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EasyJet is Suing Netflix Over its Show ‘Easy’

01 Oct 2018

EasyJet’s parent company, EasyGroup, says Netflix is infringing on its European trademarks.

EasyGroup owns the trademark for the word “easy” in Europe, and claims that Netflix distributing its original series ‘Easy’ on the continent is an infringement of copyright. The series stars Orlando Bloom and Emily Ratajkowski and is about couples exploring relationships and romance in Chicago. And no, it’s got nothing to do with planes.

“When Joe Swanberg came up with the name Easy for his new TV series a couple of years ago they should have checked with their European lawyers before using it. We own the European trademark [for] the word ‘easy’ and another 1,000 trademarks with easy as a prefix, and we can’t allow people to use it now as a brand name,” EasyGroup founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou told CNBC.

Netflix however, took a different view, and it told the Sunday Times that “viewers can tell the difference between a show they watch and a plane they fly in.”

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New Plane Seats Could Record How Much You Use the Bathroom

30 Sep 2018

Soon, your seat may be recording your actions to learn your in-flight habits, such as when you recline your seat, or even your bathroom attendance.

“The seats work to display some incredibly detailed information about how passengers spend time in their seats. The connected cabin tablet, using the iSeat program, displays who’s in each seat, if it’s occupied, whether the armrests are up or down, if the seatback table is in use and if passengers are reclined or not,” writes Brendan Dorsey at The Points Guy.

“In the past, if an airline wanted to know how often people used the lavatories, they’d have to put an employee in a nearby seat and have them count how many people went in and out throughout the flight,”

Some fliers are concerned about being observed by their airline while on transatlantic flights, and having their data tracked, but it could be beneficial to airlines when assigning their resources.

Dorsey continues, “If an airline knows that passengers rarely recline on flights of less than an hour, then it may place aircraft with seats that recline less on routes where it thinks travelers would tolerate it.”

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1 Missing After Plane Crash Landing in Micronesian Lagoon

29 Sep 2018

Air Niugini, the airline operating a flight that crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia on Friday, now says one man is missing, after earlier confirming all 47 passengers and crew had safely evacuated the sinking plane and been accounted for.

Air Niugini said in a statement that as of Saturday afternoon it was unable to account for a male passenger. The airline said it was “working with local authorities, hospitals and investigators” to try to find the man, but declined to share any details of the passenger.

7 people were taken to hospital but all are in stable condition.

Bill Jaynes, who was on the plane, said it came in very low.

“I thought we landed hard,” he said. “Until I looked over and saw a hole in the side of the plane and water was coming in. And I thought, well, this is not the way it’s supposed to happen.”

Jaynes continued, “I was really impressed with the locals who immediately started coming out in boats,”

Sailors working on a nearby a wharf also helped in the rescue by using an inflatable dinghy boat to shuttle people ashore.

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Drunk Passenger Tries to Enter Plane Cockpit to Charge His Phone

26 Sep 2018

A drunk passenger on an IndiGo Airlines flight attempted to get into the cockpit to charge his phone on Monday. The 35-year-old man, who has not been named, thought he would be able to plug his phone in the cockpit to charge.

Luckily the incident occurred before the aircraft took off from Mumbai for Kolkata, allowing the flight crew to remove the drunk man from the plane where he was escorted to the police station for questioning.

The airline called the scene a “security violation,” in a statement to Indian newspaper The Hindu, and said that the flight’s captain was “following standard operating procedures” when he offloaded the man from the flight.

Police did not find any offence against him to charge a case, and the man was later released by law enforcement.

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Ryanair Strikes See 150 Flights Cancelled

26 Sep 2018

Around 30,000 European passengers will be affected by Ryanair pilot and crew strikes on Friday.

The Irish carrier said about 8% of its 2,400 daily flights would be grounded due to the 24-hour walkouts in Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium over pay and conditions in the workplace.

150 flights scheduled for Friday have been cancelled, and all affected customers have been given three days notice.

Ryanair's chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs apologized for the strikes on behalf of the airline, and said in a statement, "We have done our utmost to avoid [the strikes], given that we have already offered these unions recognition agreements, Collective Labour Agreements, and a move to local contracts/law in 2019."

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