Stowaway cat attacks pilot on passenger flight, forcing emergency landing – National

Pilots on a Qatar-bound flight were forced to make an emergency landing due to an unwelcome cat in the cockpit last month in what was reportedly a very hairy situation for the crew. The Tarco Airlines flight was en route from Sudan to Qatar on Feb. 25 when a cat came out of hiding […]

Critics rip ‘Flyin’ Ted’ Cruz for Cancun vacation amid Texas storm – National

Millions of Texas residents were shivering in the dark while their Republican senator, Ted Cruz, was flying off to Cancun this week, during an ill-timed vacation he took amid a historic snowstorm in his home state. Sources initially confirmed to The Associated Press, Fox News and the New York Times that Cruz flew to […]

N.Z. airport security catches woman with 900 cactus parts under her clothes – National

New Zealand is sticking it to a convicted cactus smuggler by pricking her with 100 hours of community service after she was caught trying to sneak hundreds of prohibited plants into the country under her clothes. The cacti caper dates back to 2019, when Wenqing Li, a.k.a. Wendy Li, was arrested on two separate […]

Couple accused of knowingly boarding flight to Hawaii with COVID-19 – National

A man and a woman from Hawaii are facing charges for allegedly catching a flight home from California after testing positive for COVID-19, despite orders to quarantine at the airport. Wesley Moribe, 41, and Courtney Peterson, 46, were arrested Sunday in Hawaii on charges of second-degree reckless endangering, Hawaii News Now and CNN report. […]

Coronavirus ‘Travel Pass’ concept picks up steam with airline industry – National

With increasingly positive news about an impending COVID-19 vaccine, some industries are taking a closer look at the feasibility of so-called health passports. The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) revealed Monday that it is developing a “Travel Pass” that would enable travellers to log and identify their COVID-19 test results or vaccination certificate before […]

Women forced off Qatar Airways flight for ‘invasive’ exam and strip search – National

WARNING: This story contains details some may find disturbing. Please read at your own discretion. More than a dozen Australian women were reportedly marched off a Qatar Airways flight, strip-searched and given an invasive medical exam of their genitalia in an incident that has been condemned as sexist, humiliating and grossly inappropriate. The searches […]

Australia allows flights from New Zealand without quarantine as coronavirus cases fall – National

Hundreds of New Zealand plane passengers started arriving in Sydney on Friday as part of a new trans-Tasman travel bubble amid a rapidly falling growth rate in cases at the epicentre of Australia’s coronavirus outbreak. In a tentative re-opening to international tourism, travellers on the approved flights won’t be required to quarantine in Sydney, […]

Pilot reports another ‘jetpack rocket man’ in sky near L.A. airport – National

A rocket man is burning up air traffic controllers once again at Los Angeles International Airport, after another flight crew reported a close encounter with an unidentified flying individual in a jetpack. The encounter happened around 1:45 p.m. local time on Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says. It’s the second time a […]