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An Indian green court ordered the country’s aviation safety regulator to ensure planes don’t dump human waste during flights, ruling on a plea by a New Delhi resident who claimed his neighborhood had to endure excreta that fell from the skies.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the safety regulator, should conduct surprise checks on aircraft when they land to ensure their human-waste containers aren’t empty, a three-member panel headed by Swatanter Kumar, chairman of the National Green Tribunal said in an order.

Satwant Singh Dahiya, a resident near New Delhi’s airport, filed a case in October saying houses in his neighborhood were damaged by feces dumped by airlines at night. In another incident, a 60-year-old woman suffered a shoulder injury in December last year probably caused by human excreta falling from the skies, the Times of India newspaper reported.

Airlines will have to pay 50,000 rupees ($735) every time their human waste tanks are found empty on landing, and the DGCA must maintain a helpline to take complaints on falling excreta, the tribunal said.

Aircraft lavatories have tanks attached to them to store waste. These are emptied at airports by the ground crew on landing. However, some excreta can be discharged mid-air in case of a leakage due to technical faults. These are converted to ice at high altitude and fall off the plane’s surface.

The Central Pollution Control Board, a government body, could not ascertain whether a sample it tested was human or bird waste, although the court said chemicals present in the sample clearly indicated that it was human excreta.

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A baggage handler was locked inside an airplane’s cargo area during a 1.5-hour flight from North Carolina to Northern Virginia on Sunday.

A United Airlines spokeswoman said Monday that the airline was looking into how it had happened. The baggage handler, Reginald Gaskin, 45, was unharmed.

Reached by The Washington Post on Monday night, Gaskin declined to discuss how he wound up inside the plane. He said he had been advised by an attorney not to discuss the matter.

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Do 'longest flight' records matter?

Qatar Airways has launched what it says is the longest current non-stop commercial route, after completing a journey from Doha to Auckland.

Flight QR920 landed on Monday after 16 hours and 23 minutes, slightly quicker than expected.

The Boeing 777-200LR jet was showered with water cannons on arrival - a tradition for airlines on new routes.

Carriers like to talk up these records, but how are they measured and do they really matter?

Measuring flights can be complicated

Longest (time) or furthest (distance) are the two key distinctions to make, but it's not as simple as it might sound.

Qatar Airways' new route maybe the longest by time. But the 14,535km (9,032 miles) trip is not the longest existing flight by distance - a claim currently held by Air India's Delhi to San Francisco route which is 15,127 km.

But regardless of the route, flight time is dependent on headwinds or tailwinds.

For example Qatar's return leg form Auckland to Doha is is expected to take about 18 hours because of headwinds.

"The longest flying time doesn't always correspond with the longest distance," says Ellis Taylor of Flightglobal.

"Of course, from a passenger perspective, the flying time is pro

Long-haul flights are essential to the business

Record-breaking flights may make headlines. But new long-haul flights mean nothing if they're treated as a standalone route, says Mr Taylor. Rather, it's what a new route brings to the airline's existing network.

"On its own, it wouldn't be viable to fly between Auckland and Doha, but Qatar is focusing on the passengers from Auckland going on to Europe, Africa, the US or elsewhere," says Mr Taylor.

"In that light, even though it may take some time for the route to stack up from a profit perspective, it may help the economics of its wider network."


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US to ban laptops and tablets on flights from eight countries




Another chaos at airport.

Something's not right with this list/ban especially for AUH - it's a pre-clearance airport and that means it must meet US standards for security screening. And haven't potential terrorist heard of connecting flights?



But somehow, UK list's does not include Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai.

Of course not. QR holds 20% of IAG and EK is one of the biggest non-EU carriers into the UK. Imagine how much money they'll lose from business travelers and tourists if they implement this ban for EK/QR/EY.

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Airlines Make More Money Selling Miles Than Seats


Does your wallet contain an airline-branded credit card? If so, your daily Starbucks visits, iTunes selections, and dining habits serve a critical role in keeping the U.S. airline industry fat and happy.


For carriers such as American Airlines riding Citigroup Inc. plastic, or Delta on American Express Co., these programs are a cash cow, a golden goose, or any other fiscal livestock you care to conjure. Each mile fetches an airline anywhere from 1.5 cents to 2.5 cents 1 , and the big banks amass those miles by the billions, doling them out to cardholders each month.



