August 26th, 2014
09:12 PM ET

United flight diverted over legroom scuffle

(CNN) - Do airline passengers have the right to recline?

That simmering debate among fliers escalated Sunday aboard a United Airlines flight that was diverted after two passengers argued over the use of a device that blocks reclining.

A Knee Defender, a gadget that "helps you stop reclining seats on airplanes so your knees won't have to," was at the root of the disturbance.

United Flight 1462 from Newark to Denver was forced to divert to Chicago's O'Hare airport, according to United Airlines. The airline said that it does not allow the use of the recline-blocking device on its aircraft.

A federal law enforcement source, speaking on background, said the incident involved a male and a female passenger, both 48 years old.


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July 29th, 2014
09:16 PM ET

Body "apparent stowaway" found on U.S. Air Force plane

Just three ago, a teenager hitched a ride to Hawaii by hiding in the landing gear of a passenger jet. Remarkably, he survived.

Body of 'apparent stowaway' found in U.S. Air Force plane that traversed Africa

That was not the case for an "apparent stowaway" found in the wheel well of a U.S. military plane. CNN's Tom Foreman has the story.

In April: Stowaway's body went into a 'frozen state,' doctor says

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Filed under: Aviation Industry • International • News
July 25th, 2014
08:37 PM ET

Air Algerie plane crash victims remembered

French forces have secured the crash site in Mali where Air Algerie came down Thursday. There were no survivors.

'Disintegrated' Air Algerie plane found with no survivors; 'black box' recovered 

Among the victims of the crash were Richard and Paulina Julia, a couple that had been running a hotel in Burkina Faso.

Their friend Keith Breedlove is OutFront.

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Filed under: Air Algerie flight • Aviation Industry • International • News
July 24th, 2014
10:09 PM ET

Air Algerie plane with 116 on board crashes in Mali

(CNN) - The wreckage of an Air Algerie flight that crashed early Thursday has been found in the northern Mali desert, officials in Burkina Faso, where the plane took off, said on state-owned RTB television.

No survivors were found, according to Burkina Faso Gen. Gilbert Diendere.

Flight 5017 was carrying at least 116 people when it departed for Algeria. It disappeared from radar after diverting from its planned course due to bad weather, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters.

At least 50 of the passengers aboard the MD-83 were French. Mali will lead the investigation into the crash.

French forces, including two fighter jets, helped search for the aircraft, along with Algerian and U.N. personnel in the region, Fabius said.


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Filed under: Aviation Industry • International • Mali • News
July 24th, 2014
02:27 PM ET

Safety concerns grow for takeoff, landing

Two more fighter jets were shot down over Ukraine Wednesday, less than a week after a passenger plane was shot out of the sky killing 298 people.

The incidents raise new questions about the safety of passenger planes in the U.S.

Are American flyers vulnerable?

CNN's Polo Sandoval is OutFront.

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Filed under: Aviation Industry • MH17 plane crash • Terrorism
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