emotional-support animals. United last year denied boarding to a passenger traveling with a peacock as an emotional-support animal.

Support and service animals fly free of charge and without a carrier under the 1986 Air Carrier Access Act. But passengers and crew members have complained about animal allergies, dirtied cabins and aggression from the animals.


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Flights suspended at Britain’s Gatwick airport after reports of drones

Flights at London’s Gatwick airport remained suspended early on Thursday, five hours after the UK’s second-busiest airport halted them to investigate reports of two drones flying over its airfield, inconveniencing passengers days before the Christmas holiday period. Planes were unable to depart, while a number of flights scheduled to land were diverted to other airports, Gatwick said in a statement. The airport advised people flying or collecting someone from Gatwick on Wednesday or Thursday to


Flights at London’s Gatwick airport remained suspended early on Thursday, five hours after the UK’s second-busiest airport halted them to investigate reports of two drones flying over its airfield, inconveniencing passengers days before the Christmas holiday period. Planes were unable to depart, while a number of flights scheduled to land were diverted to other airports, Gatwick said in a statement. The airport advised people flying or collecting someone from Gatwick on Wednesday or Thursday to
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Flights suspended at Britain's Gatwick airport after reports of drones

Flights at London’s Gatwick airport remained suspended early on Thursday, five hours after the UK’s second-busiest airport halted them to investigate reports of two drones flying over its airfield, inconveniencing passengers days before the Christmas holiday period.

Planes were unable to depart, while a number of flights scheduled to land were diverted to other airports, Gatwick said in a statement. Gatwick apologized on Twitter to affected passengers, adding that safety was its “foremost priority”. The airport advised people flying or collecting someone from Gatwick on Wednesday or Thursday to check the status of their flights.

An increase in near collisions by unmanned aircraft and commercial jets has fueled safety concerns in the aviation industry in recent years. In Britain, the number of near misses between private drones and aircraft more than tripled between 2015 and 2017, with 92 incidents recorded last year, according to the UK Airprox Board.

There were multiple reports of drone sightings since the initial report of two drones at 2103 GMT on Wednesday, Gatwick said. Gatwick’s statement did not provide an estimate for the resumption of flights.

“We will update when we have suitable reassurance that it is appropriate to re-open the runway”, said the airport, which is investigating the situation alongside police.

Some passengers took to Twitter to express their annoyance over the situation.

“I have two tiny children on board and a hotel room at Gatwick to get to”, one passenger whose flight was redirected, complained to British Airways on Twitter. The airline said earlier that the situation was not within its control. Gatwick is 50 km (30 miles) south of London and competes with Europe’s busiest airport, Heathrow, 32 km (20 miles) west of London.

“Our airlines are working to provide affected passengers with hotel accommodation or transport passengers landing at other airports to Gatwick by other means, and Gatwick staff are looking after passengers in our terminals”, the airport said.


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‘Deliberate’ drone flights shut down London Gatwick airport, stranding thousands of travelers

Drone sightings kept London Gatwick Airport closed for a second day , disrupting travel for tens of thousands of passengers, while the military stepped in to assist what local law enforcement called a “deliberate act.” The incident stranded thousands of people during the busy Christmas travel period, as flights were grounded, while others were diverted to other airports. Gatwick serves more than 100,000 passengers a day, making it the second-busiest in the country after London Heathrow. The dron


Drone sightings kept London Gatwick Airport closed for a second day , disrupting travel for tens of thousands of passengers, while the military stepped in to assist what local law enforcement called a “deliberate act.” The incident stranded thousands of people during the busy Christmas travel period, as flights were grounded, while others were diverted to other airports. Gatwick serves more than 100,000 passengers a day, making it the second-busiest in the country after London Heathrow. The dron
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'Deliberate' drone flights shut down London Gatwick airport, stranding thousands of travelers

Drone sightings kept London Gatwick Airport closed for a second day , disrupting travel for tens of thousands of passengers, while the military stepped in to assist what local law enforcement called a “deliberate act.”

The incident stranded thousands of people during the busy Christmas travel period, as flights were grounded, while others were diverted to other airports. Gatwick serves more than 100,000 passengers a day, making it the second-busiest in the country after London Heathrow.

The drone flights near Gatwick’s airfield appeared to be “deliberate” but not an act of terror, according to Sussex Police. The armed forces were called in to help local law enforcement with “specialist equipment,” Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Thursday.

Two drones were sighted near Gatwick’s airfield on Wednesday night around 9 p.m. GMT, but the airport is “still receiving drone sightings” in the area, the airport’s CEO Stewart Wingate said in a statement.

“Therefore, until we are confident that the issue has been resolved it would clearly not be in the interests of passengers to do so as we could be jeopardizing their safety,” he said.

The incident highlights concerns among air safety regulators about preventing drones from flying close to aircraft and airfields, as the devices become more popular and easily obtainable.

Airlines offered passengers free flight changes due to the disruption. Budget carrier easyJet cancelled all of its flights scheduled for Thursday and said it would reimburse the “reasonable expenses” of travelers who arrange for alternative transportation.


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