Young girl bitten by support dog on Southwest Airlines flight after trying to pet it

A young girl was was bitten by a support dog that was accompanying its owner on a busy passenger flight.

The incident occurred onboard a Southwest Airways service from Pheonix, Arizona, to Portland, Oregon, scheduled to takeoff at 11.45pm on February 21.

The young girl “about the age of six” was bitten on the forehead after she attempted to pet the animal, according to one eyewitness. The girl and her parents were forced to leave the aeroplane as medics bandaged her forehead, but were subsequently allowed to return to to her seat.

The passenger with the dog was asked to leave the flight and did not “argue or fight the decision to be removed.”

Twitter user Todd R. took a picture of the incident and wrote: “@SouthwestAir flight 1904 allows a support dog on the plane, bites kid, paramedics now on plane. Why are dogs on the plane?! Never again will I fly SWA.”

Southwest said “initial reports” suggested the support dog bit the young passenger after it was approached, causing “a minor injury.”

“EMTs evaluated the child, who was cleared to continue on the flight. The dog and its owner remained in Phoenix as the aircraft departed approximately 20 minutes behind schedule. As always, the safety of our Customers is our highest priority,” a spokesperson for the airline said.

Southwest was unable to tell IBTimes UK why the owner was travelling with a support animal but says it “welcomes fully trained emotional support animals accompanying a customer with a disability on our flights.”

Heartwarming video shows flight attendant going above and beyond

There’s a heartwarming video circulating on the Internet that shows a flight attendant going above and beyond.

The Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant is seen helping out a mother of three by calming her toddler on a late-night flight.

“You gave a mother a moment to breathe and you have no idea how priceless this was for everyone around to see,” the woman said.

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The terrifying moment a Qantas plane is battered by a tropical storm as lightning flashes outside the window and travellers scream in terror

Passengers on board a Qantas flight were left screaming for their lives last night when the plane flew into some of the region’s notoriously wild weather.

The Townsville-bound flight left passengers ‘extremely sick’ after it hit a terrifying patch of thunder and lightning strikes which lasted for over 40 minutes.

Screams of terror can be heard throughout the video including one passenger’s attempts to reassure others shouting, ‘don’t worry guys, we’re nearly there’.

The Qantas flight from Mount Isa to Townsville was hit with thunder and lightening for 40 minutes

The Qantas flight from Mount Isa to Townsville was hit with thunder and lightening for 40 minutes

The video’s unsteady hand-held footage shows the plane shake under the night’s treacherous conditions.

Outside, bolts of lightening can be seen illuminating the night sky.

The equally terrifying thunder reportedly made several of the passengers physically sick after the tropical weather battered the plane for most of the flight’s duration.

Passengers reported feeling extremely sick following the wild tropical weather

Passengers reported feeling extremely sick following the wild tropical weather

The flight's terrifying conditions follow almost a week of rains and storms in Far North Queensland

The flight’s terrifying conditions follow almost a week of rains and storms in Far North Queensland

The turbulent flight followed almost a week of wild weather in Far North Queensland which saw wind gusts tear 1000sqm from the roof of Mount Isa Hospital.

Similarly, winds of up to 100km/h hit Moranbah near MacKay closing three schools and two childcare centres throughout the region.

Warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology were issued throughout the region as freak storms are expected to hit inland communities throughout Far North Queensland from Wednesday onward.

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Petrifying moment passengers see smoke billowing from plane engine as propeller slows to a ‘death spin’ after an explosion 5,000ft up in the air

This is the terrifying moment passengers looked out of their plane window to see propellers not spinning – after an engine caught fire.

The Nok Air twin-propeller aircraft carrying 84 people took off from Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, yesterday at 3.10pm but just ‘two minutes’ later its engine was engulfed in flames.

Hair-raising footage shows smoke still coming from the plane’s engine charred black around the engines with the farmer’s fields visible below at an altitude of around 5,000ft.

Power to the engine was cut – leaving the Bombardier Dash 8 Q 400 to make a swift u-turn and perform an emergency landing at the airport it had just left.

