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Distraught Passenger Accuses Airline of Losing Pet Cat

27 Jun 2018

A distraught passenger has accused Malaysia Airlines of allowing his cat - that was supposed to be transported with him on a domestic flight- to escape.

Kiran Kumar Nesarajah said in a Facebook post that ground crew at an airport in Labuan in eastern Malaysia had let the pet escape on the runway before his flight took off.

Kiran locked the pet carrier the animal was travelling in, but claims that someone opened it after the cat had been checked and did not know how to close it properly, allowing it to get out.

"Now we have a lost frightened cat hiding in a drainpipe on the runway," he wrote in the post earlier this week.

He said staff only searched for the cat for 10 minutes before giving up - and then his flight took off for Kuala Lumpur.

After landing in the capital, "flight crew and ground staff don’t know anything," he said.

"Not a single call. No one to explain what happened."

The airline said in a statement the incident was under investigation. "Malaysia Airlines gives serious care and attention to all its cargo and is looking into the matter," it said.

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Image credit: Aylmer Vet Clinic

Airline Cabin Crew May be at Higher Risk of Cancer

27 Jun 2018

As well as the mental strain from having to deal with unruly customers, flight attendants face many physiological hazards like circadian rhythm disruptions, breathing poor-quality recycled air, and exposure to ionizing radiation from spending so much time in the upper atmosphere.

Medical scientists have been aware of the risks airline crew face for some time, but the results from the small handful of studies focused on the issue have so far been contradictory, especially when it comes to cancer.

A new study by the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health seems to have finally made a breakthrough, after finding that a sizeable group of airline crew members had higher than normal rates of many different cancer types.

“We report a higher prevalence of every cancer outcome we examined among cabin crew relative to the general population, including breast, uterine, cervical, gastrointestinal, thyroid, melanoma, and non-melanoma skin cancers.” The team reports in the journal Environmental Health.

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French Air Strikes Continue to Disrupt Flights

23 Jun 2018

Up to 300 flights to and around France this weekend have been cancelled due to strikes.

Air traffic controllers announced industrial action at Marseille Airport yesterday and today.

As a result, EasyJet has had to cancel 208 flights passing through the airspace while Ryanair has cut around 100 planned departures, with other airlines set to follow.

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Image credit: Euro News

Mexican Airline Offers Free Flights to Reunite Families Separated by Immigration Policy

23 Jun 2018

The Mexican airline Volaris said it would work with authorities in the United States, Mexico and Central America to offer free flights on its pre-existing routes to reunite children with their parents. According to its website, Volaris flies to over 65 locations across Mexico, the United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

"It hurts us to see these children without their parents and it is our vocation to reunite them," Volaris said in a statement.

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American Airlines Makes Statement on Family Separation Policy

20 Jun 2018

American today released the following statement on recent reports of separated families:

“The family separation process that has been widely publicized is not at all aligned with the values of American Airlines — we bring families together, not apart. American, like many U.S. airlines, provides travel to the federal government through contracts; however, the government does not disclose information about the nature of the flights it takes or the passengers who are traveling. While we have carried refugees for non-profits and the government, many of whom are being reunited with family or friends, we have no knowledge that the federal government has used American to transport children who have been separated from their parents due to the recent immigration policy, but we would be extremely disappointed to learn that is the case.

“We have therefore requested the federal government to immediately refrain from using American for the purpose of transporting children who have been separated from their families due to the current immigration policy. We have no desire to be associated with separating families, or worse, to profit from it. We have every expectation the government will comply with our request and we thank them for doing so.”

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