Tuesday, 1 April 2014

American Airlines "Deaf and Dumb" Outrage.

A deaf couple is upset over a note that an American Airlines employee attached to one of their bags, referring to the pair as "deaf and dumb."

James Moehle and Angela Huckaby were returning home to Houston from a vacation in Hawaii when one of their bags was misplaced by the airline. When it was delivered later, a handwritten note attached to the bag read, "Please Text Deaf And Dumb."

Airline spokesman Casey Norton said Friday that the employee who wrote the note did not intend to insult anyone and will go through sensitivity training.

One of the couple's bags was misplaced on the final leg of the couple's journey home, from Dallas to Houston. In such cases, American uses another company to delivery late-arriving baggage to passengers.

Norton said an American employee who is not a native English speaker scrawled the note to alert a delivery driver that he should contact the couple by text message when delivering the bag.

The airline employee "will go through new respect training," Norton said. "We are using it as a systemwide teaching example so that everybody is more respectful of those who have different impairments."

That was welcome news for Kaye Moehle, who had initially demanded that the worker be fired.

"I felt hurt for my son because I know how hard he works" — he's been employed as a technician at the same heating and air conditioning company for 16 years.

On Friday, Moehle said she didn't want anyone to lose their job and that some good could come out of the situation.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

BREAKING NEWS: MH370 HIJACKED.

Investigators have concluded that one or more people with significant flying experience hijacked the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, switched off communication devices and steered it off-course, a Malaysian government official involved in the investigation said this afternoon.

The claim comes after seven days of fruitless searches for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, and after revelations suggesting the plane made several course corrections after the cockpit’s last known contact with air traffic control.

The official, who is involved in the investigation, told the Associated Press no motive has been established and no demands have been made known, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief the media.

The official said that hijacking was no longer a theory. “It is conclusive,’’ he added.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak is expected to brief the media later today.

Earlier, an American official told The Associated Press that investigators are examining the possibility of ``human intervention’’ in the plane’s disappearance, adding it may have been ``an act of piracy.’’

The Boeing 777’s communication with the ground was severed under one hour into its flight on March 8 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysian officials have said radar data suggest it may have turned back and crossed back over the Malaysian peninsula westward, after setting out toward the Chinese capital.

The Malaysian official said only a skilled aviator could navigate the plane the way it was flown after its last confirmed location over the South China Sea, and that it appeared to have been steered to avoid radar detection. The official said it had been established with a ``more than 50 percent’’ degree of certainty that military radar had picked up the missing plane after it dropped off civilian radar.

The New York Times reported that radar signals recorded by the Malaysian military appear to show the plane ascending to 45,000 feet and making a sharp turn to the right not long after it disappeared from civilian radar.

Forty-five thousand feet is above the approved altitude limit for a Boeing 777-200.

The information comes from “a preliminary assessment by a person familiar with the data”, the paper said.

More to come......

Monday, 10 March 2014

UPDATE: MH370

One of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370’s stolen passport users has been identified by Malaysia, Channel News Asia is quoting a police chief as saying.

Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the man is a non-Malaysian. Authorities were able to identify him using airport video surveillance, Arab News reports.

“That’s all we can reveal,” he said.

“We are still ascertaining whether they (the two suspects using stolen passports) came in legally or illegally.”

Earlier officials said that up to five passengers checked in to fly on the flight — but didn’t board the plane.

Their luggage was taken off after officials realised but it is not clear how they fit in to the mystery of the vanished jet.

And Vietnamese authorities scrambled rescue helicopters to check a yellow object floating in its waters that rescue teams suspected could be a life raft from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

A Vietnamese jet had seen the object but was unable to get close enough to the object, seen about 140km southwest of Tho Chu island, to see what it was.

The chief of office of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, Mr Pham Viet Dung, said a team who reached the object at about 3pm Hanoi time (7pm AEST) had discovered it was the casing of a sea cable and not connected to the plane.

“The object is not the life raft,” he said

“It’s not an object from the aircraft.

“It has come from a sea cable.”

Despite the setback, he said helicopters and aircraft would continue searching the area for evidence of the missing plane.

Speaking at a press briefing in Kuala Lumpur today, the director-general of Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation said a huge international search had failed to find any wreckage from the Boeing 777, let alone the plane itself.

Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said authorities were mystified after a search involving 34 planes, 40 ships and more than 100 people had been unable to locate any trace of the aircraft.

“We have not found anything that appears to be an object from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft," he announced.

He said countries from around the region and the world were contributing to the search effort and it would continue until they had answers.

“Every second, every hour, we are looking at every inch of the sea,” he said.

“We are looking at all angles of what could possibly happen on that flight,” Mr Rahman explained when asked if there could have been an explosion on-board.

“Also there is talk about possible hijack and this is not discounted. We are looking at every angle. We are looking at every aspect of what could have happened.”

He said the Malaysian authorities were “equally puzzled” — as all aviation experts were — about what had happened to the plane.

“A mystery is how you can put it,” he said.