Ellen Milligan Bloomberg News Published 4:43 PM EST Dec 16, 2018 Airlines are finding it hard to clamp down on instances of racism and sexual harassment, with just one in 20 leading to offenders being removed from planes, according to data from the industry’s own trade group. Last year saw 350 reported cases of “inappropriate touching” and racial, homophobic and ageist abuse on flights, the provisional International Air Transport Association figures show. Police or security officers became involved in only 178 of the incidents, with 141 resulting in nothing more than a warning. And just 17 passengers were taken off the aircraft. Several well-publicized incidents in the past year have led to criticism of airlines, which at times have appeared more concerned with keeping flights on schedule than addressing miscreants. A video showing a white man abusing a black woman sitting close to him on a Ryanair Holdings Plc flight went viral in October, for example, while … [Read more...] about Airlines struggle to deal with racist passengers
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The video of a woman being racially abused by a fellow passenger on a Ryanair flight had many people wondering why the man, who was also aggressive towards her and the staff, was not thrown off the plane. Instead, the woman he was being racist towards was moved to another seat. Euronews takes a look at the airline protocols in place to minimise the chances of poor passenger behaviour. ‘Disobeying the crew’s ‘air navigation order’ equals breaking the law’ A professional steward of 13 years working for a UK-based airline and blogger on cabin crew life told Euronews that on most airlines, the man in the video would be considered a ‘disruptive passenger’. "There is no way this man should have stayed on the aircraft", the blogger, who goes by the pseudonym Dan Air (unrelated to the airline of the same name that ceased operations in 1992), said. "He was abusive and racist towards the lady, but also abusive towards other passengers. The staff asked … [Read more...] about How do you get thrown off a flight? Do airlines have a plan for bad behaviour?
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ryanair on Monday barred all media from reporting at its annual shareholder meeting next week, saying the move is to allow shareholders to raise matters freely with the board without discussions being "distorted".Journalists generally report from annual general meetings (AGMs) of publicly listed companies and Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary usually speaks to the media at press briefings for each year's meeting. Ryanair said there would be no press briefing this year.Europe's largest low-cost carrier has suffered its worst ever strikes this summer as it struggled to quell protests over slow progress in negotiating collective labor agreements with pilots and cabin crew.RELATED: 20 best airlines in the world 20 PHOTOS 20 best airlines in the world See Gallery 20 best airlines in the world 20. Hong Kong Airlines Previous rank: 24 Why it's awesome: Hong Kong Airlines has been on an impressive growth streak over the … [Read more...] about Ryanair bars journalists from annual shareholders meeting as pilot dispute rumbles on
Express-News Editorial Board Published 12:00 am CDT, Saturday, August 25, 2018 A T-6A aircraft at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph on March 2. An oxygen delivery system in this plane might be imperiling pilot lives. A T-6A aircraft at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph on March 2. An oxygen delivery system in this plane might be imperiling pilot lives. Photo: Tom Reel /San Antonio Express-News Photo: Tom Reel /San Antonio Express-News Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 A T-6A aircraft at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph on March 2. An oxygen delivery system in this plane might be imperiling pilot lives. A T-6A aircraft at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph on March 2. An oxygen delivery system in this plane might be imperiling pilot lives. Photo: Tom Reel … [Read more...] about Solve mystery of oxygen system
By David Olive Business Columnist Mon., Aug. 20, 2018 The bloated workforce of Air France-KLM SA, Europe’s biggest airline by passengers carried, would be well advised to put its trust in its new Canadian CEO, announced last week, rather than whine about him. In a joint statement last week, nine of the airline’s unions said it is “inconceivable” that a foreigner be entrusted to carry on with the “French model” of airline management. But that model, followed by Smith’s ousted predecessor, has consisted of frequent strikes, defecting customers, and unprofitability. Air France-KLM lost $406.9 million in 2017. And so far this year, the airline has endured 15 days of strikes and lost revenues. Incoming CEO Benjamin (Ben) Smith, 46, hails from Air Canada, where the 19-year industry veteran was operations chief. Article Continued Below Air Canada investors are benefiting from one of most impressive turnarounds in … [Read more...] about A Canadian ‘pilot’ takes the controls at Air France