The co-pilot can be heard telling passengers that there is an ‘engine failure’ and apologising for the inconvenience.

It landed at around 3.25pm some 15 minutes after take-off.

One passenger described how the aircraft ‘shook slightly’ during the fire and feared that something ‘much worse’ was about too happen.

Fellow-flyer Wee Boonsena said: ‘We had just taken off and about one or two minutes later suddenly there was fire coming out of the exhaust of the engine. This happened two times. It was about 5,000ft high.

‘It was a little bit exciting, a bit scary. My wife was a lot more scared than me. But thanks to the training of the pilot and the professionalism of the crew it was handled safely.

‘Firefighters were on standby as the plane landed so I was relieved we all made it off safely. Emergency situations like this can happen to any airlines.’

This is the terrifying moment passengers looked out of their plane window to see propellers not spinning - after an engine caught fire

This is the terrifying moment passengers looked out of their plane window to see propellers not spinning – after an engine caught fire

The Nok Air twin-propeller aircraft carrying 84 people took off from Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, yesterday at 3.10pm but just 'two minutes' later its engine was engulfed in flames

The Nok Air twin-propeller aircraft carrying 84 people took off from Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, yesterday at 3.10pm but just ‘two minutes’ later its engine was engulfed in flames

Nok Air confirmed that the plane made an unscheduled landing and ‘passengers were later transferred in five buses to Nakhon Phanom airport’ back to capital city Bangkok.

A spokesman said: ‘The captain of Flight DD9407, which left Sakon Nakhon International Airport at 3.10pm, properly observed safety precautions by returning to land at the airport following an engine malfunction.

‘Some passengers were transferred to fly Flight DD9521 that left the Nakhon Phanom International Aiport at 9.10pm and reached Don Muang Airport at 10.20pm. Other passengers were allowed to reschedule their flights at their convenience or get a refund.’

Read more: MailOnline

The British Airways engineer, 44, killed in car crash on the runway of Heathrow ‘when he collided with driver who failed to give way

A British Airways engineer was tragically killed in a runway smash with another airport vehicle at Heathrow.

Colleagues last night paid tribute to ‘kind, generous and chatty’ John Coles, 44, who joined the company nearly three decades ago as an apprentice.

It was also claimed the collision should never have happened because the other vehicle involved, being driven by a BAA (British Airports Authority) worker, should have given way to aircraft engineer Mr Coles, who had just started his shift.

Passengers watched the tragedy unfold at Terminal 5 when Mr Coles’s airport van collided with a pick-up on the tarmac where planes taxi to and from the runway

British Airways engineer John Coles, 44, was tragically killed in a runway smash with another airport vehicle at Heathrow 

He went into cardiac arrest at the scene just after 6am yesterday. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him both at the scene and on the way to hospital but he later died at a West London Hospital.

Mr Coles’s family were last night too devastated to speak about the tragedy at the family home in Broadstone, Dorset, where Mr Coles grew up.

However, one colleague paid tribute, telling the Mail: ‘John was a great friend to us all. He was kind, generous and chatty.

‘He was a gentle, likeable, positive man with lots of ideas for his future.

‘He joined BA as an apprentice in 1989 and so he will now be sorely missed.’

They said Mr Coles was single. Regarding the incident he said the other driver should have given way to Mr Coles.

One of the two vehicles involved in the accident at London Heathrow is pictured

The two vehicles involved in a collision are positioned today for crash investigation purposes

He added: ‘The yellow BAA (British Airports Authority) vehicle crossed the vehicle taxiway – a safe crossing for cars to cross the aircraft taxiway – lines without giving way to John who was crossing.

‘It’s basically like going through a zebra crossing with pedestrians on. The BAA vehicle must give way to vehicles crossing the live taxiway.

‘John had just started his shift. We are not sure if he was on his way to an aircraft departure or arrival. ‘But witnesses also said the BAA vehicle was going very fast.’

The BAA driver, who was treated at the scene, suffered a suspected broken shoulder.

The airport said it was unable to disclose any details about him, including his job title.

