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Marlee Matlin Calls Out Delta for Lack of Closed Captioning

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Academy Award-winner Marlee Matlin has called out Delta Air Lines, saying the carrier has made no accommodations for deaf and hard-of-hearing fliers on its flights.

The actress, who is deaf and is an advocate for the deaf and hearing impaired, took out her frustrations with a tweet noting the airline’s lack of closed captioning on its in-flight entertainment system.

Some 46,000 people liked the Tweet, and Delta responded with a tweet of its own and a statement to USA TODAY, saying that although most of their aircraft with seatback screens “have a wide variety of closed captioned content, unfortunately, Ms. Matlin’s flight has not yet been upgraded to include this feature. Accessibility is important to us (and) we apologize and are working diligently to upgrade our remaining fleet.”

Delta also tweeted a reply to Marlin noting that “As an alternative option, you can access closed-captioned Delta Studio content via Gogo Entertainment app on your personal electronic device.”

But Matlin was not satisfied with the answer and replied back to the airline.

Delta did not respond to that tweet from Matlin.

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Strange Odor at Oakland Airport Sends Travelers to the Hospital

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We have seen more issues with strange odors on airplanes in the last year or so than at any time, some so severe they required a diverted landing.

Now comes word that another incident has taken place, only this time it was actually inside the airport.

Four people were taken to local hospitals by the Oakland (Calif.) Fire Department on Tuesday after an unknown substance began giving off a strange odor at Oakland International Airport.

According to Fox News, the odor came from a small box at one of the ticketing counters that is used to discard items that cannot be brought on a plane via carry-on bag – water bottles, bottles of cologne or mouthwash larger than three ounces, etc.

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The airport played it safe and called the fire department, which sent a Hazmat crew according to the NBC TV affiliate in the Bay Area. There was no disruption to airport services, though four people were taken to the hospital to be checked out for precautionary reasons.

This is the latest in a series of numerous reports of odors emanating from a plane or airport just in the last year or so alone, much less beyond that time frame.

Some have been fumes that have forced flights to land.

Some have forced flights to divert to other airports.

Some have been so overwhelming that passengers and crew were hospitalized.

And some have even been visible – if you like your airplane cabin filling with an unknown fog.

The Oakland Fire Dept. is still investigating the cause of the odor.

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