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Teachers Sue Delta Over Fuel Dump

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A small group of teachers filed suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Delta Air Lines, following a Jan. 14 incident in which their school, including small children, was doused with fuel.

Delta Flight 89 was en-route to Shanghai from Los Angeles when the plane had to turn around after a compressor stall that resulted in an emergency fuel dump in order to reduce the weight of the plane and land back at LAX.

Unfortunately, a good portion of the fuel landed on teachers and students at nearby Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy.

The four teachers are now seeking unspecified damages over the incident.

“The plaintiffs could feel the fuel on their clothes, their flesh, their eyes and their skin,” a lawyer for the teachers said, adding that the fuel “penetrated their mouths and noses as well, producing a lasting and severe irritation.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, the suit says jet fuel is dangerous to humans and cites the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The flight did land safely shortly after the fuel dump, with all 167 passengers and crew unharmed.

The Federal Aviation Administration has already launched an investigation into the incident.

The plane could clearly be seen flying at a low altitude and dumping fuel, even though FAA rules say a fuel dump should occur only over designated areas – such as a body of water – and only at high altitude so that it evaporates before hitting the ground.

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TSA Bans TikTok Videos From Agency Social Media Accounts

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Sunday employees would no longer be permitted to use TikTok to post on behalf of the agency’s social media accounts.

According to the New York Post, the decision to ban the use of the Chinese owned video-sharing app comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer voiced concerns about potential national security issues.

TSA officials said several employees who managed the agency’s social media accounts had used the TikTok platform to create videos that were shared with followers, but the agency has told its staff they are no longer allowed to use the video-sharing app on TSA accounts.

While the TSA never had a TikTok account or posted content directly to the platform, the federal agency’s employees posted videos on TSA social media accounts that featured the social media platform’s logo in the corner.

Senator Schumer began advocating for the agency to stop using TikTok after he called on intelligence officials to investigate the platform to protect national security. He followed up his comments with a letter to TSA Administrator David Pekoske on Saturday, which sparked the ban.

When asked about the decision, Schumer defended his position and cited a Department of Homeland Security rule prohibiting TikTok on agency devices. The Department of Defense and the State Department have also banned employees from posting on the social media platform.

“Given the widely reported threats, the already-in-place agency bans, and the existing concerns posed by TikTok, the feds cannot continue to allow the TSA’s use of the platform to fly,” Schumer said in a statement.

“These videos sure do make you chuckle; they’re creative,” the senator continued. “But China might be laughing at these TSA postings for very different reasons, and that should concern us and it’s why I am urging the TSA to find a different platform, and cease its use of TikTok now.”

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