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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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Self-Made Businessman Launches Britain’s First Sharia Airline

13 Jun 2018

Bangladeshi-British businessman Kazi Shafiqur Rahman calls himself the “Halal Richard Branson”. The 32-year-old says the idea came to him when he was cleaning toilets in London City Airport, and he has always dreamed of following in the footsteps of the Virgin boss to launch his own airline.

Firnas Airways is on the brink of its launch and is compliant with the teachings of Islam, with modest dress for cabin crew, Halal food, and strictly no alcohol on board.

Rahman, himself a Muslim who has experienced stigma when travelling, said in a comment:

“All Muslims are loving it. But on the other hand you have the Islamophobic people,” He added: “I am a British citizen but whenever you pass through security you feel like you have done something wrong.”

The entrepreneur hopes to see Firnas Airways eventually fly long haul to the Middle East but to start with the airline, which is leasing a 19 seater Jetstream 32 plane at a cost of £8,500 a month, will fly short haul commuter routes between UK cities.

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Flight From Rome to Chicago Diverted After Bomb Threat

11 Jun 2018

A flight from Rome to Chicago was diverted to Ireland’s Shannon Airport on Monday after security discovered a message on board making reference to a bomb, Ireland police and airline officials said.

The message was found in the plane toilet, officials said, but declined to comment further on the nature of the threat. It was not clear whether the note was posted in the bathroom prior to takeoff or during the flight.

“After assessing the situation, our crew made the decision to divert to the nearest available airport,” said United. “Additional security screenings will be performed on all customers and baggage.”

A U.S. government source said similar incidents involving threatening notes found on aeroplanes happen about once a week.

The airline said on Twitter that the flight was now cancelled and would depart for Chicago on Tuesday.

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Passenger on Jet2 Flight Banned for Life

10 Jun 2018

A passenger on a Jet2 flight from Belfast to Ibiza was handed a lifetime ban after forcing it to divert to Toulouse due to his abusive behaviour.

A passenger on the flight with her four month old baby reported that the man was part of a "large stag group" that was "quite rowdy" when they came on board.

The captain gave a stern warning that only alcohol bought on board could be consumed during the flight, and nothing that was purchased in duty free could be consumed.

When the already intoxicated passenger, who was reportedly ‘playing with a blow up doll’, was refused to be served alcohol on the flight he became verbally abusive.

Jet2 spokesperson said such behaviour would "not be tolerated", and the plane made a diversion to Toulouse to remove the passenger as the situation escalated. The diversion almost doubled the length of the 3 hour flight.

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