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Man’s Bathroom Tirade Prompts Emergency Landing for Alaska Airlines Flight



A Los Angeles-bound Alaska Airlines flight traveling from New York City was forced to make an emergency landing in Kansas City on Thursday after a passenger launched into a tirade over having to wait in a long line for the bathroom while the first-class lavatories were empty, according to CBS Los Angeles.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed that the Boeing 737 was “diverted to Kansas City International Airport due to a passenger disturbance.” Upon landing, the unidentified man was arrested by police.

“You wrong. By making seven people wait here to use the bathroom here while the bathroom up there is empty, is wrong,” the man, seen wearing a New York Jets jersey and hat, is heard saying in the aisle in a video captured by a fellow passenger.

A woman who witnessed the outburst claims that the man threatened to kill the pilot and beat people up. “I don’t know if he was on something or what, but he just went from like night and day,” she told CBSLA.

Alaska Airlines said that the man did not try to gain access to the cockpit but did make a threat to harm the plane.

The flight eventually reached LAX Thursday night roughly four hours behind schedule.

Thursday’s incident comes just one day after a United Airlines flight traveling from Washington D.C. to San Francisco was diverted to Denver due to a airlines/united-airlines-plane-diverts-after-woman-gets-stuck-in-bathroom.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>passenger being stuck in the airplane’s bathroom.

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IATA: Damage to Air Travel Will Extend Into 2023



Any comeback by the beleaguered airline industry will extend into 2023, according to new data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airlines’ main trade group.

Long-haul travel will continue to lag behind and passenger fears about flying in general will contribute to the delay, Lonely Planet reported.

IATA estimates that passenger traffic won’t rebound to pre-crisis levels until at least 2023. It expects that global passenger demand in 2021 will be 24 percent below 2019 levels and 32 percent lower than the forecast the association made in October 2019.

The new data is based on a slower opening of economies and relaxation of travel restrictions. Lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders could return if the virus comes back strong in the fall and winter with a second wave, as some health officials have predicted.

In addition, another contributing factor is quarantine measures that have been instituted by various countries as well as individual states in the U.S. According to IATA, 69 percent of recent travelers that it surveyed said they would not consider traveling if it involved a 14-day quarantine period once they arrive at their destination. IATA is asking governments to find alternatives to the quarantine measures.

Of course, all of this is contingent upon the public’s willingness to fly—and instilling confidence in that will take time, said IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.

“To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for the economic recovery, we must not make that prognosis worse by making travel impracticable with quarantine measures,” he said. “We need a solution for safe travel that addresses two challenges. It must give passengers the confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle, and it must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus.”

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