In many ways, the Big Three U.S. airlines have organized themselves into two distinct businesses. Theres the traditional activitythe one with jetswhich involves pricing seats for as much as possible, collecting a bag fee, and selling some food and drinks while keeping a close eye on costs. The other business is the sale of milesmostly to the big banks, but also to companies that range from car rental firms to hotels to magazine peddlers.


The latter has expanded so much that it accounts for more than half of all profits for some airlines, including American Airlines Group Inc., the worlds largest.




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A Dutch student learned the hard way that some deals are too good to be true when he landed in Sydney, Canada instead of Sydney, Australia.


Milan Schipper told the CBC that he bought his flight because it was much cheaper than all the other tickets.

Instead of heading straight to the beach, as he had planned, he found himself in near-blizzard conditions with nothing more than a light jacket.


Airline employees helped him book a return ticket home to Amsterdam.

The 18-year-old says he knew something was amiss when he had a layover in Toronto, and his connecting flight was in a small Air Canada plane.


"The plane was really small and so I figured, would that make it to Australia?" he told the CBC.


It's not the first time hapless travellers have made that mistake.

In 2002, a young British couple also landed in the Sydney more famous for its lobster boats than its opera house.


In 2009, the Daily Mail reported that a Dutch grandfather travelling with his son also wound up there by accident.


Italian tourists made a similar error in 2010.



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Bomb Jokes on Indonesian Flights Have Officials Cracking Down, Not Up

On Monday night, at least 10 passengers suffered injuries, including broken bones, after a 26-year-old man on a Lion Air plane preparing to take off from the city of Pontianak on Borneo island told a flight attendant there was a bomb on board, The Associated Press reported.
A video circulating on social media appeared to show what happened next: passengers on the wing, fleeing the plane. The A.P. quoted an airline spokesman, Danang Mandala, as saying that a panicked passenger had opened both emergency exits on the plane’s right side without the cabin crew’s permission. The police later searched the plane but found nothing suspicious.









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It started with your shoes, then your water. Now the TSA wants your snacks.

They came for your laptops. And for your liquids, and your shoes. Now, the Transportation Security Administration is coming for your snacks.
Passengers at airports across the country — including all three of the Washington region’s major airports — are reporting a rise in TSA agents instructing them to remove their snacks and other food items from their carry-ons and place them in those ubiquitous plastic bins for a separate screening.
It’s not part of the agency’s standard policy, according to TSA spokesman Mike England. It’s simply a recommendation issued by the agency last year to help speed the bag-check process. Screening supervisors at airports have the discretion to decide whether, and when, to demand that passengers proffer up their pretzel packs for a solo trip through the X-ray machine.
But the “recommendation” appears to be gaining steam and moving rapidly into the territory of de-facto protocol, according to travelers who have received snack-related notices from their airlines, and who have been informed by rank-and-file TSA screeners that the snack checks are now standard practice.

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Before Debbie Winsett boarded a recent Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to Washington, a flight attendant added a surprise restriction to her ticket.


While waiting to board, an agent announced that a passenger had a nut allergy and we should refrain from using or eating any nut products on the flight, says Winsett, a real estate manager from Visalia, Calif. Though I empathize with the allergic traveler, there were several comments from passengers who had bought or brought food containing nuts, and many wondered if they had to comply.




Guess the end of mh kacang masim is in sight.

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Roads in Sabah & Sarawak are different in a sense that there is no direct route cutting through mountainous region to reach the other side. Widening road also not possible in most places as these roads were carved on the hillside.


Currently a drive from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan takes around 5 hours, then another 3 or so to Tawau. Mind you most Chinese tourist now goes to Semporna via flight to Tawau. Both Tawau and Sandakan airports has seen expansion on the runway and terminal recently and maybe they should expand it again to cater for more flights. More flight means (hopefully) cheaper price.


Moving forward perhaps to allow foreign airlines direct flight to Tawau to increase competition.

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Roads in Sabah and Sarawak at most designed as JKR's R3 standard with minor section up until R5 standard in more populated areas. There are six standards of road design in malaysia with highest as R6 e.g. PLUS highway.


Back to flights, if using upgraded Pan Borneo highway can reduce driving time from KK to Sandakan to just 3-4 hours, I believe demand for flights to SDK would be affected, but TWU would be much less. There are some tourists who prefer rent a vehicle and drive to the east coast rather than flying.

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