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‘Even a dog wouldn’t eat it’: Sri Lankan president scolds airline for serving poor-quality nuts

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Airline stated that it has stopped serving cashew nuts on its flight after the country’s president expressed his dissatisfaction with their quality. President Maithripala Sirisena complained that during his recent trip with the airlines, the cashews he consumed were not fit for human consumption, as per a BBC report. “Returning from Kathmandu, I was served some cashews on board a SriLankan flight, but it was so bad even a dog wouldn’t eat it,” Sirisena told the news agency. He further stated during…

Airline worker steals empty plane, crashes it into island

An airline worker stole an empty plane from Seattle airport on Friday and crashed it into a nearby sparsely populated island, sparking a security scare that saw US fighter jets scrambled. There was no indication that the incident was an act of terror, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter. Follow this thread for official info. This is not a terrorist incident. Confirmed info .. this is a single suicide male. We know who he is. No others involved. — Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) August 11, 2018…

China’s airline to launch regular flight from Urumqi to Lahore in June

BEIJING: China Southern will launch regular flights between Urumqi, the capital of Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and the Pakistani city of Lahore in June this year. China Southern Airlines will launch 11 new domestic routes in the region, according to Xu Jianmin, vice sales manager of the company’s Xinjiang branch on Tuesday. Five of the routes, according to Pakistan’s state-run wire service, will connect regional cities such as Yining, Karamay and Korla with cities in central and southern parts…

PIA to probe officers showering currency notes in Islamabad office

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) administration has launched a probe against two of its officers, Usman and Amjad Durrani, for showering currency notes in the office.  The airline took notice of the news aired at ARY News showing one of the officers, Sales Manager Amjad Durrani, seen showering 1000-rupee notes on his colleague Usman during office hours in Islamabad’s sales department. According to our correspondent, the cash was generated from sales of airline tickets which had to be deposited into…

VIDEO: Indian airline staff beat up passenger at Delhi airport

NEW DELHI: A shocking has surfaced online showing staffers of one of top Indian airlines badly beating up an elderly passenger after an alternation on tarmac. This drama, according to NDTV, unfolded on October 15 when a passenger Rajiv Katiyal got into an argument with some ground staffers over some issue and he allegedly abused them. What sparked this argument has not been ascertained yet. Two to three IndiGo ground staffers stopped Katyal from boarding the bus which was taking passengers to the terminal. They then…

Technology glitch causes delays for airlines, airports

Major airlines around the world were briefly hit by computer problems on Thursday morning, causing some minor delays at airports, due to a problem with a system from Spanish travel technology firm Amadeus. Amadeus, which operates global travel booking systems and offers check-in services for airlines, said it suffered a network problem on Thursday which caused a disruption to some of its systems and but had fixed the problem. “Amadeus can confirm that our systems are recovered and are now functioning normally,” a…

Saudi Arabian airline says US laptop ban lifted

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's national carrier said a US ban on laptops and tablets in the cabins of its US-bound planes had been lifted on Wednesday. The kingdom's civil aviation authorities informed Saudia that the ban had been lifted after a US team inspected security measures at airports in Riyadh and Jeddah, the airline's spokesman Abdulrahman al-Taieb said. Washington in March barred all electronic devices larger than a mobile phone in the cabins of direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in Turkey, the…

United incident exposes limited rights of US air passengers

CHICAGO: The online video footage of a United Airlines passenger dragged off a flight, which damaged the company's reputation, highlighted the limited options US passengers have on overbooked flights.  United's problems began after security officers on Sunday dragged a 69-year-old man off a flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky, because he refused to be "bumped" -- an airline practice that has gotten increased scrutiny in light of the incident. Some passengers recorded the incident and posted videos online. The…

Emirates offers laptop ‘handlers’ to cope with US ban

DUBAI: Emirates airline on Thursday announced it will provide a free packing-and-handling service for passengers on flights hit by a US ban on electronic devices larger than a standard smartphone. Emirates will allow passengers to hold on to their laptops and tablets after checking in until boarding time, when security staff at the gates will themselves pack the devices into boxes and load them onto the flight. "Our new complimentary service enables passengers, particularly those flying for business, to have the…

Saudi carrier flynas in $8.6 bn Airbus deal: shareholder

RIYADH: Low-cost Saudi carrier flynas has concluded an $8.6 billion purchase deal with Airbus, a major shareholder said Thursday, as competition grows in the kingdom's expanding market. Kingdom Holding Co, which owns a 34 percent stake in the airline, said flynas has finalised the "deal with Airbus for the purchase of new aircraft". It gave no details of the number or type of planes that flynas will acquire but a source close to the negotiations told AFP they are from the A320 family of single-aisle aircraft.…