But the distinctive yellow pick-ups with red stripes are often driven around the airfield at high speed by Heathrow staff carrying out tasks such as directing aircraft and inspecting the runways.

British Airways engineers also drive vans around the tarmac to check the planes before take-off and after landing.

No arrests have been made. But officers from the Met police’s serious collision investigation unit have launched an investigation.

Police stand around an airport vehicle on the Tarmac at London Heathrow Wednesday morning

Police stand around an airport vehicle on the Tarmac at London Heathrow Wednesday morning

Scotland Yard officers were called to London Heathrow Airport at 6am today after the incident

The Health and Safety Executive are also investigating.

Colleagues continued to pay tribute to Mr Coles on social media last night with the hash tag ‘#justiceforjohn’.

User ‘Kyle / Springbok97’ wrote:‏ ‘I worked with the guy that died at Heathrow airport today back when I was at BA! Nice guy! Such a shame!…It still hasn’t sunken in #JusticeForJohn’

Another colleague of the deceased, Kevin Fitzgibbon, of Wokingham, Berkshire, tweeted: ‘Sad day at work today. Lost one of our engineering colleagues this morning…My thoughts are with his family and friends at this terrible time.’

The emergency services went to the scene just after 6am following reports of the collision

The emergency services went to the scene just after 6am following reports of the collision

The two vehicles (left) involved in the collision are positioned for the crash investigation today

The crash forced passengers to leave a plane. Airport Webcams tweeted this picture today

One of the vehicles involved in the crash at Heathrow Airport where the man in his 40s died

Police and airside operations vehicles at Heathrow Airport where the man died in the crash

Two airport vehicles crashed on the airfield at London Heathrow, including the one pictured

Another wrote: ‘Can’t say anything, except for I knew this guy. RIP my friend. Gone way too soon.’

Another colleague wrote on an aviation forum: ‘I just hope that the yellow patrol driver gets done for life and that teach [sic] them a lesson…Rest in peace John.’

The incident also caused disruption for passengers, some of whom witnessed the aftermath of the accident.

Heathrow announced shortly after 8.30am that it was investigating the incident, which did not involve any passengers and was not expected to impact journeys.

But it quickly revised its statement to apologise as hundreds of passengers were evacuated from a plane following the incident, and thousands more experiencing delays of up to two hours as the disruption affected more than twenty flights.

Passengers were told to leave an aircraft which was unable to take off because of the incident

Passengers were told to leave an aircraft which was unable to take off because of the incident

One of the vehicles involved in a crash at Heathrow Airport is removed from the scene today

One of the two airport vehicles which crashed on the airfield is taken away on a truck

One of the two airport vehicles which crashed on the airfield is taken away on a truck

The accident happened on the taxiway near Terminal Five at the airport in South West London

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's serious collision investigation unit went to the scene

Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s serious collision investigation unit went to the scene

Several aircraft preparing to take off were held on the ground after the collision near Terminal 5.

At least twenty British Airways flights were delayed.

A police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 6.06am on Wednesday following a collision between two airport vehicles on the taxiway at Heathrow Airport.

‘Officers attended with London Ambulance Service colleagues. One male is believed to have sustained a broken shoulder; his injuries are not life-threatening or life-changing.

At least 25 flights from Terminal Five were delayed by the incident at Heathrow this morning

The two vehicles involved in a crash (front left and front right, after they have been moved)

The two vehicles involved in a crash (front left and front right, after they have been moved)

 The wreckage of one of the vehicles sits outside Terminal 5 at London Heathrow today

The incident happened near Terminal Five at London Heathrow Airport today (file picture)

The incident happened near Terminal Five at London Heathrow Airport today (file picture)

Passengers reported delays of up to two hours to more than 25 flights after the crash

The crash between two vehicles happened before sunrise at London Heathrow this morning

‘Another male, aged in his 40s, was taken to a west London hospital with serious injuries. He has since died. Officers have informed next of kin.’

A BA spokesman described the disruption to passengers as ‘minimal’. They said: ‘We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident and are offering our full care and support to his family and colleagues.’

