Americans are taking to the skies in record numbers this holiday season.
But if this past week is any indication, some of them could be in for a very bumpy ride.
On Tuesday, severe turbulence hit an American Airlines flight from South Korea to Dallas, terrifying, and even injuring some passengers, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing.
Other frightening problems ranged from engine trouble to very unruly passengers.
Rene Marsh is OutFront.
Officials are taking new steps to prevent an Ebola outbreak in the United States. Five major U.S. airports will begin additional screening for passengers arriving from Ebola stricken areas of West Africa, even taking everyone's temperatures.
CNN's Rene Marsh is OutFront from Washington's Dulles International Airport with the latest.
More than 1,800 flights were canceled Friday after a contractor started a fire and attempted to commit suicide at an air traffic control center in Illinois. All it took was one man's actions to completely snarl air traffic across the United States. But Virgin Group founder Richard Branson says that could soon become a thing of the past. He has a new book "The Virgin Way." In interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Branson explains why he believes supersonic travel is coming soon.
The U.S. Coast Guard is now heading to the coast of Jamaica where a plane crashed after flying, unresponsive, for hours.
The jet left Rochester, New York Friday morning en route to Naples, Florida and flew hundreds of miles off course, passing through Cuba. Two F-15s scrambled to trail the jet. Shortly before the plane stopped responding to air traffic control, there was a call about a problem on board.
The pilot asks to descend to 18,000 feet because "we have an indication that is not correct in the plane," according to a stream of that transmission posted on LiveATC.net.
OutFront, Miles O'Brien, a private pilot and David Soucie, a Former FAA Safety Inspector, along with Dr. Armand Dorian, a Los Angeles doctor who treated an airplane stowaway who survived back in 2000.
There's a national debate over whether fellow passengers should be able to recline their seats. It's caused three flights in the past two weeks to make emergency landings.
One man used the now famous Knee Defender to keep the passenger in front of him from reclining. It lead to a fight so heated his plane from Newark to Denver had to be diverted to Chicago.
Do you recline your seat fully on planes? If not, why? If so, why?
— Erin Burnett (@ErinBurnett) September 5, 2014
An aviation expert tells CNN that diverting a flight is costly. It costs airlines about $6,000 per hour and that doesn't include airport landing fees for some flights.
So why all the fights over legroom?
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) September 5, 2014