Posted tagged ‘Air Travel’

Southwest Airlines Checks Planes for Cracks

April 4, 2011

Southwest Airlines expects to cancel approximately 100 flights today as investigators continue inspecting its fleet after a mid air incident on a Sacramento bound flight last week.

Seriously…I cannot imagine being mid flight and losing a portion of the cabin. I’d probably have a bit of a panic attack 🙂

From CNN:

The Texas-based airline grounded 79 planes for inspection after a hole opened on top of a Boeing 737 mid-flight Friday.

It canceled approximately 600 flights to accommodate the inspections: 300 on Saturday and 300 flights on Sunday.

So far, investigators have found indications of cracks in three other aircraft, the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday.

Of the planes inspected, 19 had returned to service by Sunday afternoon, the airline said.

Suspicious Bag on Flight Was “Just a Test Device”

November 19, 2010

A suspicious piece of luggage that was about to be loaded onto a flight in Namibia was a “test device” from a U.S. company that tests alarm and security systems.

From CNN:

An official with the U.S. Transporation Security Administration said Friday that they are working with German and Namibian authorities to determine the origin of the device and the reason it was being transported on the plane.

“We applaud the vigilance of the aviation security authorities who discovered the device and took quick action to ensure that it did not pose a threat to the aircraft and passengers,” the TSA official told CNN.

The discovery of the bag at Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport in Namibia delayed flight 7377 to Munich, Germany on Wednesday and raised security concerns, a spokeswoman for the airline, Air Berlin, said Thursday.

Computer Glitch Causes Flight Delays Nationwide

August 27, 2008

Travelers across the country are facing flight delays today as the result of a computer issue at the Federal Aviation Administration.

From Reuters:

Air traffic at several major airports across the United States was delayed on Tuesday afternoon due to a glitch in the system for filing flight plans, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The Department of Homeland Security said there was no link to terrorism and the FAA said the computer glitch did not affect safety.

“This is not a safety issue,” FAA spokeswoman Tammy Jones said. “It is a problem with the (computer) system that is used to process flight plans.”

Jones said she did not know when the problem would be resolved.

The problem began at 1:25 p.m. EDT (1925 GMT) when a communications link failed in the system that processes flight plan data at a facility south of Atlanta, FAA officials said.

The FAA has two systems that process flight plans. One is located in Atlanta and the other one in Salt Lake City. The Atlanta system went down at approximately 1:30pm (ET) today, and all flight plans are presently being handled out of Salt Lake City. According to the FAA, about 6,500 airplanes are in FAA system but they have not said exactly how many were in the sky and how many were on the ground when the problem occurred.

As a result of this issue, delays could pile up at airports across the country. Delays up to 90 minutes are already surfacing at several airports with more anticipated throughout the day. Hey, at least its not a story about the rising cost to fly, right? And I’m glad this didn’t happen on Labor Day weekend. Thoughts?