A Heathrow spokeswoman said: ‘We can confirm that following a serious accident involving two vehicles on our airfield, a British airways colleague has passed away.

‘Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends affected by this accident.

‘We will be fully cooperating with the Police in the investigation which will follow.’

Flight HORROR: Mid-air horror as parts of engine fall off United Airlines flight

The stripped-back engine of a United Airlines Boeing 777 flying from San Francisco to Honolulu after parts of the outer casing fell off mid-flight. Picture: Maria FalaschiSource:Twitter

PASSENGERS panicked on a flight San Francisco to Honolulu when parts started to fall off the engine mid-flight.

Photos have emerged on social media of the stripped-back turbine of United Airlines flight 1175 after parts of its outer casing fell away, about half an hour from its destination on Tuesday local time.

 

 

According to reports, the plane issued the 7700 emergency distress call but made a safe landing in Honolulu. There were no reports of injuries.

But it was tense in the air, as horrified passengers looked out their window to see debris falling from one of the Boeing 777’s engines.

“Scariest flight of my life,” one passenger tweeted.

Another passenger managed to see the amusing side of the situation.

“I don’t see anything about this in the manual,” passenger Erik Haddad tweeted.

In a statement to Hawaii News Now, the Hawaii Transportation Department said flight landed safely with aircraft rescue and fire crews standing by.

The plane was taken to a hangar.

WIN two flights ANYWHERE with Easyjet by writing a poem on your SICK BAG: How to enter

EASY JET are offering tow free flights anywhere in the world to the winner of their Love Sick Poetry Competition judged by the UK’s Poet Laureate.

 Yes, you read that right. Easyjet has launched the first ever poetry competition that must be submitted on an in-flight sick bag.

Inspired by a real message left by a lovely passenger on recent flight, the airline discovered that passengers have been penning loving rhymes and verses for other passengers to find.

The competition has been kicked off by the acclaimed Bill Bilston. His rather clever poem is in our image but wannabe poets of all ages, experience and abilities are welcome.

The competition will be judged by poet laureate Daisy Goodwin. Goodwin is the best-selling author of eight poetry anthologies and also writer of the multi-award-winning ITV Drama ‘Victoria’.

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The original love note was discovered on a recent flight from Paris to London

Who hasn’t felt sick with anticipation travelling to see the one you love? It may be a short flight but emotionally it’s a long haul

Daisy Goodwin

She said: “Who hasn’t felt sick with anticipation travelling to see the one you love? It may be a short flight but emotionally it’s a long haul – poetry is the perfect way to calm that turmoil, and arrive with a heart full of such loving words.

“It was, after all, Margaret Atwood who wrote, ‘Writing poetry is a state of free float.’

“And Walt Whitman’s ‘Poem of Joys’ could easily have been written about the joy of an easyJet flight to Venice or any of the airline’s 129 other destinations: ‘To emerge, and be of the sky — of the sun and moon, and the flying clouds, as one with them.’”

Don’t be intimidated by such luminaries, your poem can be humorous, silly, sweet, simple or written in iambic pentameter. This is a competition for anyone.

The contest opens on February 1st, runs until the end of the month and is backed by easyJet data, which reveals that over 29% of easyJet Flight Club customers are in long-distance relationships and that 250,000 couples are expected to fly off on romantic mini-breaks during the Spring.

The campaign is believed to be ‘the world’s first poetry competition ever staged on sick bags’, and it’s hoped that the initiative will provide a smile to those challenged by long distance love.

Tina Milton, Head of Cabin Crew, at easyJet said: “Distance is said to make the heart grow fonder, but long-distance relationships are always hit with some light turbulence. We are challenging our customers to channel their inner Byron, Keats and Wordsworth and pen some romantic lines on the back of our passenger sick bags.”

Entrants need to pen their poem on a sick bag (available from their seatback pocket on an easyJet flight) and then share their creation publicly on Twitter or Instagram with @easyJet using the tag #LoveSickSonnets. Once submitted, entrants can take their masterpiece away with them.

