In brief: Passengers fight over a reclined seat
Plane lands when a fight breaks out over a seat, another NYC hotel housekeeper is sexually assaulted, visitors are up to the US Navy SEAL museum, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Lowered seat causes fight, plane turns around
It started with a reclined seat and escalated Sunday night on a plane bound for Ghana from Dulles International Airport. When one passenger became upset with another for lowering his seatback, a physical fight broke out and the pilot turned the Boeing around to return to Dulles, tailed by two F-16 fighter jets called to action during the altercation. Police offers who met the flight at the gate decided not to press charges, reports the Washington Post.
US Navy SEAL museum attendance rises
Visitors to the Navy SEAL museum in Florida have tripled since the Navy SEAL-orchestrated killing of Osama bin Laden on 2 May, the AP says. Many question docents about the raid and are looking for the “truth” about the mission, the museum’s executive director says. The AP story describes the interior and recounts the history of the Fort Pierce museum dedicated to the secretive SEALs.
Second sexual attack on an NYC hotel housekeeper occurs
Police arrested a guest of The Pierre hotel in Manhattan for allegedly sexually assaulting a housekeeper, the second such case in a New York City hotel in the span of a few weeks. On 14 May the former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested on charges of sexually attacking a housekeeper at the Sofitel. In light of the incidents, hotel staffs are reviewing their safety procedures and considering implementing new ones, according to USA Today.
"This Air France accident is going to be a seminal accident that will be studied for years, and we need to ask ourselves as an industry tough questions about the way we're designing airplanes, the way we're displaying information to the pilots in the cockpit. And about whether or not making airplanes more complicated, more technologically advanced makes it more difficult for pilots to very quickly intervene and very effectively act when things go awry."
CBS News “aviation and safety expert” Capt Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger spoke about the catastrophic Air France flight 447, which plunged into the Atlantic two years ago today. Last week we reported on revelations from the flight’s black box.