Entrants have the opportunity of winning a pair of flights to anywhere on the easyJet network. The competition closes at midnight on February 28 and the winner will be contacted directly.

Find out more by visiting easyjet.com or on easyJet’s social channels: Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/easyJet/ and @easyJet on Twitter and Instagram.

How can travel apps make your travel cheaper?

New Delhi: Technological evolution has led to many changes in the travel industry.Today, common people have a lot of options to make their travel plans after having conducted a research on all viable options. There are plenty of great apps to help people cut down on their travel costs. The last thing anyone wants to do is, spend the least money when planning a vacation.

From booking a flight to searching a tourist attraction spot or a resort, there are many apps that lists all the possible options, which a traveler must know. They provide the users with price comparisons, places to visit nearby and activities therein, hotel fares etc. They have empowered travelers to even hold the cheapest flight fare at a very nominal cost for a later date. The market competition has also benefitted travelers to find best deals, offers, and discounts so that one can save money and plan their journey accordingly. It has now become easy to make the last minute hotel bookings without paying any additional cost.

Apps like Trip n Howl have further empowered users to have one app as their one-stop travel solution rather than installing different apps for varied travel requirements.

Founder, trip n howl, Satyajeet Pradhan lists how travel apps can make your travel cheaper:

* The prices of flights keep changing and vary depending on the month, day and even time of travel. The travel apps will let the users compare flight prices so that they are able to choose the cheapest one and therefore the preferable days to fly. Besides this, one should also avoid planning trips on the weekends as it can make a hole in your pocket as many people prefer travelling during the weekends and therefore, the flight fares increase.

* With the help of travel app, one can book hotels and flights in advance to avoid extra charges at the time of check-ins or any services. Booking on the travel date is normally more expensive than in advance. One can also choose the best option while pre-booking such as a luxury hotel room or even window seat in flights. Another good thing about travel apps is that if you plan to cancel or pre/postpone your plans and have booked any services, they provide a partial refund for any changes or cancellation.

* Booking a hotel can also be a doting task as one has to go through the paperwork. Now, one can make a booking in just a few clicks and swipes and simply do transactions with the help of travel apps and can get a copy of the reservation vouchers on the mobile. No more carrying all your documents and while traveling to the destination. Online transactions facilitate one with the option of making all the payment through the internet for reservation instead of paying by cash. One can access these apps 24/7 and 365 days.

* Before booking any service, especially hotel, one can also browse through images and videos of the hotel or the place, via these travel apps. It gives you an insight how the location or the hotel would look like. This helps in planning the trip better.

* Last, but not the least, these apps give you reviews, which are unbiased, to avoid spoiling your trip. Not just the user reviews, the apps also provide pros and cons of any hotel or other places, which one must know before going to the destination. Features like Wifi connectivity, availability of breakfast, lunch or dinner, pool, smoking zone, cab facility, air-conditioning, etc are all provided to the users through these apps.

make sure you check travel apps to get an overall view of your destination and services you are booking. Travel apps have become essential in today’s world.

Air stewardess turned glamour model with 32S breasts who decided to ‘become black’ with extreme tanning injections claims her once blonde hair is now ‘naturally African’

A blonde ex-air hostess with 70S breasts who identifies as a black woman after undergoing radical tanning injections has claimed that her hair structure has turned ‘naturally African’.

German glamour model Martina Big, 29, spent more than £50,000 on plastic surgery for her 70S cup size (UK 32S) breasts, said to be the biggest in Europe.

Yet those body enhancements were not enough for Martina and made the controversial choice to ‘become black’, vowing to get ‘darker and darker and see what the limits are.’

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Formerly blonde glamour model Martina Big who had melanin injections to darken her skin has claimed that her hair structure has changed and is now 'naturally African'

Formerly blonde glamour model Martina Big who had melanin injections to darken her skin has claimed that her hair structure has changed and is now ‘naturally African


Thanks to a new medical procedure in the US, the naturally light-skinned and blonde ex-flight attendant from the German Eifel region was able to darken her skin tone with three melanin boosting injections last year.

Bizarrely the German society figure now claims that her hair has become ‘naturally African’.

Martina wrote on Facebook: ‘I was at my African hair dresser to change my extension.

Pictured: Martina before she had any surgeries

Martina spent more than £50,000 on plastic surgery for her 70S cup size (UK 32S) breasts. Pictured: Martina before melanin injections

Martina spent more than £50,000 on plastic surgery for her 70S cup size (UK 32S) breasts. Pictured: Martina before surgery (left) and before melanin injections (right)

In recent Facebook post the model claimed that her hair was now 'identical' to an African woman's

In recent Facebook post the model claimed that her hair was now ‘identical’ to an African woman’s

‘After taking out my extension I noticed how much my hair structure of my own hair has changed.

‘I compared my own hair with the hair of the other Africans in the salon. They are identical to my [sic].’

According to Martina, it is ‘the clear proof that I’m a real black woman now.’

Martina dubbed her transformation into a ‘black woman’ ‘an internal one’ that changed her whole body.

She also claims that besides her hair, her eyes have also ‘changed colour’ and now look more like those of African women.

Martina claims that her change in hair is 'proof' she is a 'real black woman now'

Martina claims that her change in hair is ‘proof’ she is a ‘real black woman now’

Martina claims that she 'will soon be identical to other black women' and claims that her she has also seen a change in her eye colour 

Martina claims that she ‘will soon be identical to other black women’ and claims that her she has also seen a change in her eye colour

Martina wrote: ‘These are just a few examples of the most obvious changes. Many of my changes are very slow, but continuous.

‘If my transformation continues to be so good, I will soon be identical to other black women. You can not imagine it is a great feeling to become more and more a black woman.’

Martina said her fiancee Michael, who she met at school in Germany’s oldest city of Trier, is her biggest supporter in life.

Martina is also hoping to become the world record holder for the world's largest breasts

Martina is also hoping to become the world record holder for the world’s largest breasts

Michael, an ex-pilot who is now also taking the injections to darken his skin tone, is not only Martina’s manager and style adviser, but also the love of her life.

Michael said: ‘I got new into the class. I was 18 and she 17. There were three boys and 23 girls in the class, but I only saw Martina.’

Martina said: ‘I first thought, he is not serious. But after two weeks we were a couple.’

Both worked afterwards for seven years for an airline based at the airport of Frankfurt Hahn, until Michael was not allowed to fly anymore because of an eye disease.

Martina said: ‘And I wanted to enlarge my breasts. At least to 2,000 grammes. Then the airline told me, either you stay here or you chose your breasts.’

Martina went from a C cup to her massive 70S, which weigh a whopping 12 kilos. According to local media, her 70S breasts are equal to a bra size of ’70 DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD’.

Martina is now forced to sleep on her back because of her enormous chest size.

Martina, who shares her time between Los Angeles and the German Eifel region, says her goal is to become the official Guinness World Record holder for having the largest breasts.

She said her breasts measure 49.6 inches, while her underbust measurement is 26.8 inches.

The model added: ‘My shoes don’t get wet anymore. For two years my breasts have been so big that I can’t see my feet anymore.’

Martina also revealed that she is planning a nose job to ‘make it look African’, and she also wants 1.5 kilograms of implants added to each buttock.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH122 forced to make emergency landing in Alice Springs

A MALAYSIA Airlines flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur has been forced to make an emergency landing in Alice Springs.

Passengers on board Flight MH122 have told of their terror, taking to social media to tell how the plane’s crew were “preparing to crash”.

”We were just bracing for the worst. I thought I was going to die,” Donna Edwards told Channel 9 News.

The A330-300 landed in Alce Springs at 5.46pm local time (6.16pm AEDT) with emergency crews on standby.

The husband of a passenger onboard the flight said his wife described the experience as “hell”.

Chin Kanani told the ABC his wife became alarmed when she heard a banging sound.

“She said she was on the loo when she started hearing loud banging noises from the right-hand side of the plane and that’s when all it started,” Mr Kanani said.

Malaysia Airlines said the flight was diverted due to technical reasons and that safety was a priority at all times.

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